Living in the City is a digital-first, bi-lingual exhibition that documents architectural parallels through project pairings that showcase the work of Australian-based and bi-lateral architectural practices in Australia and China. This visually rich exhibition asks you to spend time immersed in the projects, exploring them at your own pace to understand the similarities and connections between the thoughtful pairings.
Australia’s Ambassador to China
我很高兴地宣布“建筑与城市, 澳大利亚和中国的设计对话” 作为2020年澳大利亚政府“非凡·澳大利亚”活动的一部分正式开幕。我鼓励充满活力的中国设计群体前往Swayn.design线上平台，探索澳大利亚和中国超过40年建筑合作的成果，并鼓励所有人士参与进来，一同展望中澳建筑未来。我向策展人，昆士兰大学建筑学系主任卡梅隆·布鲁恩（Cameron Bruhn）和澳大利亚国家博物馆斯温澳大利亚设计中心（Swayn Centre for Australian Design）致以祝贺，也向成千上万为澳大利亚和中国建筑发展做出杰出贡献的建筑师表示祝贺，你们的成就是中澳两国创意创新力和坚韧精神的例证，为两国未来发展和塑造城市生活创造了无限可能。
The strength and success of the relationship between Australian and Chinese architecture is celebrated in a new innovative exhibition Living in the City: Australia–China Conversations Through Architecture. Developed online during times of travel restrictions, this exhibition will take audiences on a journey through 30 compelling architectural projects across the two countries. The projects are presented in pairs between Australia and China, highlighting design and development issues that affect us all, such as negotiating the relationship between density and amenity, the need for mixed-use urbanity for growing cities, and ensuring community benefit in the way we inclusively and successfully design our environments.
In 2020 the turmoil of COVID-19 has buffeted the world and added to many global challenges that rapidly growing cities already face, such as climate change and environmental sustainability, and community issues such as how to ensure quality of life for ageing populations. The exhibition is a great demonstration of how the investment in partnerships and developing design offices both in China and Australia have resulted in supporting and growing business, shaping communities, and healing, educating and nurturing communities, while delivering tangible aspects of government vision.
I am delighted to launch Living in the City: Australia–China Conversations Through Architecture as part of the 2020 Australian Government Festival of Australia in China, and encourage not just the vibrant design community in China but everyone looking to the future to go online at Swayn.design to explore and experience the innovative and exciting outcomes of over four decades of architectural collaboration between Australia and China. I congratulate curator Professor Cameron Bruhn, Head of Architecture at the University of Queensland, the Swayn Centre for Design at the National Museum of Australia, and the thousands of architects who have contributed to the development of architecture in Australia and China that exemplifies the ingenuity, resilience and creativity of our great nations, and exciting possibilities of how we develop and shape our cities of the future.
Australian Consul-General in Chengdu
Good architecture provides a safe and efficient space for people to live, work and play in. Additionally, it should reflect the aesthetics, culture, and history of the people who built it. The best architecture endures, and expresses a people’s hopes, aspirations and their place in the world.
When Chinese people first came to Australia two centuries ago, they built joss houses, community halls and restaurants. Some of these original structures can still be found in Australia, telling the stories of how those early migrants honoured their culture and traditions.
Australia left an exceptional imprint in Chongqing during the Second World War in the form of the Australian Legation Building, our first diplomatic mission in China. The modest but extraordinarily significant structure stands proudly to this day. The old Legation Building tells the story of Australia’s first formal engagement with China, and the beginnings of our independent foreign policy.
As Australian Consul-General in Chengdu, I am privileged to witness the development of Southwest China, the fastest growing region in the country. I am delighted to see that Australian architectural firms have contributed directly to environmentally and culturally sensitive projects throughout the region. Whether it be John Wardle Architects’ iconic residential towers ‘Luxe Lakes C16’ in Chengdu’s newest park city, or Woods Bagot’s soaring ‘Chongqing Tower’ designed to mirror the flow of the upper Yangtze River, these places represent the successful collaboration between the peoples of Australia and China.
‘Living in the City: Australia-China Conversations Through Architecture’ started as a concept to showcase the rich collaboration between Australian architectural designers and Chinese partners through the extensive collection of Australian architectural designs already delivered in China. Its initial purpose was to raise greater awareness of opportunities in Southwest China to Australian design firms, and to showcase Australia’s strong capabilities in innovative architecture and town planning to the Southwest. But because of the considerable interest throughout China, the exhibition has become national in scope. Australia’s record of having among the most liveable cities in the world means that Australian designers have much to contribute all over the country.
Through this online exhibition, Australians and Chinese alike have the opportunity to experience the interactions between our two peoples through design, and catch a glimpse of possible mutually beneficial collaborations in the future.
John Wardle Architects
Brearly Architects & Urbanists
Denton Corker Marshall
Kerry Hill Architects
Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin
Wood Marsh Architecture
Dunn & Hillam Architects