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The Urban Islands program returns this July for its fourth installment of intensive design studios on Sydneys Cockatoo Island.
The cross-university program brings together celebrated emerging practitioners and students from across Australia for an intensive series of workshops on Cockatoo Island, exploring the nature of placemaking in an increasingly mediated and threatened world.
The program, conceived by Olivia Hyde, Tom Rivard and Mark Szczerbicki, plays on the contradiction of urban intensity and the idea of a utopian island. Located in Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island exists within the fabric of the city, yet remains distinct from the city through its disconnection.
Within the deliberately compressed workshop periods, participants inhabit Cockatoo Island, which becomes the ideal host for a model of immediacy: direct interventions and tangible outcomes, say the organisers. But Urban Islands is not simply an isolated exercise; it is designed to be an inclusive, expansive and, ultimately, transformative experience for those who take part, and a continuing series of investigative events in cities around the world, dedicated to exploring the relationships between the places we find ourselves in and the manners in which we inhabit them.
The 2011 studio leaders are Nataly Gattegno, founding design partner of San Francisco-based Future Cities Lab; Nat Chard, Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in Canada; and Victor Marquez, director of Victor Marquez Arquitectos based in Mexico City.
First held in 2006, the Urban Islands program has hosted emerging architects and studios from Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Japan, Peru and the USA. The program is designed to be an immersive experience for both studio leaders and students, encouraging a collaborative working culture encompassing site visits, installations, presentations, lectures, symposia and closing day installations and reviews.
*Urban Island 2011 runs from 11-23 July at Cockatoo Island. The program is open to masters students and qualifying undergraduates. Independent enrolments close 1 June.*
For more information and to enrol, go to [“www.urbanislands.net”:http://urbanislands.net/]