American architect and developer John Portmans reinvention of the atrium hotel as a remedy for the failing downtowns of American cities is the focus of the exhibition Interior Urbanism / Portman Space, opening at UTSs DAB LAB on Wednesday 8 September.
The exhibition zones in on three of Portmans interior urban projects: The Peachtree Centre, Atlanta; the Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel; and Detroits Renaissance Centre.
Interior Urbanism / Portman Space pairs a series of precise photographs by Charles Rice, with meticulous computer based illustrations by Alina McConnochie, providing a contrast between the spectacular, concrete, physical elements exposed by the photographs and the underlying geometry and circularity of the architecture in the illustrations. Alongside the two-dimensional depictions, a beautiful scale model based on the research illustrations and photographs will also be exhibited.
Associate Professor Charles Rice received a UTS early career research grant to study Portmans architecture in 2009, and was assisted in his research by recent Master of Architecture graduate Alina McConnochie.
Said Rice: What really interests me about Portmans architecture is the way the interior space develops a kind of urbanism via its circular structure, creating cities within cites without reference to the outside.
The Portman spaces are also of contemporary significance, Rice explains: In parts of the Middle East, contemporary urban development has amplified this concept on a massive scale, creating enormous closed urban environments. These spaces enable both insulation against the harsh climate and heightened levels of security and control.
Rices extensive research of Portman architecture has also recently provided crucial information for the US Pavilion exhibition at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. A comprehensive three-dimensional digital model of the centre, developed by Alina McConnochie, was used as the basis for Portman and Associates own digital modelling of the centre. This enabled them to produce rapid prototype physical models of the Peachtree Centre for the US Pavilion exhibit.
*Where* Level 4, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, 702-730 Harris Street, Ultimo.
*When* 8 September until 1 October 2010
For more details visit the ["UTS Architecture":http://www.utsarchitecture.net/index.php/2010/08/interior-urbanism-portman-space/] website