Bris Vegas, Brisbane, Australia

"Brisbane on Australia's eastern Pacific edge maintains the third largest port in Australia and is the Capital of the Province of Queensland. Brisbane is entirely modern, dating from the mid-19th century, when it was founded as a colonial outpost around sub-tropical agricultural production and as a shipping conduit for interior destinations. As today's fastest-growing city in Australia, it has evolved from a "frontier" settlement to a sophisticated regional metropolis of over 1.6 million population. Very important to the identity of the city is Aborigine culture which has survived until today. Because almost all of Brisbane's present development dates from the automobile age, the city is characterized by a small and compact older center which is overwhelmed by a vast landscape of suburban sprawl to the north and south. This urbanization stretches over a distance of some 150 kilometers along the coast, creating a serious environmental conflict with the adjacent Great Barrier Reef which is crucial to the ecological health of the region and contributes greatly to the local economy through tourism. Developmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef ecology led to its listing in 1981 as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Yet both the city, the port and tourism are projected to grow substantially in the next two decades." Columbia University New York

What are the possible urban and spatial alternatives? how can we reconsider the various temporal modes of accommodation it the city and its suburbs (tourism, short term accommodation, various cultures and institutions)?  how can we deal with denisfication and redundancy? what are the possible alternatives to public space and residential development? how can we utilise infrastructural and surface systems? how can we consider time specific to landscape and urban processes?


The work below are from a design called: intrinsic dynamics, by Thomas Harper and Keith Farnsworth