PROJECT LOCATION: Newcastle, Australia
The project has been developed out of an interest in Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project where he explores the rich diversity of activities, people and human behaviour in and around our built environment. Benjamin constructs the cities topographical domains of the flaneur as a stage for the marvels of the everyday.
This isn’t an urban renewal plan, it is a reaction against the very type of market satisfying architecture that is shaping our social environment, stifling innovation and our freedom of choice.
The proposal restores the historical notion of the wharf as a place positioned at the edge of society, both physically and conceptually. Characterised by its diverse activity, transgressive program, empathetic fascination with the crowd and otherworldliness of transience, drinking, violence and prostitution; the radical antithesis of contemporary market driven development.