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User Generated Architecture - Not Quite Square

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Date: Friday, November 1 2013 to
Friday, November 15 2013
Time: Gallery open Tuesday to Friday 11am–5pm
Cost: Free, no bookings
Where: Tin Sheds Gallery
148 City Road
Faculty of Architecture, The University of Sydney
Darlington
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Tin Sheds Gallery is pleased to announce the details of our upcoming exhibition User Generated Architecture, comprised of two parallel projects, raumlabor berlin and Not Quite Square, that both explore the legacies of 1970s architecture. Not Quite Square is an historical exhibition that marks the 40th anniversary of the Aquarius Festival in Nimbin by documenting handmade houses of Northern NSW. Raumlabor berlin is a contemporary architectural collective that draws on the utopian architectural experiments of the ‘60s and ‘70s to explore spatial politics in the urban landscape. User Generated Architecture is part of the Sydney Architecture festival 2013.

The Northern Rivers region of NSW is home to a multitude of wonderfully eclectic houses designed, made and lived in by people who have chosen to live outside the square. This exhibition studies the phenomenon and tracks the influence of an owner builder culture that emerged in the region after the 1973 Aquarius Festival in Nimbin. It focuses on the Northern Rivers region as being at the vanguard of new ways of considering domestic space, and community living, and honours the people involved in this story. The exhibition also reveals the way that architectural educators, students and professional were involved in the phenomenon – often providing inspiration, guidance, or even building their own experimental dwellings.

Not Quite Square  includes newly commissioned photographs by Sydney-based photographer Tim Hixson of five exemplary houses started in the ‘70s and ‘80s and still lived in today, and a documentary film by Byron Bay based filmmaker Sharon Shostak, also commissioned for the project. Historical material will accompany these contemporary reflections on handmade houses. This includes photographs from the ‘70s and ‘80s by Hixson, John Witzig and David Liddle, showing owner built houses of the region. A range of ephemeral materials is also integrated into the exhibition, including images and drawings submitted by the community, charting the building of these houses, and photos taken by local council building inspectors in the 1980s during the deliberations on multiple occupancy tenure.

For more information: http://emergencity.net/user-generated-architecture/
or call 9351 3115.



User Generated Architecture - Not Quite Square

Tim Hixson

 
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