CHROFI was invited as one of six emerging architectural teams from around Australia to propose visions and speculations for Sydney, as part of the RAIA National Conference ‘CV08: Critical Visions’.
Our response speculates on the beliefs and systems that shape our cities.
In the short space of 80 years, the car has transformed the city. Its influence extends beyond movement with new economic and building typologies emerging such as shopping centres, large distribution networks, business parks and suburbs. Whilst the car promised an unlimited freedom of movement, its influence has been more far-reaching than ever imagined.
Equally influential has been our belief that material, energy, water and farming land is unlimited.
In this context, our speculation leads us to the following questions.
What if cities evolved from unlimited innovation rather than a belief in unlimited resources?
What if limits were thought of as drivers of innovation and efficiency rather than as constraints?