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The inside can regenerate the outside. People can reorganise above and below ground. In an era of poor zoning, over-emission, over-capitalisation and overpopulation, Goodwin’s parasitic creations model new, contingent lifeforms engaged in hybridity, adaptation and constant transformation. indd 34 10/09/2014 4:24 pm Richard Goodwin, Cope Street Parasite (photomontage), 2003–04. indd 35 35 10/09/2014 4:24 pm Richard Goodwin, 345–363 George Street Parasite Proposal, 2011. indd 37 37 10/09/2014 4:24 pm Goodwin Porosity Richard Goodwin’s Porosity is a radical revisioning of public space, conceptualising the city as interconnected public space made up of permeable buildings.
We have built ‘castles’ in the air and even, occasionally, designated them as public housing. But the unbreachable corporate high-rise is precisely what the Rag Urbanist manifesto seeks to penetrate. The US-based urbanist Mike Davis argues that ‘the cornerstone of the low-carbon city, far more than any particular green design or technology, is the priority given to public affluence over private wealth’; in Gehl’s terms, the public ‘life between buildings’ is what matters now. And for Sydney artist-architect Richard Goodwin, it is the way in which monolithic corporate towers might be transformed into interconnected ‘non-homogenous forms’, themselves extending public space.
At first glance this could be a downtown-Dubai-scale development – a variant of Robert Emerson Curtis’s 20th-century fantasy of the infinite high-rise (see p 19). In the newer image, however, the peaks are not a physical extension of the city onto which they are superimposed. This is a data-graphic representing the carbon footprint of the city, the columns a measure of the building greenhouse gas emissions projected for 2030 if ‘business as usual’ is maintained. Eerily evoking the warming effects of a city on its environment, City of Sydney, Decentralised Energy Master Plan – Trigeneration, 2012.
Curating Sydney: Imagining the City’s Future by Jill Bennett, Saskia Beudel