When: 29 Jul–24 Sep
Where: RMIT Design Hub, cnr Victoria & Swanston Sts, Carlton
How much: Free
More info: RMIT Design Hub

In this new exhibition presented at RMIT Design HubOccupied  explores our political, economic and built environments, and how they could affect the future shape of our cities. By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban centres, with Australian cities anticipated to almost double in size. Occupied speculates that the ideas that thrive in this context will be “small-scale, contingent and combinatory, operating at the margins or the in-between, within bureaucratic grey-zones or emerging economies.” In Occupied, local and international practitioners will showcase proposals for housing more with less, retrofitting, adapting and repurposing existing structures and environments. Ranging from the pragmatic to the utopian, and the research-driven to the purely speculative, Occupied anticipates the critical design approaches, ideas and strategies of the imminent future.

Curated by Grace Mortlock, David Neustein (both of research-based design organisation otherothers) and Fleur Watson, the artists exhibiting at Occupied consider our futures in a variety of ways – from the hypothetical to the research-driven, presenting both pragmatic and utopian ideas. Exhibitors consider how we can house more people with less space for “an ever-growing populace with a finite and decaying urban fabric.”

Occupied will also include a shared space for RMIT students called Supershared. The loft-like space projects out and into the Project Room 1 gallery space, and can be booked by students throughout the course of the exhibition, speaking to the “dexterity and responsiveness of the ‘shared economy'”. Designed by Jacqui Alexander and SIBLING,students can book the space via Creative Spaces.

Exhibitors include: 5th Studio, all(zone), Ash Keating, Atlanta Eke, Baracco + Wright Architects, Black Kosloff Knott Architects Architects and Monash Arts Projects (MAP), Breathe Architecture, Callum Morton and Toby Reed, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism & MAIO, Flores Prats Architects, Jack Self, Lacaton & Vassal and Frédéric Druot Architecture, Liam Young, Lyons Architecture, Harrison and White, Maddison Architects, Minifie van Schaik Architects, NMBW Architecture Studio, MAPA, Office for Political Innovation, otherothers, Spacemarket, Stefano Boeri Studio with The BlinkFish, TOMA!, Vokes and Peters.

Original image: Courtesy Occupied, design by Sean Hogan (Trampoline)