Many Australian cities are defined by populations that honor the destruction of endemic cultures and environments in order to feed cravings for the suburban dream. We hope cities may have a chance to change this, particularly as cities play host to a seemingly endless supply of creativity and innovation. They are incredible dichotomies, bastions of progressive ideas as well as monoliths of impenetrable institution and legacy. Which of the two forces will win out as history unfolds? Creation of a future through innovation or a continuation of historical legacy? Will the legacies of history always define the city? Is change more powerful as a retaliation against history, or is it defined by what has come before?
Magnificent Revolution asks: How can cities shake off the shackles of the past and truly reinvent themselves?
Scott Hazard answers: We can hasten the evolution of our urban environments through the cumulative effects of many small decisions and actions. Reality is not fixed–it is a malleable and porous construct. Sustainable change is more powerful as a re-thinking or reconfiguring of historic and current practices–think re-tooling the suburban dream.
The small spaces in my photo constructs explore the notion of simultaneously looking at and through. Small, under-noticed and under-utilized urban spaces can become portals to present and cultivate ideas that can help us re-envision our cities.