30 March 2012
On the forefront of New Urbanism
Dr Maggie McCormick and Fiona Hillary from RMIT University’s Art in Public Space program have travelled to Shanghai to join other international experts in discussing urban cultural development strategies.
Rowena Martinich works on a Melbourne mural with RMIT’s Art in Public Space Program, one of the projects to be presented in China this week. Photography by Clare McCracken.
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They are delivering a lecture at the Green Building China 2012 conference – China’s leading forum for sustainable building. Their seminar will be focused on public art, its role in urbanism, and strategies for its implementation.
Dr McCormick and Ms Hillary will present methodologies for public art training developed at RMIT’s School of Art as well as some of their Melbourne-based projects, such as the North Melbourne Mural project.
The presentation will be linked to the 2012 Shanghai International Urban Planning and Architectural Design exhibition taking place at the Shanghai EXPO Center.
This exhibition and conference look at eco city planning, “green” building development, and sustainability as key priorities for the future of urbanism.
Dr McCormick and Ms Hillary said that to deliver the pathway to this future, there was an urgent need for collaboration among diverse players – artists, architects, government policy makers, researchers, commercial developers and investors.
Though this was not an easy task, “[public art] … is emerging in the role of mediator as an integral part of a new urbanism”, they said.
Art in Public Space at RMIT is an internationally recognised leader in its field, providing candidates with the skills to act as artists, client representatives and project managers.
The program has developed many relationships, including with Melbourne’s Chinese Museum and the newly formed public art department at East China Normal University (ECNU).
Dr McCormick and Ms Hillary have been invited to present a lecture to ECNU staff and students while in Shanghai.
Back in Melbourne they will re-present their project at the Chinese Museum.
Dr Maggie McCormick and Fiona Hillary.