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Bond partners with international architecture exhibition on Gold Coast

The Soheil Abedian School of Architecture is a major sponsor of the recently launched NOW and WHEN: Australian Urbanism exhibition, being displayed at the Gold Coast City Gallery.

This dramatic, visual experience was launched on Friday, March 25, after breaking attendance records at the 12th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition, Venice in 2010.

The exhibition is the work of accomplished Australian photographer John Gollings and highly respected and awarded architect Ivan Rijavec.

Professor Philip Follent, Head of School at the Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, said the School was very excited about being a major sponsor of the exhibition as it is the first time is has been shown outside Venice.

“This signifies the kick-off of what seems likely to be a good, healthy and extensive post-Venice touring life,” said Professor Follent.

“The exhibition is an experience of architectural visions of Australia’s urban present and future in an intensive sound and visual environment, featuring ground-breaking 3D stereoscopic technology with visions of what Australian cities could look like in 2050 and beyond.

“The exhibition evoked an amazing response from British Architect Sir Norman Foster who said it was ‘the best exhibition at the Biennale’.”

Ninety-three thousand people experienced the NOW and WHEN exhibition in Venice, which was 60 per cent larger than the crowd which went through the Australian Pavilion in 2008.

Professor Follent commented on the relevance of the exhibition to students in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

“Aesthetic appreciation in architecture will not be cultivated by our students looking at the composition of shapes and spaces in buildings alone. It will also come from an appreciation of dance, music, poetry, writing and fine art. Thus the relationship with the Gold Coast City Gallery is crucial to our success as educators,” he said. 

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