The North Eveleigh Propositional, 2011


Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline
Plywood, perspex, newspaper print, bottle caps
The Right to The City, curated by Lee Stickels and Zanny Begg
Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney.

An interactive newspaper dispenser where locals can contribute ideas for the redevelopment of an disused rail-yard in the centre of Sydney. These ideas are then edited into the next edition, creating and ongoing community conversation about the future of their city.

A vehicle for urban conversation: part newspaper dispenser, part post box, part writing desk, part slideshow-alley gumball-machine, The Propositional was placed around the North Eveleigh development site to both dispense and collect proposals for alternative visions for its use.

The Propositional does not aim to find one perfect design, rather it seeks an accumulation of ideas, polished or rough, wild or pragmatic, heartwarming or spine-chilling, a permanently evolving catalogue of potential North Eveleighs. We at The Propositional make no claim to represent or ‘speak for’ anyone, rather we are seeking to set up a space where people can speak for themselves, where everything is up for discussion and discussion is really the main aim.

The proposals may remain simply paper architecture, a silent witness to what could have been. But a more radical possibility exists: The proposals could go beyond polite dialogue to become a viable plan, giving us something to argue for, rather than against, something we can hold up to the spectulators and the regulators, and say: ‘this is what we want! and this is how to build it..’

Article.
http://runway.org.au/review-the-right-to-the-city/

Catalogue.
The Right to The City catalogue (excerpt)
The Right to The City catalogue (full)











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All images by Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline unless otherwise credited.