Architecture - Honours
The ultimate aim of the Hall of Democracy is to inspire action against the climate change crisis. To deepen understanding and increase awareness, programming across arts and science sectors will instigate change through dynamic and exciting educational opportunities. As a place that intends to build connections and advance equitable solutions toward a sustainable future, the building will be occupied by patrons as well as professionals who are leaders in the sustainability movement.
Democracy has long been defined as the balance in modern societies in which there is broad representation of all backgrounds. However in the present day, it appears that democracy is somewhat broken as higher powers continually conceal important truths and neglect their duties to listen and connect.
In the past decade, the climate change crisis has become increasingly distressing. In Australia in particular, it has become apparent that the government is ignorant towards the climate change movement as damaging decisions are being made frequently, with little public involvement. Consequently, citizens are misled in regards to the performance of Australia’s climate policy.
Architecture provides a platform upon which society can build consciousness regardless of the lack of transparency between government and the general public. By providing places for education and taking action, the built environment has the opportunity to speak out and create mass awareness around humanity’s most challenging and urgent issue.
Located in a heavily government populated region within Brisbane CBD, the Hall of Democracy is to be surrounded by highly influential buildings, making the proposed democratic establishment towards climate change awareness a controversial yet powerful catalyst in the call for change. The urban scape of which the Hall is to be built within, is immersed in a mixture of heritage and modern existing buildings. Whilst the proposed design is contemporary it aims to respect its adjacent heritage neighbours including The mansions, Parliament House and Queensland Club. This is achieved by abiding by relevant set-backs and considering building height and maintaining a maximum of 3 storeys as to not overpower the historical structures. With a focus on the environment, a portion of the site is dedicated to functional landscaping that encourages symbiotic relationships between humans and nature. With consideration for accessibility, there is means for circulation right the way around the building, with entrances on all orientations to create an honest and transparent visitor experience.
Studying architecture has really broadened Olivia's thinking about what design is for and what it can achieve. Over the years, Olivia believes that space and place should not only enrich the lives of those who experience it, but that it should also enact positive social change and promote healthier outcomes.