Super Tight explores the culture of spatial tightness emerging in Asian cities and its creative potential. This immersive exhibition considers techniques for living closely, unpacking the delight and difficulty that arises from the dense occupation of large cities.
More than half the world lives in cities, more than half the world lives in Asia, more than half of the world's megacities are in Asia. Asian cities are therefore key in examining new ways of being densely urbanised. The by-product of unprecedented metropolitan convergence is the emergence of new urbanisms and new architectures, new models for living and making culture.
Super Tight describes the small, intense, robust and hyper-condensed spaces that emerge as a by-product of extreme levels of urban density. Tightness is both a consequence of density (but is not density itself) and a series of social, economic and cultural practices that have developed in response to the rapid growth and consolidation of cities. In Super Tight we ask: are big cities inherently tight, or is tightness something that transcends density and can emerge without vast populations? Is tightness desirable and how is the concept relevant to thinking about future Australian cities?
While urban density has been heavily explored, Super Tight looks specifically at the culture of tightness that has emerged in Asian cities over the past 30 years, and the role that designers play in the material and social behaviours of tightness. The exhibition examines the emergence of dense urban environments with an eye on the social, political, economic and regulatory issues that have led to the generation of present-day cities in Asia. It speculates on what causes density, how dense cities become tight, and how cultural tightness emerged. Super Tight looks at what it means to live and work closely, through not only formal or spatial qualities, but through the sounds, smells and feel of closeness. The exhibition questions social attitudes to tightness, both in Australia and abroad. More broadly it proposes the concept of the “super tight” as an approach to design and culture that is valuable.
Exhibition curators and designers: Graham Crist, RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design; John Doyle, RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design, Atelier Bow-Wow (Japan) and Taishin Shiozaki Laboratory (Japan).
Super Tight is presented by RMIT Design Hub Gallery. Image courtesy of Taishin Shiozaki Laboratory, Tokyo.
SUPER TIGHT AND OPEN HOUSE MELBOURNE WEEKEND LAUNCH
FRIDAY 26 JULY 5PM–7PM, RMIT DESIGN HUB GALLERY
A joint launch to celebrate the opening of Super Tight and the Open House Melbourne Weekend program. Free and open to all.
SUPER TIGHT BAR TALKS
SATURDAY 27 JULY AND SUNDAY 28 JULY 1PM–2PM, RMIT DESIGN HUB GALLERY
Join us in the Super Tight bar for a series of discussions on small spaces, close living and future forms of city-making. During Open House Melbourne Super Tight curators Graham Crist and John Doyle lead bar talks with Japanese architects Taishin Shiozaki of Taishin Shiozaki Laboratory (Saturday 27 July) and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-Wow (Sunday 28 July). Free and open to all.
SUPER TIGHT LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
SATURDAY 27 JULY 4.30PM–6.00PM, THE CAPITOL
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto is a founding partner of the Japanese architecture studio Atelier Bow-Wow and co-curator of the exhibition Super Tight. In this public lecture, Tsukamoto will discuss the concept of spatial and architectural tightness in the context of Japan, and the work of his practice. What is tightness? Is it desirable, and how might it contribute to thinking about the future of cities? This lecture will be followed by a discussion chaired by architects and Super Tight co-curators Graham Crist and John Doyle and including speakers Yoshiharu Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow-Wow), Mauro Baracco (Baracco+Wright) and Ann Lau (Hayball). Presented in partnership with Open House Melbourne and The Capitol, RMIT University. Free and open to all.
SUPER TIGHT CITY WALKING TOUR
SUNDAY 28 JULY 2PM–3PM, MEET AT RMIT DESIGN HUB GALLERY
Are there good examples of urban density in Melbourne? Super Tight curators Graham Crist and John Doyle take us on a walking tour of Melbourne's best examples of density and intense urban living. Free and open to all.
RMIT Design Hub Gallery, Level 2, Building 100 Corner Victoria Streets and Swanston Streets, Carlton 3053 (entry via Victoria Street forecourt)
Time & Date
Friday 26 July – Saturday 21 September 2019
Gallery opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10AM–5PM
Access: Fully accessible, All ages
Exhibition: Entry is free
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