Jiantao Li, new urban journey [×]
According to the City of Melbourne’s Tourist Administration, the number of tourists from overseas has dramatically increased in the past twenty years. This year COVID-19 has seen Melbourne in lockdown for a good part of 2020 and has seen a dramatic decrease in tourism. Due to this, many local businesses have seen a huge economic impact. Swanston Street, in the heart of Melbourne, is usually bustling with tourists and locals alike, and currently it is empty of people enjoying all that it offers. This Major Project imagines life after COVID-19 and uses Swanston Street as site for activation to re-invigorate the city and provide new experiences for tourists and the locals of Melbourne.
This Major Project began with the research question, how can digital and spatial technologies be used to create urban interventions that provide a better experience for visiting Melbourne? Through this research, it has been established that Swanston Street has a variety of usages including, commercial, hospitality, multicultural, transportation and arts programs and communities. Through specific interventions, the design facilitates visitors to further understand the history and contemporary contexts, and their changes, in the city of Melbourne. Concurrently, these interventions act as a guide for visitors to Melbourne’s CBD.
This Major Project allows a new experience for visitors to the interventions by challenging the relations of space and time. Furthermore, these interventions act as real-time memorials; a historical and contemporary recording that is ever evolving and accessible to those who cannot be physically present.