It’s exciting when Queensland designers are selected to exhibit at prestigious international events. HY William Chan is one such designer who is enjoying being in the limelight for the Campus & Controcampus exhibition at the International XXI Triennale, Milan.
The Campus & Controcampus exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of ‘green’ university campuses. It explores the university campus environment – re-envisioning the future of sustainable education – which is an important theme in the debate about Milan’s future.
William, who is based in Brisbane, is an urban designer at Cox Architecture, international associate at Global Studio as well as being a research scholar for the University of Queensland School of Architecture.
His work for the exhibition is derived from mapping research and sustainable studies from Citta Studi, located in the inner east of the Italian design and fashion capital. It proposes the opportunity for architectural and urban regeneration to create sustainable community spaces.
“University campuses are no longer static precincts reserved for students during school hours but have become key innovation and community hubs that drive economic and research activity for cities and its citizens,” explained William.
William said building prosperous knowledge-based economies and environmentally sustainable places, whether in Milan or Brisbane, is dependent on how well we regenerate and integrate the community into the process.
The exhibition was described as a must-see event by Italian national newspaper Corriere della Sera during Milan Design Week. Included in the exhibition are drawings by Italian architect Renzo Piano which showcases a new master plan for the Polytechnic University of Milan and University of Milan, while Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA presents the proposal for Bocconi University’s new business campus.
Campus & Controcampus will be on show in Milan until 12 September 2016.