Lake Macquarie Pavilions: Connecting the Community with Artists, Places and Spaces

By Paola Favaro.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This proposal seeks to provide theoretical reflections and illustrative experiments for the creation of public art-works, intended more as spaces to interact with than simple objects to look at, for the City of Lake Macquarie, Australia. The aim is to provide an innovative approach through collaboration among university, city council and most importantly the local cultural community. The City of Lake Macquarie is formed by a series of small towns around the lake. Each town holds a rich historical and cultural background that is marginally recognized by a series of individual gestures. This proposal explores the potential of the lake, thus the water, to become the focus of a larger cultural plan. The project includes the design of a travelling floating pavilion on the lake and a series of permanent small pavilions or places of destination on its shores. The lake is interpreted as the fluid square of the City of Lake Macquarie and it is anticipated the travelling floating pavilion will become the catalyst of the numerous small centres connecting these places with the community through a series of artistic events such as small music or art and theatre workshops, discussion groups, poetry readings, author visits and book launches.

Keywords: Art and Architecture, Community and Places, Community Interacting with Artists, Places and Spaces

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.19-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.088MB).

Dr. Paola Favaro

Sessional Staff, Architecture Program, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Paola Favaro is a graduate of the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and she has more than twenty years experience in architectural practice and education in an international context. Her roles have included registered architect/ principle of her own architectural firm, architectural design consultant and University lecturer and researcher in Italy, Canada and Australia. She is interested in the role of architecture to promote and encourage research and discussions by experimenting and elaborating qualitative design ideas between the two, often separated, areas of theory and practice. She recently co-authored a monograph titled The Contribution of Enrico Taglietti to Canberra’s Architecture, published by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, (ACT Chapter Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture Committee, October 2007). She submitted her PhD thesis with the title: Drawn to Canberra: Formative Experiences and Adaptation in the Architectural Language of Enrico Taglietti (September 2008).


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