July 2013, Urban Islands Workshop.
We invited students to put attention in the fringe of land which limits the inland from the water. To place themselves at the edge of Cockatoo Island and reflect upon the promise that a urban island can contain, and the sequence or way in which it can be revealed. If a urban island can be recognized by its limits, its future will depend on the definition of its edges, in its border, and how it connects or not with both sides of the edge… The workshop proposes to work with this edge, to read in it the possibilities for future transformations that will affect this fragment of land. We believe that any transformation on Cockatoo Island starts in its border. Or said in another way: any future plan for the island should consider its edge, as the departure line for new ideas. At the end of the process, any idea should be tested again by its effects in the edge of the island.
For the final presentation, the former drawing office, a space where many ships were actually designed in real one to one scale, was for a day re-inhabited by the students from, as a way to re-energise the Island with the (almost) lost art of drawing. Big hand pencil drawings and working models, containing reflections about different aspects of Cockatoo Island, were displayed as they used to be extended and drawn, in big horizontal surfaces. The former character of this office was then momentarily recovered: this beautifully lighted space, with enormous continuous windows and views to its four sides, again served as a studio place, a workshop where to draw and debate around big tables with models and drawings.