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Tickle is Taylor Cullity Lethlean’s vehicle for research, discourse, collaboration and innovation.
Tickle’s most recent event was to host an exhibition of work by practitioners across the globe.
It was initiated out of a desire to shun design trends towards global conformity in public places. The invitation asked participants to expose, represent and or design into their cities most peculiar places.
It asked whether, as our cities grow and begin to resemble one another are we losing the fine nuances of community and culture?
The response from our invited colleagues globally was immediate, enthusiastic and fun. The theme obviously struck a chord. The exhibition opening was last week and displayed thoughts and observations from as far a field as Amsterdam, Guttenberg, Portland, Auckland and Costa Rica.
The work reminded us how people from different cultures use and shape public space, but also how our vernacular public spaces can shape people and our experiences. It also revealed that designers are acutely aware of the value of distinctive places to their city and the need to map, record and creatively interpret it into their work.
At its essence though, the participation in the exhibition was a chance for a design community to engage in a conversation about ideas about our cities and our unique places.
Our studios work in Australia is also an ongoing attempt to understand our own peculiar place. We use the art of landscape architecture to puzzle out the complicated ways in which our place shapes and affects us as a community.
Exhibition held at Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Melbourne Australia, 3rd September 2010
Photographs by Ben Wrigley – Photohub
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