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News – Australia Award for Urban Design goes to C3West project by Campement Urbain

Posted on June 28, 2012 in News.

This vision for the Regional Centre of Penrith has been created by valuing the issues, observations and ideas of local inhabitants. It has resulted in a concept that embraces urban design fundamentals such as accessible public space, recreational precincts, densification, pedestrianisation, sustainability and connectivity.

The Future of Penrith, Penrith of the Future is also an inspirational vision. While it is utopian in it’s idealistic imagery, the concept sets out to meet every challenge with fresh imagination, re-­connecting Penrith to the river, proposing environmental initiatives that might be supported by the private market and identifying economic opportunities.

_Australia Award for Urban Design 2012 jury

Tim Williams and François Daune accepting the award

Tim Williams and François Daune accepting the award

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is delighted to share the news that as part of the Australia Award for Urban Design 2012 held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Tuesday 26 June 2012, C3West project Campement Urbain: The Future of Penrith/ Penrith of the Future won the Policies, programs and concepts-large scale award.

The Award was created by the Urban Design Taskforce to recognise recent urban design projects of high quality in Australia and to encourage cities, towns and emerging settlements of all sizes to strive similarly for improvement. It acknowledges the critical role of good urban design in the development of our cities and towns.

The C3West project entitled The Future of Penrith/ Penrith of the Future stems from a partnership between French-Australian art and urban design collective Campement Urbain, Penrith City Council, Panthers Group, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Landcom and Penrith Performing & Visual Arts. In October 2011, Campement Urbain presented an urban design proposal following a 12-month period of Penrith community consultation and collaboration. Campement Urbain used the aspirations and concerns of local residents to re-imagine Penrith as a model for urban renewal and sustainable living which could set a benchmark for cities world-wide.

MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor said: “This is such a beautiful and exemplary model of collaboration. We are thrilled with the news and I am delighted to announce that since last year’s symposium, Penrith Council has decided to take the project to the next level.”

About Campement Urbain:

Campement Urbain is a collective formed by internationally renowned video artist Sylvie Blocher and architect/urban designer François Daune. They are joined by award-winning Australian architect Tim Williams for The Future of Penrith/ Penrith of the Future project.

About C3West:

C3West stands for community, commerce and contemporary art. It is a long term project that aims to develop new ways of working with art, commerce and community by aligning business strategies with arts practices in a process of engagement for mutual benefit in Western Sydney and beyond. Artists are commissioned to develop arts projects in close collaboration with commercial enterprise and involving local communities. C3West is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. For more information, visit the webpage.

Posted by Kelly Stone