YIMBY: Yes, In Our Backyard!

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YIMBY is an original creative architectural project commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The project explores the possibility of building active and positive communities through the conversion of the NGV’s garden into a ‘shared’ community backyard. The project provides traditional backyard elements such as greenery, shade structures, BBQ facilities, picnic tables, cabanas, hammocks and play equipment.to Melbournians who may not have access to their own backyard. As such, the community is invited to share in the cooperative-use and collective-definition of this one.

Temporary architectural pavilions offer critical opportunities to reassess and advance standards of design practice via experimentation and the exploration of new material and construction paradigms. This project celebrates the spatial, technical and aesthetic potentials of emergent sustainable material streams resulting in an extremely efficient, lightweight, low-emissions and low-waste approach to construction. All key material choices have been made against a cradle-to-cradle criteria resulting in the specification of low-lifecycle emission materials that are either 100% recyclable (steel & shade cloth); renewable (CLT), compostable (compressed straw panels) or a combination thereof.

Supermanoeuvre, was one of 10 Australian architectural practices commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to submit a concept for the 2023 NGV Architecture Commission Design Competition.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVictoria
PublisherNational Gallery of Victoria
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Jul 2023


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