What gives a person the right to grant or deny freedom to another, before the chance to a fair trial? As incarceration rates continue to rise, why are governments to implement an out dated justice system? It is well known that alternative systems like those in Norway have had success in reducing re-offending rates, so why are there currently over 14,000 people in Australia on remand? One third of all incarcerated people. Innocent until proven guilty, unless you are disadvantaged or impoverished?
The project seeks to draw a certain linearity, between this infinite spiral like state of purgatory, in an attempt to achieve a greater public perception and understanding, resulting in a city-wide achievement of reducing incarceration rates and attempting to remove the “out of sight out of mind” attitude.
The Philip Precinct in The Domain Sydney is an invaluable commodity of open green space. Full of rich political and social history, The Domain celebrates free speech with notions like speakers corner, concerts and many protests over the years. What effect then would this have on the city if it is threatened to be taken away.
Acting as a container of people in perhaps a slightly heterotopic fashion, prefabricated modules are surrounded by a wall, a very utilitarian object. The modules themselves are based directly upon existing proprietary systems, And by implementing these rather than redesigning a more humanised approach, the intention is not to create a false reality, but rather reveal to the public what the current truth is.
The principle is placing the city of Sydney on trial. The inhabitation of the space is correlated with the number of people currently on remand - acting as a litmus test for the current state of judicial and social affairs. As the rate grows, so do the walls. More modules are placed on the site, the walls grow higher, and more of the land gets absorbed. A forced a responsibility to the public as a participant in Australian society.