The structures of our everyday world are a reflection of our society. BLOOM is about looking at some of these everyday spaces and assessing how they are impacting our health and habits.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, three out of every five adults is either overweight or obese. For children, it is one in four. Nationally, obesity has overtaken smoking as the number one underlying cause of premature death and illness in Australia. Globally, the number of obese people now outweighs the number of malnourished. Growing in partnership with our waistlines are associated medical problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma.
The 2012 BLOOM exhibition looked at our world from a landscape perspective and assessing whether our outdoor spaces are promoting healthy lifestyles. From parks to prisons and high schools to hospitals, elements of the everyday are presented as a way to better understand the qualities of the places we’re creating. In the age of Facebook and fast food, BLOOM seeks to reveal the contrasts in how we approach - and value - different types of outdoor environments. The 2012 BLOOM exhibition was hosted by the Centre and curated by Gweneth Leigh.