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Built Environment Meets Parliament

The ADA was pleased to support the Built Environment Meets Parliament event held in Canberra on 15 July.  The keynote address was delivered by the Hon Tim Fischer AC, who said that, we need holistic planning and design at every level and that, while we may not need a minister for design just yet, we need ministers in government who can bring the concept of design into what they do.  Points that the ADA wholeheartedly endorse.


Australia bids for 2020 International Union of Architects congress

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has made a bid to host the 2020 International Union of Architects (UIA) Congress in Melbourne.
One of the largest international events of its type, the congress attracts approximately 6,000 attendees from around the globe and is held triennially.
The theme for the UIA Melbourne 2020 bid is ‘Dialects of Place’ and will address the design of equitable, engaging, diverse, creative and humane cities as the responsibility of many parties and a unique challenge for architects and urbanists.


Melbourne launches architecture and design pavilion inspired by London’s Serpentine project

Australia will soon have its own annual architecture and design hub via a temporary pavilion in the style made famous by London’s Serpentine Pavilion. Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said the project will cement Melbourne’s standing as a major hub for design and architecture in the Asia-Pacific, creating an event that will benefit both Victorians and visitors to our State.


Great design boosts our economy and democracy – but may not be around for much longer

Food for thought in this article in 'Design Week' by UK innovation policy specialist Naomi Turner.

The absence of strategic support for design education is of particular concern. The Government no longer buys wholesale into the notion that industrial design is key to our competitiveness as a nation, despite the enormous potential for well-designed, embedded technologies in our homes and cities to be a massive growth area for the UK . Large-scale outsourcing of production and a huge loss in our manufacturing base has had a knock on effect in how ‘making things’ is perceived by communities  – dirty work, poorly paid, subject to redundancies – when in fact the opposite is true. 


Bob Greenberg: Design + Collaboration – the sum is greater than the parts


Last week Object: Australian Design Centre (associate member of the Australian Design Alliance) hosted a special early morning talk with digital visionary Bob Greenberg on his first visit to Australia.


Enabled by Design-athon 24-25 July 2014, Sydney

The benefits of Universal Design are well known – providing better design solutions for everyone, but guest speaker Cain Beckett, Director at Pricewaterhouse Cooper, encouraged participants at the inaugural Australia Enabled by Design-athon to also consider the business opportunities of the rapidly expanding $50b a year market for products, technologies and services for people with a disability.


Idea Bombing Sydney The Gallery Edition

For the past couple of months Idea Bombing has taken over Object Gallery coming up with design ideas to improve our cities.  They have a final event as part of Sydney Design on 22 August  looking at how design can transform our everyday lives. 


Australian Design Alliance: promoting the use of design to boost Australia's productivity through innovation.

Australian Craft and Design Centres
Australian Graphic Design Association
Australian Institute of Architects
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Australian Network for Art and Technology
Australian Production Design Guild
Building Designers Australia
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia
Design Institute of Australia
Engineers Australia
Good Design Australia
National Association for the Visual Arts
Planning Institute of Australia

Object: Australian Design Centre

UNSW Art and Design
UTS Design Innovation Research Centre
Virtu Design Institute

Communication Design Partner: Brave Creative
Digital Partner: Canvas Group
Network Collaborator: Pozible