Sep Yama/Finding Country is a position originating from an aboriginal perception of space.
Australian cities and towns were laid out on blank canvases for over 200 years. Though the legal position of Terra Nullius was overturned in 1992, its spatial derivatives, played out as surveyor’s pegs and speculative land holdings, are still present today. Unwittingly, they continue to define an Architecture of Intolerance in our built environment.
But the canvas is not blank. The presentation of Kevin O'Brien Architects (KOA) work will demonstrate the preoccupation with this position and the subsequent question: what can be taken away to reveal Country?
Prof. Kevin O'Brien is an architect. He was born in 1972 and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995 with a Bachelor of Architecture, and in 2006 with a Masters of Philosophy (Architecture). In 2005 he initiated Sep Yama/Finding Country with Michael Markham and directed the independent collateral event Finding Country Exhibition at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2012.
He established Kevin O'Brien Architects (KOA) in 2007 in Brisbane. Between 2009-2011 he designed and built the Archibald Street House with Susan Ellison. The house was built around the Indigenous and European traditions of its inhabitants. In 2013 he was appointed Professor of Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology.
Dagmar Reinhardt will talk about the challenge of working with complex design frameworks that consider performance, interaction and experience. This helps develop current thinking in parametric and algorithmic design by considering the instrumental role and performative potential of trans-disciplinary approaches to bodies, spaces, material and topographies. By outlining an approach towards such a design methodology, this talk contributes to an understanding of design that proceeds through research.
Dagmar Reinhardt has lectured and taught at European and Australian Universities. Complimentary to academic work at the University of Sydney, Reinhardt develops architecture as the principal of reinhardtjung architects, a research-led practice that develops architecture through buildings, installations and curatorial work, publications, academic education and research, which has been widely published and received a number of awards.
Craig Roussac will talk about his research on how we can empower building operators by giving them an unprecedented understanding of how their buildings use energy. While the opportunity to reduce emissions from buildings through technology investments was quantified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), non-technological options to reduce energy use were not assessed. Roussac’s research indicates there is significant potential for information-based approaches to deliver cost-effective solutions to energy management in buildings which need to be accounted for in government policy on Greenhouse Gas reduction.
Craig is a director and co-founder of Buildings Alive and is responsible for the company’s operations and strategic direction. He was previously director of the Investa Sustainability Institute's program of action research for sustainability in the built environment while he was working for Investa Property Group as the general manager with responsibility for the sustainability, safety and environmental management platforms. Craig has a longstanding interest in energy and buildings and is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney in the Architectural Science discipline. His primary research interest is in how technologies and non-technological factors can combine to achieve significant greenhouse gas emission reductions from the operation of buildings
Who should be involved in city making and how? This is one of the questions at the centre of NSW Government deliberations as it seeks to reform the NSW planning system. The question is an important one for architects and planners and also raises issues about the right to the city. This panel discussion will localise issues raised in the traveling exhibition ‘People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization’, and seek audience views. Panellists include academics, urban practitioners, citizens, and developers. The evening will begin with a short presentation by Anna Rubbo (CSUD, Earth Institute, Columbia University) about the origins and purpose of the People Building Better Cities exhibition.
John Brockhoff, NSW Department of Planning
Chris Johnson, Urban Taskforce
Paul Pholeros, Healthabitat
Amelia Thorpe, Faculty of Law, UNSW
Geoff Turnbull, Red Watch
Kati Westlake, Parramatta Council
People Building Better Cities: Participation and Inclusive Urbanization, is traveling to ten countries to exchange knowledge, build networks, and promote dialogue between communities, urban professionals, universities, non-governmental organizations, and policy makers on the challenges of inclusive urbanization and climate change. While the exhibition focus is on developing countries, it speaks to urban issues in developed countries such as growing inequality and climate change. Associated public events in each city of the ten countries will localize the exhibition content.
People, events, places, and environments define a city, but if these are the city inputs, what are the outputs, how do we extract insights from them? City: Input / Output examines census data, cartography, and other trails of a city's existence that can be used to empower its inhabitants to solve challenges such as sustainability and gentrification. The talk will present the growing trend of measuring absolutely everything/everywhere and of building products and services around this data. It will conclude by suggesting ways in which different organisations and entities could capture and release this data to its ultimate custodian: you. What can you learn? And how will it affect your impact as an input into the city?
Data visualisation is Small Multiples' speciality and passion. They are strong advocates for data transparency and technology which brings this data to life for the people who it is most relevant to. The founders of Small Multiples, Andrea Lau and Jack Zhao, are both data visualisation specialists working across disciplinaries to communicate stories told with data. They met while doing post-graduate research at the Design Lab.
This talk will look at the use of creative technologies for turning everyday places into playful spaces. Providing examples and stories from the making of Solstice LAMP, a large-scale interactive installation that will be exhibited at Vivid Sydney 2013, the talk will highlight opportunities, challenges, and the processes behind making public large interactive installations.
Oliver Bown holds a PhD from the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths College, University of London. As well as being a composer and performer, he has worked as an interactive sound designer for digital installation artworks and has developed software for music creation and performance. He maintains a music and audio software library for the popular creative programming environment Processing.
Luke Hespanhol holds Master degrees in Cross-Disciplinary Art & Design by the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (2010) and in Interaction Design & Electronic Arts by the University of Sydney (2012). He is currently a PhD candidate at the Design Lab, University of Sydney. Luke’s research and art practice focus on the transformation of public spaces through interactive electronic interventions.
Martin Tomitsch is a lecturer and researcher at the Design Lab in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney. He teaches interaction design and human–computer interaction in the Bachelor in Design Computing and Master in Interaction Design & Electronic Arts programs. His research focuses on the creative use of emergent technologies to improve everyday life.
Miriama Young holds a PhD in Music Composition from Princeton University. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Miriama writes music for film, dance, radio, live electronics and fixed media, voices and instruments. Her interactive installations have featured in New York City’s Puffin Room and Gallery 138.
Installed for Sculpture by the Sea 2012, Mirador is the result of a continued exploration into the complex heterotopic relationship between architecture, man and nature. While the term Mirador plays on the reflective interior skin of the installation, it also defines an architectural feature such as a balcony, window or turret that affords a particular view of the surroundings. Its Spanish origin, mira, means to look at or to wonder at. In the Mirador observatory, spectators catch reflections of themselves within the same view of the environment they are surveying. They are not positioned as separate from their natural environment, but immersed in it.
Rachel Couper and Ivana Kuzmanovska began collaborating during the Masters of Architecture, Sydney University, when they developed a design for a temporary theatre for the Digital Architecture Studio and the Sydney Festival. This culminated in the installation of a prototype, the Spritz, in the Sydney Festival Exhibition ‘youtopia’ in January 2012. Kuzmanovska and Couper were awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Digital Innovation Prize for the design and the prototype formed the basis of the design for the Mirador.
Stephen taylor said ," to consider the kind of city we want is to consider the way in which we choose to consider our housing."
I will talk about the single residential work of our practice and how lessons learnt in that space may be applied at the city-making scale.
Hannah Tribe studied architecture at Sydney University and Cornell University, graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal, the RAIA NSW Chapter Prize and prizes for design, history, theory and construction. Before starting Tribe Studio, Hannah worked for award-winning architects in Sydney and New York where she was involved in art museum design, urban design and high-end houses and apartments. Hannah has taught at the University of Sydney, UTS and UNSW. She has tutored in design and lectured in design and design communications. She also lectures on Tribe's work to her peers at the Institute of Architects and has participated in the national architecture conference as a moderator and presenter in 2008 and 2010. She is a member of NAWIC and sits on the NSW Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects. She has been an invited juror on awards panels, including the Australian Institute of Architects Awards and the IDEA Awards.
Recent planning for new suburbs has tended to focus on issues of subdivision layout, urban density and sometimes design. Less attention is often given to the public and community spaces available in these new suburbs, and in particular to shopping centres. This presentation will focus on the attributes of the ubiquitous shopping mall, which compares poorly on many levels to the traditional centres in older suburbs, The quality of new outer urban settlements is critical to ensuring that social and economic divides are not exacerbated, and that the new suburbs of today are not the wastelands of tomorrow.
Associate Professor Robin Goodman is Director of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. She is an urban planner with considerable experience in conducting research into various aspects of planning and public policy. Robin’s recent projects include work on retailing in Brisbane and Melbourne, marginal rental housing in Australia, planning reform and the characteristics of housing supply and the privatisation of community assets in master planned communities.
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