Key themes for State of Design

June 2, 2010

State of Design Festival to explore the future of Victoria’s built environment, mobility systems and digital strategy.

With the theme ‘Change by Design’, Victoria’s 2010 State of Design Festival will focus on three spotlight areas: the Built Environment, Digital and Mobility.

The festival, an initiative of the Victorian Government, this year includes 75 events. The Festival runs from 14-25 July 2010 at locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

This year’s festival consists of:
*Design Capital*, the festival’s business program
*Design for Everyone*, the public program of events, communicating the importance of design to a broad public audience
*Design: Made: Trade*, a diverse trade exhibition for the design industry
*Lightsource*, a new, commercial exhibition space for lighting brands

Some of this year’s highlights include:

*Design for Everyone Exhibition: Creating Livable Cities*
Thursday 15-Sunday 25 July, 10am-5pm
Leading Melbourne designers including Oom Creative, Büro North, Room11 and Ian Douglas Jones present installations relating to current water usage and suggestions for sustainable change.

*Design Capital: Sustainable Materials to Inspire*
Friday 16 July, 9.30-10.30am
Els Zijlstra, Founder and Creative Director of Dutch company Materia, presents innovative materials and projects where comfort, function, beauty and economics meet sustainability.

*Melbourne Open House Speaker Series: House This! Density in Melbourne*
Monday 19 July, 6-8.45pm
Prominent architects present a variety of built housing typologies, ranging from the suburban block conversion to city apartments, exploring clever opportunities to increase Melbourne’s density. Speakers include Tim Leslie, Philip Goad, Stuart Niven, Rob Adams, Geoffrey London, Nick Murcutt, Shane Murray, Tim Jackson, John MacDonald, Karl Fender.

*Design Capital: Retrofitting the Grid: New Designs for Old Buildings*
Tuesday 20 July, 8.15am
Rob Murray-Leach, CEO Energy Efficiency Council; Ninotschka Titschkosky, Principal Architect BVN Architecture; and Romilly Madew, CEO Green Building Council of Australia present the sustainability case for retrofitting.

*Design Capital: The Future of Personal Emotional Mobility*
Tuesday 20 July, 6-7.30pm
Chris Bangle, a former car designer at BMW, offers insights into current and future trends in mobility including the emerging world of eco-friendly mobility trends.

*Design Capital: Sustainable and More Profitable*
Wednesday 21 July, 8.15am
Nonda Katsalidis, Director of Unitised Buildings and Fender Katsalidis; Callum Fraser, Director of Elenberg Fraser, & Ian Jones, CEO Vipac; and Dylan Brady, Director of Studio505, discuss innovative design and construction processes, the sustainability performance of buildings and the experience of being in the space.

*Design for Everyone Exhibition: 3D Stencil Project*
Wednesday 21-Sunday 25 July, installation during the day; viewing during the evening
Trent Jansen arms himself with a 3D mould and a can of ecologically inert expansion foam to create small lampshades, powered by LED lights to provide a small light source in the city’s darkest corners.

*Design Capital: Making the Invisible Visible*
Thursday 22 July, 6pm
Curated by Janne Ryan with panel members Dan Hill, Sam Davy and Dave King, a discussion about communicating information via digital platforms. Digital strategies can be used to build brands, with information used for education, marketing, sales, user feedback and product improvement.

*Design for Everyone Public Talk: Rick Joy*
Thursday 22 July, 6.30pm
Award-winning American architect Rick Joy discusses his climate responsive and landscape sensitive work, based mostly in the desert region of Arizona.

*Design for Everyone Talk: Better Than TV*
Friday 23 July, 6pm
A night of entertainment for the easily distracted, presented by Simon Knott from RRR’s The Architects and BKK Architects, Soren Luckins, Director of Büro North, and photographer Peter Bennetts.

The festival also includes the Premier’s Design Awards. Ten projects have been selected as finalists for the 2010 program, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on 21 July as part of the State of Design Festival.

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