In recognition of the changing needs and challenges of the building industry, DesignBUILD 2020 will look towards the future of Australia’s built environment with a renewed focus.
Now entering its 34th year, the annual industry event is Australia’s longest running trade show that brings together leading architects, commercial builders and property developers with manufacturers and suppliers operating within the commercial design and construction industry.
Building on this foundation, DesignBUILD is implementing several changes for its 2020 event. This includes the launch of a new Digital Building Zone, designed to capitalise on the opportunities of digitisation in the AECO (architecture, engineering, consulting, operations) sector. A hub of technological innovation, the zone will offer an immersive experience for major players to showcase up-to-the-minute solutions in construction technology and smart buildings.
DesignBUILD will work closely with UK sister brand Digital Construction Week, to deliver the latest thinking and discussion revolutionising the construction industry, from the digitisation of paper-based processes and cloud-based design collaboration, through to cutting edge software, AI and sensor technology.
Newly appointed event director James Laing is eager for the 2020 event to demonstrate the high standards and continuing innovations happening throughout the entire build process in Australia. “There are a number of profound changes that have rapidly affected the construction industry over the past year, including issues around cladding and defective materials,” says Laing. “Through our renewed 2020 focus, we hope to offer visitors a forum where they can connect with trustworthy brands representing the entire build spectrum, learn about practical solutions and engage with cutting edge technology.
“In response to extensive visitor and exhibitor research, we have created a stand-alone event for our Chinese exhibitors that will sit outside of DesignBUILD to deliver better experiences for attendees.”
DesignBUILD will for the first time be co-located with Total Facilities, supporting the need for high-performing facilities, intelligent living and work spaces.
The co-location will make DesignBUILD 2020 the largest destination for Australia’s built environment and will see more decision-makers, including building owners, corporate real estate and facilities management leaders, on the show floor. The new DesignBUILD will return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 21 to 23 April 2020.
Tuesday 21 April 10am to 6pm
Wednesday 22 April 10am to 6pm
Thursday 23 April 10am to 4pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf Vic 3006