DIY ARCHITECTURE development is done to, rather than done by, citizens. Housing is developed not as places to live, but as financial assets for the owner.
Can the future of urban design be found in open source, citizen led development? Architectural and strategic designer Alastair Parvin believes so. In his presentation to designEX yesterday, Alastair presented a very different view of the future of design, architecture and development. Alastair works with innovative London design firm 00// (‘zero zero’). He questioned the system of cities being built by large corporations using large finance. He said at the moment
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Although this approach seems to be innovative, Alastair says it’s not that different to traditional vernacular architecture. Remember that before the Industrial Revolution, these types of community barn-raisings were common. Now the only difference may be that information can be spread via the internet.
In Alastair’s view, the future of development is through the democratisation of production where citizens design and build their own cities using open source architecture and building systems.
Alastair Parvin speaking in his session on Architectural Production
But can it be done? Alastair showed us that it’s already being done. He’s part of the team behind WikiHouse, an open-source construction set that allows anyone to freely share model files for structures, which can then be downloaded, ‘printed’ and easily assembled. Groups all over the world, from Rio to Christchurch, are using WikiHouse to change the rules. They go online using a freely shared library of 3D models, adapt these in SketchUp, generate a set of cutting files, and print out the parts of a house using a CNC machine and standard sheet material like plywood. No construction skills are needed as the parts are numbered – just like a huge Ikea kit.
Alastair sees WikiHouse as a small answer to some big issues for urban development. But he sees this as being a solution that can also address issues such solar-powered air conditioning and off-grid energy and sanitation. Low cost, open source solutions that anyone can very easily make could be the answer to many of the issues facing those millions of people who are already living in self made cities around the world.
Win a Wishbone Chair Win one of 2 wishbone chairs by uploading a picture of yourself to instagram sitting in one of the chairs. With #DEXlovesHans Carl Hansen & Son Café by CULT, Hall 3
In India by 2050, 450 million will join the middle classes. We need to develop low cost, high performance solutions to solve the huge systemic energy challenges that we will face for this growth.
Collaboration for well-being Hear from Leah Heiss, Elastic Field and Justin Wagemakers, Blue Sky Group discussing the healthy side of design collaborations. 3-5pm Seminar Theatre, Hall 3 Tickets Available from the Seminar Theatre
Speaker Series continues today – for full schedule see page 3.
THE FUTURE OF DESIGNING F O R H E A LT H + W E L L B E I N G
The third day of the Speaker Series focuses on how organisational and employee wellbeing fosters creativity and innovation. Melbourne-based artist and designer, Leah Heiss uses cross-industry collaborations to help her develop human-scale projects, bridging the gap between science and design. Through her
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collaborative practice she works with experts from a range of disciplines
including nanotechnology, medicine,
manufacturing and computer science. Similarly, collaborating for health and wellbeing is the inspiration behind
Justin Wagemakers’ design practise. Justin is a leading senior designer
at Blue Sky Design Group with over 15 years of design experience. Having graduated at The Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, and now based in Sydney, Justin has worked on a diverse range of large and small projects and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with passion, innovation and precision.
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Last Chance Bocce Win great prizes including an exclusive cultural feast in Mount Langi Ghiran’s Bocce Challenge. Test your skills TODAY! Mount Langi Ghiran Wine Bar, Hall 2
Henley Replica Reclaimed
Four to Watch
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POWER SOLUTIONS FOR THE D E S I G N I N G WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE W HO’S
Stylish, functional and sometimes quite quirky power and data solutions are the expertise of Elsafe Australia. Leaders in design and manufacturing, Elsafe Australia create clever solutions for communal working environments and help to facilitate team-oriented projects.
At designEX 2014 they are featuring the highly anticipated TUF (twin USB fast) charger, which can be incorporated into all Elsafe solutions. Some other great products shown here at designEX include the PLUTO, which satisfies a demand for power and data connectivity, in informal spaces, in a way that no other module has done before. The Elsafe’s PIXEL design has been driven by the demand for a small accessible but discreet unit for the more discerning office worker.
See them at Stand 132
FROM MILAN Leaders in contract furnishing, MOBI are featuring a fresh and vibrant collection of pieces largely from Italian designer Very Wood. Straight from the floor of their exhibition in Milan, the collection features classic shapes with a stylish twist and a few slightly more avant-garde designs. A neutral colour palette is complimented by fabrics in textured pastels, cheeky pops of brights and rich tonal block colours. It is easy to envision the sleek modern pieces furnishing a restaurant or hotel but they could work just as easily in home décor.
60 SECONDS WITH DANIEL DALLA RIVA In seventeen years of professional practice Daniel has earned local and international recognition for his contributions to retail interior design, installation design and transient architecture. When it comes to collaborative and multidisciplinary design, Daniel is in the ‘true believer’ category. His insatiable appetite for realising new ideas and expressing brands in three dimensions has produced a diverse portfolio of work, and as many fulfilling and ongoing partnerships. What are you listening to at the moment? Donuts, J Dilla. Best restaurant/café in Sydney? Fratelli Paradiso. How you got into design in one short sentence? The hard way. Go to karaoke song? Hawthorn Football Club Song. Favourite designer? Too many to single out one. Best design/design innovation in the last 30 years? 3D printer.
Check out MOBI in person at Stand 418 Hall 1.
I N N OVAT I V E E N G I N E E R I N G
REVOLUTIONIZES WINDOWS With over 50 years at the forefront of European design and production excellence, TECHNAL’s latest product Safetyline Jalousie louver windows features smart design solutions that put it worlds ahead of competitors.
The windows can be made floor-toceiling with widths of up to 1.4 metres, have an inbuilt security system and the unique design also allows for insect screens, something previously unheard of with louvre windows.
The unique feature is an ingenious design where the louvres pivot from the top rather than the centre, allowing for superior function without compromising on a visually beautiful product.
Visit Safteyline Joulisie at stand 370 to learn more about its many innovative features and how they can be applied to a range of situations.
A SYMBIOSIS OF LIGHT AND FABRIC
How did you come up with the concept? Ummmmm.....
A harmonious fusion of light and textiles, eLumino by Création Baumann is a new way to create art through décor and invoke a sensual ambience. The exclusive curtain fabric is embroidered with LED lights that can be adjusted to several levels of intensity depending on the mood you wish to create. The innovative technology was developed through a collaborative research project with several partners including Lucerne University. The fabric can be cut to size and comes in two designs with lights either creating a striking border or dancing freely across the delicate fabric.
Who inspires you? My wife, my mum, my friends and my colleagues.
The ambient effect of this design must be experienced in person at Boyac, Stand TDA 16 Hall 2.
What did you design at designEX? The Young Henry’s Beer Barn, Dulux World of Colour, Mount Langi Ghiran Wine Bar + Bocce Court, Karndean Parkour Park, Knauf, Dia+ Agotya Gallery, Interwoven Gallery.
PRODUCTS FLOORPL AN HIGHLIGHT
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LOOK OUT FOR
AROUND THE SHOWFLOOR!
3M Australia Alex Zanda Altamira Artbank Astec Paints Marrickville TC Austaron Surfaces Bristile Roofing Coopers Store Corium Leather Creative Drain Solutions Damien Minton Gallery Designer Pinboards Australia
Designer Rugs Elsafe Australia Esthec Terrace FINK & Co In The Sac Karndean Designflooring Kaynemaile KE-ZU KE-ZU KriskaDECOR Laticrete Mapei Australia
Pasco / Buzon / Ausdrain Planit PolyX Global PVCPlus Spineless Classics Stormtech Tait Tec-led lightning Vincent Buda & Co Weathertex Wollombi Sandstone WoodSolutions
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410 132 550 205 TDA5 462 649 234 238 634 488 688
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Speaker Series The Future of Design Friday 30 May – Designing for Health and Wellbeing presented by WoodSolutions Time 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Title 360 Wellbeing – Wellbeing in the Workplace – Wenli Wang, Design Researcher presented by Steelcase Asia Pacific
3.00pm – 4.00pm
The role of designers in trans-disciplinary projects – Leah Heiss, Elastic Field
4.00pm – 5.00pm
Collaboration for health and wellbeing – Justin Wagemakers, Blue Sky Design Group
STUNNING FABRICS FROM UNUSUAL INFLUENCES Sydney based designer Elliot Clarke & Co is showcasing a stunning new range of fabrics designed in homage to visionary filmmaker Derek Jarman and the punk culture. The Italian milled fabrics range from plush gleaming angora velvets to ombre jacquards, hand drawn look geometric patterns and soft tartans. The interesting dying techniques used result in rich vivid colour – whether its neutral tones of charcoal, taupe and sea foam or popping brights in red and sunshine yellow. The organic aesthetic of the collection lends itself beautifully to modern Australian architecture, with elements such as reclaimed wood in mind.
Visit Elliot Clarke & Co at Stand TDA1 Hall 2 to speak with the captivating designers for expert knowledge on this beautiful new range.
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P H OTO S FROM
E XHIBITOR INTERVIEW
TONGUE N GROOVE RICHARD KARSAY DIRECTOR What’s the concept behind the stand?
We wanted to create a statement about where we see the future of timber. It’s big, bold and colourful showing lots of height, shape, texture and style. We are showing all 15 colours and 4 sizes of our range on the stand. Who designed the stand?
Tobias Partners designed the stand. We have a long association with the firm who also created our Sydney and Melbourne showrooms. We love the way they create spaces that display our product with an architectural design aesthetic. The brass used as a design feature on the stand, and also in the showroom, really complements the oak. It also ages beautifully just like timber. What is your favourite flooring shown on the stand?
Our new Farenn flooring, which is a weathered and wash grey floorboard. We have been trying to achieve this look for a while – it was quite difficult to achieve. So it’s fantastic to see this great product displayed here at designEX. What’s the future for flooring in Australia? We see wider and longer boards becoming more popular. They give a grander feel to large spaces. In terms of colour, we see both light and dark greys as very important. They work back so well with white walls and colourful artwork and furnishing. Tongue n Groove are exhibiting on Stand 526
Find out what happened on the final day of designEX for 2014