UNSW Built Environment: Bike Rack as Art design competition

12 04 2011

Toby McInnes and Chris Smith's award winning Bike Rack as Art design "Quale"


Former UNSW industrial design student Toby McInnes has been awarded both the Highly Commended and People’s Choice award in the recent national Powerhouse Museum “Bike Rack as Art” design competition.

The Bike Rack as Art competition is part of the NSW government initiative “BikePlan” and was launched by the Powerhouse Museum and the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW (RTA) during Sydney Design 2010. The competition invited participants to design a cutting edge public bike rack that is both a beautiful item of street art as well as a long-lasting, easy-to-use, functional device.

Toby worked in collaboration with fellow designer, Chris Smith, to create their award winning concept “Quale”, which will now be installed at six locations throughout the Parramatta, Liverpool and Penrith areas. Their winning design can be viewed below.

In Toby’s final year of his industrial design degree he won the John O’Brien Scholarship and Breville Young Designer Award for his Breville Fruit Bowl concept. He was also shortlisted in the 2008 Australian Design Awards for his design “Bedu”, an emergency rapid response product, which was exhibited at the graduate Sustainable Design Exhibition ’08 and at the Powerhouse 12th International Design Festival. He is currently working on the Green Houses project for the Department of Housing.

To view other winning design entries, click here.

UNSW Built Environment: DesignTECH 2010

8 03 2011

UNSW Faculty of Built Environment is conducting a series of workshops this week as part of DesignTECH 2010 at the Powerhouse Museum.

DesignTECH is an exhibition of major design projects from HSC design and technology students.

Year 11 and 12 students studying design and technology at high schools across NSW have been invited to attend the workshops

UNSW Built Environment Faculty will present to the students concepts in design sustainability, and how they can incorporate sustainability in their thought and design process.   Design professionals,  HSC teachers and markers will also be available to inspire students about careers in design; and to help students understand how they will be marked for design and technology in the HSC.

There will be 10 presentations given by UNSW Built Environment over 5 days to approximately 500 students.

For a snapshot of the works currently being exhibited at DesignTECH 2010, please follow the below link.

DesignTECH 2010: pre-visit exhibition slide show

The DesignTECH exhibition is available for public viewing at the Powerhouse Museum until 1 May 2011.

UNSW Built Environment: DesignTECH winners announced

24 02 2011

HSC student Daniel Lia, from Holy Cross College has been awarded the University of New South Wales Built Environment Award for Sustainability in Design at this year’s DesignTECH exhibition.

Daniel’s design, “The Instantly Deployable Shelter” was one of 307 HSC Design and Technology projects nominated for DesignTECH, and one of 23 selected for exhibition. Motivated by the lack of adequate shelter for victims of the devastating Haiti earthquake of 2010, Daniel designed immediate relief housing using durable and lightweight materials, providing a light, portable and robust structure.

Daniel Lia and his award winning project "The Instantly Deployable Shelter"

UNSW Built Environment focuses on the design, construction and management of a valued and sustainable world. Our students consider the environment from a global perspective whilst delivering practical applications and solutions.  They are encouraged to think creatively and work professionally.

The UNSW Built Environment Award for Sustainability in Design is given to the student and project that best identifies the need for sustainability in design and incorporates key elements throughout the design process.

We congratulate Daniel on his success, and wish him all the best for the future.

The DesignTECH exhibition is available for public viewing at the Powerhouse Museum until 1 May 2011.

UNSW Industrial Design Program Director Miles Park presenting Daniel with his award