UNSW Built Environment: Saturday In Design

5 07 2011

Saturday in Design is an annual trade event for the design community, which began in Sydney in 2003, and now alternates each year between Sydney and Melbourne. This year will see Sydney showcased on 19 – 20 August 2011.

This event is an opportunity to see what Sydney has to offer in the field of furniture and design. It involves Australia’s premier designer furniture, finishes, fixtures and lighting showrooms opening their doors on a Saturday to allow architects, designers, students and design-savvy members of the public to enjoy these companies’ products in an ‘open house’ environment.

Saturday in Design has traditionally been an opportunity for local and international products from hundreds of reputable brands to be launched to thousands of members of the design community in one day.

To enable hassle-free travel in between showroom venues around the city, a number of complimentary shuttle buses run on pre-arranged routes for the entire day.

Click here to find out more about Saturday in Design.

UNSW Built Environment: Electrolux Design Lab 2011 Semi-Finalists Announced

22 06 2011

Modern day living means that time constraints and changing lifestyles are altering consumers needs for household products. Innovative designs are required to cater to these changing needs. This year the Electrolux Design Lab has asked industrial design students and recent graduates worldwide to create home appliances that consider intelligent mobility; their designs need to show a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity.

There were 1300 entrants and from that 25 semi-finalists have been chosen from all over the world. Three of the semi finalists are from Australia and of those three, two are Industrial Design students from UNSW!

We would like to congratulate Alfred Ching and Saba Zara on their creative and innovative designs. Alfred Ching’s design ‘Honeycomb Modular Induction Tiles’ (pictured above) looks at creating different sized and shaped movable heating surfaces which can be stacked for easy storage. Saba Zara’s design ‘Mywash’ is a communal washing machine with individual barrels which can be controlled via a smart phone.

The 25 semi-finalists will be whittled down to a final eight. The finalists will present their designs to a jury who will consider the entries based on intuitive design, innovation and consumer insight. The winning designer will receive €5,000 ($6,786AUD) and a 6 month paid internship at an Electrolux global design centre.

Click here to visit the website and checkout all the semi-finalists designs.

UNSW Built Environment: HotHouse Workshop on Ecological Thinking

29 04 2011

The National Institute for Experimental Arts is presenting a HotHouse Workshop on Ecological Thinking on the 19 and 20 May, 2011.

The event will include talks from international keynote speakers Tim Morton and David Gissen.

The workshop will consider ecological thinking and how it transforms the way we understand materials, objects and environments, whilst asking how we might radically rework ecological thought and curate (care for) Tim Morton’s concept of hyperobjects.

Participants are invited to brainstorm about a future exhibition project on hyperobjects for the new gallery complex at the College of Fine Arts.

For further information on this event including times and ticket prices please visit the Materials: Objects: Environment page.

UNSW Built Environment: Interposition Exhibition

7 04 2011

Interposition: transforming the Parramatta Ferry Wharf area

The sixth UNSW/SEU Joint Design Studio Interposition is being displayed in the Red Centre Gallery from the 4th to the 8th of April.

Interposition examines the physical, social and cultural qualities of the Parramatta Ferry Wharf area and explores its potentials for helping to invigorate the “second CBD of Sydney”.  This urban site, historically charged and strategically positioned in Parramatta, presents itself as a meeting point between the city of regular grid and the suburbs of irregular layout, between the seawater and freshwater along the Parramatta River, between stable office/residential spaces and fluid transport lines, between business and leisure, between local inhabitation and latent tourism.  It is an area of conspicuous tensions between elements of significant diversity in history, culture, use, scale, and character.

Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture students from the Southeast University and the University of New South Wales are positioned between different cultures, different institutes and different disciplines, working in teams of three to develop seven evocative propositions for the redevelopment of this richly charged site.  Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary engagement is prominent and nurtured in the process of design; in such an educational setting students energetically pursue conceptual creativity and at the same time actively develop sensitivity and capability in exploring feasible design ideas and architectural resolutions.

The studio emphasizes thoroughness and consistency of architectural and landscape thinking and design, ranging from site planning down to architectural space organisation, from interior design to construction details, where students are encouraged not only to conceive the kinds of spatial quality they wish to create in visual, audio, tactile, and other experiential terms, but at the same time truly to understand how such qualities were to be achieved tectonically and technically.  The outcome of the studio demonstrates a significant cooperative achievement in inter-institute design education between Australia and China.


UNSW Built Environment: 2010 – A Year of Achievements

16 12 2010

2010 has been a year full of achievement for the Built Environment Department. As we reach the last weeks of the year, lets take a look at some of the highlights of the year:

  • Student Awards and Prizes
    • (BID) Sam Adeloju: Australian International Design Awards – Silver
    • (BID) Sam Adeloju: James Dyson International Design Award – Winner
    • (BID) Alfred Boyadgis: Southern Cross Package Design Award – Commendation
    • (BID) Michael Brock: Cormack Innovation Awards – 3rd prize
    • (BID) Eric Chau: Cormack Innovation Awards – 2nd prize
    • (BID) Stanley Darmawan: Southern Cross Package Design Award – Commendation
    • (BID) Tristan Dimitroff: Cormack Innovation Awards – Highly commended
    • (BID) Xiao Ling Li: Southern Cross Package Design Award – Commendation
    • (BIA) Griffin Manan: Design Institute of Australia, Interior Design – First prize
    • (BID) Luane Rowe: The Coles Classic Race – Women’s title, winner
    • (BIA) Trent Schatzmann: Design Institute of Australia, Interior Design – Second prize
    • (BID) Joseph Luis Tan: Cormack Innovation Awards – First Prize
    • (BID) Danielle Taouk: Southern Cross Package Design Award – Silver
    • (BID) Shanshan Wang: Southern Cross Package Design Award – Commendation
  • Staff Awards, Prizes and Recognition
    • Ken Maher: Australian Institute of Architects Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture
    • Ken Maher: NSW Architecture Award – Sulman Award for Public Architecture
    • Alec Tzannes: NSW Architecture Award — Wilkinson Award for Residential Architecture

And also in 2010:

A number of individuals affiliated with the Faculty as sessional staff have received awards and significant recognition for their work:

  • Neil Durbach: Australian Institute of Architects Harry Seidler Award
  • Neil Durbach: NSW Architecture Award – Sir Arthur Stephenson Award for Commercial Architecture
  • Richard Francis-Jones: Australian Institute of Architects Award for Public Architecture
  • Richard Francis-Jones: Australian Institute of Architects John Verge Award for Interior Architecture
  • Richard Francis-Jones: Australian Institute of Architects Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture
  • Felicity Stewart: NSW Board of Architects Gold Medallion
  • Philip Thalis and Sacha Coles: Australian Institute of Architecture – Walter Burley Griffin Award
  • Peter Tonkin: International Architecture Award 2010

Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic year, and we wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas break.

UNSW Built Environment: Lord Richard Rogers interviewed on ABC Radio National

5 11 2010

Richard Rogers is one of the world’s most celebrated living architects and was a guest this week on ABC Radio National program By Design. For half a century he has been an extraordinary figure in shaping the world’s built environment.

In 2007 he won the Pritzker prize — in the world of architecture that’s the equivalent of a Nobel prize. As well, Lord Rogers (he sits as a Labour peer in the British house of Lords) has won Britain’s prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture twice.

His most famous buildings include the Pompidou Centre in Paris and, in London, the high tech headquarters of Lloyd’s, the Millennium Dome and Heathrow Terminal Five. But like all great architects, his iconic buildings and urban master plans have divided public opinion.

He is currently the driving design force behind the Lend Lease development of Sydney’s Barangaroo, a 22-hectare industrial site on Sydney Harbour to be transformed into a new precinct of commercial, residential and park … a project that has not been without controversy.

Richard Rogers has been for half a century an extraordinary figure in shaping the world’s built environment.

Click here to listen to Richard Rogers on ABC Radio National program By Design


UNSW Built Environment: Win an Apple IPAD!

2 11 2010

We are giving all BE students the chance to win an Apple IPad simply by taking part in an online CATEI survey! All you have to do is log into CATEI via your myUNSW portal and tell us your opinion about things. All those who complete the survey will go into a draw to win an Apple IPad.

We want to hear what you think! If positive, please take the time to say so,  affirm what is happening and provide this feedback to the  lecturers. If you would like to see change let us know so things can change.

It is understandable that this is a hectic time of the year and your time to provide this very important feedback  is really appreciated. It will only take about 15 – 20 minutes! 

Did you know because you complete CATEI;

  • Lecturers have changed course content and teaching  as a result  of your feedback.
  • If you complete the survey you can view lecturer feedback on comments and course data after the results are finalised.
  • If you complete the survey you are then given access to see the completed results for  Form A evaluation and so find out what your peers thought.
  • By completing the survey you boost the overall response rate for FBE compared to other Faculties at UNSW which is very important. You also boost your own  program’s response rate compared to other programs within FBE too! Yes, they are all measured which indicates the importance of this survey.

So log in to myUNSW portal today today for your chance to win!