SIR GEORGE COX ON UK DESIGN

“Creativity is new thinking, new ideas, new ways of looking at things. Innovation is the introduction of the new: new process, new product. Design links the two. A designer wants to take creativity and take it to the end” – Sir George Cox, Designing More Innovative, Productive Businesses luncheon, Brisbane 24 November 2011 How do you encourage businesses to embrace design and creativity as a way to excel and to move forward? Celebrated UK design policy expert Sir George Cox recently came to Brisbane and did just that when he addressed industry leaders and senior government figures. Sir George Cox, a former Chairman of the UK’s Design Council, is internationally-known for his authorship of the revolutionary Cox Review on Creativity in Business, which explored design as both a cross-link between creativity and innovation, and as a crucial economic enabler and critical business innovator. Drawing on findings from the review, Sir George Cox encouraged people to avoid the “complacent assumption” that had left the UK with a “poverty of aspiration,” making the country fall behind in comparison to the economic boom of China and India. Sir George Cox advocated us all to harness design and innovative thinking as integral tools to sustain ...

BiVACOR: AN UNBREAKABLE HEART

By Danielle Koopman A Brisbane-based team has achieved what many thought impossible. Biomedical engineer Dr Dan Timms and intensive care Associate Professor John Fraser have teamed up in Prince Charles Hospital to design and develop BiVACOR – a revolutionary artificial heart, set to save thousands of lives. The fist-sized, titanium device could also vastly improve the quality of life for many hundreds of thousands more people waiting for transplants and others whose hearts require temporary assistance due to viral infections and autoimmune illnesses. Dr Timms said the deceptively simple device uses magnetics, a spinning disc and centrifugal force to pump blood around the body. Five years in the making, it’s small, reliable and has a balanced blood flow, a winning combination that gives it the edge over current products. According to Dr Timms, the BiVACOR’s design advantages include the fact that it is small enough to implant in an 8 year old child, but powerful enough to support an adult. It’s also designed to function for more than 10 years and allow recipients to live a relatively normal life. “Typically the left side of the heart fails first because it has to work harder than right, pumping blood around the ...

GREEN NATION BLOOMS IN BRISBANE

An exhibition opens in Brisbane on 18 November that truly breathes life into art…and needs regular watering. Green Nation is the latest show from Artisan, Queensland’s peak body for promoting unique and individual quality crafted design. This bold exhibition features art, craft and design exploring the next frontier of ‘green’ by integrating living, growing nature into the work.   The living works on display include moss graffiti, growing jewellery, permaculture design, contemporary bonsai, furniture, grass rugs, installation art and living garments. The artists featured in Green Nation are: Eliza Donald, Christian Duell, Donna Franklin and Gary Cass, Janet Laurence, Richard Neville, David Nicholson, La Chanh Nguyen, Claire Poppi and Nicole Voevodin-Cash. (m)art & Gallery artisan is at 381 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. It’s open from 10.30am-5.30pm Tuesday-Friday, and 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday. Artisan is funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Federal Government through the Australia Council. Green Nation runs until 21 December 2011. For more information, visit http://www.artisan.org.au/index.php/component/content/105?task=view IMAGE: Clare Poppi Growing bangle 2010. Recycled sterling silver, organic pod and organic grass, 90 x 90 x 90mm. Photo: Katie Stormonth.  

CONNECTING DESIGNERS WITH BUSINESS FOR A PERFECT MATCH

Rick Wells, internationally recognised ‘design integration’ leader, will make a presentation in Brisbane this week on how local designers can increase the demand for their services. On Thursday 17 November, at the Emporium Hotel in Fortitude Valley, Rick will give an overview of New Zealand’s Better by Design program, which was the model for the Queensland Government’s Ulysses initiative. The focus of Ulysses is to help Queensland businesses harness the power of design in their operations to boost their bottom line and increase their international competitiveness. Rick is an expert on this subject. He and his business partner transformed Formway Furniture from a small business with 12 staff to an operation employing 200 people, turning over more than $50 million a year. He now works with several design-led companies and is Deputy Chairman of the Design Advisory Board of the Better By Design program. During his Connecting Designers With Business talk Rick will cover the following topics:   The client’s business model: creating differentiation; Collaborative working culture; Business expectations; The design process: minimising risk; The living design brief: client buy-in; and Creating your own niche as a design practice. The event is hosted by the Australian Graphic Design Association and Design ...

QUENCH

By Danielle Koopman Queensland designers are collaborating to quench global thirst for fresh new brands and innovations. Designers Alexander Lotersztain, Bjorn Rust, Surya Graf, Marc Harrison, Jason Bird and David Shaw are a collective of emerging, mid-career and established professionals who in 2010 banded together under the banner Quench. Quench aims to promote new design developed here as well as raise the profile of Queensland design as a whole. Its early forays into the international market have chalked up some impressive results, including an exhibition at Design Tide in Tokyo, Quench plans to bring Queensland design to key international marketplaces to strengthen the recognition and value of Queensland design, build design knowledge and seek both public and private investment Argentinian-born Alexander Lotersztain, established his design furniture brand ‘derlot’ in Queensland in 2003 and won the Inaugural Queensland Premier Smart State Designer of the Year Fellowship Award in 2010. He is passionate about bringing together businesses and designers to create new ventures and opportunities in the global market. “Design is a platform for entrepreneurial development,” he says. “Design is very closely related to business and marketing strategies. You need to understand the business’ short and long-term goals. “Queensland industry is currently ...

LIMES HOTEL: WORLD-CLASS DESIGN

By Danielle Koopman When Brisbane entrepreneur Damian Griffiths acquired the 233sq/m site in Fortitude Valley’s rundown Constance Street to build his dream hotel, everyone told him he was insane; it was too small for a house, let alone a luxury 21-room establishment. But when Limes Hotel opened in 2008, Queenslanders claimed ownership of it as our hippest hotel – a place of understated elegance that we were proud to recommend to the most urbane visitor. Limes is a rare example of a hotel that successfully combines ‘wow’ with simplicity and comfort. It also illustrates how good design can enhance a space. Every detail was designed to intuitively be where it should, nothing was left to chance. Designer Alexander Lotersztain, Queensland Premier’s Design Awards Smart State Design Fellow in 2010, was originally approached to design the rooftop but when Damian realised he had found a kindred spirit, they rewrote the brief together. Alex’s studio, derlot, oversaw every aspect of the hotel design and branding, from the funky façade, front desk and bedrooms to custom-made furniture, bar glassware, menus, music and even drink coasters. “Alex didn’t just follow clichés, he understood my vision and took it to the next level,” Damian says. ...

KURILPA BRIDGE A WORLD BEATER

The Kurilpa Bridge over the Brisbane River has become the first Queensland project to win a World Architecture Award.   Judged World Best Transport project at the World Architecture Festival Awards in Barcelona, the Kurilpa Bridge was designed by Cox Rayner Architects and took the honour over projects in the United Arab Emirates, China, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Opened in 2009, the Kurilpa Bridge was designed to represent the ships that once sailed into the Brisbane River. It has since become a tourist attraction carrying an estimated 50 000 pedestrians and cyclists each week between the CBD and South Brisbane. Judges said the bridge appeared to ‘float’ over the river while its structural elements ‘seem to be abstractly suspended in the air making the bridge appear very different, functional, unique and sculptural’. The Kurilpa Bridge is the world’s largest structure based upon the principles of ‘tenesgrity’, a term first used by legendary 20th century innovator and architect Richard Buckminster Fuller to describe a system of balanced compressive and tensile forces. The judges added the bridge provided a pedestrian and cycle connection across Brisbane’s river but also formed a new public space, as well as a symbol for art, ...

QUEENSLAND RECOGNISED AS ARCHITECTURAL POWERHOUSE

Once again the 2011 National Awards of the Australian Institute of Architects proved rewarding for Queensland. Held at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart on 3 November, 34 awards and commendations, selected from a total of 160 finalists, were awarded across 12 categories with Queensland picking up five. The Harry Seidler Award for Commercial Architecture went to the Ecosciences Precinct at the Boggo Road Jail redevelopment in Dutton Park (designed by HASSELL). The judges lauded the building concept saying it ‘purposefully unites the complex, high-performance requirements of laboratory space with social, people-oriented environments filtered by a light garden ambience’. The Cairns Cruise Terminal (Arkhefield together with Total Project Group Architects) won The Lachlan Macquarie Award for Heritage, with a project the jury said had ‘breathed life into a largely forgotten part of the Cairns waterfront.’ A National Award for Interior Architecture was awarded to Nudgee College Tierney Auditorium (m3architecture) and the National Award for Residential Architecture – Houses – went to Solis on Hamilton Island (Renato D’Ettorre Architects). The AM60 building on Albert Street in Brisbane’s CBD (Donovan Hill) picked up a National Commendation for Commercial Architecture. More information on the awards and the winners is at ...

Winning design for Brisbane ferry terminal

A cutting-edge design from Cox Rayner, Derlot, Aurecon has won the Brisbane ferry terminal design competition. With a brief to rebuild the terminals damaged in the January 2011 floods, the winning design combines technical innovation, flood resilience and elegant form to deliver terminals that will be iconic features of our river city. The design can be viewed at http://www.premiers.qld.gov.au/assets/cox-rayner.pdf It features a single pontoon structure tethered to a single up-stream pier that deflects debris away from the pontoon and uses a gangway able to be detached, rotated and secured parallel to the pontoon in the event of a flood to avoid floating debris being trapped. The design is ecologically sensitive, is easily adapted for each terminal location and delivers passengers a more direct engagement with the Brisbane River and its landscape. Construction is expected to begin before the end of this year. For more information go to http://www.premiers.qld.gov.au/ferry-terminal-competition.aspx

Unveiling Queenslandersign

Can design really make a better world? Can it make a better Queensland? The members of the Queensland Design Council know design can, indeed has already, made a difference to communities across Queensland and the world. You have only to read some of the amazing case studies on this site to be convinced. The Thuringowa Riverway project has created a cultural heart for its community, FloodAid matched those in need with those who could give during recent Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi, Husque is the perfect example of finding beauty in reusable materials, Street Swags are providing security and comfort to the homeless and ditto is relieving the pain of child patients in hospitals across the world. And these are all Queensland design innovations! QUEENSLANDERSIGN is about celebrating the best of Queensland design and also hearing from Queenslanders about design innovations in their own communities and projects in need of a better design solution. We also hope that teachers, students, business people, designers and government officers use this site for inspiration and resources, as well as a portal to other great design sites and Queensland designers and design companies themselves. If you’d like your project to be considered by the ...

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