Now in it’s fourth iteration, the DESIGN Canberra festival celebrates the history and future of Australia’s capital as an experimental laboratory for design. Over the course of the three week programme, the city and its surrounds will be transformed into a platform for over 100 dynamic events, including exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, installations, open days and urban activations. To help you get an early grip on the very jam-packed rotation of events, we’ve put together a short-list of top picks from the Assemble Papers team.
Design as a democratic force Join an assemblage of designers, optimists and sceptics to discuss design for social good. How can design be used to reshape human systems for the better? Are optimism and scepticism in design mutually exclusive? How can we distill the best of both worlds?
Play Symposium: play for a vital and sustainable city A symposium exploring opportunities for designing play in the 21st century city. How can playful urban interventions enrich and enliven urban environments and enhance well-being? The event will feature conversations with diverse practitioners and academics across the fields of urban renewal and design, place-making, the public realm, lighting, sound, creative activation and design for wellbeing.
Then, now & into the future: women in design What did it mean to be a woman in design in the past, and how has that changed today? What is the future for women in creative industries? Historian Pam Lane and design creative Lynne Goodyer will explore the evolving nature of women in design fields, with a particular focus on the life of early 20th century artist and designer Eirene Mort.
Canberra modern: modern(ist) love Tim Ross – host of the ABC’s award-winning ‘Streets of Your Town‘ programme and a major advocate for the protection of Australia’s unique collection of modernist buildings, will be giving a talk on modernism and Canberra.
Wonder-ful schools? A masterclass by iconic Australian designer Mary Featherston and colleagues focusing on children and the design of school environments. Bookings essential.
To browse the full programme of other stimulating talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions, navigate over to the DESIGN Canberra festival website here.
Main image: work by Rohan Nicol, courtesy DESIGN Canberra Festival.
Where: Various locations throughout Canberra
When: 6 – 26 November
How much: Mostly free – check individual events for details
Western influence in Japan has a fascinating and turbulent history. Architect Keith Little looks at how that complex relationship is embodied in Tokyo's Kyudōkaikan, one of the few buildings to survive the rapid economic growth of the twentieth century. Recent restoration of the complex was funded through an innovative business model, which reflects the temple's masterful blending of the old and the new
Eavesdropping is a part of life: we hear things that are not intended for us all the time. Yet the word’s meaning has changed over time. For our second collaboration with Liquid Architecture, sonic artist and researcher Sam Kidel has prepared us a mixtape that uncouples voice and personhood: “I created the mix as a tool for feeling into unsettled experiences of voice.”
Gregory Lorenzutti was working in Tacloban City when he met a group of young performers preparing for the first fiesta since Typhoon Haiyan had devastated the region, 18 months earlier. In this photography series, Lorenzutti captures the beauty of Filipino queerness, and the complex story of how LGBTIQ families were affected by the city's rebuilding