The Sydney Design Festival, now in its 20th iteration, returns to celebrate outstanding work in the design and creative fields. Presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), the festival aims to unpack design for everyone in an inclusive, accessible and engaging way. This year’s theme Call to Action sets a focus on future thinking; event collaborators have explored the role of design in tackling complex global issues, with over 100 exhibitions, programs, workshops, talks and more, covering innovative and cross-disciplinary ground.
Main image: Kate Scardifield, Doloroso (2017), detail, adaptable sculpture in one variation, hand appliqué on linen, thread, mild steel, dimensions variable. Photograph by Robin Hearfield. Courtesy the artist and Sydney Design Festival.
Where: HQ: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo plus other venues throughout Sydney
When: Friday 2 March – Sunday 11 March 2018
How much: Mostly free – check individual events for details
"When ‘family’ is unshackled from ‘nature’ and ‘biology’, and hitched instead to ‘choice’ or ‘artifice’ or even just to ‘love’, then the possibilities are endless.” Naomi Stead considers what is radical, what is family and questions how the limited stock of conventional family housing can serve, and impact, the potentially limitless arrangements of radical families
Let's not get so caught up in the promises of 'smart cities' to forget that we live material lives. In the latest instalment in a series of articles from our West Coast partners 'Future West' (Australian Urbanism), Dr Sarah Barns, research fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society, considers putting digital to work in shaping great places
Crises are opportunities for rebuilding resilience. In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, the need to counter social isolation with close-knit communities gave the impetus to the first purpose-built share house in Japan. Emily Wong spoke to Satoko Shinohara of Spatial Design Studio about Share Yaraicho