Friday, April 16, 2010

OUTR Selected for States of Design Festival

OUTR has been selected to participate in this years States of Design Festival in Melbourne, with their installation 'SOL.a'. The State of Design Festival is the public face of the Victorian Government Design Victoria Strategy. Established in 2004, the Festival is now an annual event.

State of Design Festival increases the awareness of the value of design and showcases how design generates innovation, promotes sustainability and adds value to business and society. Festival programs demonstrate and broadly communicate how the Victorian and Australian design profession can improve living conditions, create sustainable development opportunities, and generate new and innovative products and services; in turn, providing economic benefit for the state of Victoria.

By communicating to Victorian, Australian and international audiences, the Festival promotes a deeper understanding of design capability and value. 

The 2010 State of Design Festival will take place from 14 – 25 July throughout metropolitan Melbourne, and regional centres around Victoria. More than 130,000 people are expected to experience one or more of the 75 events across the Festival’s four main programs:

For more information visit their website

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

OUTR in RMIT News

OUTR has been published in this months RMIT news for their Lake Tai Masterplan Project in Jiangsu provence in China. 

Chinese island transformation: OUTR this world


A radical urban model, produced by RMIT University Landscape Architecture researchers, is on display at Docklands as part of the Australian Davos Connection's Cities Summit, opened by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Developed for the Chinese government, the self-sustainable model uses the Jiaoshan Islands at Lake Taihu in China as a live test case. It aims to operate as a closed system disconnected from the grid, yet remain simultaneously open to multiple conditions of change.
Landscape Architecture Program Director and research leader, Rosalea Monacella said: "The model is to have the ability to generate its own alternative and renewable energy source and self-sustained supply network.
"It will also manage, utilise and recycle its own sewage and waste, and supply its own water through systematic collection, regeneration, storage and distribution."
The project is produced by the Office of Urban Transformations Research (OUTR), a network of RMIT professionals, for Wujin Taihu-Bay Tourism Resort Commission, Changzhou Municipality, China.
"OUTR considers urban development through virtual and physical modelling in order to explore possibilities for how we might approach states and scales of change in our contemporary cities," Ms Monacella said.
The network considers the impact of economic, social, environmental and political forces in the generation of new urban masterplans that take into consideration the spatial implications of the transformation of cities.
The Australian Davos Connection Cities Summit is being held at Victoria's first heritage-listed building to be refurbished to a 5 Star Green Star office design standard, the Goods Shed North, home to the State Government's sustainable urban development authority, VicUrban.


Friday, April 2, 2010

OUTR Presents to the Australian Prime Minister

OUTR was invited to exhibit their projects at the international cities summit hosted by the Australian Davos Connection and VicUrban. OUTR's Craig Douglas and Tom Harper presented two of their leading urban design projects, Lake Tai and Chongqing both situated in China to distinguished guests and the Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Kevin Rudd.


Thursday, April 1, 2010