Friday, May 31, 2013

Volunteer | Become Involved | Make A Difference

Do you want to acquire new skills, meet new people, put your talents to good use, whilst making a difference?

We are looking for individuals who are interested in helping implement the start of the Re-Activate, an exciting project set out to Re-Connect, Re-Make and Re-Vive Latrobe Valley through community based building strategies.
We will have two bases, One in Morwell and the other in Melbourne.

Could you help with;
  • The transformation of existing shops
  • Set-up of Transiting Cities HQ in Latrobe Valley
  • Communication of the project to the general public
  • Assisting in media campaigns

Sign Up Now:
Click here to view the on-line application form.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Transiting Cities - Convergence Exhibition

Convergence is a celebratory exhibition showcasing five years of world–class excellence within the Design Research at RMIT. Encompassing three major ‘Flagship’ practice groups – Future Fabric of Cities, Nexus and Mediated Cities – the exhibition collects and reflects upon past, present and future projects that offer a cutting-edge leadership position on global design research. Activating three full floors of the Design Hub (and throughout the building at key program times), the exhibition includes installation and live events including a specifically designed ‘theatre in the round’ for interactive events, live construction of large-scale flexible structure ‘Dermoid’, a design ‘reading’ room, workshops, seminars and performance, – all contained within a bespoke exhibition environment. OUTR's research project - Transiting Cities - Low Carbon Futures International Design Competition was once again on display along side many of the other DRI flagship projects.

Transting Cities - Reactivate - Conversation Series

Last Friday as a part of Design Research Insitute (DRI) - RMIT University Convergence exhibition, OUTR launched the second stage of the Transiting Cities Research Project - Reactivate.

The first of the Conversation Series question the speakers "How can we ReActivate ​cities for alternative futures?"

This forum aims to initially reflect on the first stage of the research and then projecting forward with key issues which formulate the focus for the next stage of the project This conference introduces how current practices are addressing the issue of transiting for cities and regional centres through three key areas:

ReActivate Through Creative Economies
ReGenerate The Urban Landscape
ReSkilling the Community & The Urban Landscape

Speakers included:

Rosalea Monacella - Director - OUTR  / A/Prof.  Of Landscape Architecture - School Of Architecture + Design - RMIT University​
Gretchen Wilkins - Program Director Urban Design RMIT University
​Rob Robson - ​Manager -  West Gippsland Art Centre
Marcus Westbury - Founder - Renew Australia - Renew Newcastle
John Calabro - Design/Director - The View From Here / Founder - Made in Gippsland
Jock Gilbert ​- Foundation Studio Coordinator & Lecturer - Landscape Arch. - School of Archtecture + Design, RMIT University
Enda Crossin​ - Program Director - Life Cycle Assessment - Centre For Design - RMIT University
Prof. Michael Buxton​ - ​Global, Urban and Social Studies - RMIT University
Kim Irons​ - Senior Advisor, Urban Design + Architecture - The Office of the Victorian Government Architect​
Peter Brew - Director - Architects Branch
Prof. Peter Fairbrother​ - Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work - RMIT University

Monday, May 6, 2013

Charles Leadbeater on the creative economy.

Re-posted from:

Charles Leadbeater looks at two different types of creative economies – the open and the closed organisation. He considers the assumptions and the applications of the two models and the breaking down of the closed approach. Libraries are precursors to open innovation and the public platforms for cumulative innovation. The media, traditional research organisations and knowledge-based professions such as doctors and teachers are in the middle of the innovation spectrum.

Charles is a corporate thinker, strategist and consultant who has spoken and published widely, recently concentrating primarily on innovation theory. In 2003, he released an important report on public libraries in the UK, called Overdue: how to create a modern public library service.

Download Charles Leadbeater on the creative economy [mp3, 4.8 MB]