Wednesday, November 27, 2013

ReActivate Latrobe Valley: Spring Design and Sustainability Festival

Commercial Rd South & Tarwin St, Morwell, VIC - Friday November 22nd, 2013

 As promised, the Spring Design and Sustainability Festival did not disappoint. Hundreds gathered on Commercial Rd and Tarwin St to be part of this exciting event on Friday afternoon. Locals, residents of surrounding towns, as well as people from Melbourne made their way to the festival to experience the creativity of the local community. This talent was demonstrated through live music and performances, various types of cuisines, art and design stalls that all set up a vibrant atmosphere in the town.

The event was free and open to anyone, which allowed for various demographics to interact in the one setting.The roads were closed and became entirely accessible by pedestrians. The entire festival contained about 50 unique stalls that all had something different to offer.

The ambition of the Spring Festival was to intensify town centres, strengthen local communities, support micro industries, and in turn begin to transform and ReBrand the region.

A variety of cuisines was available at the festival which demonstrated some of the qualities of the locality. 

 Jerry and Vesile having some fun at their Yummy Gozleme Stall. 

Sari's Restaurant brought some authentic Indian cuisine to the festival.

The creativity of the locals did not fail to impress! The festival had plenty to offer: jewelry, furniture, homewares, bookbinding, t-shirts, and many more...

 Waterwheel Orchards and Yinnar General Store set up a beautiful showcase of their products. 

Live performances set the atmosphere for the entire festival. 

The Nigellas performing. 

 The Drumming Circle ended the festival with a bang! 

The Spring Festival was a lot of fun and attracted people from various places. Morwell was the place to be that night! The success of the event was felt by the residents, the local shop owners and many more as we begin to witness a positive shift in the town.    

Monday, November 11, 2013

ReActivate: Latrobe Valley, Workshop Series - Re-Making

Workshop Series - Thursday, November 7, 2013

This workshop was led by OUTR (RMIT University) with the award winning Dutch designer Bart Brands from Karres en Brands. The intention was to respond to the Gippsland Regional growth plan in which Latrobe City is identified and projected as the 'Regional City for Gippsland'. The ambition of the workshop was to imagine and develop key strategies for what an ideal Latrobe City might not only look like, but also how it might operate through unique relationships defined through social, economic, and ecological systems.

This workshop builds on RMIT's work on 'Transiting Cities Low Carbon Futures: Latrobe City' that aims to identify visions of a new, innovative and alternative city of the near future by defining opportunities for transition into a low carbon, prosperous, and vibrant community for Latrobe city.
Mayor Sandy Kam launched the workshop

The diversity and depth of participant’s experience and knowledge produced a potent range of insightful aspirations and actions that embrace the qualities of region, and enable the creation of a rich vision for the future.
Workshop participants in action.

Following the success of this workshop we hope to continue to invite experts from around the world to engage with a broad spectrum of the local community to actively shape a prosperous future for Latrobe.

 Bart Brands discusses some of the work generated in the workshop.

ReActivate: Latrobe Valley, Workshop Series : VRI Hall

Latrobe Valley Community Shed & Digital Shed - Planning Day.
Workshop Series - Tuesday October 29th, 2013.

OUTR were invited by the Traralgon Digital Shed to work with the stakeholders and local community to develop the program brief for the development of the community shed. Through the course of the day inspiring ideas where generated that begin to define the physical space, the identity, and the aspiration for how the Shed might operate in, with and for the community of the Latrobe Valley.

A wonderful range of participants identified, discussed, and created models that imagine a future for the shed as a place of sharing, learning, and celebrating life in Latrobe Valley.

 VRI Hall

Workshop participants  on site.

Workshop participants in action.