Friday, October 31, 2014

Students present ConnectiviCity Studio

Yesterday (30th Oct), students that had undertaken the ConnectiviCity Studio, lead by the OUTR Research Group had their final presentation. Congratulations to all the students involved.

We would also like to thank Bart Brands from Karres and Brands Landscape Architects, who was a special guest critic.

Please >>>>Click Here<<<< to see more via the official OUTR website.












About the studio:

The studio explored the landscape as a medium of urbanisation unfolding through designed events over time that define the Connected City and ‘address issues of cities and their making’.

The urban landscapes that are our cities are rarely defined by a single governing body, rather they are shaped over time through an assemblage of events enacted by a diverse range of stakeholders very often with differing ambitions. These events connect and shape the built environment, and significantly contribute to how we live and identify ourselves.

The studio will explore the design of events at a range of scales of time and space as a means of orchestrating, connecting, and shaping the urban landscape through the integration of the ecological function, and economic and social conditions that define the city as ‘Urban by Nature’.

The studio will operate on the City of Latrobe that currently exists in name only, and is not necessarily prescribed to by its constituent towns of Morwell, Moe and Traralgon. The challenge of the studio is to connect these towns through the landscape approached as a deployment of events that act to catalyse the stability and growth of the new connected Latrobe City.

This is a live project that will be engaging with key Latrobe City stakeholders (local government, community groups, specific industry representatives, etc), that seeks to address specific issues of the region, celebrate the unique qualities of place, and offer alternate futures.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

24 Hour City Melbourne Knowledge Week: Participants




Inner Melbourne continues to grow and thrive as a popular night time destination. The 24hour City forum will bring together thinkers in public space and personal navigation technology to explore how to celebrate, develop, and contribute to the navigation of people through Melbourne at night. The forum will explore ways to enhance and contribute to a healthy, safe, and enjoyable experience, and consequently contribute to the city's growth and vitality.

Speakers include:

Janet Bolitho
Janet Bolitho is the President of the Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne (RSAGIM). A former mayor and councillor at the City of Port Phillip, she is deeply interested in all facets of urban sustainability. RSAGIM seeks to influence the road safety discussion to more strongly represent walkers and cyclists.
shareandbeaware.org.au

Bart Brands 
Bart Brands founded Karres and Brands landscape architects together with Sylvia Karres in 1997. Bart has an affinity with both landscape architecture and architecture, as well as urban development.

Jonathan Daly
Jonathan is a Founding Partner of and Head of Behaviourology at Mutfung. This interdisciplinary practice combines behaviour change and behavioural design. His work questions the relationship between people and place, developing a deeper understanding of how urban environments can be better designed for the human condition.

Craig Douglas
As a co-director of the Office of Urban Transformations Research Laboratory he explores design as the agent for understanding and responding to the challenges of the built environment in a rapidly changing complex world. Craig is currently the co-ordinator of Design Research Studio Stream at RMIT University, where he is also pursuing a PhD.

Kerry Hylton
Kerry Hylton is a member of the City of Melbourne’s City Issues Team and has over 20 years of experience working in local government both in Australia and overseas. As Social Planner – Safe Environments, her role is to contribute to improving the safety and wellbeing of city users by building integrated strategies in partnership with stakeholders.

Frven Lim
Recognised in 2010 as one of the 20 most prominent Singapore architects under the age of 45, Frven is responsible for design excellence at the practice Surbana. His training and experience spans across his years at the Architectural Association, the Singapore Institute of Architects as well as his constant involvement in projects of all typologies, scales and geographical locations.

Rosalea Monacella
Dr Rosalea Monacella is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture & Design at RMIT University and the co-director of the Office of Urban Transformation Research laboratory. Her research focuses on the specialisation of emergent urban fields and the exploration of the diagram as a material operation, which considers the transformation of formal structures that adapt to the changing measures and orders of an urban landscape.
outr.org

Marie Claire O’Hare
A trained architect and urban designer, Marie Claire O’Hare works as a Senior Urban Designer within the City of Melbourne’s Urban Design and Docklands Branch. Her project management and design experience ranges from small scale residential design through to large scale architectural and urban master planning projects spanning Australia, Europe and America.
melbourne.vic.gov.au

Cathy Oke
First elected to the Melbourne City Council in 2008, Dr Cathy Oke is a scientist and environmental consultant with 20 years’ experience in the sustainability sector. At the City of Melbourne, Cathy is Chair of the Future Melbourne (Transport) Committee and Deputy Chair of the Future Melbourne (Environment) Committee.

Flora Salim
Dr Flora Salim is a Research Fellow in the School of Computer Science and IT and also an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry). She is also associated with the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), School of Architecture and Design and RMIT Design Research Institute.
florasalim.com

Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm, Thursday 30 October 2014
Location: RMIT Design Hub, 150 Victoria St, Carlton 
Free event
Register now via Eventbrite

#24 hour city forum - Melbourne Knowledge Week Thursday 30th
#knowledgecity #knowledgeweek #24hourcity



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#24hour City: melbourne knowledge week -- Guardian Q&A ' Are 24-hour cities good for you?"

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#24 hour city forum - Melbourne Knowledge Week Thursday 30th
#knowledgecity #knowledgeweek #24hourcity


Inner Melbourne continues to grow and thrive as a popular night time destination. The forum will bring together thinkers in public space and personal navigation technology to explore how to celebrate, develop, and contribute to the navigation of people through Melbourne at night.

The forum will explore ways to enhance and contribute to a healthy, safe, and enjoyable experience, and consequently contribute to the city's growth and vitality.

To register your attendance, please visit:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/navigating-the-24-hour-city-tickets-12574726345

Also recent dialogue from the #24 hour city article in the Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/oct/23/qa-are-24-hour-cities-good-for-you-night-time-economy-tube

"Cities may market themselves on being “24 hour” hubs, providing activities for their citizens around the clock – but is this what we want? What are the benefits and problems of a 24-hour city? How does the night-time economy impact the city and the wellbeing of its occupants of both day and night? Your thoughts








Friday, October 24, 2014

Upcoming Event: '24 Hour City' Melbourne Knowledge Week 30.10. 2014

#24hourCity
#knowledgecity #knowledgeweek #24hourcity
Inner Melbourne continues to grow and thrive as a popular night time destination. The forum will bring together thinkers in public space and personal navigation technology to explore how to celebrate, develop, and contribute to the navigation of people
through Melbourne at night.

The forum will explore ways to enhance and contribute to a healthy, safe, and enjoyable experience, and consequently contribute to the City’s growth and vitality.

Please >>>>>click here<<<<< to see more via the official OUTR website

Daily blog updates to follow

New OUTR Project Release_Seeding Moe

We have released a new project to the www called Seeding Moe.
Please >>>>Click Here<<<< to see more via the official OUTR website.

Description extract:
Urban Seeding is part of the larger project, ReActivate Latrobe Valley. Its mission is to activate sites for temporary uses while waiting for more permanent forms of development. 




sunflower seeds!!!!

This morning we were excited to receive our first bag of sunflower seeds from Rob Christie at Nuseed for the Get Sunflowered project in Latrobe Valley.

Thanks Nuseed, this is going to be a beautiful event.




Friday, October 3, 2014

We Won, Nature's Cathedral- New OUTR Project Release

We are now able to share that we have been awarded as the winner of the Pop Up Park Competition for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014.

 
Please also >>>>Click Here<<< to see AILAs Press release.
Our project is called nature’s cathedral, and we are currently in design development and construction phase, which will see it on display in Sydney from 12 to 19 November 2014.

Please >>>>Click Here<<<< to see more via the official OUTR website.

Description extract:
Nature’s Cathedral is the title of the proposed pop-up park for the IUCN World Parks Congress that is intended to inspire and challenge our understanding of what a park is, and perhaps what they might be.

The trees are suspended at a height to inspire the reverence which we generally attribute to our ‘natural environment’. However, the trees are also exposed, and held in stasis by the ‘structure’ of man in the form of the scaffold armature. The composition is to simultaneously celebrate the beauty of the natural, and question our relationship to it that potentially both supports its being, and potentially restricts its matter.



The IUCN World Parks Congress is a global event involving some 4,000 delegates from 160 countries to focus attention on the value and importance of parks. Held once a decade, the theme is Parks, Planet, people: inspiring solutions and it will showcase nature's solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges such as food and water security and human health.