Alan Saunders radio interview with Stephen Banham on the ABC Radio “By Design” program. Discusses the recently released book by Stephen Banham – Character: Cultural stories revealed through typography (Thames and Hudson)
The Gardens Point campus of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is set in a historic precinct of Brisbane, surrounded by Parliament House, Old Government House and the City Botanic Gardens. The main pedestrian entry is via a footpath opposite the Parliament House forecourt. It is also the main pedestrian entry for Old Government House. A new sign was proposed to identify all three venues to replace a degraded concrete sign.
The approach was to adopt the predominant building material (sandstone) of Parliament House as the sign panel and combine it with contemporary graphic panel detailing (stainless steel) to identify it as a new structure. The design had to go through a multi-level approval process involving the university Vice-Chancellor, Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, Old Government House and Brisbane City Council planning and engineering branches.
The base structure is in 2 x solid pieces of Helidon sandstone from the same 100 year old quarry used to restore Parliament House to give precise consistency but cut and finished in a contemporary manner to accord with heritage principles of differentiating old and new work in heritage environments. The project also involved installing a paved surrounding within the existing sandstone kerb-line.
Consumer engagement model for social media brand development
Sitra (The Finnish Innovation Fund) is an independent public fund which, under the supervision of the Finnish Parliament, promotes the welfare of Finnish society. Since its establishment, Sitra’s duty has been to promote stable and balanced development in Finland, the qualitative and quantitative growth of its economy, and its international competitiveness and co-operation. Sitra was founded in 1967 and has been engaged in design-related activity since 1968 when it sponsored the first Helsinki Design Lab.
Here is the speakers program for the 4th International Urban Design Conference , 21-23 September 2011 at the Gold Coast, Queensland.
Major Projects Office one step closer
The State Government has today released details about the new government office that will be charged with streamlining economy-building medium to large-scale development projects.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Paul Lucas said the office would boost confidence in the local construction industry by ensuring the smooth and timely delivery of large-scale developments such as shopping centres and office blocks.
Three firms have been shortlisted as finalists in the competition to design the Brisbane’s CityCat terminals which are to be reconstructed after the floods.
The finalists are:
• Second Nature Collaborative (Candalepas, Owen&Vokes, Richards&Spence Architects) with ARUP
• Shane Thompson Architects & LAT27 with ARUP
• Cox Rayner Architects / Alexander Lotersztain (Derlot)
The competition had received 65 Expressions of Interest from firms across the state, the nation and around the world.
From: Brisbane Architectural Professionals on LinkedIn
Are mid rise apartment developments (eg under 8 stories) more cost efficient to develop therefore more affordable compared to the service infrastructure costs of high rise apartments. Should they be the model do deliver infill development in inner city areas? They would be even cheaper in Australia if developments were able to obtain building code compliance for timber framed construction for developments up to 5 stories that is allowed in the USA.
Well, does it read up or read down…
Wayne Hunt from Hunt Design (USA) on SEGD Talk notes that “historically, vertical typography (that in which the base line has been rotated to vertical) was applied ‘reading up,’ in most European or classic ’Swiss’ applications. Vignelli used the ‘reading up’ layout on his seminal NYC subway signage in the ’70s, and one can find numerous similar examples, including John Follis’ important 1973 Atlantic Richfield Plaza (on which I had the privilege of working, as a very young man). However, US applications have tended to be ‘reading down’ — I think it was tough enough to sell clients on vertical, let alone not having the name start at the top. As a parallel, back in the day, many European books had spine typography ‘reading up’ — check the older books in your library, but US books have historically read top to bottom.”
What is generally considered a definite sign design ‘no-no’ is to vertically rotate and stack the letters such as;
Melbourne Radio Station RRR runs its regular “The Architects” programme. This week, UQ architecture student – John Ellway has organised an episode on architectural responses to the Queensland floods featuring prominent local architects – Michael Rayner, Peter Skinner and James Davidson. Listen in on Tuesday 1 March or download the podcast after.