On Tuesday 14 August 2012, the Premier announced the new Office for Design and Architecture SA (ODASA), which will be led by the South Australian Government Architect, Benjamin Hewett.
The ODASA will be a small multi-disciplinary team tasked with the role of providing strategic advice to government and leadership about design processes, architecture and urban design. ODASA will play an important leadership role in taking forward, and embedding across government, the outcomes of the Integrated Design Commission.
The announcement was made to key representatives of the design community at the Design South Australia launch. This unique publication demonstrates how a thriving design community helps to bring vibrancy to ourcity, homes and to our everyday lives.
5000+ is pleased to sponsor Señor Enrique Peñalosa's visit to Adelaide as Keynote for the 5th International Biennial Parks Leadership Conference – Parks Beyond Boundaries (22-24 May 2012).
As the former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia, Señor Peñalosa has become world-renowned as an accomplished public official, journalist, economist and administrator. During his term as Mayor, he was responsible for numerous radical improvements to the city, promoting a city model giving priority to children and public spaces and restricting private car use, building hundreds of kilometers of sidewalks, bicycle paths, pedestrian streets, greenways, and parks. He also led efforts to improve Bogota's marginal neighbourhoods through citizen involvement, helping to transform the city's attitude from one of hopelessness to one of pride and hope.
The City at 5kph
This year Adelaide joined 85 other cities in over 19 countries to host Jane’s Walk a movement whose aim is to promote walkable neighbourhoods, improve urban literacy and promote cities by people, for people. The walk brought together over 30 eager people and one dog willing to re-discover the city by participating in a moving conversation that occasionally stopped for caffeine and informative discussion. It was an informal forum where the conversation leaders (see 30.03.12 blog post) spoke of the successes and pitfalls of built urban fabric and policy in Adelaide.
The route snaked its way through the streets, connecting points of interest that represented the importance of community and strong,heterogeneous neighbourhoods. The walk highlighted the fact that the city is made up of people, not just the built objects that traditionally define 'great' cities. All the speakers on the tour accentuated and displayed the hidden stories that actually give a cultural definition to Adelaide.
Thank you for responding to the Speculations 2012 Expression of Interest. We received a total 22 team entries, all of a very high standard.
5000+ invited creative collaborators to imagine alternative, but realistic, future scenarios for inner Adelaide that will give direction to all those who have a stake in, or jurisdiction over, the future of our city.
With a total of 170 individuals involved, the response demonstrated the breadth of our design industry and included representation from broad sectors and disciplines, including; Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design & Planning, Graphic Design, Universities & students, Artists, Community Services, Film & Animation, Sociology, Food/Restaurant, Writing, Finance, Community Arts, Medicine & Health, Historian, Government Representatives, Engineering, Research, Water Sciences, Veterinarian, Environment Science, Interior Architecture, Disability Services, Traffic Engineering, Choreography, Industrial Design, Sport & Recreation, Economics and Marine Ecology.
Join the conversation by going for a walk.
Jane’s Walk honours the legacy and ideas of the late urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed a fresh, community-based approach to place making. She is best known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) and was instrumental in stopping the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway that would have otherwise destroyed tight-knit neighbourhoods of Little Italy and Soho.
Jane’s Walk is an initiative of the Toronto Centre for Social Innovation which since inception in 2007 has grown to be an international phenomenon with over 500 walks around the world planned for this year, including this first walk in Adelaide.
Jane’s Walk is an opportunity to discuss your opinions and observations with people that are actively involved in the conversations surrounding the future growth of Adelaide. Jane’s Walk is a guided tour through the streets of Adelaide which attempts to re-connect you with the city and its vision. We will take you to places in the city that are successful examples of urban design or have a real opportunity to become vibrant and liveable neighbourhoods. This will be a great opportunity to connect with the thinkers and designers that will help shape Adelaide into the future.