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In this weeks Talking Design, Stephen Crafti talks to award winning architect Robert Simeoni about the evolving relationship between designers and builders being redefined by manufacturing technology, which now gives architects more shapes and installation methods to consider when designing.

Stephen Crafti talks to Ian Wong, Communications Coordinator in Industrial Design at RMIT. Ian talks about the role of industrial design and the importance that practicality and durability play in the design aesthetic. Ian maintains a blog of his research at http://ianwongresearch.blogspot.com

In this week's episode of Talking Design, Stephen Crafti speaks with Robyn Healy, Associate Professor and Program Director for RMIT School of Fashion. Robyn has a Fine Arts Degree from ANU and started her career as the Inaugural Curator of Fashion and Theatre arts at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. Robyn shares her experience of working with Australian public collections of fashion and textiles for over 20 years.

Stephen Crafti speaks with Industrial Designer Simon Lloyd. Simon regularly collaborates with architects as well as producing his own range of products focusing on smaller items such as vases, bowls and kitchen appliances. While he is known for his ceramics, he is as comfortable working with materials such as felt. Simon has recently had an exhibition at the Anita Traverso gallery in Richmond, Melbourne.

Monty Coles is a leading fashion photographer who was regularly travelling the globe in the 1980s with magazines such as British & Australian Vogue. Initially working on Wall Street, in the finance industry, Coles made the transition to photography after being asked to assist a New York photographer with his business. Travelling to Tokyo with model Twiggy in the mid-60s certainly helped his career. Among his current gigs are teaching photographic students at RMIT University. Read Monty's blog at: www.theloupe.org

Kenneth W. Park is an historian, curator and cultural ambassador for Melbourne. He not only shows Melbourne to the many locals and international visitors, he also works closely with companys such as Australians Studying Abroad -taking Australian's to numerous cultual destinationas around the world.

Ross started out studying Industrial Design at RMIT University before switching to sculpture -also at RMIT. He recalls the wonderful time having Robert Owen as one of his teachers.
After graduating, Ross moved overseas before returning to Melbourne to embark on furniture design. His whimsical designs include lighting, furniture and household items such as coat racks. His recent chair, the Tiller Chair has received wide publicity.

http://www.didier.com.au/

Performing The Archive

The Circus Oz Living Archive project is prototyping and evaluating a ‘living archive’ built from the digitised Circus Oz performance video collection, that is conceived as a shared online space for creative dialogue on the history and artistic future of Circus Oz. The project researches how digital technologies can help the performing arts employ their documented cultural heritage to drive innovations in repertoire development, performance scholarship and audience interaction.

What can/might/does happen to the archive rethought as digital?

What can/might/does happen to the archive rethought as digital?

What can/might/does happen to the archive rethought as digital?

Adrian Miles (moderator) Seb Chan, David Carlin, Laurene Vaughan, Mitchell Whitelaw, Reuben Stanton

What are we designing when we design a ‘living archive’?

What are we designing when we design a ‘living archive’?

What are the ontology and affordances of digital video?

Susan Cohn is one of Australia's most important contemporary jewellers. Starting in the late 1970s, she established Workshop 3000 in Melbourne. Her 'doughnut' bracelet, as well as her mesh bowl, designed for Alessi have been key designs in her career. Cohn recently curatored a milestone exhibition Unexpected Pleasures, showcasing the work of Australian and international jewellery designers for the NGV and for the Design Museum in London.

Abigail Crompton has a art and psychology background, but more than 10 years ago started Third Drawer Down. Crompton started her venture by focusing on tea towels as art. She now supplies some of the leading galleries and museums in the world- her products, which are a collaboration with artists, can be seen at the Tate Gallery as well as locally in the NGV gift store. Crompton collaborated with the late Louise Bourgeois -one of the hankies created for an exhibition was embroidered with the words -'I have been to hell and back and let me tell you it was wonderful'.

Artist Cat Macleod is co-director of Bellemo Cat, an architectural practice which combines art and architecture. Macleod, with her life and business partner Architect Michael Bellemo, are recognised for both their public sculptures, as well as their one off homes. Their pavilion in Mildura exemplifies their unique approach.

RMIT PhD student Josh Batty designed The Morphos which is a major central feature in the Music, Melbourne and Me exhibition at RMIT Gallery until 22 February 2014.

The Morphos is suspended over a grass stage – a homage to outdoor festivals – and harnesses perceptual mapping techniques to activate an immersive 360 degree multimedia experience of music, fashion and performance.

For more information, visit http://rmit.net.au/browse;ID=6mb1yt4fg4tz

This lecture gives insight into the various ways in which design can create value, both at a broader industry level, and the more specific firm level. At an industry level, we examine how design contributes to economic performance of companies, explicitly taking environmental and organisational characteristics into account. At a firm level, we examine different strategies for design management, focusing on how companies can optimise the value of design, employing it as a driving force in its innovation efforts and protecting this value from imitators.

Architect Jeremy McLeod established Breathe Architecture in 2001 after working for a couple of large Melbourne practices; SJB & Fender Katsalidis.

Keen to start his own practice, with a strong sustainable bent, McLeod has continued to push the architectural boundaries. His latest project, a development of 24 apartments in Brunswick, known as The Commons, is a new direction in apartment living.

Sam Allert, MD of the Reckon Accountants Group talks about accounting and the cloud

Interview with RMIT economist Francis Jonathan Boymal

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

Interior Designer Geraldine Maher, is a Principal at Jackson Architecture. Maher, who studied Interior Design at RMIT University, has been at the helm of a number of interesting projects, from Rathdowne Place, Carlton to offices for the High Court in Perth. Geraldine gets as much pleasure working on smaller projects, including the occasional residential fit-out.

Architect and RMIT University Alumnus Peter Maddison is widely known as host of television program Grand Designs Australia. However, Maddison is also an extremely talented architect who was at the helm of raising the bar with cafes in Melbourne from the 1990s. As well as hosting the program, he runs his office, covering projects from hospitality to institutional work-even beach houses.

Leon and Garry talk about issues including:

· The OECD warning that sickly eurozone recovery is a drag on the outlook for the global economy as it cut growth forecasts for most major advanced economies. Meanwhile, China’s industrial production slows and it bans the sale and import of "dirty" coal

· The G20 moves to crack down on tax avoidance

· Australia's decision to deploy fighter jets and military personnel to the Middle East could cost the budget an extra $400 million a year.

Relevant Links: http://www.bioinnovationsa.com.au/

The HDR Alumni panel session featured PhD graduates from the College of Business now working in different sectors. The panelists offered fresh views on career options for PhD graduates and valuable tips on applying for such opportunities.

Panelists (in order of appearance):
Dr Greg Adamson, Vice-President of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology
Dr Brett L Scarlett, ICT Manager and Business Consultant
Dr Julie Novak,Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs

Photographer Tom Evangelidis started out in fashion photography, photographing many of London's top models. However, after returning to Sydney, he was drawn to architecture, particularly buildings that have developed a rich patina over time. His interests have taken him to many cities in Eastern Europe, where a building's decay is beautifully captured. Evangelidis also runs the Black Eye Gallery in Darlinghurst, Sydney, where he shows some of the work of leading photographers, including Robyn Beeche.

Architects Franco Fiorentini and Frank Marioli share a long history. Both went to the same high school and the same university.
They established F2 (the two Franks) and have been working on master planning, offices, together with high end retail and bespoke houses. They recently completed the Marais fashion store at the top of Bourke Street and Paul Smith's flagship store in Collins Street Melbourne.

Anne Latreille is one of Australia's most respected writers on gardens, having written several books. Her latest book, Garden Voices, features an extraordinary line-up of landscape architects from the past and present, including Ellis Stones and Edna Walling. Latreille captures the voice of her subjects, as much as their unique landscapes.

Architect Ian Perkins, Director of Perkins Architects, has established a name in the area of childcare centres. After designing more than 100 childcare centres, many of which are larger community hub, Perkins is finely tuned in seeing how young children start their formative years. In 1986, Perkins designed Samantha's, his wife's childcare centre in Malvern, setting a new benchmark in childcare that allowed toddlers to explore their environment.

A graduate of Harvard University, Landscape Architect Steve Calhoun came to Melbourne in the late 1970s to take up a position with a landscape architecture practice.

Upon his arrival, he was also handed the responsibility of teaching landscape architecture at RMIT. And a few years later he established an undergraduate program at the University.

Calhoun, one of Australia's most respected designers, is Founding Director of Tract Consultants and continues to open new doors as to the scope of contemporary landscape design.

Dean Gaylor, an industrial designer, is director of Mance Design. Established by the late Geoffrey Mance, Gaylor speaks honestly about the issues facing lighting designers in Australia.

Like his predecessor, Gaylor designs bespoke lighting for architects and interior designers and works between smaller domestic projects to large commercial projects both in Australia and overseas.

Mark Blair from Brightcove talks about the company’s video technology.

https://www.brightcove.com/en/

Listen to RMIT Gallery media coordinator Evelyn Tsitas speak to curator Mathilde Weh at the opening week in Munich's Haus der Kunst of the Goethe Institut exhibition Geniale Dilletanten: subculture in Germany in the 1980s. The exhibition will be coming to RMIT Gallery from 13 November 2015 to 20 February 2016

Jago Dodson is the Professor of Urban Policy and the Director of the Centre for Urban Research in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies. This lecture explores the late-modern world and how it appears beset by various transformative crises: climatic and environmental, socio-technological, economic and spatial, ideological and material. Cities, where the majority of humanity now dwells, are at the core of these manifold problems. Urban questions are now at the fore of public policy. This lecture approaches the global urban crisis through the notion of ‘reconstruction’.

Professor Robin Goodman is Deputy Dean in Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT. In this lecture Robin explores the divide between big picture strategic planning and planning regulation. Strategic planning, largely led by state governments, has produced ever more ambitious and comprehensive documents. The demands on planning have grown to include the production of a city that is economically competitive and efficient, environmentally responsible, dynamic, creative and liveable.

Key speakers include:
Maureen Thurston, Principal, Design Leverage, Deloitte and Chair, Good Design Australia
Janna DeVylder, Principal and co founder of Meld Studios

Surreal and ultra sensory, ACCAs exhibition The Secret Garden by Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg opens up a netherworld of strange delights and encounters. Listen to the artists discuss how they bring their immersive landscape, sculpture, light, sound and film mix to dazzling effect.

Panel members:
Kelly Lynagh, Director of 12 Field Animation
Kylie Robertson, Head of Creative, Digital and Emerging Products at Penguin Random House Australia
Malcolm Turner, Director of Melbourne International Animation Festival
Associate Professor Stefan Greuter, Director of RMIT's Centre for Game Design Research

Photographer Nicole England studied photography at Elam, the fine arts school at Auckland University before pursuing photography in the fashion and advertising industry. And in the early 2000s, joined the POL Oxygen team, a prestigious Australian design publication. But in 2008, England was ready to start working on her own, capturing extraordinary homes in Australia and abroad.

B-Movie Lust and Sound in West Berlin is part of the Goethe-Institut’s international exhibition Geniale Dilletanten, Brilliant Dilletantes,: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s. It explores the influence of German punk artists, filmmakers and seven bands including Einstürzende Neubauten, as well as Australian ingenious amateurs.

Power to the People! RMIT Gallery exhibition panel discussion with Julio Falagan, Antonio Castillo and Ciro Marquez.

UK artist Graeme Miller discusses the evolution of his installation Beheld, which documents sites where stowaways have tragically fallen from planes. His work is part of the RMIT Gallery Performing Mobilities exhibition 25 September - 24 October 2015.

RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies & Mathilde Weh, curator of the Goethe Institut international exhibition 'Geniale Dilletanten: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s' in conversation.

Curator Mathilde Weh in conversation with musician Penny Ikinger about the role that women played in the art and music scene of the 1980s

Panel discussion: “The Influence and Legacy of 1980s German Subculture” with Moderator Dr Stuart Grant, and speakers Dr Motte, Jochen Arbeit, Mathilde Weh, Jenny Watson, and Ash Wednesday.

Artist Natasha Johns-Messenger started her career studying painting at RMIT University before focusing on installation-based work, also completing her Masters Degree at the University. Now based in New York, Johns-Messenger has just had her first solo exhibition at the Heide Museum in Bulleen, Melbourne. Her site-specific work is truly extraordinary!

Architecture

RMIT Alumni profile: Zahava Elenberg - Managing Director of Elenberg Fraser, Move-in and ZACAMOCO.

RMIT Alumni Alex Njoo reminisces on his days as an RMIT Architecture student in the 1950s and later as a teacher at RMIT’s Architecture school.

Architects Clare McAlister and Karen Alcock, Directors of MA Architects, started the practice a few years ago after being directors of Neometro. They are recognised for their apartment developments, including such projects as Harper Lane in Inkerman Street, St.Kilda. Designed for singles and professional couples, these apartments have a strong sense of community. And rather than simply providing generic apartments, MA Architects design homes they would live in themselves, with apartments featuring natural light and cross-ventilation. - http://www.maarchitects.com.au/

Professor Gehl is the founding partner of GEHL Architects - Urban Quality Consultants, Copenhagen and Emeritus Professor of Urban Design in the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

"Allan Powell Architects are a design focused Architecture and Interior design practice based in Melbourne. The practice has been dedicated to the design and procurement of buildings in Australia and abroad since 1980, with work and experience across residential, institutional, cultural and commercial sectors.

Tim Jackson is a director at both Jackson Architecture and Jackson Clements Burrows in Melbourne, Australia.

http://www.jacksonarchitecture.com.au/#/people/tim-jackson/
http://www.jcba.com.au/

Architect Grant Amon has established a reputation in the hospitality industry with his many bars and cafes. his latest project Mesa Verde in Curtain House in Melbourne's CBD, illustrates Amon's ability to interpret a client's vision, in this case a spaghetti western. However, Amon is also adept at multi-residential work, as well as retail fit-outs.

Architect Emilio Fuscaldo, Director of Nest Architects, has received numerous awards although his practice was only established a few years ago. From bespoke homes to bars, Fuscaldo shows great understanding of a building before any design decisions are made. Quiet and thoughtful, NEST Architects create houses people want to live in as well as photograph.

http://www.nestarchitects.com.au/

Architect Emma Young is co-director of Phooey Architects. Phooey Architects have established a reputation for their sustainable homes. They recycle the materials in a building as much as possible. One of their latest projects, a renovation to a terrace house in North Fitzroy, Melbourne, beautifully captures the practice's distinctive signature. The past and present has been thoughtfully interwoven to create a contemporary home for a couple with young children.

Architect Ian Briggs, Design Director of Plus Architecture heralds from Tasmania, where the highest building he saw as a child was six storeys. Now designing some of Australia's many high-rise apartment buildings, many of which have changed Melbourne's skyline.
He talks to Stephen Crafti about changes in apartment living and what to expect in the future.

FULL TRANSCRIPT:

STEPHEN CRAFTI: Hi, I’m Stephen Crafti, I’m presenting Talking Design in Melbourne at RMIT University and I’m here with architect Ian Briggs who is one of three directors of Plus Architecture. Welcome to the show Ian.

Architect Andrew Piva, a director of b.e. Architecture, has been with the Melbourne practice for almost 13 years. While the practice is adept in all architectural fields, from commercial to multi-residential, it has built a name for bespoke housing. Refined and beautifully appointed homes receive as much attention to interior detailing as the gardens surrounding them. The architects take an active role in creating the landscapes as much as the interior detailing.

Architect Mark O'Dwyer, co-director of H2O Architects has established a reputation for bringing considerably more to even the most utilitarian building. H20's recent Genebank for grain storage, located in Horsham, is just one example. The colours of the surrounding landscape is beautifully integrated into the design. As memorable is H20's library, inspired by artist Howard Arkley.

Architect Bruce Trethowan has been instrumental in rejuvenating many of Melbourne's landmarks, including the recently opened Chanel flagship store on the corner of Russell Street and Flinders Lane.

While Trethowan Architects takes such buildings forward, he also responds to its past.

Corlyule, a historic homestead in Victoria, a collaboration with heritage architect Bryce Raworth, which received an Architecture Award (AIA Victorian Chapter) is indicative of the high calibre of work from this practice.

http://www.trethowan.com.au/

Stephen Ryan trained in Garden and Turf Management at Oakleigh Technical College. Rather than focusing on design, Ryan was more fascinated by plants. A former presenter of Gardening Australia and with his own nursery Dicksonia Rare Plants at Mt. Macedon where he was raised. Ryan has a great deal to pass on to garden enthusiasts.

Tracey Atkins, former television presenter and journalist joined forces with marketing whiz Janette Kendall a few years ago to create Golden Eye Media. When Atkins was asked to interview a 'speaking' furry toy in the late 1990s, she knew it was time to start her own venture. Golden Eye Media now roams the world filming luxurious homes. Part of their success has been in telling a great story about each property and the history uncovered with each gem.

Architect Stephen Javens started his career studying Arts at the University of Queensland. However, seeing the demise of many heritage building in Brisbane during the late 1970s and 80s, changed his focus, graduating in architecture from RMIT University in the mid-1980s.

With life and business partner interior designer Kerry Phelan, the duo, both directors of KPDO Architects, are helping to sensitively reshape Melbourne.

Jeff Provan studied engineering and later architecture at RMIT before venturing into his first developments in the mid-1980s. with then business partner Barry Ludlow, the duo rediscovered Melbourne's laneways by creating distinctive townhouses. Fast forward a few decades, Neometro has become a leader in creating well-designed low rise apartments in inner-city Melbourne.

Architect Jarrod Haberfield, director of Molecule, brings art and architecture to the fore in this program. Haberfield shows how the two come together in an apartment his practice reconfigured for a couple with a significant collection of contemporary Australian and New Zealand art. Whether it's a restaurant, a corporate fit-out or a bespoke home, art is pivotal to this talented design practice.

Architect Emma Tulloch is a director of Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture. The practice, comprising architects Brett Nixon and George Fortey has just reached its 10 year anniversary. The practice is known for their high-end residential work, including new houses and alterations and additions. Tulloch talks about some of the ways projects, as well as clients expectations are handled.

Architect Paul Porjazoski started his practice in 2003 soon after graduating from university. A few years later his partner architect Merran Porjazoski joined him and the duo has been designing bespoke houses ever since. Bent Architecture recently designed a crematorium.

Architect Peter Bickle talks to Stephen Crafti about ARM's award-winning design of the Geelong Library, recipient of the Gold Medal awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects (Victorian Chapter) in 2016. ARM is currently working on a number of projects, including updating the acoustics at the Sydney Opera House.

Architect Rob McGauran wears several 'hats'. A founder of MGS Architects, McGauran is also an ambassador for Future Melbourne and on the advisory committee for the Ministry of Planning. MGS Architects has received numerous awards, including the Regional Award for the Bendigo Library from the AIA Victorian Chapter, with the practice committed to providing housing for the less fortunate. The Drill Hall in Melbourne is just one example of the practice's concern for social housing.

Ashleigh Parker studied interior design at the South Australian Institute of Technology before moving to Melbourne, where he completed an architecture degree at RMIT University. Initially moving to Melbourne in the late 1980s to work as a project architect for Melbourne Central, Parker established his own practice in 1993, building a strong reputation in retail design in Australia.

Architects Brad Wray and Nick Russo first met at RMIT University studying architecture. They both graduated in 2007 and in 2012 established Branch Architecture Studio.

Now with a few projects under their belts, including schools and house renovations, the duo are finding their own 'voice'.

Their Balnaring 'She Shed' as opposed to a 'man cave', has gained considerable media attention.

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Join the curator's of The Endless Garment for a tour of the exhibition at RMIT Gallery.

Four past winners of the RMIT Siemens Fine Art Awards talk about how receiving the travelling scholarship money enabled them to further their careers. The 2010 RMIT Alumnus of the Year Sam Leach, winner of the 2010 Archibald Prize and Wynne Prize, reveals how the opportunity to go to the Rijksmuseum and speak to experts influenced his award winning art work. Artists Robyn Phelan, Nick Bastin and Kate Spencer also discuss their work and what winning the award meant to them.

Professor Elizabeth Grierson, Head School of Art, RMIT University, and Suzanne Davies, Director RMIT Gallery, speak about the successful partnership between RMIT Gallery and RMIT School of Art and Siemens Ltd over the past 10 years of the Fine Art Award. They reveal how the program has generated some of the best and brightest talents in the arts industry.

RMIT's focus on cross-disciplinary research ensures that expertise from many disciplines can be brought to bear when designing the future; a future that includes global warming, water shortages, and increased urbanisation.

RMIT has a strong international reputation for research in the field of built environment with a focus on contemporary design practice, architecture, urban and regional planning and building.

Find out about study and research at RMIT University: http://www.rmit.edu.au/programs

Copyright 2011 RMIT University

RMIT Gallery Artist Talk featuring Ainslie Murray discussing her work Intangible Architecture, Chelle Macnaughtan discussing her work Spatial Listening and Malte Wagenfeld talking about his work Aesthetics of Air.

Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention

Art History

Curator Dr Jacqueline Healy examines the aesthetic divergences and vibrancy that distinguishes the art of Balgo and the importance of Christianity to the Balgo community as a means of cross cultural communication.

Anna Crane, co-curator of Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning, examines how the works in this exhibition explore the rich and significant story Garnkiny Ngarranggarni (Moon Dreaming). This talk explores some ideas about how Dreaming stories work as ways of being, sharing, teaching, regulating and creating in Gija society and by extension in cross- cultural encounters in Australia to which stories have become central. Anna Crane has worked with Gija people on language and culture projects since 2005. She is joined by linguist Frances Kofod.

The Ursula Hoff Annual Public Lecture on "Aboriginal Art Centres - The Good, The bad and the Ugly" 2014 held at RMIT Storey Hall on 16 September explored the role of curators and business in Aboriginal art. With speakers: RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies (introduction); Exhibition curator Dr Jacqueline Healy (Warlayirti: The Art of Balgo at RMIT Gallery 16 September - 8 November; Professor Ian McLean– academic and author; and Sister Alice Dempsey, who played a key role in establishing the Warlayirti Arts Centre, and spent 30 years working with the community.

Film

Set in Shanghai in 1929, this piece follows a rather grim story of murder, crime and greed. A show down including rabbits, foxes and geese
fighting for their lives and pride, as well as the realisation that their money has gone, takes it toll.

'Late Return' by Daniel Luke Smits tells the story of the frustrating journey of returning a borrowed item. The animator takes the viewer on a journey that sees the characters facing a roller coaster of emotions.

'A Death Worth Dying' is the story of a Private Investigator and the search for a beautiful young woman named Cherry, only to find her murdered. The plot then takes an even more sinister turn for the worst.

'Hip Hop Tennis' by Sean Rodrigo has he viewer delving into what is a game? Where does imagination end and reality take over, and is everything a competition?

When two guys bump into each other things can get nasty. 'Unspoken Disagreement' is a fight without words, and one is left wondering if the entire feud is in their heads.

Josh Le Good's piece 'Soup's new Neighbour' takes the viewer on the endearing journey of Soup, who as happy as one can be, his life is marred with his paralyzing fear of red jam. Soup is compelled to fear to impress his new next door neighbour.

An inquisitive young boy, is lured into a realm of darkness as he attempts to capture the dark beings he is seeing through drawings. Once nearly attacked by the scary main figure, he shows the drawings to protect himself, and at once the scary creature relents, taking the drawings with him.

Get the inside word on producing films from an international and local perspective. Special guests Jack Binder (Hollywood) and Antony I. Ginnane (Melbourne) will discuss the challenges and highlights of producing films in the US and Australia. Get the inside word on how the films make it to our screens in this exclusive interview.

Jack Binder