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Hundreds of buildings open to the public for Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne Program, Photographer - Nick Bebbington

Image above: Open House Melbourne Program, Photographer - Nick Bebbington

Are you interested in exploring some of Melbourne’s most interesting buildings? More than 200 buildings across Melbourne will be open to the public on 28 - 29 July 2018 as part of Open House Melbourne. The weekend gives the community a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes to explore and learn about Melbourne’s rich legacy of architecture, landscape and design.

Check out the program External link for a list of buildings open over the weekend, as well as a series of talks, events, tours, screenings and performances held throughout July. 

RMIT’s New Academic Street wins 2018 Victorian Architecture Medal

RMIT New Academic Street, Photographer - Peter Bennetts

Image above: RMIT New Academic Street, Photographer - Peter Bennetts

Who won the Australian Institute of Architect’s 2018 Victorian Architecture Medal sponsored by OVGA? Congratulations to RMIT New Academic Street designed by Lyons with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects. This exciting project respectfully reconfigures a number of existing buildings along Swanston Street to create a series of connections, internal streets and interconnected spaces that opens up the heart of the campus to the city. The sequence of new interventions celebrates existing built fabric to create a dynamic dialogue between the university and its surrounds, transforming the student experience and enriching our experience of the city’s Swanston Street pedestrian spine. 

We commend the vision and collaborative enterprise of the architects and the ambition and commitment of the client, RMIT University. Design excellence, civic character, architectural etiquette and diversity are in the DNA of the RMIT New Academic Street and these qualities are offered to the greater public realm of the city.

Architecture Design Competitions – A guide for government

Federation Square Melbourne, Photographer: Trevor Mein

Are you considering running a design competition for a project? The OVGA's new publication, Architecture Design Competitions - A guide for government External link, provides guidance and advice to government organisations on how to enable high-quality design outcomes as a procurement method.

Competitions can generate excellent outcomes for clients and a quality built legacy, but the process must be robust. Architect Sir Norman Foster stated that "Any competition is only as good as the way it is run, as good as the people organising it, writing the brief, selecting the people to judge it and the process for judging it." These guidelines seek to ensure that government is an informed client and that the opportunities afforded by a competition can be realised.

The guide has also been featured in ARCHITECTUREAU, read more here External link

Image above: Federation Square Melbourne, Photographer - Trevor Mein

Victorian Government Architect presents at Knowledge of Design Week Hong Kong 2018

KODW - Vision for Future Cities, Graphic Capture of Forum, Photographer - Jill Garner

 Image above: KODW - Vision for Future Cities, Graphic Capture of Forum, Photographer - Jill Garner

In June 2018, Hong Kong hosted Knowledge of Design Week External link, inviting 30 local and international experts from various industries to share their diverse perspectives on the concept of liveability. Design for Liveability was a fascinating, diverse dialogue with a common theme - how design-driven vision can enable people to lead fulfilled lives. 

Jill Garner, our Victorian Government Architect, shared insights on what it is that has made Melbourne special, highlighting the city’s evolution over the last 30 years into a place that has been labelled the world’s most liveable city with a reputation as a premier design destination. Her discussion considered the characteristics that make a great city for living in and contemplated whether successes are achieved through luck or by design. 

For an overview of the Jill’s presentation, read more here.

OVGA is proud to sponsor the Victorian Architecture Medal

OVGA is proud to sponsor the Victorian Architecture Medal – awarded by the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects for the most outstanding project out of the entire field of entries. The award recognises the design of a building of exceptional merit and architectural etiquette that offers its qualities to the greater public realm of a city.

The winner of the 2018 Victorian Architecture Medal will be announced at the AIA’s Victorian Chapter Awards Presentation Dinner this Friday 29th June 2018. The Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner will present the award to the winner of the Medal.  A full list of 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards Winners will be available on the AIA’s website External link at 11pm on Friday 29th June 2018. Stay tuned!

Refresh of Good Design Publication

Hamer Hall Redevelopment, Photographer - John Gollings

 Image Above: Hamer Hall Redevelopment, Photographer - John Gollings

Have you ever wondered what good design is? The OVGA have refreshed the Good Design publication which aims to raise awareness of quality design, its value and how to achieve it. Good design creates a legacy that ensures Victoria is a place that is vibrant, economically thriving, healthy, sustainable, loved by its citizens, great to live in and visit.

The publication highlights that good design adds significant value. It illustrates the contribution good design makes to our public places, infrastructure and buildings. Seven principles are identified that are key to achieving high quality design outcomes.

You can access the refreshed publication here External link and the full Good Design series here External link.

Design Competition for Arts Centre forecourt announced

A design competition has been announced to replace the temporary café structure in the forecourt of the Roy Grounds-designed Theatres Building of the Arts Centre.

Read more: Design Competition for Arts Centre forecourt announced

Jill Garner - Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects

Congratulations to the Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner who was recently elevated to a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Read more: VIC Chapter External link

Entries open for Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2018

Entries for the 2018 Premier's Sustainability Awards are now open until Thursday 7 June 2018. The awards recognise and celebrate initiatives which are leading the way to a sustainable future in Victoria. Projects with a commitment to sustainability are encouraged to enter the awards.

In 2017, Nightingale 1 External link, an apartment building designed by Breathe Architecture and developed by Nightingale Housing in Brunswick, received the Built Environment Award. The new Bendigo Hospital received the Premier's Regional Recognition Award External link and the Large Business Award External link in recognition of environmental sustainability as a key component of the building design.

Read more: Further information and to enter the awards External link

Melbourne Design Week - Good Design and Heritage

As part of Melbourne Design Week the OVGA is supporting a presentation on Good Design and Heritage. Heritage buildings and places are loved by the general public but as the world and our lives change they sometimes need to be re-imagined. Good design married with existing heritage can result in design effects that have profound impacts on cities and communities. Emma Telford from Open House Melbourne is joined by leading heritage and architectural experts including Stuart MacIntyre, Jill Garner, Philip Goad and Peter Lovell in a one hour panel session for Melbourne Design Week looking at some great examples and principles behind good design and heritage.

Read more: Good Design and Heritage Event External link

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