Refresh of Good Design Publication

Hamer Hall Redevelopment - John Gollings

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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

Patrik Schumacher and Jill Garner MPavilion Recording

Zaha Hadid Architects - Patrik Schumacher in conversation with Jill Garner on Saturday 4 November 2017

Read more: MPavilion discussion and recording External link

Open Space Designs Released - Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

Final designs have been released for the linear public open space that integrates with the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project currently under construction.  The design of the open space by Aspect Studios has been through an extensive consultation process with Councils and the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) chaired by Tim Entwisle the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

COSEP included local representatives, local Councils, Victoria Police, Bicycle Network and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA) with Jill Garner, Sophie Patitsas and the Victorian Design Review Panel's Jon Shinkfield and Michael Walker.

When the design vision for this project was first released in early 2016 the OVGA emphasised the importance our continued involvement in the design development and refinement of the entire project to ensure that design excellence and quality was protected.  Community and expert advice provided to the architects and landscape architects through COSEP and through the OVGA has been critical and enriched the design process ensuring the final design is inclusive, relevant to local communities and high quality.

Read more: Architecture AU media coverage External link

Read more: Announcement by Level Crossing Removal Authority and more details about the final design External link


MPavilion: Is Good Design Measurable?

The Office of the Victorian Government Architect hosted an Mtalks discussion panel 'Is Good Design Measurable?' External link on Wednesday 29th November at MPavilion. Led by Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner and Andrew Mackenzie from City Lab, the event brought together design experts to explore the value of good design and weighed in on its measurability in creating sustainable, inclusive and engaging environments.

Read more: MPavilion: Is Good Design Measurable?

Good Design and Heritage Publication

An enduring legacy of any government is reflected through its heritage places.  The publication 'Good Design and Heritage' is the seventh in a series that is helping to raise awareness of good design and promote discussion about its benefits and value.  'Good Design and Heritage' has been developed together with Heritage Victoria, the Heritage Council of Victoria and heritage architect Helen Lardner.  As noted by Heritage Council Chair, Stuart Macintyre AO "Victoria's built heritage speaks eloquently of a rich history marked by constant growth and renewal.  As its beneficiaries we seek to maintain and augment this legacy for future generations, and in making our contribution we enhance our appreciation of it".

Read more: Good Design and Heritage Publication

Architects Announced for New Ballarat GovHub

Award-winning design firm, John Wardle Architects has been appointed to design the new 'GovHub' precinct in Ballarat's CBD.  The Victorian Government is investing $47.8 million in the new precinct, which will accommodate up to 1000 government employees.  The new building will be integrated in the Civic Hall precinct, helping to revitalise Ballarat's CDB and promote growth in the local economy.  The Office of the Victorian Government Architect has provided support as part of the Design Quality Team and will continue to provide guidance to Development Victoria throughout the project.

Read more: Architects Announced For New Ballarat GovHub External link

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