From the time of Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, through to contemporary and sustainable design developments today, Canberra has been – and will always be – a living design laboratory.
From 6 to 26 November 2017, the DESIGN Canberra Festival will celebrate and promote Canberra as a global city of design, transforming the nation’s capital into a new platform for experimentation and design. The festival includes over 150 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, artist studios and open homes being showcased.
We are pleased to be supporting award-winning London-based design critic Alice Rawsthorn's participation in DESIGN Canberra 2017.
Rawsthorn will be taking part in the Object Subject inaugural national design writing conference, delivering the keynote speech, 'Design Rewritten', on Friday 10 November as well as delivering a public lecture on Saturday 11 November.
Object Subject inaugural national design writing conference
Exploring the way design speaks to us, and the way we speak about design, the inaugural national design writing conference will be held at Roy Grounds’ iconic 1959 Shine Dome as a signature DESIGN Canberra event.
For the first time, designers, writers, critics, bloggers, researchers, collectors, makers, curators and design lovers will come together to explore the creative and important ways that writing has become essential to the future of design.
Design has adopted many different meanings at different times, and is still prone to muddles, misunderstandings and clichés. In her keynote lecture, Rawsthorn considers the part that writing has played in this process, and how it could help to foster a more enlightened and nuanced understanding of design in the future.
Public lecture: Design as an Attitude
In her public lecture on Saturday 11 November, Rawsthorn will explore the role of experimentation in design, arguing that it is now more important than ever as a new generation of independent, politically engaged designers fulfil László Moholy-Nagy’s belief that 'design is an attitude, not a profession'.