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 celebrated and promoted Canberra as a global city of design, transforming the nation’s capital into a new platform for experimentation and design. The festival included over 150 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, artist studios and open homes being showcased.
We are pleased to have supported award-winning London-based design critic Alice Rawsthorn's participation in DESIGN Canberra 2017.
Rawsthorn took part in the Object Subject national design writing conference which explored the way design speaks to us, and the way we speak about design, the inaugural national design writing conference was 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 came 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, titled 'Design Rewritten', 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.
11 November: Public lecture, 'Design as an Attitude'
In her public lecture Rawsthorn explored 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'.