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    Adelaide’s third Festival of Architecture and Design to explore future cities

    Nicholas Rider

    The Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD) will return to Adelaide this October, with a program of architecture and design talks, exhibitions and guided walking tours. 

    Now in in its third iteration, the festival will be presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) as part of South Australia’s Open State Festival between 5 October and 8 October. The 2017 theme – ‘Future Cities’ – will examine the relationship between people, design and technology, with design influencing the relationship between them.

    This year’s festival will be directed by TREMMA, a group of designers working in Adelaide who came together while studying at the University of South Australia. These designers include M. Samee Sultani (Hassell); Tom Robinson (MPH Architects); Anastase Paraskevopoulos (Black Rabbit Architecture + Interiors); Philip Tridente (Hassell); and Ed Meyers (Oxigen Landscape Architects + Urban Designers).

    During the festival, the TREMMA team will build an active installation called ‘Analogue Missions’ in Victoria Square.

    View our festival highlights below, or check out the full program here.

    SPOTLIGHT BRIEFING: BLUE INFRASTRUCTURE

    When: 4 October, 6 – 8pm
    Where: The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street

    Join the ASBN and AIUS to discuss how we establish water sensitive cities through developing Blue Infrastructure to aid in sustainable water management, climate adaptation and improving urban ecology.

    ADELAIDE IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST LIVEABLE CITIES: FACT OR FICTION?

    When: 5 October, 5.30 – 7.30pm
    Where: Office for Design and Architecture, 28 Leigh Street

    Adelaide is internationally ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. But what makes a city liveable? And what does this really mean for people who live in greater Adelaide now and in the future? This panel will look at these questions from environmental, economic, social and cultural perspectives. 

    CHARLES WOLFE: SEEING THE BETTER CITY

    When: 6 October, 10 – 11am
    Where: Open State Hub, Victoria Square

    Seattle author Charles Wolfe will provide a unique, broad-based perspective about cities as an urbanist writer, Seattle-based land use attorney, photographer, and affiliate associate professor. Wolfe recently founded Seeing Better Cities Group (SBC) to improve the conversation around how cities grow and evolve both nationally and across the world.

    JORDI PARDO – SHAPING OUR CITIES FOR THE FUTURE

    When: 6 October, 11am – 12pm
    Where: Open State Hub, Victoria Square

    Jordi Pardo founder and scientific coordinator of the Cultural Lab at Barcelona Media­Innovation Centre, will present on creative cities and connecting tradition to innovation. He is a member of the European Commission panel of experts in charge of the selection of European Capitals of Culture and has undertaken extensive culture and development work in Spain, Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Vietnam.

    TONSLEY INNOVATION DISTRICT: THE FUTURE OF WORK, LIVE AND PLAY

    When: 6 October, 3.30 – 4.30pm
    Where: Open State Hub, Victoria Square

    This session will take a look at the development of Tonsley and how these trends are being brought to life in Australia’s first innovation district. It will also explore what’s next, looking at the opportunities for people-centric smart technology applications.

    DEEPACRES OPEN HOUSE

    When: 7 October, 10 – 10.45am & 11.30am – 12.15pm
                8 October, 2.30 – 3.15pm & 4 – 4.45pm  
    Where: Deepacres, North Adelaide

    Designed by Jack Hobbs McConnell, the heritage-listed Deepacres in Melbourne Street is one of Adelaide’s most historically significant apartment blocks. As part of celebrations for its 75th birthday, visitors can take private tour of its gardens and the exterior and interior architecture. 

    PETER ELLIOTT AM – GOLD MEDAL ADDRESS

    When: 7 October, 3 – 5pm
    Where: Open State Hub, Victoria Square

    Join Peter Elliot AM for his Gold Medal address. The Gold Medal is the AIA’s highest honour which is awarded annually for distinguished service by architects.

    FUTURE ADELAIDE WALKING TOUR

    When: 8 October, 11am – 12.30pm
    Where: Corner George Street and Hindley Street

    This tour will be led by City of Adelaide designers that have been involved in the development and implementation of high profile landscape architecture projects around the Adelaide CBD. Hear about how these projects are shaping the city for future generations. 

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