Two temporary structures made of recycled materials will soon pop-up on the NSW North Coast as part of a new annual design competition, knowns as: Innovate :: Situate: Southern Cross University Design Prize.

Innovate :: Situate is meant to test the different ways that Lismore's new creative playground known as The Quad can repurpose public space through the creation of micro-venues and encourage the public, especially children, to interact with the site in new ways.

The project is committed to supporting emerging artists, profiling sustainable materials and practices and providing some much needed shade.

Dr Stephen Garrett, head of Art and Design at Southern Cross University, is one of the project’s industry panel assessors.

“Pavilion projects around the world bring people together to create community and explore urban liveability,” says Garrett.

He said there were two main drivers for this project: sustainability and playfulness.

“The materials used need to be sustainable sourced materials or recycled materials or upcycled materials. The idea of global sustainability and sustainable materials is now at the core of all design practice, whether art or architecture. This project brings that language of sustainability and sustainable materials into the public domain,” says Garrett.

“Our goal is to establish this design competition as an annual event.”

The Quadrangle is a cultural precinct located in Lismore nestled between the newly developed Lismore Regional Gallery, the Conservatorium of Music and the Lismore Library. The activation of the Quad has been brought to life through an innovative partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council who jointly fund the Placemaking Officer's role and activation program.

Emerging designers, artists and architects are invited to submit dynamic, playful and innovative structure designs.

Two winning designs will be installed from November 2018 to February 2019: the national winner and a Southern Cross University student design.

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