13 July 2011
10 teams, 10 sites, 3 days: 1 unforgettable design challenge
One hundred designers, artists and craftspeople will race the clock in an urban design challenge at Melbourne's Docklands (27-30 July), building 10 new public space projects in just three days.
Free guided tours will start from the Upside Down Cow Up A Tree, Docklands.
Supported by RMIT University, Urban Realities: Landscape Urbanism 3 Day Design Challenge is a competition bringing together creative minds from around Australia and the world as part of the 2011 State of Design Festival.
Head to Docklands to watch 10 teams working around-the-clock to design and construct thought-provoking public space interventions that best respond to this year's festival theme, "Design That Moves". Join free guided tours (28-31 July) or see the projects on site (until 7 August).
RMIT Landscape Architecture Program Director, Associate Professor Rosalea Monacella, said the event aimed to shed light on new and innovative ways for considering the future of public space.
"Urban Realities will use the Docklands area as a case study site for exploring ways to activate and transform the urban environment," she said.
"It's a unique opportunity for members of the public to see design in action. Creating new public space projects in just three days is an incredible challenge but there's nothing like a deadline for inspiring adrenaline-fuelled design!"
Team members will upload daily diary videos to the Urban Realities YouTube channel showing their progress, capturing the highs and lows of their project.
What: Urban Realities: Landscape Urbanism 3 Day Design Challenge
When: 27 - 30 July
Where: Docklands, Melbourne
Opening ceremony: 10am-11am, 27 July, Upside Down Cow Up A Tree, Esplanade, Docklands
Teams building their unique public space projects 2pm-5pm, Friday, 29 July, Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
Teams with their completed public space projects. Approx noon, Saturday, 30 July, Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
Free guided tours: 3pm, 7pm, 9pm (28 - 29 July); 11am, 3pm (30 - 31 July)
Where: Starting from Upside Down Cow Up A Tree, Esplanade, Docklands
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For interviews, details and images: email@example.com or (03) 9925 0814. NB. Phone will be diverted to on-duty media liaison. Alternative contacts: Rosalea Monacella, +61 418 226 210 or Kathryn English +61 402 761 301.
For general media enquiries: RMIT University Communications, Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.