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4th International Utzon Symposium at Sydney Opera House

Jørn Utzon (1918-2008) is internationally recognised as one of the most original, innovative and socially concerned of modern architects and, perhaps, one of the greatest exponents of the humanistic Nordic tradition within modern architecture. Utzon is best known for his poetic public architecture, such as the Bagsværd Church in Denmark, the Meli Bank in Tehran, the Kuwait National Assembly and, of course, the international icon that is the Sydney Opera House. It is appropriate that the debate surrounding Utzon should return to the location of his most significant yet controversial creation and be inspired by Utzon’s legacy. knut_thyberg Keynote speaker: Juhani Pallasmaa Centred around the themes of Architecture, City Making and Political Economy, the Symposium is designed to be inter-disciplinary - reflecting Utzon’s diverse influences and attributes – and explore advances in the design, delivery and management of architecture and, more broadly, urban environments. The Symposium’s objectives are: to promote debate about the role of cultural production within urban contexts; encourage dialogue across cultural, political and economic boundaries; and contribute to the current thinking in academia and practice regarding the tensions and synergies between cultural production, politics, economy and the city. vishaan-chakrabarti Keynote Speaker: Vishaan Chakrabarti Bringing together leading academics, practitioners and students from across the globe, the Symposium will include keynote speakers from Asia, the USA, Europe and Australia and a selection of the Symposium’s academic papers will be published in book form. Keynote speakers include: Juhani Pallasmaa, Finnish architect, former Professor at Helsinki University of Technology, former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture Vishaan Chakrabarti, Marc Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development Liu Jiakun, Founder and Principle Architect of Jiakun Architect. liu_jiakun Keynote Speaker: Liu Jiakun The 4th International Utzon Symposium at UNSW is presented in collaboration with the Jørn Utzon Research Network (JURN) and the Utzon Research Center (URC), the University of Portsmouth, UK and Aalborg University, Denmark. The 4th International Utzon Symposium will be held at The Sydney Opera House and University of New South Wales, Sydney CBD from 7-9 March, 2014. be.unsw.edu.au/utzonsymposiumabc
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Bolon and Missoni – the Natural Continuation

The organic collaboration between Bolon and Missoni continues with new renditions of the Bolon by Missoni flooring range. Elementally affected and inspired by nature, the extended range now include a progressively autumnal, contemporary rustic palette with four new colours of the classical Flame pattern, evoking stone, rust, wood and lush green foliage. Bolon-by-Missoni-Flame-Rust A bucolic counterpoint to the vivid tones of the original Bolon by Missoni range launched in 2012, the new collection is aesthetically versatile, beautiful, luxurious, functional and fashionable, adaptable to all sorts of public spaces. Iconic Missoni. Quintessentially Bolon. Bolon-by-Missoni-Flame-Pine Bolon-by-Missoni-Flame-Stone BOLON by The Andrews Group www.theandrewsgroup.com.auabc
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The Big Design Market 2013

We are currently witnessing a revolution in the way that people shop. The tide has turned from malls, mass-prod­uction, labels that read ‘Made In China’, and megastores. For the first time in decades, people have wised up to their impact on their planet, are informed, concerned and ethical, and buying with their conscience as well as their wallets. big_design_market_ute_letterboxes This is what makes The Big Design Market unique in the world. Free to get in, this visionary pop-up event, curated by visual artist and designer Simon Obarzanek, allows people to connect with 215 of the best independent designers from Australia and overseas. big_design_market_the_mod_collective_lights There are wide aisles, lounging areas, food from some of Melbourne’s favourite eateries, and award-winning craft beer from 2Brothers Brewery. There’s coffee, a Mag Nation magazine stop, and workshops with Beci Orpin and Georgie Cummings. Children can design their own button badge, build with Planks from Green Hat Workshops or weave a star with Maryann Talia Pau. big_design_market_jam_factory_andrew_gregg_stool Eco-smart designers at The Big Design Market include up-cyclers Mabel jewellery, made by an industrial dumpster diver from Hobart and Upcyclette, who turn skateboards into sunglasses and Swiss Army blankets into handbags. Trunk & Orderly use vintage factory machinery to produce modern suitcases, and Otto and Spike use knitting machines from the 1890s for their textiles. big_design_market_pod_luxe_leather_light The calibre of the project has attracted influential designers who usually confine themselves to galleries, such as illustrator Beci Orpin, jeweller/artist Kate Rhode, and design establishment such as Craft Victoria, RMIT, the Adelaide-based Jam Factory, and Heide Museum of Modern Art who produce limited edition products in collaboration with Mirka Mora, Fiona Hall and Del Kathryn Barton. big_design_market_luna_lana_by_stephaniengdesign_scoop With a vast range of brilliant wares, from Papillionaire bikes and Zaishu’s Ash Keating stools, to Limedrop clothing, Kip &Co bedding and Japanese Nanoblock building kits, The Big Design Market is a rare Christmas shopping opportunity for those who place value on quality, originality and ethical production. The Big Design Market Friday 6, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December 2013 Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Free Admission thebigdesignmarket.com  abc