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Lexus Design Awards 2014

The second annual Lexus Design Awards are now calling for entries, with submissions closing October 15 2013, 11:59pm GMT. Presented in collaboration with Designboom, the Lexus Design Awards are open to students, professionals and design enthusiasts alike, from around the world.

The Lexus Design Award was created to ‘help support next generation innovators who produce ‘design’ to enrich our world.’ Last year’s theme was ‘Motion’—click here to check out the entries awarded from the 1243 submissions, from 72 countries. This year, the Awards are calling for submissions on the theme ‘Curiosity.’

Two prize winners will receive mentorship from acknowledged professionals to develop a prototype of their work, with production costs covered to the tune of 5 million Yen (approx. AUD$56,000 at time of writing.) The winners, along with ten additional finalists, will also receive a trip to Milan for the awards event and exhibition.

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Crowdshare Sydney

After the success of BikeTank in 2011 and Groundbreaker in 2012, u.lab is embarking on their 2013 endeavour, Crowdshare Sydney.

Taking place primarily at the University of Technology, Sydney (with a couple of breakout sessions at Darling Quarter and Walsh Bay), Crowdshare Sydney explores ‘how we collectively make the city.’

Nine weeks of public panel discussions from August to October culminate in a public pitching competition, where the best ideas for city interventions will be opened up to a public vote.

In parallel, 100 UTS Masters students are ‘tackling issues of our city through tactical ‘crowdshare’ actions to test the thesis of crowdshare urbanism: can concrete action augmented with collective media create urban change?’

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Ping Fu on 3D Printing

Earlier this week Object: Australian Design Centre caught up with visiting entrepreneur and 3D printing guru Ping Fu, in Sydney to take part in Wired For Wonder, a ‘two-day experience designed to open doors of understanding in the areas of business, technology, life, awe, science and the arts.’

Our interview took place at COTA in Surry Hills, as we are collaborating with them on a 3D printing creative program later in the year, that we are almost ready to tell you all about so stay tuned.

To watch our video interview with Ping Fu, click the play button under the image gallery to the right, or head to our Video & Audio Gallery.

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Listen: Robots vs BalletLab

On 27 July 2013, CUSP designer and social roboticist Mari Velonaki was joined by fellow artificial intelligence pioneer Maurice Pagnucco and BalletLab Artistic Director Philip Adams for our second Talk In Transit. On a train from Central Station to Casula Station, passengers were treated to a talk from the three around the question ‘Are we evolving or revolving?’

Stream or download the audio of the talk below, and you can also download free as part of the CUSP collection on Object on iTunes U.

And don’t forget to book for the final two Talks In Transit coming up:
- Brick vs Buck with Anupama Kundoo and Robbie Buck, 17 August 2013
- Can Design Change Communities? with Paul Pholeros and Alison Page, 31 August 2013

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Welcome To The 2nd International Triennale of Kogei (Craft)

The 2nd International Triennale of Kogei (Craft) opened at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday in Kanazawa. A formal opening ceremony (with Object’s Director, Steven Pozel, doing the honours on the ribbon cutting) was followed by a private viewing for guests of the four country exhibitions. 

The day did not end there. Following the curators’ lunch, there were floor talks by curators and artists and thankfully my Japanese was up to the task (at least the beginning and end ably translated for me prior to the trip by Kathryn Hunyor, Object’s Head of Creative Programs). Danie Mellor spoke about his work, Native Gold and contributed his considerable knowledge of Australian Indigenous art.

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Listen: Zero Hero vs The Futurologist

On July 20 we kicked off our Talks In Transit series with Zero Hero vs the Futurologist. On a train from Central Station to Casula Station one Saturday morning, passengers in a carriage were treated to an interactive talk-cum-workshop from CUSP designer and ecological warrior Stephen Mushin with futurist Stuart Candy. The pair talked on the question ‘Are we evolving or revolving?’, in the process getting the audience members to devise ingenious solutions to current problems through the creation of fantastical systems and machines.

Listen to the audio below or download to enjoy the podcast at your leisure. And make sure you book your tickets now for the third and fourth Talks In Transit, coming up in August.

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Position Vacant: Financial Controller

We are looking for a Financial Controller for a 12 month contract from 1 October 2013 (parental leave cover) part-time position (15 hours week) based in our Surry Hills office.

In an exciting time for Object: Australian Design Centre, the Financial Controller will work closely with the Associate Director and Accounts Coordinator. This is a great opportunity to work in a small creative team, and play an important role in the organisation and its success. In return for your problem solving skills and financial management acumen, you will be exposed to artists in fields as varied as architecture, furniture, jewellery and fashion.

For a full role description and more information, including how to apply, download this pdf.

Applications close at 5pm Friday 23 August 2013.

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Friday Afternoon in Kanazawa.

We have almost completed the installation.  Just waiting now for some revisions to the captions and then we are done and ready for tomorrow’s opening ceremony, floor talk and party!

The other countries participating in the Triennale have almost completed their installations as well.  We are very lucky to be able to experience the work of many exceptional designers and makers from Santa Fe, Japan and Taiwan.

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Day 1 Of Install At The Triennale of Craft

Day 1 of installation begins! The team of professional installers, a very clever conservator from Osaka and the wonderful coordinator of the Triennale are all ready to go. The drill hits the first screw in the crate and from there we are enthralled by all the works that emerge from within. 

Danie Mellor is here to help install his work Native Gold on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia. All went very well despite some of the team being a little squeamish with the taxidermy!

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Shell Collecting On The Rocky Shores Of Northern Tasmania With Lola Greeno

I’m currently on my way back to Launceston with Lola Greeno, after a research and shell-collecting excursion to the coastal north of Tasmania near Weymouth.

Lola wanted me to experience what is involved in collecting some of the smaller shells that wash up along the rocky outcrops. We searched and collected a variety of small to minute shells such as oat, black crows, gull and kelp shells.

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