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Listen: Can Design Change Communities?

On 31 August, 2013, CUSP designers Paul Pholeros of Healthabitat and Alison Page from the National Aboriginal Design Agency for our fourth and final Talk In Transit. On a train from Central to Casula Station, passengers were treated to a talk from the pair around the question ‘Are we evolving or revolving?’

Stream or download the audio of the talk below.

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LIsten: Brick vs Buck

On 17 August, 2013, CUSP designer Anupama Kundoo was joined by music aficionado and host of ABC Radio National’s Inside Sleeve Robbie Buck for our third Talk In Transit. On a train from Central to Casula Station, passengers were treated to a talk from the pair 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.

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WOOD: art design architecture at JamFactory

Co-curators of WOOD: art design architecture, Elliat Rich and Brian Parkes, have created a little wooden forest of objects for us to float around and get lost in. The insightful duo have collected together the sublime works of 28 talented contemporary Australian artists, designers, and architects and created an engaging celebration of all things wood.

The exhibition of these works is a wonderful exploration of the historical, technological, and social significance of this ancient material.

Even though wood appears to be a simple, static material to work with, it is often not the case. Wood can crack, expand, and warp (I have experienced all three of these occurrences at once), and only the most skilled craftspeople can get the most out of this deceptively problematic substance.

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Anupama Kundoo at the Venice Architecture Biennale

The links between CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade and this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale just seem to keep growing. Object board member and CUSP Curatorial Advisory Group member Anthony Burke, who is the Head of the School of Architecture at UTS, is co-curating the Australian Pavilion. Toko, working with the co-curators, is heavily involved with the development of the Australian Pavilion, and are also developing the visual language for CUSP.

The last connection to come about was discovering that Anupama Kundoo, one of the designers featuring in CUSP, has been selected to feature in the Arsenale — the curated portion of the Biennale incorporating work from architects from around the world. This year, the Arsenale, as curated by David Chipperfield, has the theme ‘Common Ground.’

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Object magazine 62 — Healthabitat

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, defines a ‘social business’ as a ‘cause-driven business’ where the ‘investors/owners can gradually recoup the money invested, but cannot take any dividend beyond that point.’ Paul Pholeros AM believes that Healthabitat, an Australian private company of which he is a co-founder and director, perfectly fits that definition.

Healthabitat had its genesis in 1985 when the three directors (Pholeros, Dr Paul Torzillo AM and Stephan Rainow) were working together at the Aboriginal-run Nganampa Health Council. The director of the Council, Yami Lester, had seen health programs rolled out that saw more people attending hospitals and doctors for treatment, but recognised that that didn’t mean the situation was improving — there were no programs aimed at stopping them getting sick in the first place.

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