Putting play back on the city agenda with PLAY[ground]


HASSELL recently teamed up with not for profit organisation Archikidz and Sydney Living Museums, on a playful project to make kids seen and heard in the city. Together, the team created PLAY[ground] – a place that would inspire tomorrow’s thinkers and city makers to play, experiment and toy with ideas about the future shape of our cities.

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Urban Oasis | Gold Coast Public Art Commission

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We’re commissioning an artist, or artist led team, to design and deliver a major public artwork – an Urban Oasis in the heart of one of Australia’s bustling tourist cities. A design competition to choose the successful artist or artist led team is open now to local, national and international artists. The winning design will receive a $AUD330,000 commission.

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Sail Boxes | Boston, USA | Virginia Melnyk Designs

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The Sail Boxes were constructed as a temporary play structure for the Boston PlayDay 2015 at the Lawn on D.

Bright and colorful spandex fabric stretches over a box-like bamboo framework to create a unique play experience which offers a diverse range of interactions. The asymmetrical layout of the fabric creates a maze-like obstacle course where children are encouraged to push and pull on the fabric as they navigate through the structure.

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Green Varnish by Nomad Studio at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

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Image Credit | Laura Santin

Green Varnish explores the necessity of hiding inconvenient realities with polite beauty. A green fabric elegantly covers all the inopportune facts. 

We ignore inconvenient information. It is admirable how reactionary we are toward information that brings implicit changes; obviously, we have lost perspective of our role within this large system of life of which we belong. Life is change and we forcefully reject impermanence.Flexibility, adaptability and diversity are key aspects of a resilient system; a system in a dynamic equilibrium.  Our landscapes, the intricate relationships between culture and territory, speak of rigidity, in-adaptability and fragmentation. Hence, they are unbalanced landscapes, condemned to intensive restructuring.

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Image Credit | David Johnson

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Le Voyage à Nantes-Baptiste Debomburg-14

Baptiste Debombourg’s work takes the real world and morphs it into something new. He reacts to specific contexts and transmutes different substances like an alchemist: Styrofoam packing materials are transformed into neo-Gothic altars…

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Field Constructs Design Competition announces Finalists

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Competition Finalist | COMMPOST Daniel Gillen, Colby Suter, Gustav Fagerstrom Beijing, China

Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) recently announced the 2015 Jury Selection Finalists. The appointed jury reviewed and evaluated all eligible submissions, resulting in the selection of 18 top-ranked proposals. The selection highlights a variety of approaches to today’s design innovation and represents a breadth of material, technical, and social design solutions for engaging the competition brief. The diverse qualifications of the project teams capture cutting-edge work of emerging professionals and creative practices across multiple disciplines.

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The Sky themed 2015 Triumph Pavilion | London, UK | Nonscale

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The Triumph Pavilion at the Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green, London, next to the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum of Childhood coincides with the London Festival of
Architecture, is one of the main annual highlights of Pavilions in the capital during summer.

Nonscale, a Tokyo based Japanese practice were selected to design this year’s Pavilion with their unique proposal and contemporary interpretation of this year’s Triumph Pavilion theme of “Sky”. The theme posed an exciting prospect and one that aimed to inspire architects and designers to explore the 5th facade of most architectural building design projects.

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