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Victorian Government Architect presents at Knowledge of Design Week Hong Kong 2018

KODW - Vision for Future Cities, Graphic Capture of Forum, Photographer - Jill Garner

 Image above: KODW - Vision for Future Cities, Graphic Capture of Forum, Photographer - Jill Garner

In June 2018, Hong Kong hosted Knowledge of Design Week, inviting 30 local and international experts from various industries to share their diverse perspectives on the concept of liveability. Design for Liveability was a fascinating, diverse dialogue with a common theme - how design-driven vision can enable people to lead fulfilled lives. 

Jill Garner, our Victorian Government Architect, shared insights on what it is that has made Melbourne special, highlighting the city’s evolution over the last 30 years into a place that has been labelled the world’s most liveable city with a reputation as a premier design destination. Her discussion considered the characteristics that make a great city for living in and contemplated whether successes are achieved through luck or by design. 

For an overview of the Jill’s presentation, read more here.

OVGA is proud to sponsor the Victorian Architecture Medal

OVGA is proud to sponsor the Victorian Architecture Medal – awarded by the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects for the most outstanding project out of the entire field of entries. The award recognises the design of a building of exceptional merit and architectural etiquette that offers its qualities to the greater public realm of a city.

The winner of the 2018 Victorian Architecture Medal will be announced at the AIA’s Victorian Chapter Awards Presentation Dinner this Friday 29th June 2018. The Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner will present the award to the winner of the Medal.  A full list of 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards Winners will be available on the AIA’s website at 11pm on Friday 29th June 2018. Stay tuned!

Refresh of Good Design Publication

Hamer Hall Redevelopment, Photographer - John Gollings

 Image Above: Hamer Hall Redevelopment, Photographer - John Gollings

Have you ever wondered what good design is? The OVGA have refreshed the Good Design publication which aims to raise awareness of quality design, its value and how to achieve it. Good design creates a legacy that ensures Victoria is a place that is vibrant, economically thriving, healthy, sustainable, loved by its citizens, great to live in and visit.

The publication highlights that good design adds significant value. It illustrates the contribution good design makes to our public places, infrastructure and buildings. Seven principles are identified that are key to achieving high quality design outcomes.

You can access the refreshed publication here and the full Good Design series here.

Jill Garner - Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects

Congratulations to the Victorian Government Architect, Jill Garner who was recently elevated to a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Read more: VIC Chapter

Melbourne Design Week - Good Design and Heritage

As part of Melbourne Design Week the OVGA is supporting a presentation on Good Design and Heritage. Heritage buildings and places are loved by the general public but as the world and our lives change they sometimes need to be re-imagined. Good design married with existing heritage can result in design effects that have profound impacts on cities and communities. Emma Telford from Open House Melbourne is joined by leading heritage and architectural experts including Stuart MacIntyre, Jill Garner, Philip Goad and Peter Lovell in a one hour panel session for Melbourne Design Week looking at some great examples and principles behind good design and heritage.

Read more: Good Design and Heritage Event

Patrik Schumacher and Jill Garner MPavilion Recording

Zaha Hadid Architects - Patrik Schumacher in conversation with Jill Garner on Saturday 4 November 2017

Read more: MPavilion discussion and recording

Open Space Designs Released - Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

Final designs have been released for the linear public open space that integrates with the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project currently under construction.  The design of the open space by Aspect Studios has been through an extensive consultation process with Councils and the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) chaired by Tim Entwisle the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

COSEP included local representatives, local Councils, Victoria Police, Bicycle Network and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA) with Jill Garner, Sophie Patitsas and the Victorian Design Review Panel's Jon Shinkfield and Michael Walker.

When the design vision for this project was first released in early 2016 the OVGA emphasised the importance our continued involvement in the design development and refinement of the entire project to ensure that design excellence and quality was protected.  Community and expert advice provided to the architects and landscape architects through COSEP and through the OVGA has been critical and enriched the design process ensuring the final design is inclusive, relevant to local communities and high quality.

Read more: Architecture AU media coverage 

Good Design and Heritage Publication

An enduring legacy of any government is reflected through its heritage places.  The publication 'Good Design and Heritage' is the seventh in a series that is helping to raise awareness of good design and promote discussion about its benefits and value.  'Good Design and Heritage' has been developed together with Heritage Victoria, the Heritage Council of Victoria and heritage architect Helen Lardner.  As noted by Heritage Council Chair, Stuart Macintyre AO "Victoria's built heritage speaks eloquently of a rich history marked by constant growth and renewal.  As its beneficiaries we seek to maintain and augment this legacy for future generations, and in making our contribution we enhance our appreciation of it".

Read more: Good Design and Heritage Publication

Architects Announced for New Ballarat GovHub

Award-winning design firm, John Wardle Architects has been appointed to design the new 'GovHub' precinct in Ballarat's CBD.  The Victorian Government is investing $47.8 million in the new precinct, which will accommodate up to 1000 government employees.  The new building will be integrated in the Civic Hall precinct, helping to revitalise Ballarat's CDB and promote growth in the local economy.  The Office of the Victorian Government Architect has provided support as part of the Design Quality Team and will continue to provide guidance to Development Victoria throughout the project.

Read more: Architects Announced For New Ballarat GovHub

Urban Design Awards

The Office of the Victorian Government Architect congratulates the award winners for this years Urban Design Awards.

Read more: Urban Design Awards Announcement

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