The first building and architectural event to be held at Sydney’s 1.5 billion International Convention Centre, DesignBUILD, has started in style with record numbers attending Day One of the show.
“Even more important than the numbers of people attending is the calibre of the attendees” said Event Director Jamie Butler-Underwood. “The feedback from exhibitors showcasing over 700 products from the landscape, structural & material, building technology, and interior fixtures and finishes sectors has been exciting. We are looking forward to another two great days ahead,” he said.
Highlights of Day One included:
- Michael Lockwood’s audience was given a rare insight into Populous’ creative process and the way the firm investigates broad trends in fields such as wellness and technology to inform the design of convention centres around the world.
- Senior Interior Designer at Populous, Paul Foskett, talked about the challenges of interior design in large scale projects such as convention centres.
- Incubator has once again proven to be a very popular highlight of the show. This year Incubator features a lighting system that can reduce anxiety in hospitals, a moveable home for the homeless, a particle that can allow paint to a heat a room, a shock absorbing plumbing pipe and tiny LEDs that power transparent HD screens.
- Students participating in DesignBUILD RAW also attended today to speak with visitors about their designs. DesignBUILD RAW is an exciting initiative to showcase the very best of emerging talent, run in partnership with the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and the University of Technology Sydney. Students designed the two speaker theatres and the incubator pavilion
- “Lunch and Learn” explored how to get the most out of a cross-disciplinary teams to maximise efficiency – not just during the build process but throughout the entire life cycle of the construction.
- Madonna Locke, Director of Urbis Design, spoke about the application of Brisbane Council’s Buildings That Breathe Design Guide – created to deliver good sub-tropical architecture.