2013 Melbourne Design Awards - Key Dates

25 August 2013 - Extended close date
2 September 2013 - Judging
19 September 2013 - Finalists announced
15 October 2013 - Rating Closes
23 October 2013 - Awards Night
Best of the best - Winners list

Installation Design - Exhibit

This award celebrates innovative and creative design for a temporary building or interior. Consideration given to materials, fixtures, finishes, signage and traffic flow. 

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Nominations in Category

The School of Life Pop Up Space - Small Giants / CoDesign Studio Limited

Installation Design - Exhibit

- Winner

Built with the sweat and muscle of 40 volunteers and a meagre budget, the School of Life Australia (TSOL) Pop Up Space in Collingwood transformed a neglected warehouse shell and carpark into a thriving community hub. The first international offshoot of Alain de Botton’s meaning-of-life philosophical hub, the popular School of Life was installed for 10 weeks from January-March 2013 and featured a new café, bookshop, workshop and ‘bibliotherapy’ space for reading and reflection. The project demonstrates a transformative, collaborative design process that brought together design ideas from volunteers, the community, designers and the client. Using almost exclusively repurposed materials, the Pop Up created a simple, bright and cheerful aesthetic. The outcome demonstrates what is possible when communities come together to create positive change – a new community hub built out of virtually nothing. Several visitors remarked that the space had “a life of its own”, and had something “unquantifiable - something the volunteers had bought to the space”. Based on the Pop Ups success which supported a sold-out workshop program, TSOL is now sourcing a permanent location. Coverage of the project: The Australian Feature: http://tiny.cc/r2930w Australian Design Review: http://tiny.cc/13930w The Age: http://tiny.cc/u7930w

Pop Up Cafe DesignEx - Diversified / ExpoNet

Installation Design - Exhibit


In the time it takes to butter your toast in the morning, this low cost and environmentally friendly project took shape in the minds of ExpoNet's design team.

Machining Aesthetics - LLDS / Power to Make

Installation Design - Exhibit


The Machining Aesthetics exhibition positions craft at the forefront of architectural practice. The exhibition examines architectural design as material and craft production. Through making procedures, the spatial and material prototypes presented in this exhibition explore the interface between material, effects and digital technology. The exhibition features models and drawings of 9 +1 projects; each project delivering a vision for a new home for Craft (formerly Craft Victoria). Conducted as a design research studio at the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne, the studio explores new aesthetics in digital fabrication. The exhibition took place at Gallery 2, Craft from 1st August to 31st August 2013.

Emotional Shelter - Emergency Shelter Australia

Installation Design - Exhibit


Emotional Shelter is a collaboration between two small community-orientated architecture practices Here Studio and Visionary Design Development and several architectural graduates. The structure, in the form of a cat, and constructed from bamboo and corrugated iron, is a prototype for community-built shelter – shelters that connect and comfort people emotionally. The shelter was built off-site in Kensington by roughly sixty team members and other volunteers, requiring over 800 hours of collective labour from March to May 2013.


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