With nominations now open for the 2013 Australia Award for Urban Design, what can we learn from the 'box office'?
Image - 415 George Street, Brisbane, QLD, AUS. What do the users think of this new place in Brisbane? Have the designers asked them? As a place, it didn't appear to have enough functions to make me want to stay.
Posted by: Andrew Hammonds
As a member of a previous judging panel for the Australia Award for Urban Design I encourage you to nominate. While your project will be assessed by your peers - we won't always get feedback from the people using it. Should they get a say? Aren't the users the ultimate judge of place?
I was reminded of a quote from Australian film director Peter Weir:
"I actually squirm a little at that word “art” [laughs]. My priority is to entertain an audience and I want my movies to do well at the box office. I’m still surprised by how snobbish European directors can be at the Cannes Film Festival. They make good films but their manner can be so superior."
I was struck by the corollary between film and urban design. Are we trying to design pieces of art for awards... or places for people?Add a comment