News / September 2017
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Breathing Space: Unmasking London’s polluted airways

An overlooked public square in East London transforms into a place of respite during London Design Festival in a creative collaboration between HASSELL and global engineering consultants, Arup.

Breathing Space is an installation designed to help people visualise the severity of pollution in the Capital. Through interactive digital technologies and immersive lighting design, it provides visitors with real-time information about air pollution in London, and aims to increase awareness of the role individuals can play in improving the quality of London’s air.

With its bold graphic artwork by Art + Believe, Breathing Space uses London Design Festival as a platform to test innovative thinking and technology to help people understand the impacts of air pollution, and to support a dialogue around what can be done to make moving through cities more healthy and fulfilling.

The design includes an enclosed lighting installation containing 11,000 litres of air – the amount we breathe every day.  LED lights installed on wooden seating structures connect to real-time pollution data in 11 different  London locations, and vary in colour as levels of pollution go up and down.

HASSELL Principal Ashley Munday says that such installations offer an important deviation from the norm – offering a necessary stretch in design thinking.

“Short term installations are a great way to challenge conventional thinking. To shake people out of complacency and to offer a fresh, and perhaps unexpected, perspective on how things could be different”.

Breathing Space is open from 18-22 September 2017.

Visit www.breathingspaceldn.com for more information.

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Thursday 14 September 2017
We support marriage equality

The Australian government has called for a nation-wide postal survey on the question of whether to change the law governing the definition of marriage to recognise same-sex marriage.

At HASSELL, we believe diversity and equality are important, whether we’re talking about our staff, our clients or the wider community.

We know our greatest asset is our global team of talented professionals with diverse backgrounds, skills and perspectives. We value these unique perspectives. It is at the centre of our values and the way we work.

We recognise the rights of our LGBTI employees to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our organisations and the broader community.

As a practice we support our LGBTI team members and those who feel strongly about this issue on behalf of friends and family who will be directly affected by the decision to change marriage laws.

We recognise that not all HASSELL employees will support marriage equality and respect the value of diverse perspectives on all issues, including this one.

We believe that individual rights and liberties are critically important. The Australian people are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent study showing 72 per cent believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

Globally, over 20 countries have passed laws to allow same-sex marriage, including the United States of America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Great Britain. They did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now. Marriage equality is truly the only fair option. It is also a sound economic option. To remain competitive, and to attract top talent from around the world, organisations – and nations – must create a fair and respectful environment for everyone.

Together we can make equality a reality.

Visit Australianmarriageequality.org for more information.

 
Monday 11 September 2017
HASSELL leads global team in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge

HASSELL will lead a global team in the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, a collaborative research and design project that brings together community members and public officials with local, national, and international experts to develop innovative solutions to address the effects of climate change around San Francisco Bay.

The Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge is modeled on New York's Rebuild by Design, which began as a new kind of design competition in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The program is tied to The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities network, which aims to support 100 cities to build resilience for the 21st-century.

Ten design teams are now in San Francisco to participate in a three-month Collaborative Research Phase that will culminate in ten new implementable projects that address the climate impacts that threaten the Bay Area’s ecosystems and communities.

Speaking on behalf of the HASSELL+ team, HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane commented: “This is an incredibly exciting and important opportunity for design to enhance the lives of those in Bay Area communities.

“The HASSELL+ team understands designing for water, living with water and the immense potential that waterfront places offer to communities who are connected to them.

“Originating from Australia (HASSELL) and the Netherlands (MVRDV + Deltares + Goudappel), and with local experts (Lotus Water, Frog Design, Civic Edge, and Page and Turnbull), the HASSELL+ team brings multiple perspectives to Resilient by Design and a deep understanding of the social, cultural, economic and ecological potential that research-led design can unlock for waterfront communities,” he said.

The HASSELL+ team comprises:
_HASSELL (design team lead)
_MVRDV (architecture and planning collaborator)
_Civic Edge Consulting (community engagement)
_Deltares (hydrology and ecology)
_Lotus Water (hydrology and ecology)
_Frog Design (technology and social impact)
_Goudappel (transport)
_Page and Turnbull (heritage) 

Visit the RBDBA website

Imagery by HASSELL+

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