Archive / March 2012
Wednesday 28 March 2012
Winner of HASSELL Robin Edmond – 2011 Travelling Scholarship announced

HASSELL is delighted to announce that Matthew Hamilton is this year's recipient of the Robin Edmond – 2011 Travelling Scholarship.

The award, run by HASSELL and now in its 21st year, recognises landscape architecture students who show outstanding potential for future contribution to the profession.

Matthew Hamilton from RMIT University was chosen after much discussion between the landscape architecture discipline leaders from all the Australian studios. Matthew's project was titled "The Jak Mania – (Re)designing cities through slums."

By immersing himself in the Asian mega city of Jakarta, Matthew sought to investigate new models of urban design through an understanding and appreciation of existing human relationships at a number of specially selected sites within the city. His research and analysis of the interaction between environment and human activity was both thorough and compassionate in its response. The design outcomes were radical yet practical, initiated through a desire to fully embrace the needs of the local population. Matthew's imaginative approach to storytelling through text and graphics impressed the judges.

HASSELL commend Matthew and we are keen to see how this passion for making a difference in very challenging urban environments continues into his career.

We would also like to note the recipients of special commendations: Jason Cuffe from The University of New South Wales and Susie Quinton from The University of Adelaide. Both of their final design portfolios were extremely impressive, displaying a mature approach to realising two radically different design briefs.

HASSELL would like to thank all of the universities and entrants who participated in the award in 2011. As with previous years, the standard of portfolios and final design work submitted was of an extremely high standard. All entrants are to be congratulated for the quality of their design thinking and ability to respond imaginatively to their briefs.

Click here to download the booklet featuring selected highlights from the portfolios presented in 2011. For a high res version, please email Kelly O'Rourke at

Image: The Jak Mania – (Re)designing cities through slums by Matthew Hamilton

Friday 23 March 2012
Samuel Jeyaseelan wins 2012 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture

We are extremely proud to announce that architecture student Sameul Jeyaseelan, who is based in the HASSELL Adelaide studio, was awarded the 2012 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards this week.

The awards recognise individuals who contribute significantly to the architecture profession.

In his citation, Jury Chair Brian Zulaikha noted Samuel's contemporary and comprehensive approach to leadership made him a worthy recipient of the highly sought after award.

"Samuel is a visible, memorable and effective presence within his immediate student cohort, local professional community and at the national level of students and architects," Zulaikha said.

While completing the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program, and currently as part of his Master of Architecture program at University of South Australia, Samuel has taken a leadership role among his fellow students as a student mentor and UniSA School of Architecture Student Representative.

"I am passionate about the future of architecture and encouraging debate and discussion, so have taken every opportunity to get involved in the industry in as many different ways as possible," said Samuel.

Samuel's work to promote the appreciation and advancement of architecture through social media was of particular interest to the Prize Jury.

"Social media is a fantastic tool to drive discussion and also keep an eye on developing trends and new techniques," said Samuel.

"Through Twitter, my blog, Facebook and Tumblr, I've not only been able to engage with professionals and students in the ongoing dialogue about architecture, but I've also helped to raise the profile of architecture with the broader community."

Having already made a name for himself as one of South Australia's rising design stars, the future is looking bright for Samuel, who plans to continue working with HASSELL upon the completion of his Masters degree.

Wednesday 21 March 2012
Waterbank Master Plan win

The Government of Western Australia has selected Lend Lease to develop a premier riverfront site adjacent to the Perth city centre.

"Waterbank is a significant city-shaping initiative and we are thrilled to be able to join Lend Lease in guiding the design of this key transformational project for Perth," said Angus Bruce, Principal, HASSELL.

HASSELL has been involved in this project since 2008, when we were commissioned by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority to review the 2004 Riverside Master Plan to ensure the original objective and vision for the site remained valid.

Waterbank is located in East Perth, on the edge of the CBD and the Swan River. The six hectare site will be developed over the next seven to ten years, and aims to generate more than 8,000 jobs. The staged development includes the construction of approximately 700 residential dwellings (apartments and townhouses), up to 20,000 square metres of commercial office space and approximately 4,000 square metres of retail space. Potentially, a hotel and a significant public realm, including green spaces, wetlands, riverfront promenades, a town square and the Hay Street pier, will follow.

The proposed master plan incorporates:
_Low rise buildings overlooking the river, public promenades and new green spaces
_A town square area
_Accessible river edges with continuous public access, including the creation of a natural beach area and boating access
_Connection to Hay Street, creating a direct link to the Swan River from one of Perth's major streets,
with a new river pier and continuous site line from the city
_Large area of new wetlands, ensuring a water sensitive outcome that delivers an Australian leading Green Star residential development

The HASSELL and Lend Lease design brings the city to the river creating a vibrant waterfront community, offering visitors and residents a range of entertainment, commercial and residential uses in a unique waterfront location.

Friday 16 March 2012
How not to drink wine like a wanker

The HASSELL Melbourne studio was lucky enough to be involved in the How not to Drink Wine like a Wanker event at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival last week. For the fourth year in a row, this sold-out event was hosted by award-winning sommelier and project manager of the Wine Guide, Dan Sims, together with Miss Pearls of cult Melbourne bar Madame Brussels.

A satire of wine enthusiasts, the hilarious event saw the pair sharing the top ten reasons wine is 'wanky' and the top ten reasons wine is 'cool'.

The evening was held on the secret rooftop garden of the HASSELL Melbourne studio, which was turned into a lush vineyard with the help of our creative Landscape Architecture and Interior Design teams. It was accompanied by delicious tastings of a range of wines for the audience.

Tuesday 13 March 2012
HASSELL success at Hong Kong Design Awards

HASSELL recently won seven awards at the Hong Kong Designer Association Global Design Awards 2011. On the same day, the HASSELL Shanghai studio received an honourable mention in this year's Green Dot Awards in the Built category.

The following HASSELL projects won bronze at the HKDA awards: Assaggio Trattoria Italiana Restaurant in Hong Kong (Hospitality and Entertainment), Cuisine Cuisine Beijing (Hospitality and Entertainment), Deutsche Bank Headquarters in Hong Kong (Office), HASSELL Shanghai Studio (Office) and Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou (Office).

Hong Kong's Wong Tai Sin Abbot Hall won an Excellence Award in the Architectural Interior/Public Area category while the Dongguan Show House for CITIC Imperial Garden in Guangzhou was the recipient of a Merit Award in the Residential category.

The HKDA Awards is a competition/exhibition covering various design disciplines. It began as the First Picture Show in 1975, was renamed HKDA Design Show in 1976 and finally to HKDA Asia Design Awards in 2005. It was an annual event until 1980 when it became a biennial competition open to all local designers in various disciplines. In 1996, the call for entries was extended to other Asia Pacific countries and the awards have been increasingly recognised as one of the largest and most important design competitions in the region celebrating design excellence.

The Green Dot Awards are one of the world's most prestigious green awards and were established with the intention of recognising outstanding products and services which are manufactured and delivered in an environmentally friendly manner.

Tuesday 13 March 2012
HASSELL Sydney celebrates International Women’s Day

The HASSELL studio in Sydney celebrated International Women's Day last week for the eighth time. This year we were joined by more than 100 members of the design industry including senior representatives from the City of Sydney, Arup and Qantas who came together to celebrate "Women Building Communities – Women Making a Difference".

We were privileged to be joined by such a talented panel of inspiring women who are making a difference in our communities through their socially responsible work in the fields of construction, health and creativity. Centred on women's contribution to our communities, our guest speakers shared their experience as leaders in their respective fields of social responsibility.

CEO of Habitat for Humanity Australia, Jo Brennan, presented her non-profit organisation working to reduce housing poverty in Australia and overseas. With 1.6 billion people worldwide living in substandard housing and 100 million homeless, Habitat for Humanity Australia are working towards reducing this global crisis with a shared commitment to transforming lives by delivering permanent housing solutions and investing in sustainable community development.

Their programs offer individuals exciting opportunities to take part overseas in short-term 'hands on' house building and renovating projects. HASSELL has supported a program in Nepal and will support projects in the future.

Anne Crawford, founder and director of Can Too, shared the experience she has had with her not-for-profit program that couples fitness challenges with raising valuable funds that go directly towards funding cancer researches through Cure Cancer Australia. Since its inception in 2005, Can Too has raised over $8 million.

Jess Scully, Director of VIVID Ideas Exchange and Creative Sydney introduced networking groups such as Geek Girl Sydney, Social Media Women, Creative Women's Circle (CWC) and Robogals. She inspired guests to get involved with networking and microloan sites such as KIVA and Andable, known as the "ecosystem of good".

The event was a fun, engaging and inspirational discussion, leaving many guests with ideas on how they can get involved with their communities and commit to social responsibility.

Thursday 8 March 2012
HASSELL presents innovative ideas at Green Cities 2012 conference

A number of HASSELL representatives presented innovative ideas at the Green Cities 2012 conference, held in Sydney this week. The event is the largest green building conference in the Asia-Pacific region.

HASSELL Chairman Peter Duncan and Adam Davies, Principal, presented case studies to illustrate how "big picture thinking" is required to help China address its environmental, social and economic challenges and create sustainable cities.

The case studies, drawn from both China and Australia, cover current citywide master plans and rapid-transport initiatives and precinct-scale urban redevelopment projects. The presentation also provided insight into how Australia can learn from China, as many of the environmental and social issues are common to both countries. This two-way flow of knowledge and experience is vital if Australia and China are to plan and develop their cities, communities and the region to address current and future challenges.

Peter also shared a recent scheme proposed by HASSELL for social housing in Shenzhen, China. China aims to complete 36 million units of affordable housing for lower-income groups over 5 years.

Harley Vincent, Senior Associate Architect, presented the Australian High Speed Vehicle concept as part of the four-part "thinking outside of the box" series. These talks aimed to inspire, encourage and entertain the audience.

The Australian High Speed Vehicle (A-HSV) was designed in response to national debates on environmental, economic and social issues. The train would remove the reliance on air and private vehicle travel to in turn reduce carbon emissions, providing shorter travel times to regional cities under pressure from population growth and urban sprawl. The broader need for "design thinking" was discussed in many conference sessions and the A-HSV is a good example of private companies taking ideas and discussions into the public realm.

Thursday 8 March 2012
International Women’s Day at Perth studio

Last night the Perth HASSELL studio hosted 110 clients and employees at the annual International Women's Day event. Guest speaker Professor Donna Cross is Professor of Child and Adolescent Health at the Child Health Promotion Research Centre and was recently awarded the West Australian of the Year award for 2012. She is recognised internationally, having conducted research throughout the USA as well as Canada, Russia, Estonia, Japan and Israel, and with organisations such as WHO (World Health Organization), UNICEF and the American Health Foundation.

Her focus has been on changing the way Australian schools prevent and respond to aggression and the role of families in creating safer, more respectful communities. Over the years, Donna has tackled many issues affecting the wellbeing of children and young people. She has campaigned against drug use, cigarette smoking, bullying and child abuse and has worked to raise awareness of HIV and road safety. With the increasing occurrence of cyber-bullying, Donna is at the forefront of measures to counter and reduce its insidious impact and the risk it presents to vulnerable children. She has won many awards for her research, leadership and advocacy, and is a tireless champion for positive, whole school approaches to children's wellbeing.

The audience at last night's event was treated to a number of interesting, humorous and often terrifying statistics about our greatest national resource – children. We were also very pleased to have a number of VIPs in attendance including the Hon Chief Justice Wayne Martin and the Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA representing WA Premier Colin Barnett.

Tuesday 6 March 2012
Chasing Kitsune wins at WAN Awards

Chasing Kitsune, the Japanese Yatai food truck that was created by a group of young designers for the 2011 State of Design Festival in Victoria, Australia, has won the Restaurant and Bar category in the WAN Interior Design Awards 2011.

Designed to be more than a food truck – a mobile pop-up restaurant – the concept was dubbed Chasing Kitsune, fitting in with the State of Design theme of "design that moves".

The WAN panel loved the truck for its social aim of engaging people in unused areas around the city fringe. "Top marks for innovation," was the comment by HOK Associate and Interior Designer, Daniel Herriott, who was on the judging panel.

Deutsche Bank in Kowloon, Hong Kong, was another successful entrant in the WAN Interior Design Awards 2011, making it onto the short list in the Workspace category.

Friday 2 March 2012
HASSELL shortlisted for RIBA Cronton Colliery competition

HASSELL has been shortlisted for an international design competition for the Land Trust in the United Kingdom. The competition is being run by the Royal Institute of British Architects and is searching for the best design for a new visitor destination and public open space at the former Cronton Colliery in Knowlsley, near the UK city of Manchester.

Four finalists, including Hawkins/Brown, Michael Lee Architects and Edward Architecture/Mathew Riley, were selected out of 50 international entries.

Matthew Bradbury, Director of Operations at the Land Trust commented, "We were blown away by the creativity and vision of the proposals. Each one offered a unique take on the brief, demonstrating empathy and understanding of the site based on its past and future contexts, in tune with the vision and values of the Land Trust."

Explaining the innovative competition, the Land Trust's chief executive Euan Hall said, "The former Cronton Colliery is a fabulous space that has the very real potential to become a magnificent 21st century visitor destination for the North West. By working with RIBA Competitions on this we are hoping to change the way design teams create schemes in the future. We believe that open spaces have the potential to be the catalyst for change and can impact far more than just the 'environment'."

The finalists have been invited to go through to the second stage of the competition with the winners being revealed on Thursday 19 April.

Thursday 1 March 2012
Global Service Jam in Hong Kong

The HASSELL Hong Kong studio recently co-organised the city's inaugural Global Service Jam, an event which brings together people who are interested in using design and creativity to approach problem solving and service innovation.

This global event gives teams 48 hours to develop brand new services inspired by a shared theme and publish them to the world all at the same time. Global Service Jam is held concurrently in more than 80 cities globally.

The Hong Kong event was held at the Flag Out Creativity Centre in Kowloon and gave the local community a chance to find out about HASSELL, who co-organised the event with Hong Kong University's Business Students – Young Entrepreneurs for Society Network.

HASSELL aims to share the practice's knowledge and experience with students by engaging senior designers at events such as these. Ken Chan, a Senior Architect at the Hong Kong studio, was one of the speakers at the inaugural Hong Kong Global Service Jam.

Click here to find out more about Global Service Jam in HK.

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