News / April 2019
Tuesday 16 April 2019
Dialogues and junior designers at SDW 2019

From hosting meaningful conversations about the future of design to dreaming what that future looks like with the next generation of designers, HASSELL was a key player during the 2019 Singapore Design Week.

Singapore’s architects, designers and design enthusiasts gathered in the HASSELL studio in March for two lively and relevant industry discussions around the topics of WORK/LEARN and Design Leadership.

WORK/LEARN explored the future of learning and working, and the importance of designing for a community-centric culture with panellists Gulcin Cribb (Singapore Management University), Ong Ker Shing (Lekker Architects), Tamagin Blake-Smith and Pamela Jouwena (HASSELL). The discussion was moderated by Narelle Yabuka (Indesign Media Asia).

HASSELL Associate Razvan Ghilic-Micu led the Design Leadership discussion, joined by Kelley Cheng (The Press Room), Randy Chan (Zarch Collaboratives), Ho Weng Hin (Studio Lapis), Tan Szue Hann (MiniWiz) and Fiona Nixon (HASSELL).

“At HASSELL, we strongly believe in the cultural importance of getting together with fellow designers to openly debate topics of importance and relevance to the work we do, to our audience and our clients. Each conversation is a source of knowledge as it brings together different perspectives, and cultivates a joint sense of mission we have as creatives,” said Razvan.

For HASSELL Junior we invited children and their families to join our team of architects, interior designers and urban specialists to dream up an amazing future together in the form of a Tube City. We playfully explored the world of design together with ‘tools of the design trade’ and a generous donation of materials from Interface. The event was crowded, loud and the outcome was an impressive city on the floor of our studio.

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Friday 12 April 2019
State Library of NSW restored as cultural destination

The HASSELL upgrade of the Mitchell Building is stage one of a larger masterplan covering 34,000 square meters of the State Library of NSW. The redesign focused on returning a third of the heritage building back to the people of New South Wales, upgrading and realising its full potential now and into the future.

Previously closed off, underutilised and ad-hoc spaces were carefully stripped back, opened up and converted to functional exhibition spaces which are now accessible, modern and relevant as a cultural destination – all while honouring its historical and culturally significant purpose.

Through our design, we have restored the Mitchell Building as a social asset for people to engage with, revitalising an icon of Sydney’s CBD. Our design maximises every opportunity for visitors to enjoy the Library’s rare and priceless collection and ensures its future inherent value as a public asset.

HASSELL Principal, Liz Westgarth, said that refurbishing the Mitchell Building required a significant understanding and commitment to both the history and future of the Library.

“The State Library of New South Wales has been a landmark in the CBD since the early 1900s and a destination for generations of Australians living in the greater Sydney area. Our design safeguards the Library’s past, present and future relevance within the community, and provides a platform for the Library to give the public greater access to its rich collection of historical artefacts” Liz said.

Photography by Nicole England

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Thursday 11 April 2019
HASSELL and Artemide collaborate to shine a light on workplace wellbeing

Italian manufacturer Artemide has invited HASSELL to design a lighting solution which provides control over immediate working environment and aims to improve workplace wellbeing.

The new relationship between HASSELL and Artemide, globally recognised for their innovative lighting solutions, stems from a shared belief that the wellbeing of the user should be at the heart of the design process.

The new lighting solution, named ALE_01 (Adaptive Lighting Experience), evolved from a need to personalise lighting within a collaborative environment. ALE_01 provides a fluid transition from diffused lighting for social situations to a focused task light whilst reading or doing computer work, without the need for multiple lighting setups or manual adjustments.

The idea has been explored at the 2019 Salone del Mobile in Milan, where HASSELL Associate Federico Vernier discussed the potential for the concept to promote adaptive lighting in the workplace.

“As designers, we could be designing a single product or large-scale workplace project, but the experience of the user of that space or product will always drive the process and the end result. ALE_01 will help address observations we have made within workplace design and we’re excited to develop and share that idea,” Federico said.

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Thursday 11 April 2019
Three HASSELL projects shortlisted for World Landscape Architecture Awards

Three HASSELL projects have been shortlisted in World Landscape Architecture’s 2019 WLA Awards. Two projects have made the Large Built category including Darling Harbour Public Realm and Stadium Park and Chevron Parkland, with Resilient South City making the Conceptual category.

The remaking of Darling Harbour, one of Australia’s most visited public places and a critical location of central Sydney, has changed the heart of the city. The revitalised public realm better connects the city, improving walkability; and with 30% more public space, offers engaging new places for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.

The 41-hectare Stadium Park in Perth, Western Australia, provides an active waterside environment for the city’s new world-class sports and entertainment venue. Within the rehabilitated precinct, Chevron Parkland is designed to ignite the imagination, connect kids with indigenous culture and instil a love of nature.

As part of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, a brief was put forward to design inventive, community-based solutions to sea-level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. Through extensive research and community engagement, the HASSELL+ proposal for South San Francisco mapped out ways to restore public access to the water and establish more parks and open green spaces to better manage climate change impacts and strengthen regional resilience.

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce said that the international shortlisting of these projects highlights the high-level design thinking that our teams apply to all of their work.

“There were some fantastic landscape architecture projects this year globally, and to have three projects shortlisted within different categories is a great testament to the global HASSELL team who have worked so hard to deliver truly exceptional outcomes,” Angus said.

More information on the awards can be found here.

Three HASSELL projects have been shortlisted in World Landscape Architecture’s 2019 WLA Awards. [KO1] Two projects have made the Large Built category including Darling Harbour Public Realm and Stadium Park and Chevron Parkland, with Resilient South City making the Conceptual category.

 

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The remaking of Darling Harbour, one of Australia’s most visited public places and a critical location of central Sydney, has changed the heart of the city. The revitalised public realm better connects the city, improving walkability; and with 30% more public space, offers engaging new places for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.

 

The 41-hectare Stadium Park in Perth, Western Australia, provides an engaging waterside environment for the city’s new world-class sports and entertainment venue. Within the rehabilitated precinct, Chevron Parkland is designed to ignite the imagination, connect kids with indigenous culture and instil a love of nature. [KO3] 

 

As part of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, a brief was put forward to design inventive, community-based solutions to sea-level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes.. Through extensive research and community engagement, the HASSELL+ proposal for South San Francisco mapped out ways to restore public access to the water and establish more parks and open green spaces to better manage climate change impacts and strengthen regional resilience.

 

HASSELL Principal and Head of Landscape Architecture Angus Bruce said that the  international shortlisting of these projects highlights the high-level design thinking  that our teams apply to all of their work.

 

“There were some fantastic landscape architecture projects this year globally, and to have three projects shortlisted within different categories is a great testament to the global HASSELL team who have worked so hard to deliver truly exceptional outcomes,” Angus said.

 

More information on the awards can be found here.

 [KO1]I think it should be the actual name of the program:
https://worldlandscapearchitect.com/2019-wla-awards/#.XK2-35gzbD4

 [KO2]Understand that we don’t want to repeat … again, but I think it’s tangling up the agreed names for each project. Darling Harbour Transformation is the urban renewal project. The precinct is home to ICC. The public realm is the landscape and open spaces.
Perhaps para below works?

 [KO3]Indigenous interpretation is key

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Wednesday 10 April 2019
Richard Mullane discusses rising sea levels at National Planning Conference

As part of the American Planning Association 2019 National Planning Conference this month in San Francisco, HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane will join other industry leaders to discuss how waterfront cities can adapt to become resilient in the face of rising sea levels and other climate concerns.

The session, titled ‘Sea Level Rise Planning Beyond 1.5C’, will focus on gaining an understanding around the complexities of sea level rises and how planners are taking action on the resilience and sustainability measures including coastal zone management, zoning, and design implementation.

The line-up of speakers include HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane, Michael L. Marrella from the New York City Department of City Planning, Ashley Muse from Google, Sarah Dougherty and Roland Lewis from Waterfront Alliance, and Jessica Fain from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane said this important discussion should not only involve the industry, but also the perspective and experiences from a wider audience.

“Sea level rise, and climate change in general, has the potential to be catastrophic for waterfront communities. As designers, it is important to listen to the entire community in order to gain a well-rounded understanding of what a resilient city looks like,” Richard said.

The ‘Sea Level Rise Planning Beyond 1.5C’ session will be held on April 15 between 8:30am – 9:45am (PDT), click here for more information.

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Tuesday 9 April 2019
HASSELL+ announced as finalist in 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards

The finalists for Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards have been announced, with “Collect and Connect: Resilient South City” by HASSELL selected as a finalist within the ‘Spaces, Places, and Cities’ category.

World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate brave concepts that harness the potential to make the world better. As part of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, the HASSELL entry is designed to improve South San Francisco’s resilience to sea level rise and climate change with a unique and innovative approach that will create more public green space and reduce the impacts of flooding, mitigate sea-level rise vulnerability, and restore native flora and fauna.

HASSELL Principal Richard Mullane says that addressing climate change no longer means just attempting to stop the globe from warming, and that it's imperative to consider design innovations for positive social impact and climate adaptation.

“Across the world, communities have to build resilience and adapt to climate change, and the design community can make in important contribution. The World Changing Ideas Awards gives designers the opportunity to showcase these important endeavours, and we’re honoured to be amongst the esteemed innovators on this list,” Richard said.

For a full list of the finalists and winners of Fast Company’s 2019 World Changing Ideas Awards, click here.

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