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January 15 - 21, 2010
Adelaide s young designers will
get the chance to see their ideas
come to life on the city streets in a
competition run by the New Architects
and Graduates group (NAG) and
Adelaide City Council.
Design Festival 2010 has been on the
mind of NAG Chair Anthony Balsamo
for several years, but a partnership
with the Adelaide City Council has
seen it become reality.
"We put forward a proposal to
Adelaide City Council last year and
that was approved for a period of five
years. So we will run this competition
year after year," he said.
The proposal outlined a competition
which allows young design graduates,
including architects, urban planners
and landscape architects, to come
up with a plan to address an actual
planning issue in the city.
This year teams will design street
furniture for Rundle Street. They are
tasked with creating bin surrounds,
bollards, bike racks and benches
or seats to be used in the fashion
An extra element of the brief
asks the teams to plan "something
special, a sculptural installation"
for a footpath protuberance between
Frome Road and East Terrace on
"Teams must be made up of at least
two people; one designer and one
artist. We really want to foster that
kind of creative collaboration," Mr
Registrations for the competition
have closed and Mr Balsamo said
he is "really, really happy" with the
strength of response.
Designs must be submitted by
February 15 ahead of the winner
announcement on March 5. The
winning team will then go on to work
with a mentor and the council, which
has allocated $80,000 to the project,
to construct their designs on Rundle
Street. Prize money will also go to
successful entries. First prize will be
$2500, second will win $500 and the
team which places third will get $250.
Mr Balsamo said NAG wanted
the competition to both improve the
cityscape and help young designers.
"It s putting a young designer s
name out there and giving them the
opportunity to have their designs
built at a really early stage of their
career," he said.
"We also hope it will help people see
how fresh approaches to design can
really bring the city to life."
Mr Abraham has extensive
experience in marketing and
business management having
held positions at the Australian
Institute of Management
(SA), Scouts Australia, SPARC
Disability Foundation and
SwimSA. His position on the West
Adelaide Football Club board
and as a fellow of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors
and Australian Institute of
Management also strengthen his
suitability for the role.
for the St Clair
number of new
Prominent among these is the
posting of Peter Deer to the role
of development manager.
Mr Deer has worked for AV
Jennings, one of the development
investors, since 2003.
His background is in surveying,
planning and engineering
with a particular focus on
land development and project
has been made
the first CEO
of the Energy
The research centre is new
and was launched by Federal
Minister for Industry Kim Carr
in the latest round of Cooperative
Research Centre appointments.
Ms Linton is a Professor of
welded structures at Adelaide
University and her experience
covers research, development,
standards and management in
topics from materials and welding
for transmission pipelines to
pipeline integrity and failure.
Harness racing SA Cup
1 Ron Todd (retired) and
Nicholas Baldock (Harness
2 David Aldred and Grant
Goodall (both Harness
Lord Mayor's Reception
for the 2010 World Tennis
Challenge at the Adelaide
3 Sue Pearce (Variety
Bash) and Henri Leconte
4 Tyson Ballard (Events
Woodforde (Tennis SA)
and Ross Stanley (Events
5 Elspeth Brown (Adelaide
City Council) and Robby
Ginepri (Tennis SA)
6 Emma Bailey (Tennis SA
guest) and John McEnroe
Taking it to
Chair of the New Architects and Graduates group, Anthony Balsamo.
Photo: Kate Elmes
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