A Roving Capital Idea for Australia

In Stage 1 of the CAPITheticAL competition, we proposed the idea of a roving capital. The capital would move to a new location every fifteen years to address a particular national issue.

We presented this idea over 4 newspaper pages – each page a moment in the process – the idea, the engagement and events, the first day in the new capital and finally, the legacy left behind. We chose Currumbin in the Gold Coast as the first roving capital, which would address the issue of climate change and explore what an eco-city would be like.

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View our full Stage 1 submission here

For Stage 2, our team from David Lock Associates, here studio and ARUP decided to actually go to Currumbin to act out this process – we wanted to see what would happen, who we might meet, and what we might learn.

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Sustainability at heart

October 16, 2012 12:00 am to October 31, 2012 12:00 am October 16, 2012 12:00 am to October 31, 2012 12:00 am

AbaF is pleased to present Alison Tickell, founder of Julie’s Bicycle UK and leading authority on environmental sustainability in the arts. Alison will discuss the role of environmental sustainability to the business and ethics of the arts and cultural industries. There are 4 presentations scheduled for around Australia this October and each presentation will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for further discussion.

Julie’s Bicycle UK is a non-profit company helping the creative industries reduce their environmental impacts and develop new thinking in tune with global environmental changes.

Information on presentation venues, dates and how to book your seat can be found at http://www.abaf.org.au/arts/attend-events.html?eventid=2877

Nathan Taylor: Loved to death

September 13, 2012 4:00 am to September 29, 2012 4:00 am September 13, 2012 4:00 am to September 29, 2012 4:00 am

Nathan Taylor is a painter of the landscape of urban Australia, documenting the overflowing bins and worn pavements of suburban streets. Taylor’s landscapes give prominence to carefully designed objects that have been worn through use and then often simply discarded. They re-include these abandoned objects through kind attentiveness and profound devotion.
At some point in the future we will find ourselves explaining to a credulous audience just how we lived our lives and Nathan Taylor’s paintings will help us do that.

Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay

Dianna Wells: On Edge

September 13, 2012 5:00 am to September 22, 2012 6:00 pm September 13, 2012 5:00 am to September 22, 2012 6:00 pm September 13, 2012 5:00 am to September 22, 2012 6:00 pm

Melbourne’s population is set to double in the space of fifty years and the suburban sprawl continues to spread into rural areas. Families and property developers arrive along with new shopping centres, houses and cars – territory markers on roads erasing ancient trees, creeks and grazing land to bitumen forever. With On Edge, Dianna Wells documents the tension point between urban development and the rural landscape.

Edmund Pearce Gallery

Moral Fairground – Making a stand for fair trade

November 30, 2012 12:00 am to December 2, 2012 12:00 am

Fair@Square fair-trade+ethical Festival is an annual event celebrating ethical, sustainable, morally responsible behaviour; designed to nourish mind, body and soul. The festival promotes ethical consumption and purchases in time for Christmas.

More information http://moralfairground.com.au/fairhighlights.html

Sustainable Living Festival Melbourne

Be a part of Australia’s Largest Sustainable Living Festival, 9-24 Feb 2013. Host an event in your city, town, shire or street. Join the state wide festival and boost your profile through the Festival’s promotions & networks. See this promo video:
Applications Now Open

More information http://festival.slf.org.au/