Hassell Talks
A better fit: tailoring design for a sustainable future

A better fit: tailoring design for a sustainable future

September 22, 2020

Beyond the impeccable dress sense, designers working in fashion and city-making have a lot in common - both sectors can have indisputable impacts on the world - on a very large scale.

Right now they also have an opportunity to think more deeply about the impact of their work on people, places and our collective future.

While fashion is often fast and seasonal and architectural design is often a longer process, both are responsible for dictating trends and aspirations – and both can generate significant amounts of waste.

Interplanetary architect Xavier de Kestelier, got together with Christopher Raeburn, Creative Director at Timberland and sustainable fashion brand RÆBURN, to talk about whether the similarities in supply chain and more collaboration between the industries could lead to greater sustainability overall. 

Re-emerge resilient: what can trends tell us about the future for cities, spaces and designers

Re-emerge resilient: what can trends tell us about the future for cities, spaces and designers

August 11, 2020

We don’t know exactly what our lives, work and communities will look like post COVID-19. But one thing we’re sure of is that some of the trends we saw developing over the past few years have only accelerated since the global pandemic took hold.

They’re trends that are changing how we reimagine or repurpose spaces, think about mobility, and connect with each other and our communities – not to mention increase the appeal of a slowed-down culture. These shifts all have implications for the way people are interacting with places – and as designers this is a time to listen and partner with clients and communities to help us all re-emerge resilient. For this episode of our podcast, we’re joined by our good friend and collaborator David Grant of Brickfields Consulting. As consumer research experts, David and his team have been delving deeper into these trends, giving our clients and designers extra insights into the people who will use the places we create. David joins Hassell Principals Angus Bruce, Liz Westgarth, Chong Wang and Richard Mullane to discuss the impact and opportunities for cities from San Francisco to Sydney and Shanghai to London.

Autonomy, mastery and meaning: What the next generation of design talent wants

Autonomy, mastery and meaning: What the next generation of design talent wants

July 21, 2020

Can design firms be truly future-focused if they’re not appealing to the next generation? What will attract the best designers of the future? How do firms give talent the right platforms to make a positive difference?

We are obsessed with how design can make a difference in the future. We asked Jan Owen AM, Co Chair / Convenor of Learning Creates Australia, and former CEO of Foundation for Young Australians, and Hassell's Steve Coster to uncover what makes tomorrow’s design leaders tick, what they’re looking for – and how to unleash their world-changing potential.

Hassell Talks is produced by international design practice, Hassell. 

The architectural scientist and the scientific architect

The architectural scientist and the scientific architect

June 16, 2020

Stepping carefully up to the crater’s edge, white boots kicking up swirls of red dust, the figure lowers themselves carefully down to sit on an ancient boulder - and pulls out an A3 sketchpad.

The stranger surveys the Martian landscape, interrogates the form and flowing expanse in front of them and starts to sketch out a narrative created over millions of years. They fill their empty page with illustrations telling the story of the planet and its potential for life.

What is this space-traveller, are….what, exactly? A scientist? An artist? Or both?

Sanjeev Gupta, professor of Earth Science at Imperial College London and part of the Mars Curiosity rover mission currently exploring Gale Crater for NASA joins interplanetary architect Xavier de Kestelier to examine the necessity of blurred boundaries between science and architecture, if humans are to successfully live on the Red Planet.

Hassell Talks is produced and brought to you by international design practice, Hassell.

What can emergencies teach us about design?

What can emergencies teach us about design?

April 6, 2020

Events like COVID-19, wildfires and hurricanes teach us valuable lessons about the way people – and the public places built for them – respond and recover post disaster.

If they’re not confined to their homes, communities are separated – scattering to places for medical attention, shelter or to the comfort of community. They could find themselves anywhere from a sports stadium to a community hall - to a beach.

Greg Kochanowski, Studio Director at Rios Clementi Hale, and climate & science reporter Molly Peterson join Hassell's Richard Mullane in this podcast to discuss how resilience – the ability for an environment to recover – isn’t developed in the aftermath of a disaster.

The foundations are built way before, so that when emergencies do come, people are strong enough to get through them. It’s less about what’s built and more about what’s designed for – a different kind of design thinking that should be part of the ‘new normal’.

S1: Ep6 Student life: Why the campus is still critical to the university experience

S1: Ep6 Student life: Why the campus is still critical to the university experience

December 23, 2019

Universities want to show their students and academics a really good time - the better the experience, the more appealing it is to stay a while for study, work and play.

The multi-million dollar marketing campaigns may draw in the curious crowds, but what makes them stick around? Researcher Michaela Sheahan hosted a panel conversation in our Brisbane studio with collaborators and clients to hear what clients and Universities see happening, and what they believe is necessary in the experience of students on campus.

 

Acknowledgement:

This episode of Hassell Talks was recorded in both Wurundjeri and Turrbal Country. We pay our respects to elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, work, and learn.

Credit:

Edited & Produced by Prue Vincent

S1, Ep5 Humanitarian Architecture: how powerful design can help change the world

S1, Ep5 Humanitarian Architecture: how powerful design can help change the world

December 11, 2019

From a powerful example of design’s crucial role of healing in post-genocide Rwanda to a city’s solution to homelessness, this episode of HassellTalks examines how deploying, measuring and demonstrating the value of design is critically important to addressing the most pressing humanitarian challenges of our time.

Designers have “freaking superhero” skills, says architect Bryan Bell of the Public Interest Design Movement, and South Carolina’s Design Corps.

They rapidly visualise multiple solutions and design assets, creating countless – limitless – ideas in a single day. But they’re not so great at measuring and articulating that value - meaning they sometimes get sidelined. With our world facing the complex challenges of climate, inequality, food, water and political insecurity: a superhero is what the world needs right now.

As part of Humanitarian Architecture Week we recorded a panel conversation in our Melbourne studio between Dr Esther Charlesworth from Architects Without Frontiers, Bryan Bell from Design Corps and Hassell Principal Mark Loughnan.

 

Acknowledgement:

This episode of Hassell Talks was recorded on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, work, and learn.

Credits:

Edited & Produced by Prue Vincent

S1, Ep4 Why the best designed cities reflect the best of us

S1, Ep4 Why the best designed cities reflect the best of us

December 5, 2019

Sydney today faces the same pressures as all modern cities – growth, resources, infrastructure and resilience.

The interpersonal fabric of modern-day Sydney contrasts to its healthy past – the challenges of isolation and a vast mental health crisis in our communities, pervasive social media, our collective response to climate change and biodiversity emergencies, and the pressures on housing and equity in a rapidly growing metropolis.

Do the answers to these current challenges lie more with the community itself than governments? Have we forgotten how to design for love and belonging?

Ross de la Motte invited Ralph Ashton, founder of the Australian Futures Project to talk about short-termism in city shaping, how Australians really feel about what’s going on in their cities, and how everyone – from the top down – has a role to play in imagining a better future for ourselves.

 

Acknowledgement:

This episode of Hassell Talks was recorded on the lands of the Gadigal people. We pay our respects to elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, work, and learn.

 

Credits:

Edited & Produced by Prue Vincent

S1, Ep3 The ’cool’ test: What can advertisers teach us about designing places people love?

S1, Ep3 The ’cool’ test: What can advertisers teach us about designing places people love?

December 5, 2019

Fact: People are willing - happy even - to pay more for their scrambled eggs if they're eating them in a 'cool' cafe. The value of 'cool' to business is undisputed.

But if we take it a step further, can large organisations really embody 'cool' - and attract talent - when it comes to designing their workplaces?

Here's where the advertising industry really excels. They've had the jump on designers and developers when it comes to understanding people and grabbing their attention. They know how to make audiences feel, think and behave - all invaluable to creating exceptional places to work.

Our designer Andy Low joined brand strategist Adam Ferrier, who's been behind some of Australia's best known advertising campaigns. Tune in for a lively conversation on the power of brand thinking and the value of 'cool' in design.

 

This episode of Hassell Talks was recorded on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, work, and learn.

S1, Ep2 Solving the ’problem’ with academic workplace

S1, Ep2 Solving the ’problem’ with academic workplace

December 5, 2019

It’s a brave dean that tests out a new way of working on academics and research staff - and yet that’s exactly what the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne did.

The future workspace at the Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) will need to accommodate over 1800 users across three locations by 2025.

To provide for its people and its industry collaborators – its workplace would need to become quite different. Anticipating the challenge that comes with a new way of working, the school commissioned a pilot workplace study called 'Space Lab' – a reference to a living lab, where ‘researcher’ becomes the ‘researched’.

Principal Evodia Alaterou invited MSE’s Professor Andrew Western from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering in to step through the experiment. 

 

Acknowledgement

This episode of Hassell Talks was recorded on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, work, and learn.

 

Credits

Edited and Produced by Prue Vincent

S1, Ep1 The 60,000 year gap in the Australian design scene

S1, Ep1 The 60,000 year gap in the Australian design scene

December 5, 2019

A glance at any Australian town or city shows one of the world’s oldest continuous cultures is largely absent. A side note, rarely the headline.

And is it any wonder, with only around 20 Indigenous Australian architects practicing in 2019? It’s not just an Australian story.

There’s a lot to be learned from other experiences too. In the first episode of our Hassell Talks podcast, we hear from Elisapeta Heta, Māori Design Leader from New Zealand’s Jasmax.

She tells us about her journey in embedding a Māori perspective into New Zealand’s design industry – and the long game of helping designers and communities create the kind of cultural safety that supports indigenous engagement.

Acknowledgement:

This episode of Hassell Talks was recorded on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land where we live, work, and learn.

Credits:

Production by Prue Vincent and Jessica van Hecke 

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