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Southern Cross University launches national pavilion design competition

Southern Cross University is calling on emerging architects, designers and artists to submit dynamic, playful and innovative designs for one of two temporary structures to be located in a new public space in Lismore in northern New South Wales.

The project is part a new annual design competition titled Innovate Situate: Southern Cross University Design Prize.

The competition challenges participants to design a temporary pavilion using recycled and/or upcycled materials that will be weather resistant, provide a sense of openness while also providing shade, and a space for people to walk through and sit under.

The structures will be installed at the Lismore Quadrangle designed by Murwillumbah-based landscape architecture practice Plummer and Smith. The quadrangle, which aims to become “Lismore’s Creative Playground,” is a partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore Regional Gallery, which recently relocated to a new venue on the quadrangle designed by Dominic Finlay Jones Architects, in partnership with Phillips Smith Conwell.

The competition will be a way to test how the new public space can be used through the creation of micro venues.

“Pavilion projects around the world bring people together to create community and explore urban liveability,” said Stephen Garrett head of art and design at Southern Cross University and a member of the selection panel.

He said sustainability and playfulness would be two main drivers of the project.

“The idea of global sustainability and sustainable materials is now at the core of all design practice, whether art or architecture. This project brings that language of sustainability and sustainable materials into the public domain.

“The pavilion project is a really imaginative, creative way to think about unique shapes and structures. They’re community gathering points which is something The Quad is trying to establish for Lismore.”

Two winning designs will be built and installed: a national winner and a Southern Cross University student winner. The pavilions will be on display from early November 2018 to February 2019.

On the selection panel are: Brent McAlister (director of sustainable development, Lismore City Council), Dominic Finlay-Jones (founding principal, Dominic Finlay Jones Architects), Jane Fullerton (director, Fullerton Creative Landscape and Interior Design), and Stephen Garett.

A fee of $7,000 will be paid to deliver the project in its entirety including all materials.

Submissions close Monday 6 August. For more information, click here.

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