At this time of year, business tends to slow down, but we are ending 2011 on an upward swing with a healthy mix of community, learning and project commitments. Recently, we’ve enjoyed participating in and supporting a range of community and learning initiatives including Chairing a session at QUThinking 2011 where postgraduate architecture and urban planning students presented their research to their peer, and attendance at an NBN briefing session about broadband and the Brisbane rollout, for which Aspley is the pilot. Tomorrow, on behalf of RDA Brisbane, Linda is chairing a business breakfast to discuss opportunities for small business in the digital economy. The event is focused on ensuring engagement with the digital economy to enhance business process and performance. We also attended a One Just World panel discussion on Rebuilding after Disasters, which presented a range of perspectives on disaster response. The discussants all affirmed that people are the priority in disaster situations and that is vital to listen and learn from local communities. Linda is attending an Arts Queensland forum, Creative Capital: Where next for arts and culture in Queensland?, next month to discuss strategic directions for arts and culture in Queensland.
We’ve also just returned from Tambo in central western Queensland where we’ve commenced the second stage of our work on a cultural heritage tourism facility in the locality. During our visit, we undertook further consultations, townscape investigation and a site visit, and further refined the concept and vision with local stakeholders. The development of this facility is drawing on local knowledge, enthusiasm and identity to design a relevant, engaging and unique visitor experience; it is also grounded in ideas about living local economies and regional development with a view to enhancing the outback tourism offer. Architect, Jason Haigh (cloud-dwellers) is working with us to prepare site plans and indicative designs as part of the project. John’s work on public art masterplanning for Translink’s Browns Plains project has also commenced. John is also contributing, as editor and writer, to the ABM (Aboriginal Business Magazine) with the first issue now out. John has interviewed and profiled several inspiring entrepreneurs for this issue. Linda continues to work with a colleague on several Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessments. Other projects are also on the go and in the pipeline including cultural development, stakeholder engagement, research, strategic planning and facilitation.
Our studio work bubbles away with the Enabling Suburbs project now having published a Q&A with each of the participating creatives (Jason Haigh, Chiara Camponeschi and us) and plans in development for a collaborative venture in the near future.