Podcast by Hassell Studio
Podcast by Hassell Studio
What can emergencies teach us about design?
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 Principal 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’.
Student life: Why the campus is still critical to the university experience
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?
Senior 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.
Humanitarian Architecture: how powerful design can help change the world
From a powerful example of design’s crucial role of healing in post-genocide Rawanda 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.
The 'cool' test: What can advertisers teach us about designing places people love?
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 speaks to 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.
Why the best designed cities reflect the best of us
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?
Principal 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.
Solving the 'problem' with academic workplace
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’.