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The Retail Design Institute and host venue Instyle are pleased to invite Members and Non-Members to this special event

DESIGNING CO-EXISTENCE- THE ROLE OF ART AND DESIGN IN URBAN & RETAIL SPACES
Cities continue to grow. Retail centres in spatial isolation, with similar architecture and identical tenant line-ups - are becoming a thing of the past. The same, hopefully, can be mooted for cookie cutter residential developments where less thought goes into spatial-planning, infrastructure and sustainable community activity and interaction.

In the desire to make cities liveable communities, and create meaningful retail, workplace and residential spaces, public art takes on new significance. Public artworks have found a way into the urban landscape, into the voids, exteriors, extremities, laneways, roadways and once forgotten spaces, and into retail centres where traditionally there would be little relevance, but is the gesture to include art token or a tilt at windmills? The future for the retail property industry lies in urban regeneration and integration into the urban landscape through local relevance. Which factors define the quality of life in cities, in retail developments and precincts? What constitutes art, apropos designs that imitate art?

This event led by Cameron Bruhn, Editorial Director for Architectural Media, which includes Cassandra Chilton, artist, landscape architect and senior associate at Hassell, and public artist/ sculptor Konstantin Dimopoulos, questions how art and design can improve urban life and make realistic contributions to the quality of the urban condition?

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL AT INSTYLE

Instyle has an exceptional international reputation as a specialist design, marketing and distribution of commercial interior furnishing textiles. Backed by much publicised ethical, environmental sourcing and sustainable philosophies and practises such as INSTYLE's new traceability program - FARM TO FABRICTM, Instyle has achieved an enviable leadership position in the market. Established in Australia by Michael Fitzsimons in 1987 INSTYLE now incorporates

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Tuesday October 20, 6.30 for a 7.00 pm start
6.30-8.30pm [Drinks and Finger Food provided]
Venue: Instyle
69-73 Cubitt Street, Richmond VIC 3121
P: +61 3 9427 9055 W: instyle.com.au
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$10 MEMBERS & $40 NON MEMBERS
Book online and pay by credit card (single or multiple), by Friday 16th October 2009

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PROFILES

CASSANDRA CHILTON

Cassandra Chilton, a Senior Associate at HASSELL, is a landscape architect, sculptor and jewellery maker. Her interest in the design and construction of the built environment is informed by her ongoing study of contemporary landscape strategies, both cultural and environmental, and the possibilities these provide in enriching our public spaces. Cassandra has been involved in the development of master plans that integrate art into the urban environment as well as undertaking her own site specific installations.

She has recently completed a major sculptural commission, ‘Helmet’, located at the Heide Museum of Modern Art.

KONSTANTIN DIMOPOULOS

Born Egypt 1954.
1963-2003 Wellington, New Zealand
2003- Melbourne, Australia
Upon completing his Arts degree at Victoria University, Wellington, Dimopoulos travelled to London, continuing his studies at the Chelsea School of Art. Returning to Wellington three years later he began exhibiting work in private and public galleries.

In the 1990s Dimopoulos began to explore movement through the medium of sculpture. In 2001 he created Pacific Grass the first wind sculpture commissioned by the Wellington Sculpture Trust, sponsored by Meridian Energy and gifted to the City of Wellington.

Dimopoulos moved with his family to Melbourne in early 2003 and over the last few years he has created some ambitious and recognizable works, such as Red Centre, Federation Square.

Colour, line and movement are elements that are strongly associated with Dimopoulos sculptures. Geometric forms, optical dynamics and the linear relationship to space bring viewers to a close relationship with his sculptures.

“I am trying to achieve in these works an immediacy. I hope to evoke a sense of reverence through a mirage of colour and form. I am searching for a spiritual response from the viewer.”

His distinctive works can be found in private and public collections in Australia and New Zealand. He is currently working on public sculptures for Melbourne, Canberra, Abu Dhabi and Gisborne NZ. His public installation, The Blue Trees, will be part of the Vancouver Biennale in 2010. www.kondimopoulos.com



CAMERON BRUHN

is the newly announced Editorial Director of Architecture Media, the media group which publishes Artichoke, Architecture Australia and Landscape Architecture Australia, to name but some of their publications. www.archmedia.com.au

 
 
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