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State of Design Festival: The Sound of Buildings. Melbourne, Australia

The Sound of Buildings is a multimedia walking tour, experienced through an iPhone App, of ten of Melbourne’s most architecturally significant buildings told through the voices of engineers, architects, project managers, building users and children. The tour will use audio, imagery and a GPS mapping function to navigate the listeners around Melbourne’s old and new buildings: AAMI Park Rectangular Stadium, the Westpac Centre, the Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Recital Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, Royal Exhibition Building, Federation Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Monaco House and Council House 2. Launching on July 14 to coincide with the 2011 State of Design Festival and Melbourne Open House, The Sound of Buildings will provide a resource on the history and stories behind Melbourne’s buildings. To download the App visit stateofdesign.com.au/iphone

The State of Design digital focused programme includes new technologies and digital components:

  • City Traces: The Festival of Design Movers: Using your GPS enabled smart phone, CityTraces invites you to join our collaborative mapping project to trace the contours of your city according to your travels during the Festival.
  • The Invisible Landscape: a joint Arup and City of Melbourne initiative that will provide a platform for the public to engage and share its thoughts about this city’s landscape and in particular to highlight the value of its trees, or ‘green infrastructure’
  • Something From Nothing: Take part in the design and development of a video game – come and draw creatures that will be scanned and transcribed into an actual game by experienced developers. Presented by Freeplay Independent Games Festival.
  • Moving Through Time: A self-guided audio walking tour of four of Melbourne’s industrial and mercantile gems and featuring interviews with architects. Presented by The Heritage Council of Victoria.

With the theme ‘Design That Moves’, the State of Design Festival has launched a series of digital platforms and activiy to encourage access to the Festival program while on the go! From iPhone Apps, an online television station, an animated calendar and programmes involving digital technology. Design Television (DTV) presented by Design Victoria, is an online, 365 day mixed-media platform presenting examples of successful business and design collaborations, design criticism and an active archive of the 2011 Festival. DTV will host three channels including Write on Design presented by Architecture Media. Through a process of mentorships, a team of four established writers will work with a team of eight emerging writers to develop quick response critical reviews of the 2011 State of Design Festival. Reviews will be mixed format, written and vodcast, and will be loaded to the channel no more than 24 hours after the event.

The Sound of Buildings is a State of Design Festival project. Major Event Partners: Major Projects Victoria and Cox Architecture. Support Partner: Department of Premier and Cabinet, Office of the Victorian Government Architect. Partner: Melbourne Open House


About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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