Living City 2013 Workshop

Searle, Genevieve, Wright, Natalie, Boyle, Peter, Sturton, Danielle, Wright, Allie, Deen, Terry, & Hooper, Les (2013) Living City 2013 Workshop. [Exhibition/Event]

Living City 2013 Workshop Program Outline (PDF 899kB)
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Image credit: Terry Deen
Brisbane City Council Ideas Fiesta Wrap-up Report (PDF 9MB)
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Image credit: Brisbane City Council
Brisbane City Council Youth Strategy 2014-2019: Delivering a youth-friendly city (PDF 5MB)
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Image credit: Brisbane City Council
Living City 2013 Workshop - Research Statement (PDF 77kB)
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Living City 2013 Workshop, as part of a school term’s design-based curriculum connected to the KGSC/QUT Design Excellence Program and run from 11 February – 1 May, 2013, was essentially a three-day place-based urban design immersion workshop program for 25 Year 11 Visual Art and Design Students and 2 Teachers from Kelvin Grove State College (KGSC) held at both Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Gardens Point Campus and The Edge, State Library of Queensland. Mentored by 4 design professionals, 2 tertiary design academics, 2 public artists, and 12 QUT tertiary design students, the workshop explored youth-inspired public space design solutions for the active Brisbane City Council redevelopment site of Queens Wharf Road precinct. As well as the face-to-face workshops, for Living City 2013, an interactive web environment was introduced to enable students to connect with each other and program mentors throughout the course of the program.

The workshop, framed within notions of ecological, economic, social and cultural sustainability, aimed to raise awareness of the layered complexity and perspectives involved in the design of shared city spaces and to encourage young people to voice their own concerns as future citizens about the shape and direction of their city.

The program commenced with an introductory student briefing by stakeholders and mentors at KGSC on 11 February, an introduction to site appraisal and site visit held at QUT and Queens Wharf Road on 20 February, and a follow up site analysis session on 6 March. Day 1 Workshop on April 17 at the Edge, State Library of Queensland, as part of the Design Minds partnership (, focused on mentoring team development of a concept design for a range of selected sites. Two workshops on April 22 and 23 at QUT, to develop these designs and presentation schemes, followed this. The workshop program culminated in a visual presentation of concept design ideas and discussion with a public audience in the Ideas Gallery on The Deck, King George Square during the Brisbane City Council City Centre Master Plan Ideas Fiesta on 1 May, 2013, as referenced in the Ideas Fiesta Wrap-up Report (

Students were introduced to design methodology, team thinking strategies, the scope of design practices and professions, presentation skills and post-secondary pathways, while participating teachers acquired content and design learning strategies transferable in many other contexts. The program was fully documented on the Living City website ( and has been recognised by the Brisbane City Council Youth Strategy 2014-2019 as a best practice model for making Brisbane a well-designed, subtropical city.

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ID Code: 70145
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Refereed: No
Other Contributors:
Role Contributors
  • Kylie Bickle
  • Christian Duell
Artist Mentor
  • Luke Jaaniste
  • Sebastian Moody
  • Jim Gall
  • Rebecca Hurst
QUT Student Mentor
  • Leah Brown
  • Kelsi Goan
  • Janna Henkel
  • Rebecca Hurst
  • Sarah Johnstone
  • Ellie Markwell
  • Emily Packer
  • Vanessa Parker
  • Georgia Poser
  • Michaela Scotson
  • Dorothy Xu
  • Richard Yang
Funders: Brisbane City Council
Material: Workshop Program
Measurements or Duration: 3-day Workshop Program 9:00-3:30pm
Number of Pieces: 1
Published Source: Living City website; BCC Youth Strategy 2014-2019; BCC Ideas Fiesta Wrap-up Report
Publisher: Verge Pty Ltd; Brisbane City Council
Location: From date: To date:
The Edge, State Library of Queensland 2013-04-17 2013-04-17
QUT Gardens Point Campus, P Block 2013-04-22 2013-04-22
QUT Gardens Point Campus, D Block 2013-04-23 2013-04-23
Keywords: Urban Design, Secondary School, Design Education, Design Workshop, Design Thinking, Public Art
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified (120399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Urban Design (120508)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Les Hooper, Kelvin Grove State College;
Genevieve Searle, Brisbane City Council;
Peter Boyle, Verge Urban Landscape Architecture;
Natalie Wright, QUT School of Design
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2014 01:58
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 02:29

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