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Indesign Magazine | Issue 85 – Social Spaces

One of the most rewarding things about the INDE.Awards is that it puts us in touch with a huge regional community of architects and designers who are talented, intelligent and just as enthusiastic about exceptional design as we are. The 2021 INDE.Awards Gala and INDE.Summit pulled that diverse crowd of creatives in close. And it generated big energy! I want to congratulate all our 2021 winners: you stood out in a diverse and highly competitive field of entries, and your work set an impressive benchmark. Discover this year’s winners, page 29, and start planning for your 2022 INDE.Awards submissions at www.indeawards.com

Hospitality and retail are among those industries which have really felt the brunt of prolonged lockdowns and social restrictions. But we don’t want to dwell on the hardships. What can be achieved from that? For this edition of Indesign, The ‘Social Spaces’ Issue, we’ve sought out the revelations: lessons, insights and accomplishments – new design strategies to guide us forward.

Let me pull out a few teasers for you. Challenge: How do we address the climate crisis while still delivering inspiring architecture? Koichi Takada presents a strong case for plant based architecture and design. Challenge: Aligning feasibilities with the complex desires of us, fickle social beings. We host a round-table discussion with DesignOffice, Richards Stanisich, Worksmith and Right Angle Studio to put forward a pre-design services proposition. Challenge: Many shopping malls are now out-of-step with new-normal requirements. Emily Wombwell of SJB shows us how retail is rewriting its future through sensitively designed mixeduse precincts.

Before you dig into the magazine, flip first to the very back – page 174 – and spend two minutes reading our new column. It’s all about process. Not the finished product. And it’s a space where we can explore new best practice approaches to cross-cultural consultation with Australia’s First Nations People.

Alice Blackwood | Editor

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