Reality Checkpoint Design Competition - University of South Australia

Uploaded by UniSouthAustralia on 11.04.2011

Our next speaker is Angelique Edmonds
who is a lecturer in the Art, Architecture and
Design department of UniSA and Angelique will be telling
us about the Reality Checkpoint competition which was run
with this year's students at UniSA and
just about the project and the concepts and the aims of it.
Thank you very much to Angelique Edmonds.

The Reality Checkpoint design competition's been a wonderful
collaboration between the Service to Youth Council,
the Integrated Design Commission and the University of South Australia.
The competition invited students from
Architecture at UniSA to design an intervention
that would raise the profile of the issues of
youth homelessness in South Australia.
There's a rich diversity of ideas, innovation
and creative thinking displayed in these entries.
They demonstrate the capacity of design to contribute
meaningfully to the social, economic
and environmental life of the city.
and thanks to a very generous donation from Jamie McClurg
from Commercial and General Property Development
the life of the competition will be extended beyond today's announcement
in that his contribution has made it possible for the
implementation of the winner's project.

For me and for the people on the judging panel
it was very important to get a message that went more broadly
into the community and had greater opportunity to
to be seen in various stages and so that
it wasn't just getting the message out there, but it was getting opportunity for
people that are actually effected by homelessness to be
involved and we see a great opportunity in
this project to allow that to happen.

Firsty if I can ask Ruth Nordstrom to come forward
Hers was a beautiful project, a very gentle
and lateral approach to the question.
Ruth's proposition was to design really
in essence, a seat, and what it was doing was
looking at the problem through a micro-solution,
a small interaction, a small intervention in the city.
It was a flexible unit that ultimately as a product
developed by public engagement
in the concept and also in the execution
so well done Ruth.

The next one is Christopher Lyons.
Christopher. One of the more elegant
forms in the submissions, a beautiful form
that could be readily developed as an effective conduit
for increasing awareness of the issue of homelessness
in a very dignified and refined structure.
So, thank you very much Christopher.

The third commendation is to Joshua McCallum
This is a concept that interpreted the issue of homelessness using
what we like to call the "iconography" of the very thing missing in homelessness
using an abstraction of the familiar to promise
what is not on offer, and that is a series of elevated planks,
screens and signs which form the iconography
the shape, the outline of a house.
Congratulations Joshua.

So finally, the winners, and I want to acknowledge
the very high quality of all the submissions
but in particular if I can ask Ellen Buttrose and John Pagnozzi
to come forward.
The jury welcomed a response that connected so directly with
the subject and placed the human face of homelessness
so central in the design response.
The concept lends itself to wide support across public and
privately owned sites and I hope you will see it
popping up around the city very soon.
So, congratulations to Ellen and to John.

It was about, sort of, engaging
the young people as well as the public of the city.

I guess questioning the ownership of the city and
where that boundary is and where the youth at risk
where their place is within our city.

This program will encourage the wider community
the much broader community to think about
homelessness and what it means to be homeless.
Projects like yours are a wonderful example
of what can be achieved by working together
and taking very practical steps to tackle
challenging issues like youth homelessness.