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World’s best design projects, p70
Design update 2011, p58.
on the cover
Les Yeux Verts above-ground parking
structure, Soissons, France, by
Jacques Ferrier Architectures, p80.
“The trends are clear: increased
density, a greater emphasis on
creative design, landscaping,
mixed-use developments and art-
and technology-based initiatives
that bring people and life to our
cities and suburbs”
The Home & Design Series team
s West Australians we have always been proud and protective
of our natural landscape. Yet our urban environment
has lagged and change is required. In the words of State
architect Steve Woodland (from p50), when talking on the
need to harness Western Australia’s creativity, culture and ecology:
“The landscape of our coast and regions has galvanised the soul of WA
and provides us with some of the most ancient vistas on the planet.
Our indigenous culture holds dear many of the core human and
environmental values that we now seek to re-capture. The youthful
freshness and potency of our creative forces is boundless.”
Yet Perth is changing. And it’s a welcome change. Increased wealth,
a growing population, changing demographics and a global outlook is
changing the world and the cities we live in.
Decision-making is no longer driven purely by functionality
and cost. The global competition for capital, workers, tenants and
customers is a major driving force in the search for new solutions.
Sustainability, environment and creative design are no longer luxuries
but commercial imperatives.
Thankfully, this comes at a time when key decision-makers and
opinion-leaders in government and industry possess vision and
understanding of the importance of the urban landscape and its impact
on how we live, how we work, our economy and our quality of life. They
understand the importance of building something for future generations
and leaving a legacy we can be proud of.
The trends are clear: increased density, a greater emphasis on creative
design, landscaping, mixed-use developments and art- and technology-
based initiatives that bring people and life to our cities and suburbs. The
focus is on connectedness and a sense of belonging – a human approach
to our urban environment.
In this, the fourth issue of WA’s Best Commercial Designs magazine, we
speak to the men and women driving change (from p32): City of Perth
Mayor Lisa Scaffidi; Planning Minister John Day; UWA Professor and
Boom Town 2050 author Richard Weller; Committee for Perth’s Marion
Fulker and others.
For inspiration, we turn to some of the world’s leading architects and
designers and their latest works: Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI Museum of 21st
Century Arts in Italy; a Tom Dixon Tazmania Ballroom in Hong Kong; a
Jacques Ferrier Architectures-designed carpark in France (on our front
cover); an Axis Mundi concept for New York and more.
For government and business in Western Australia, WA’s Best
Commercial Designs is the ultimate sourcebook. We profile the works of
leading professionals and designers for myriad commercial applications
for offices (from p104), retail spaces (from p136), hospitality projects
(from p162), institutional design (from p180), mixed-use developments
(from p212) and landscaping (from p242). More than 100 pages (from
p260) are dedicated to leading suppliers for furniture, fittings, materials
and more for all commercial design executions.
Our mission with WA’s Best Commercial Designs is to create a magazine
that not only inspires and educates, but also connects government and
business with the leaders in commercial design and building in WA. We
hope this year’s publication helps make your next project a success, and
in doing so, adds to the vibrancy and success of Western Australia.
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