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ABOUT RE-IMAGINING ENERGY CASTLEMAINE


Re-imagining Castlemaine is an invited design workshop to bring forward ideas for an energy generating public artwork for a site in Castlemaine and is a part of the Regional Centre for Culture program of events. The project is a regional component of the Land Art Generator Initiative 2018 (LAGI), a global ideas competition for art and renewable energy hosted by the State of Victoria and focused on the St Kilda Triangle site in the City of Port Phillip. The design process for the Castlemaine artwork will take a creative placemaking and community-oriented design approach while merging on-site renewable energy infrastructure with the landscape, the architecture, and with other environmental sustainability measures. The Castlemaine workshop will also provide professional development opportunities to local artists, architects, designers and engineers interested in employing energy technologies as the material for their work, and will point to pathways for innovation and experimentation in the delivery of public art. While there is not yet a commitment to construct the outcome of the Castlemaine workshop, the intention is that the exhibition of the designs from the workshop will lead to a broad community conversation around the future of the site and potentially to the implementation of a project that is informed by the outcomes.

THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE WORKSOP

FACILITATORS

Jodi Newcombe
Founding Director, Carbon Arts

Geoff Crosby
CROSBY Architects

Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry
Founding Directors, LAGI

Carbon Arts generates and evaluates creative models for engaging society in imagining and shaping a more sustainable future. Straddling the arts, economics, science, and technology, our projects foster innovation and dialogue between disciplines and the public as a means to address contemporary environmental challenges. We do this through targeted and timely public art commissions, events, workshops, exhibitions and research. We work with forward-thinking governments, businesses, artists and designers to inject creative talent and thinking into decision-making and to reach broad audiences.

Geoff Crosby, architect, moved his practice CROSBY architects from inner Melbourne to Castlemaine in 2008 to concentrate his efforts in the regional town. Back in 1993 he established Green City Homes to work alongside the Australian Conservation Foundation and Energy Victoria to franchise energy efficient project homes for the mass housing market. Unfortunately this did not get traction at the time but led to many single house designs that looked at materials selection, energy use and occupant behaviour as guiding principals. In 2006 he designed Elwood Green, a 27 unit residential building in Melbourne incorporating cross ventilated appartments, water tanks and a PV array with lobby monitoring. It was also the first apartment building in Australia to include a wind turbine to generate electricity. In conjunction with Lifehouse Design from Castlemaine, Crosby won the inaugural Building Designers Association of Victoria 10 Star Challenge, in 2011, for his design of the FLIP_FLOP house. In 2013 the Bull Street Terraces designed by Crosby became Australia’s first medium density residential project to be registered with the Living Building Challenge. This was followed by the design of the Paddock , a cluster housing development of 27 homes in Castlemaine, also registered with the LBC and about to start construction.

The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) has inspired the world to think creatively about our regenerative systems. LAGI works globally to design art installations that cleanly generate renewable energy, water, and provide other human support systems at a variety of scales.  LAGI artworks provide new opportunities to policy makers, developers, and city planners—renewable energy installations that are works of public art, placemaking tools, economic development drivers, and educational venues that can inspire the public about the beauty of a post-carbon culture of stewardship. Creatives around the world have responded to the LAGI open design competitions for Dubai/Abu Dhabi (2010), New York City (2012), Copenhagen (2014), Santa Monica (2016), and Melbourne (2018), which together have brought forward nearly 1,000 designs from 60+ countries.

Euan brings extensive skills and knowledge to any project team built on over 17 years experience in sustainable design (ESD) and sustainable energy project development.  He is currently the ESD Advisor to the Statutory Planning Department at the City of Yarra, and continues consulting for business and government on sustainable energy projects in Victoria, New South Wales and India. As part of his business, Creative Environment, Euan built Germinate, Australia’s largest fully integrated mobile renewable energy powered sound and lighting system, and has decades of experience working with the arts and events industries.

IMAGE CREDIT
St Kilda Halo
 by Pete Spence, Hiroe Fujimoto, Sacha Hickinbotham, Michael Richards, Alison Potter, Jason Embley, Michael Zito, and Robert Butler.

The artwork uses silicon photovoltaic thin-film (Sphelar®) to generate 2,000 MWh per year. A submission to LAGI 2018 Melbourne.

PARTICIPANTS

Dr Greg Giannis

Samantha Downing

CONTACT

Jodi Newcombe
Founding Director, Carbon Arts
jodi@carbonarts.org

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