culture on the coast, all the good stuff
rabbit + cocoon is a new(ish) creative precinct that provides spaces and resources for motivated people to run arts practices, businesses and events that contribute towards the Gold Coast’s cultural ecology. They also stage programs and events that promote a vibrant and sustainable arts community. They are a Not-for-Profit artist-run collective.
Recently I was involved in their fashionably conscious event, where local designers showcased their wares. The night was a great success and all proceeds went to charity (in this case youngcare). It’s great to see that the Gold Coast arts scene is being fostered by initiatives such as this.. keep it up!
This little film sums up the night:
If you reside in the Gold Coast/Tweed/Brisbane area head to the new Hilton in Surfers Paradise and check out speculator (website)
A collection of proposals from Bond University architectural studies students, in collaboration with architects from CRAB Studio London
Sparking desire and debate, hoping to initiate a cultural revolution on the Gold Coast..
(more pictures coming)
An interesting article on thecoolhunter’s site, concerning the state/style of typical buildings (mediocre) which keep being approved by local councils. As the article emphasises, architecture and iconic design (hard work, expensive builds) are continuously shunned in favour of the ‘quick fix’. Cheap buildings which are quick to construct..
Souless, cultureless and generic.. these buildings breed the culture (or anti-culture) of the city/town in which it inhabits
Prime example: the Gold Coast.. where quality architecture is far and few to find
The relevence: This year, at uni, we have been peeling back the layers of identity, searching for inspiration and the soul of the Gold Coast. Can architecture coax something new from a city which is often defined by the sleazy and the cheap? Where the highway and the house + land package dominate, to the detriment of the beach culture and the beautiful environment it traipses over..
Maybe CRAB Studio’s new architecture school building at Bond University will set a new precedent (architecture + the Gold Coast)
image // me, concrete planes in the vertical
A photographic exploration of the lavender flower, using the hand to obscure the flash and distort both colour and light
by me: sans photoshop
A tumble of sorts, into the rabbit hole
Alice, a wonderland + friends abound
Colour and light, darkness and form
images: by me
Architecture and the fairytale. The wonder of the mystical/mythical. How do we, as designers capture this essence? The aura which captures the subconscious desire for adventure and belief. Magic, make it happen..