Place 2012

The ecology of our sense of place is rich, complex and interdependent; an interplay of many factors such as people, the built environment, ownership, culture, history, past experiences, anticipation, design, use of space and our sense of self.


PLACE 2012 is a collaborative initiative of the Integrated Design Commission, Arts SA, the Australian Institute of Architects, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the Community Arts Network, Design Institute of Australia and the Adelaide City Council, to inspire a season of architecture, art, design and placemaking, during Spring 2012, throughout South Australia. Read more


Smart Cities

In the 20th century, cities relied on the combined physical effort of its citizens to build and service the urban environment. In the 21st century, with the rise of the knowledge and information economy, cities compete for the best minds and creative talent to build capital and reputation.


Those cities that offer access to emerging science and technology, support an active arts and cultural community that challenges and provokes, and cities that promote innovation will succeed where those practicing 'business as usual' will fail. Read more


Zero Carbon Challenge

In an Australian first, the State Government's Integrated Design Commission and former Land Management Corporation (now part of the Urban Renewal Authority) partnered to develop a zero carbon sustainable house competition - the Zero Carbon Challenge.


The aim of the competition, which attracted interest from the Federal government, the CSIRO, Green Building Council and other states, was to deliver a home for the future by harnessing the design intelligence of architects, the support of researchers and the experience of South Australian builders who are committed to setting a 'new norm' for sustainable living. Find out more here


Download the media release here


See Commissioner Timothy Horton talk about the challenge:


Zero Carbon Challenge! from Integrated Design Commission SA on Vimeo.


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