Monday, April 11, 2011

Canberra Conference Centre Proposal

The Canberra Times reports to day in "City's waterside vision revealed" (by JUDITH IRELAND, 11 April 2011, 2011 12:07 PM), that it is proposed to build a $327 million conference centre and hotel complex. I was previously consulted on the design of a hi-tech dialogue centre as part of the development. My suggestion was to base the design on that of a educational "learning commons". I will be discussing how such a facility can be used at the Meta 2011 Conference, University House, the Australian National University, 26 May 2011.

I had some doubts about the location of the facility in the Parliamentary Triangle next to the National Library of Australia. However, the location appears to have been changed to the other side of the lake, to West Basin, Acton, which is more suited to such a development. But I am not sure my fellow members of the Walter Burley Griffin Society will agree. The third annual Marion Mahony Griffin Lecture by Rosemarie Willett is in Canberra, 12 April 2011.

I talked about the design of such a facility in "Designing for Dialogue: How do we design buildings and on-line systems for people to talk, learn and make decisions together?" at BarCamp Canberra 2011, ANU 19 March 2011. There is more detail on technocracy and designs in "Learning Commons Technology: The dos and donts in developing learning commons" at the 2nd Annual Learning Commons Development and Design Forum, Brisbane, 30 March 2011.

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