Designing an identity for a Brisbane of the future

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is asking leading designers and design thinkers to imagine where the future of Brisbane might lead us.

Think Outside is an annual talk series hosted by SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library, in which local, national and international design thinkers are asked to contemplate a problem outside their area of expertise, offering new and unexpected solutions for discussion.
Taking inspiration from the G20 Summit, as well as the recently released Queensland Plan, the 2014 series looks to the future, challenging panellists to consider how we might celebrate and design Brisbane’s future identity.
Natalie Wright, Manager of the Asia Pacific Design Library, said design thinking was a creative, future-focussed problem-solving process that matched needs with opportunities.
“This way of approaching problems is becoming increasingly recognised as a powerful tool for creatively exploring the complex and intertwined challenges of the 21st century,” said Ms Wright.
“As the world turns its attention on Brisbane for the G20 Summit, we’re taking the opportunity to consider how we might approach the future of this city through a design lens — from community empowerment to economic prosperity.”
“By asking leading design thinkers these significant questions, we hope to ignite discussion that inspires new ideas and possibilities, leading to broader conversations and action on this issue,” she said.
Speakers for the first Think Outside event on 14 October include Professor Herman Pi’ikea Clark, Director of Tokorau Institute of Indigenous Innovation (New Zealand), Paul Pholeros , Architect and Director of Healthabitat (Sydney) and John Macdonald from Lightspace (Brisbane).
Each speaker will have 10 minutes to present their ideas, setting the platform for a considered debate and discussion to follow around the practical implications of these new ideas.
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The 2014 Think Outside series is presented by SLQ and sponsored by Griffith University Queensland College of Art. 
When: Tue 14 Oct and Wed 5 Nov, 6.30pm (networking drinks from 5.30pm)
Where: State Library of Queensland
Tickets: Free, bookings
Media enquiries
Alexia Saeck, SLQ Communications | 07 3840 7784 |

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