“We’re looking forward to seeing the outcome of these initiatives and are excited about the interdisciplinary approach and the potential of the real-word application of these outcomes. The HTH should not be seen as just a building, but a place that will drive UNSW’s vision to realise health benefits,” said Niki Douglas, Director of Development, UNSW Estate Management.
The five projects awarded considered built form and urban design concepts around the building and its open space. They also examine program design that addresses the use of the space, including social and cultural interpretations.
Project teams had to include academic and professional staff, at least one student and representation from at least two UNSW ADA schools. Students on the projects will receive Creative Confidence Grants to be involved.
Five projects have received seed funding
1. Breathe - a distributed sound installation
A unique site-specific sound sculpture that explores our relationship to breath physically, socially and environmentally. Led by Associate Professor Oliver Bown, School of Art & Design.
2. Symbolic Roots
The project is an urban infrastructure design that acts as both wayfinding and social intervention; inspired by the connectedness of roots in nature, a constant reminder of the importance of nature in our life and for our health. Led by Karen Kriss, School of Art & Design, and Professor Oya Demirbilek, School of Built Environment.
Smart green spaces and places can have a Moment-us impact, providing a series of ‘moments’ of beauty and delight for staff, students and the wider community, producing food, managing waste and piloting innovative technologies linked to interactive visual displays as well as collecting evidence to inform the Precinct-wide rollout of interactive green infrastructure. Led by Associate Professor Paul Osmond, School of Built Environment.
4. Health Equity & Literacy Media Space (HELMS)
This project aims to offer both physical and virtual spaces to facilitate civil society and community (with an emphasis on culturally diverse communities) interfaces with and through media to engage around health equity, policy, systems and services. Led by Professor Anthony Zwi, School of Social Sciences.
5. Site first: site-specific and site-responsive art for HTH
The goal of this team is to generate and assemble a cohesive collection of fine art that responds directly to this site and its function. Led by Allan Giddy, School of Art & Design.
The teams will use the funding to develop full project proposals, due in November 2021.
Find out more about the UNSW ADA’s Innovation Hub, UNSW’s Health Precincts and the Randwick Campus Redevelopment.