The city as we know it, is changing. Amidst the global pandemic of COVID-19 our cities, our neighbourhoods and our people have had to adapt to a new way of being. Physical distancing restrictions have changed the way we communicate, connect, interact, move and function within both our public and private worlds.
2018 raised some hard-hitting issues surrounding gender equality, from pioneering movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, and enforcing gender pay gap reporting. These movements have forced us to reflect on our own experiences as women working in the design industry, to consider this effect on our professional lives, and to address where and how things can be improved.
A year of international openings, big moves, project completions & new beginnings.
A conversation with Kate Pleban and Guy Hohmann, Associates from our Melbourne and Auckland studios.
It seems a long time ago since we produced the last Object magazine. This past year has been an incredibly busy one with much to share. In this issue, we focus on research and innovation, profiling two projects which apply digital technologies to enhance the user experience within the transport sector.
Maynard’s work is diverse, at any one time we could be designing architectural components for new transport projects, creating an urban wayfinding strategy or producing our own range of street furniture. We’ve created an illustrated map of our work, see how many projects you can spot!
Two travellers meet on a path – once the usual pleasantries are out of the way, the conversation begins to focus on important matters… Where have you travelled from? What is the condition of the route? Was it hard or easy terrain? Were there any dangerous sections or good places to stop along the way?
Something really struck a chord with me when I interviewed a candidate for a wayfinding role and asked them why they were interested in the job: they said they remembered getting lost as a child and finding it one of the scariest experiences they had ever had.
Simon Lee told Exhibition News about when it comes to event signage, getting visitors from A to B is an art form. It didn’t take long, however, for them to become clear that signage can influence the visitor journey round an exhibition in much more subtle and complex ways than simply pointing them in the right direction.
From an urban and transport development perspective, we all strive towards the Smart City vision; one which is intent on integrating digital information and communication technology into our everyday lives whether we’re actively aware of it or not.