Archive | March, 2011

Typography and Talks

28 Mar

This week Louise McWhinnie gave a lecture Typography and Composition. This was a brief lecture on the do’s and don’t of graphic design.

It raised design questions in regards to our final book and how we can present the information that we researched.

The main purpose was to show how our presentations can also communicate the concept of our designs

This was summed up nicely with the quote “typography is the means which a written idea is given visual form”

Timing wise this was quite ironic as we had our presentations straight after.

(I’m sure we were all analysing our slides and noticing all the things we would have changed if we could… oh well)

The presentations gave way to ideas and questions about Newtown that we researched ;such as street food, gentrification, performance spaces, green initiatives,lighting, etc). It was interesting to see all these different  potential aspects of Newtown and  how different people approach these topics.

It most definitely broaden the social characteristics of Newtown.


Urban gentrification close to home.

21 Mar

At this point research is well underway..

searching through countless databases and newspaper articles to find relevant information, one of these was a Sydney food event last month (February) that was extremely popular: “Malaysian Kitchen“. This was used as a good model to see how this type of food would be received by Sydneysiders.

In order to find out how the event was organised, I tried going thought City of Sydney council to see if I could review their DA. I soon found out that this is quite a lengthy process that required owner’s signatures and other information I did not have access to. It was just best to contact Malaysian Kitchen directly.

A site visit meant venturing out to Waterloo to visit Danks St. Depot. Which was an example of gentrification and how a thriving oasis could be realised in the middle of industrial Waterloo. The site is a culmination of various artist studios and café. This area is creates a unique design community as it acts as a location of cross-pollination where creative people can meet, collaborate and exchange ideas.

Layout of Danks St. Depot

This has had a  flow on effect in the  surrounding area (with places such as the PYD design centre, Fratelli Fresh and new residential developments)

This example was then contrasted by the Meriton development further up the street, where it is quite diffrent atmosphere.

At Danks St. Depot buildings are being built/ readapted  for the activity and business taking place inside… as opposed to the Meriton development where business having to fit the building that it occupies. In the end there needs to be a design language between a business and the building that it is in.

A change is as good as a holiday

14 Mar

This week revealed quite a bit in terms of research and the issues relating to the social dining culture of Newtown.

As interesting as the issues that were raised from the question:

“How does the demographics and sense of community impact the social/ dining and bar culture of Newtown?”

…forming a good reserach bases for the project was proving to lack the more acadamic studies. Most of the research would need to be primary and difficult to form a good foundation to build upon. A focus on street food and the role if could play in Newtown in enhancing the social vibrance on the suburb. This would provide a more of secondary research as there is a bit more “meat” to the subject area.

From preliminary research, I think it also offers a more innovative possibility for design (and one that could suit Newtown quite well)

A article from  the Sydney Morning Hearld captures the potential for a street food venue in our city.

Lunch at Malaysia Kitchen

What to do…What to do?

7 Mar

Not going to lie,this week was a bit of  a confusion to begin with. Its safe to say that i think we were all in the same boat in finding a way to attack the research topics…but we got there in the end.

As a group we divided the project into research topics.

  1. History
  2. Time vs. User
  3. Transport/Services
  4. Demographics

From this all the technical aspects were divided into investigation areas of our sites precinct.

After getting a chance to  research Newtown in general while focusing on its demographics the direction was more evident. Looking at the ABS stats for the area gave a good profile of the community , along with council information.

It was soon realised that King St. was the boundary line for Sydney City Council and Marrackville Council! (so this included a lot of back and forth and comparing of  information to get the whole picture)

To determine our physical areas to survey for the technical component we met on site and walked around the precinct and chose areas to document. From this we also sumbitted our area on interest for our presentation so we could get the research going. I chose my  inverstigation to be based around:

” How does the demographics and sense of community impact the social/ dining and bar culture of Newtown?”

Newtown or Bust

2 Mar
Well most of us have been to Newtown at some point. Whether it is to grab a coffee with friends, have a cheap pad thai (being the students we are) or to shop in its vintage clothing stores or maybe its to just “check-in” and let everyone know that were are there…being alternative young hipsters that we like to think we are.Whatever your prerogative is, one thing is for sure… it is that we will know Newtown (and its quirky characteristics that make it such a distinct community) like the back of our hand. So get ready to embrace!