We’re involved in several efforts to improve quality of life in Queensland cities: below are two current and two still relevant undertakings, the Smart Cities work, for example, informing current propositions for a network of cross-river connections in Brisbane.
Michael Rayner is a founding member of the Queensland Board of the Property Industry Foundation which assists youth homelessness by raising money for charitable organisations, particularly to build housing projects. One of Blight Rayner’s specific undertakings is to design projects pro-bono or at cost and we’re currently doing a significant project to the north of Brisbane. Interestingly, the thought process has been highly informative in conceiving alternative ways of living in our city.
Michael Rayner is a member of the Queensland Urban Design and Places Panel run by Queensland Government Architect, Malcolm Middleton. The panel has a wide remit and is currently focused on research and propositions for the long term future of Queensland cities, especially related to mobility and connectivity, environmental sustainability, economic diversity and affordability.
This 2007 strategy prepared by Michael Rayner with a committee appointed by Queensland Premier’s Smart State Council, comprises a number of propositions now gaining traction. They include a particular system of cross-river bridges and movement spines, a structure of a comprehensive knowledge corridor, a city centre light rail network and a potential for a second city centre focused upon the Bowen Hills railyards and Breakfast Creek.
This strategy is a proposition for harnessing the collective strengths of the different design sectors across Queensland. Generated for the Queensland Premier’s Smart State Council, it firstly identifies the sectors, and secondly clusters them into a legible structure. We still regard it as having current relevance, probably more so than when it was prepared, as Queensland has an incredible array of design talent and unrestrained creative thinking.
Image Left: One of a series of stools designed and constructed by Sophie Briggs, Rachael Mellick and Sophie Sachs to explore timber detailing in furniture design at UQ.