In the words of Richard Florida, “Places that succeed in attracting and retaining creative class people prosper: those that fail don’t.” There is little argument across Australia that Victoria is a thriving creative state, and Melbourne is the cultural capital of the country, attracting and retaining a world-class creative population. With the introduction of Victorian Government’s Creative State creative industries strategy, there has been a clear commitment to investing time, money and energy into strategic measures to ensure all kinds of creative and cultural activity thrives and contributes to the state’s economy. This commitment has now been further reinforced, with Creative Victoria delivering the Creative State Summit – a two-day conference over the last two days of June, bringing together a variety of local, interstate, and international creative minds to explore, unpack, inspire and learn from one another in order to shape the future of the creative state.
Left Bank Co.'s Strategist Hahna Busch, reports on the success and outcomes of the Victorian Government’s Creative State Summit.
We're very excited to announce that The Pool, our passion project along with Aileen Sage Architects for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, is making its debut on home soil, at the National Gallery of Victoria this August. Reinterpreted to suit the gallery space, an 11-metre, fully functioning pool will encourage visitors to dip their feet in the water (yes, even in the middle of a Melbourne winter!). You can read more about the exhibition via the Sydney Morning Herald, Broadsheet or Concrete Playground. For those who couldn't make it to Venice, or for those who would love to experience it again, make sure you head to Melbourne and take a moment to lounge by the pool.
Congratulations to Aileen Sage Architects and our very own Michelle Tabet, as well as the whole team involved in The Pool at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale for the win at the 2017 Dulux Colour Awards, in the Commercial Interior Public Spaces and Hospitality category! Up against some very high quality competition, the team are thrilled to have won.
The Judging Panel commented, "As a celebration of a distinctly Australian space, this submission really meets the brief and truly depicts Australia. This complex use of colour shows the architect has really considered how varying light might bring the chosen colours to life to mimic the changing patterns of light around a pool over the course of a day. This submission epitomises why investing time in colour selection is so important."
Both here in Australia, and across the globe, a move away from the seemingly never-ending growth of our cities is beginning: urbanists, architects, governments and developers are turning to regional and rural areas, examining the way they are changing and looking for new models of habitation. Regional revitalisation is the new urban regeneration. Read more here...
Left Bank Co. is on the search for new talent!
We're on the lookout for new talent to collaborate with our team on a variety of our projects. We’re searching for independent professionals who can bring specialised skills and knowledge to the table and enhance the value of what we can offer our clients.
You might be a strategist, researcher, project manager, innovator, futurist, planner, arts administrator, architect, copywriter, creative, or you might be something else entirely! You might have years of experience under your belt, or just be establishing your name. There are a variety of ways we work with different skill sets, so if you think you have something unique to offer, we want to hear from you!
Read more about what we're after here.
Given most of our work is in the early stages of project creation, we usually have to wait a long time to see the projects we work on come to fruition. But in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of our best-loved projects - Rutherford's Den - has come to life after a few years of exceptionally hard work from the team on the ground at the Arts Centre Christchurch.
Read more about the work we've done with Rutherford's Den and how it has come to life here.
One of the world’s most visited cities, full of places to visit, sites to see and things to do, London is an urbanist’s dream. While in Europe this May for the Venice Biennale, the Left Bank Co. team took the opportunity to spend some time in London, and for the first time in a long time, became awestruck tourists in a town we thought we knew quite well. We spent our time meeting old friends and new clients, exploring great sites of urban renewal, and discovering the places that make London such a progressive and exciting city. Our adventures across town took us to the Kings Cross redevelopment, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Young Vic Theatre, Selfridges, the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, the redevelopment at Elephant and Castle, Marylebone High Street and the Serpentine Gallery and Pavilions, just to name a few.
These experiences have allowed our team to reflect on our company purpose – making cities meaningful – and think about what it is that makes London so successful in providing places that are full of life, energy and meaning.
Read more about our observations here.
Congratulations to The Pool Creative Directors, Michelle Tabet and Aileen Sage, for receiving the Adrian Ashton Prize for Writing and Criticism at the NSW Architecture Awards!
The Pool book was made possible by a generous and talented group of collaborators and contributors, including designer Stephen Goddard of Project Two, subeditor Jeanne Carey, and all the storytellers and contributors. The award is well deserved by the whole team!
Congratulations to all the other winners as well! Check out the full list here.
For those interested in the behind-the-scenes experience at the Venice Architecture Biennale, our Director Michelle Tabet wrote a feature article for Yellowtrace, giving her insiders perspective and a review of her top Pavilions. You can read the article here.
For those that did not get to Venice this year to experience the 2016 Architecture Biennale, our own Hahna Busch took a look around the other national pavilions and major exhibitions and wrote a review for InDesign.
You can read about her top picks of the Biennale here: http://www.indesignlive.com/news-flash/reporting-from-the-front-venice-architecture-biennale-2016
The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity in Australia - Australia’s exhibition for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale - has been resoundingly well received by the media, both here in Australia and internationally.
Have a read (or watch) of a few of our personal favourites:
The New York Times: A Social History of Australia, Through Its Swimming Pools
CNN Style: Australia's national love affair - The Pool
Financial Times: Venice Biennale - Architect's Social Conscience
Monocle: 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale - National Pavilions
The Saturday Paper: 'The Pool' at the Venice Biennale
Wired: Of course Australia brings a pool to an architecture exhibit
2016 Venice Architecture Biennale
The Left Bank Co. team has just returned from delivering Australia’s exhibition, The Pool, at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. With Michelle as one of the Creative Directors alongside Aileen Sage Architects, we were heavily involved in the creation and delivery of the exhibition, as well as the opening week events. The Pool is an exploration of the cultural significant of pools in all their forms, and was made up of an immersive exhibition built in Australia's pavilion in Venice, and a companion publication, developed and produced by the Left Bank Co. team. The project has been immensely well received by the industry, the public and the media.
You can read more about the project on our project pages here and here. There is also an album of images on our Facebook page here, and you can pick up a copy of our companion publication on sale online via Manic Books.
A new brand for Michelle Tabet Pty Ltd.
This is the first news instalment for Left Bank Co., the new and improved branding for Michelle Tabet’s boutique creative and strategy business. We’ve been in business for nearly two years and been honoured to continue working with a great selection of clients and collaborators. This news feed has been designed to keep you abreast of what we’re doing, and who we’re doing it with.
Michelle started her business in November 2014, taking the work she had been doing corporately to the world of small business and entrepreneurship. The key to going into business is to do just that: set yourself up quick, sell what you have to offer and work hard. This is what Michelle did under the business that bore her name for the past 18 months.
But now that the team has expanded to welcome Hahna Busch, we have had to rethink the way in which we presented ourselves, and develop a brand that would be more inclusive of collaborators that we work with. This is how Left Bank Co. was born.
Our brand stands for independent and creative thought, just like the thinkers and scholars of Paris’s Left Bank. As a small creative and strategic agency, we pride ourselves on being helpful outsiders, who guide clients and help them be the best they can be as they work on making our cities more meaningful.
We look forward to working with you in the near future.