Latest Designs In Bushfire Prevention Talked Up

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Latest designs in bushfire prevention talked up


On the anniversary of Black Saturday, 7 February, you can find out more about

how new designs are helping with fire prevention, emergency response, post-fire

regeneration in communities and more, by attending floor talks at Melbourne

Museum.


The 2009 Design Challenge: Fire exhibition, currently on display at Melbourne

Museum, is running a series of informal floor talks during February to highlight and

discuss the exhibits.


The talks are by Design Challenge team members who will discuss the work, intent

and design research thinking of their contributions to the exhibition. The exhibition

brings together a diverse range of researchers and experts to generate innovative

transdisciplinary design projects in response to bushfires.


The talks will be introduced by Design Challenge Committee Chair and Head,

School of Management at RMIT University, Professor George Cairns, followed by

representatives of two teams – the winners, Polytactics, and another finalist team.


The winning Polytactics’ concept uses light-weight polymer materials in screens,

road barricades and construction fencing. During a fire event, this transforms into a

protective porcelain membrane. Post-fire the material is absorbed into the soil and

assists with environmental regeneration.


The first talk on Sunday, 7 February, the anniversary of Black Saturday, will feature

Stuart Harrison from Smarter Go Smarter Stay – Challenge finalist team and Nigel

Bertram from Polytactics.


The second talk on Sunday, 14 February will feature Jeremy Yuille and Laurene

Vaughn from burnMap – Challenge finalist team and Jordi Beneyto-Ferre from

Polytactics.


The talks are run by RMIT’s Design Research Institute, in conjunction with the

Design Challenge: Fire exhibition and Melbourne Museum.

 

What: Design Challenge: Fire floor talks

When: Sunday, 7 February (anniversary of Black Saturday), 1pm; and Sunday, 14

February, 1pm

Where: Discovery Centre Foyer (lower level) at Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson

Street, Carlton

Cost: Free


For interviews or comment:  RMIT Design Research Institute, Katherine

Wilkinson, (03) 9925 4161 or 0439 388 013.


For general media enquiries, RMIT University Communications, Paul Noonan,

(03) 9925 2373 or 0409 239 021.

1 February, 2010   






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