Monday, June 01, 2009

Brisbane Square

Greetings from Brisbane Square. This is the city of Brisbane's answer to Federation Square, Melbourne. Like Melbourne, this is a large open paved area, with wired modern sculpture, backed by a brightly coloured building with angular panels on it, opposite a historic building next to a river, at a transport hub. In the distance a large Ferris wheel is visible. In the case of Brisbane, the sculptures appear to be made from domestic cutlery baskets, the paving is not dangerously uneven like Melbourne's.

The transport in Brisbane is buses (the city foolishly scrapped its trams in 1969). Unlike Melbourne where the transport passes the square at ground level, the buses disappear into an underground station. This has less ambiance than Melbourne's trams, but also less noise and danger.

The building behind the square has cafes facing out, although it was uncomfortably cold and windy there today. Like many such squares, they need something to block the drafts.

There is a more comfortable cafe in the foyer of the building, which also has the Brisbane city library. The building has been cleverly designed to blend the public library spaces into the city officials offices. Up an escalator are public Internet terminals provided by the library on one side and places to pay rates on the other. There are children's books, magazines and newspapers. At the back are some community meeting rooms and behind these are council meeting rooms. The next floor up is the reference collection, with the rest of the building containing offices.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting

The Green IT Special Interest Group will have a free event on National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER), 4 September 2008 in Brisbane, with: Bridget Brill, Assistant Secretary, Dept.of Climate Change and Dr Paul Campbell, ICT Industry Workgroup.

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER)


Bridget Brill
Assistant Secretary, Dept.of Climate Change
will outline and explain its purpose and projected outcomes.

Dr Paul Campbell
ICT Industry Workgroup
will look at the likely impacts on the Queensland ICT Industry, their clients and other large users of ICT.

Industry Case Study

Supported by: ICT Workgroup, AIIA and ACS

About this Event
Venue: Brisbane City Hall King George Square Brisbane
Date: Thursday 4th September 2008
Time: 1:00PM

Registration Online

Additional Information
Event Type: Special Interest Group
PCP Hours: 2

Event Prices (Inc GST)
Regular Fee:
Members: $0.00
Non Members: $0.00

Contact Details
Colleen Garard
Suite 4/3 Heaslop Street,
Woolloongaba QLD 4102
(07) 3217 3744

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

China New Media Conference 2007: Money, Art and Governance

QUT Creative Industries PrecinctThese are some thoughts on the China New Media Conference in Brisbane last week. Items from the event are listed under "China".

The essential point seemed to be that you could do online digital media in China for profit, or artistic purposes, and slip in a little political comment in it, as long as you were careful to self censor.

One theme running through the conference was the effect of the Beijing Olympics on new media. I was with the skeptics on that one. The Olympics is not going to see a blossoming of digital video art on 3G phones and the like.

QUT's Kelvin Grove campus, where the event was held, is most impressive. Having part of the ABC on site (relocated from the abandoned Toowong offices) ads to the media atmosphere. The campus is an interesting combination of education, business and real estate development.

The QUT's digital art gallery I was less impressed with: this is essentially a big white empty building (with as much warmth as the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building) . In place of art, it has images projected on the blank walls. It would have helped if they had thought to install some human comforts, such as a toilet.

Thanks to the Online Opinionites for buying me pizza. There is a discussion of China and democracy running in the OO forum.

ps: What was the Wiki conference some people were at in the same venue?

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