Are you proud of your new world city? Does its design, architecture, landscaping, engineering and public art excite you? If so, YOUR CITY NEEDS YOU.
After a highly successful day for Brisbane Open House in 2012, this popular event has been extended to a whole weekend for 2013. This means even more buildings will be open to the public, availability of bookings for the most sought after tours will double, and there is time for more activities to engage the public.
As a volunteer for this year's Brisbane Open house you will be able to share your passion with possibly double the 33 000 plus folk who visited 51 participating buildings in 2012. One of the many benefits of volunteering is being able to receive preferential treatment in most of the following activities. Don't expect to win the photographic competition, however.
The complete list of buildings open to the public this year will be announced on the new website on Thursday September 5, and at that time an itinerary planner will also be available. Some of the photographs already featured on the site may give a few clues as to the new venues for this year, e.g. the Great Court of the University of Queensland. Its wonderful mix of Queensland granite, sandstone and marble decorated with friezes, sculptures and grotesques makes it a fitting centrepiece for this campus of mixed architectural styles.
A new feature of this year's free event is the ART in Design Exhibition at the Australian Institute of Architects Headquarters, 70 Merivale St, South Brisbane. This will feature the creative thought processes of eleven of Brisbane's designers, for example Peter Roy, who was the architect responsible for the design of the Brisbane Power House restoration. Their artworks will include lino prints, watercolours and oils on canvas. These works are the designers' responses to Brisbane's urban environment. The exhibition will be open from 10am to 2pm each day on Friday 4, Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9, Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October.
A dedicated children's program is again part of the weekend's activities. The free program is available over the two-day event at any of the participating buildings or the King George Square information hub. Child-focussed activities include building a LEGO architectural masterpiece, making their own tiny movie, and playing 3D snakes and ladders.
King George Square will be the venue for a free Speakers Series when influential professionals will give talks on their fields of expertise such as architecture, landscape design and engineering. A complete list of speakers will be released soon on the web site. No registration is required. Simply turn up on the Saturday in the Square to hear your preferred speakers.
The very popular Photography Competition, Focus on Architecture, will be held again this year. All photos must have been taken over the BOH weekend and can be entered in any of the four categories – exterior, interior, detail and people.
Keep abreast of the latest news on the 2013 BOH by going to their website. Here you can register for regular email updates, and, most importantly of all, volunteer your services.