Nominees for the Media Architecture Awards 2016 announced!

The Media Architecture Awards are given to outstanding projects at the intersection of architecture, media and interaction design. Three projects are nominated in each of the five categories – Animated Architecture; Money Architecture; Participatory Architecture and Urban Interaction; Spatial Media Art and Future Trends and Prototypes. The winners in each category will be announced during the Media Architecture Biennale award ceremony in Sydney on the evening of June 3rd, 2016.

The nominees are:

LED Frieze
Train Station Falkenberg
The Wings

Klubhaus St. Pauli
LAX — Tom Bradley International Terminal
Morgan Stanley — Times Square Headquarters

In the Air, Tonight
The Sentiment Cocoon
Le Circuit De Bachelard

Field of Light

City Lights Orchestra
Drone 100

For more details visit the Media Architecture Biennale awards page. Tickets to the awards show are on sale via Ticketek.

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Carlo Ratti in Sydney for the Media Architecture Biennale 2016

We are pleased to confirm the remarkably talented and highly respected Carlo Ratti, as keynote speaker and panelist for the 2016 Media Architecture Biennale (MAB16) closing ceremony on June 4th.

“Carlo Ratti is a pioneer in media architecture and smart city developments, with an illustrious, celebrated career. His inventions, idea’s and designs are ahead of our time. It is a privilege to have Prof Ratti participating in our official closing ceremony for the MAB16.” said Dr M. Hank Haeusler, General Chair of The Media Architecture Biennale 2016 (UNSW Australia).
Prof Ratti is an architect, an engineer, a designer, an inventor and educator. He is at the forefront of connecting technology and the built environment. His Digital Water Pavilion at the 2008 World Expo was hailed by Time Magazine as “One of the Best Inventions of the Year.” He has been included in Esquire Magazine’s “Best and Brightest list,” in Blueprint Magazine’s “25 People who will Change the World of Design” and in Forbes Magazine’s “People you need to know” in 2011.

His work is internationally revered, exhibited at events and venues including: Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has also co-authored over 250 publications.

Prof Ratti currently Chair at the Senseable City Lab which he founded, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is also the head of Carlo Ratti Associati. He is currently serving as Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Future Cities, and has been selected as Special Adviser to the President and Commissioners of the European Commission, to advise on urban innovation.

Carlo Ratti will take the main stage at The Concourse, Theatre on June 4 from 5pm to 6pm and officiate the MAB16 closing ceremony with a keynote speech, followed by a panel discussion on smart cities.

Tickets are now available for his keynote via Ticketek.

The Media Architecture Biennale 2016 is presented as part of the Vivid Ideas program at Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Digital Placemaking at the Media Architecture Biennale 2016, 1-4 June, Sydney


Come June 2016, the prestigious Media Architecture Biennale 2016 will project Sydney into the digital media spotlight. From June 1st, the world’s leading experts in architectural digital technology will arrive in the harbour city to host a series of conferences, seminars and symposia designed to discuss, assess and debate the impact of digital technology in the future design and development of smarter and more liveable cities.

Design and urban planning experts from around the globe will transform The Concourse, on Sydney’s North Shore into technology driven idea’s hub, for the 5th international Media Architecture Biennale 2016, presented as a part of the Vivid Ideas program. From June 1st to June 4th, architectural and design professionals, academics, state and federal government representatives and specialised experts in digital placemaking will host a series of workshops, symposia and events designed to explore the existing and future impact of digital technologies on urban planning within global cities.

“The Media Architecture Biennale 2016 brings together specialists who are passionate about reinventing urban communities and utilising public spaces to communicate. The official buzzword and theme for this year’s event is digital placemaking; the use of digital technology within a dedicated public urban space, designed specifically for the purpose of communicating with the public,” said Dr M. Hank Haeusler, General Chair of The Media Architecture Biennale 2016 (UNSW Australia).

Federation Square, in central Melbourne is currently Australia’s best example of digital placemaking; in 2014 it was named the 6th Best Public Square in the world by Landscape Architects Network. Mr Matt Jones, General Manager of Program & Events at the iconic Australian outdoor gathering space, will be on hand at this year’s event to share knowledge from his own first-hand experience with digital placemaking.

Among the illustrious line-up of over 50 international guests attending The Media Architecture Biennale 2016 is Carlo Ratti. Prof. Ratti is currently Chair at the Senseable City Lab and Ratti Associati. He is at the forefront of connecting technology and the built environment and was included in Blueprint Magazine’s “25 People who will Change the World of Design” list.

Highly regarded in the field of digital placemaking, Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President at Projects for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City is also supporting The Media Architecture Biennale 2016. Mr Kent has worked on over 200 public space projects including, Times Square in New York.

Locally, MAB16 welcomes Mr Bruce Duyshart, Director of Meld Strategies, who recently developed a Smart City Masterplan for Parramatta (NSW) in collaboration with the City of Parramatta.

The calendar of Media Architecture Biennale 2016 activities commences on June 1st and concludes June 4th, among the events are: symposia, workshops, seminars, an MAB Awards exhibition and a Gala Awards Dinner held on Sydney Harbour. The Media Architecture Awards Exhibition will feature over 100 media architecture projects on display at Artspace, The Concourse from May 27th. The exhibition is a showcase of projects that explore the possibilities of and outcomes of interactions between the built environment with technology and communities. It is free and open to the public.

Industry professionals travelling to Sydney for the MAB16 might take the opportunity to combine the visit with the DIS 2016 (Designing Interactive Systems) conference, which takes place in Brisbane, Queensland from 4-8 June.

The Media Architecture Biennale 2016 is presented as part of the Vivid Ideas program at Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Both industry enthusiasts and the public alike are welcome to all events, with ticket sales available through Ticketek.


Digital Publics: Creative Intervention in Digital Placemaking


In the lead-up to the Media Architecture Biennale 2016, held in Sydney in June 2016, Urban Screen Productions (UTV) are producing an all-day symposium investigating how technologies are redefining community engagement and the creation of public space.

The Digital Publics symposium explores new approaches to public space focusing on the layers of connection and cultural experience that are introduced by media technologies, also referred to as digital placemaking or open-source placemaking.

Presented by Fed Square and Pause Fest and produced by UTV, Digital Publics brings timely voices together from the creative practices, institutions and research projects that work in an evolving field of public engagement, urban screens and placemaking in the digital age.

In a forum held at one of the world’s most iconic public spaces, Fed Square, each of the speakers will share insights on how digital innovations are bringing communities together and shaping new spatial encounters.

Curated by Esther Anatolitis.

Speakers include:

Andrew Apostola and Simon Goodrich, Portable
Seb Chan, ACMI
M. Hank Haeusler, UNSW
Matt Jones, Fed Square
Jade Lillie, Footscray Community Arts Centre
Jason Maling, Field Theory
Julian Rickert, One Step At A Time Like This
Lynda Roberts, City of Melbourne
Katrina Sedgwick, ACMI
Martin Tomitsch, The University of Sydney
Willoh S Weiland, Aphids
Marcus Westbury, Contemporary Arts Precincts and Renew Australia
Angharad Wynne-Jones, Arts House and Tipping Point


9.00am – 11am | Panel 1
Site: Ethics, technologies, program: how can the institution create public space?

11.30am – 1pm | Panel 2
Distribution: Space, movement, connection: how can spatial experiments connect disparate publics?

2pm – 3pm | 5 x 5 x 5
Public space as performance: five artists offer five insights over five minutes each.

3.30pm – 5pm | Panel 3
Digital Publics: What kinds of interventions create public space? What kinds of interventions are created by public space?

5pm – 6pm | Closing Panel
An open conversation with perspectives drawn from all sessions and presented by their chairs.

Tickets now on sale via Eventbrite.

Media Architecture Exhibition Sydney 2015

Media Facade Exhibition invitation

The Media Architecture Institute, together with the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney present outcomes of research and teaching in the field of media architecture in an exhibition hosted by Art Space on The Concourse, Willoughby City Council, located in Chatswood/Sydney. The exhibition is open 23 May to 6 June, Thursday to Saturday, 6pm to 10pm.

UNSW presents the project Hextic, an interactive media wall designed and developed by a student/tutor team of the Bachelor of Computational Design led by Dr Hank Haeusler, that has been previously exhibited at the Sydney Architecture Festival 2014. The rest of the team were Rebekah Araullo and Eliot Rosenberg, with artists Dominque Heraud, Annisa Rizal, Alexander Lee, Jordon Blanket, Andrew McDonald, Tomislav Livaja, Peter Mitchell and Dara Ten.

The University of Sydney presents Metastasis, an interactive light installation designed and developed by a collaborative team of students and lecturers from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, and previously exhibited at Tin Sheds Gallery as well as among historical colonial ruins at The Rocks, Sydney. The artists are Luke Hespanhol, Martin Tomitsch, Eduardo Barata and Philipp Peltz (audio).

In addition to the two interactive projects the exhibition includes a poster showcase of five projects featured in the book publication New Media Facades (av edition).

The Concourse will also be home of the next Media Architecture Biennale, taking place 2-4 June 2016.

IMG_5627 Media Architecture Exhibition 2015 - Chatswood Metastasis Hextic Media Architecture Exhibition 2015 - Chatswood

Announcing the Media Facades Summit 2013 Hong Kong

The Media Architecture Institute is hosting a Media Facades Summit in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong this week. The summit will start Friday 25th October evening with a keynote by David Gianotten (OMA) and continue Saturday 26th October morning with a keynote by Andreas Schulz (LichtKunstLicht) as well as a number of talks by experts and professionals working in the field of media architecture in the Asian region.

The event is sponsored by our industry partners AHL, Galaxia and Zumtobel, and supported by Connecting Cities, GDC, and World Architects.

Visit for more information about the program and speakers.

Media Facades Summit 2013

Media Facade Exhibition 2013, Sydney

The Media Architecture Institute will be presenting the six winning projects from the inaugural Media Architecture Awards, as well as a selection of outstanding projects from the book New Media Facades, as part of the Media Facade Exhibition 2013 in Customs House, Sydney. The exhibition launches on Wednesday the 22nd of May in the atrium of Custom House, and will be exhibited until the 1st of July. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with ISEA and Vivid Sydney.

Workshop on interactive city lighting

Interactive city lighting

The workshop on interactive city lighting held at the international conference on human factors in computing systems (CHI) in Paris aims at exploring the topic form various perspectives. The workshop goal is to bring together a community of researchers, designer and practitioners to better understand the capabilities, contexts of use and possibilities for user participation of this emerging technology. Selected contributions will be invited to present and share their approach with the community. The workshop aims to: identify key opportunities for new forms of interactive lighting systems in urban context, explore interaction paradigms that can be (re-) used for interactive urban lighting, and examine adequate ways of prototyping and evaluating interactive lighting systems.