BDQ opens to industry as Federal budget hits the streets

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Less than 24 hours after Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, announced the Budget for 2012 the doors to the first Build & Design Queensland expo were officially opened by Matt Pearce, Managing Director of Diversified Exhibitions in a move by the industry to combat a sluggish construction landscape.

Small and medium build, design and construction companies have collaborated to show their wares to the Brisbane trade and professional markets. The 130 plus exhibitors have come together to promote local innovation and inspiration, plus drive growth in residential and commercial developments in Queensland.

Mr Pearce described the inaugural Build & Design Queensland as the “right move, the positive move” for an industry and region that has the potential to flourish in the near future with rebuilding after floods and cyclones, as well as new building for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. He described the event as “Queensland’s coming of age”.

“Queensland’s strength and our challenge is our regional diversity,” said Scott Bagnell FDIA, Design Institute of Australia Queensland Co-President. Queensland is the most active branch of the institute in Australia, which speaks volumes of the importance of the expo to the industry in this state.

Mr Scott spoke of the state’s responsibility to take considered and thoughtful action and deliver world-changing design that contributes in a meaningful way to the future of the environment and the way in which Queenslanders live, as well as the legacy that is left behind.

Collaborating is the way in which this can be achieved and that is the main focus of the Build & Design Queensland expo, which is open to all professionals in the design, architecture, building, construction and property development industries.

Mr Bagnell added “This collaboration must start at the outset of projects and span the whole process from design to finished product and this can only happen when the industry gets together at events such as this expo.”

From the perspective of architecture, Shane Thompson FRAIA, Australian Institute of Architects Queensland Chapter President said that the work of architects has never been so daunting with the need for sophisticated skills.

“The array of products and technologies that are now at our disposal can be overwhelming, which is why events such as Build & Design Queensland are so important in enabling not only architects but everyone in the industry to remain knowledgeable about new and better products, systems, materials and technology,’ said Mr Thompson.

Mr Thompson was keen to add that he wanted to encourage the manufacturers of products and services to engage more closely with the design industry and this expo was a perfect setting for that to start.

“Queensland has a reputation as an emerging design centre in the world. Competitiveness in the future will increasingly rely on innovation and design,” said Mr Thompson.

CPD accredited seminars will run during the course of the expo, which is open until 4pm this Friday including sessions from the UDIA, DIAQ, Woods Bagot and more.

Kylie Mitchell from Kylie Mitchell Designs will host tomorrow’s Art House One seminar, discussing her efforts to combine visual arts and compact/sustainable building design, which will feature her painting as she talks through her impressive project.

Build & Design Queensland is on from 9-11 May at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and is co-located with the Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Conference and CEDIA expo.

Visit www.bdqexpo.com.au for more information or to register for free attendance.

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