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Bunjilaka Melbourne Museum - First Peoples Exhibition (Melbourne)

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - Monday, December 29, 2014

The gallery will reopen to the public on 7 September 2013 with an exciting new exhibition, First Peoples.Told through the voices of Victoria’s First Peoples, and utilising cutting-edge multimedia, Aboriginal language, artifacts and contemporary artworks, First Peoples will tell the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the time of Creation to today.

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ENLIGHTENMENT: The Basics Of Efficient Lighting (National)

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Thursday, November 20, 2014

IES: The Lighting Society presents an introductory lighting course to equip participants with a knowledge of energy efficient lighting, to be delivered by a combination of face-to-face teaching and online assessment and revision. The course consists of three face-to-face seminar days, usually on three consecutive weeks. Visit the website for dates and locations.

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Scandinavian Design Tour (Stockholm and Copenhagen)

Monday, September 22, 2014 - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Not many countries can claim to be the home of modern design, but Sweden and Denmark are two countries in which design is absolutely inherent in their culture and their way of living. We have designed this new tour with a focus on Stockholm and Copenhagen as key Scandinavian design centres where we can explore a variety of artistic and cultural activities.

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Future Green Leaders LIVE (Sydney)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Future Green Leaders LIVE is an exciting launch event, and part of the annual World Green Building Week celebrations. Hosted at the GreenHouse, this will be an evening to meet and greet with inspiring young professionals, who are already making big waves in the sustainability industry. Stick around for networking drinks and the chance to mingle with the people who have your dream job. Plus we’ll be announcing the winner of the Future Green Leader Award 2014.

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Downtown Q Design Ideas Competition (Queanbeyan)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Queanbeyan Business Chamber invites Australian and international designers to enter a design ideas competition for Downtown Q – critical streets and sites within the Central Business District of Queanbeyan. With quality renewal or redevelopment Downtown Q will spearhead regeneration of one of Australia’s oldest inland settlements. Winning designs will combine urban design ideas and development concepts that project a visionary future of prosperity and design excellence for the regional city. Registration closes 30 September.

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dmi: Design Leadership Conference 2014 (Boston)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Innovation labs are creating ideas to address social, environmental, and business problems in exciting new ways. By leveraging data, behaviors, digital technologies, and rapid-prototyping, designers are poised to create new experiences, products, and services at unprecedented speed. Over a two-day period at Lab Culture, innovative leaders will share case studies, stories and insights from Maker and Media Labs, Brand Experience Labs, Incubators, Venture Capital, Robotics, Learning Labs, and Game cultures.

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INSIDE (Singapore)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Friday, October 3, 2014

INSIDE is the global festival and awards programme that celebrates the very best in interior design and architecture. Held alongside World Architecture Festival, INSIDE is your opportunity to be inspired by the latest and greatest in global interiors. The INSIDE awards are the only global interior awards where you can actually hear directly from all of the shortlisted entrants. Festival attendees can watch presentations from every single shortlisted designer and architect and also find out what the judges think of each project.

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Belgrade Design Week 2014 (Belgrade)

Monday, October 6, 2014 - Saturday, October 11, 2014

The topic of this year’s conference is SENSE SQUARED, and in BDW’s nonpareil fashion, we will once again present the global and regional “Greatest Creative Minds of the 21st Century” in the fields of architecture, advertising, branding, business, communication, digital, design, film, fashion, publishing and entrepreneurship.

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2014 CHASS National Forum (Melbourne)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - Thursday, October 9, 2014

This year's Forum Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and the Public Good will be held at the University of Melbourne on 8 & 9 October. Over the course of two days, academics, researchers, political leaders, policy makers and arts practitioners will explore, debate and develop future strategies for the humanities, arts and social sciences to contribute to public good.

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2014 Brisbane Open House (Brisbane)

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014

Brisbane Open House is a free-of-charge event, providing residents and visitors with the rare opportunity to discover the hidden wealth of architecture, engineering and history in buildings and places around Brisbane city.

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WDC Cape Town 2014 International Design House Exhibition (South Africa)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Sunday, October 19, 2014

We are pleased to inform you of this exciting opportunity to participate in one of the signature events of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. We hope you will consider bringing your City/Region's story to Cape Town as part of the Design House "Transforming Cities" Exhibition and participate in a global conversation on how we use design to make our cities more liveable. Please register your interest to participate by 9th June 2014. The deadline for exhibition bookings is Monday 18 August 2014.

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Green Furniture Award 2015 (Sweden)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

We are exited to announce the Green Furniture Award 2015 – the design competition for Outstanding Eco Design! This is a chance to explore creativity, but overall to think green. We plan to present the finalists both at Stockholm Furniture Fair and at the Milano Design Week in cooperation with Cappellini.

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DesignThinkers Conference 2014 (Toronto)

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Friday, November 7, 2014

DesignThinkers is Canada’s premier conference for communication designers and strategists, advertisers and brand managers who believe that design is critical to effective, memorable communication and marketing. The conference features visionaries from the worlds of advertising, film, TV, retail, publishing, branding, type, infographics, social media and government.

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AGDA Design Awards (Hobart)

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - Sunday, November 16, 2014

Since 1992, the AGDA Design Awards have been Australia’s barometer for creative excellence. The awards have grown inexorably across the event’s twenty year history, much like the organisation itself. This year the awards have been given a thorough shakeup, to be more relevant to how we work in today’s environment. Entries close Friday 1st August 5pm AEST.

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DesignEd Asia Conference (Hong Kong)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, Hong Kong Design Institute (member of VTC Group) and Hong Kong Design Centre jointly present the tenth DesignEd Asia Conference. The Conference aims to provide a practical platform for international design educators and professionals to share views, knowledge and experiences on Design Education. It continues to draw hundreds of international design educators, design researchers, practicing designers, design students, and design-related executives.

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Study Tour to Italy 2015 (Italy)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Editor-in Chief, Kate St James has once again been asked to escort a professional tour to Italy. These tours draw on a network of scholars and colleagues to create a study tour program that focuses on architecture, design and landscape in several locations in Italy, offering a program in partnership with exhibitions and institutions, culminating in an in-depth study of Expo Milan 2015.

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2015 International Design Congress and 26 Icograda General Assembly (Gwangju, South Korea)

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - Friday, October 23, 2015

The theme of the Congress will be "Design Connects". It is intended to enhance Gwangju’s current and future position as a major international ‘City of Design’, and to further promote positive exchanges and liaison between various international design entities to establish fruitful collaborations and provide innovative design platforms for diverse stakeholders. The 26 Icograda General Assembly and Icograda member-category Platform Meetings will be conducted in alignment with the Congress.

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