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Welcome to the launch edition of Dispatch, a new monthly newsletter from Woods Bagot featuring a mix of news, projects, insights, design trends and profiles.

Artifical Intelligence – opportunity or threat?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the Frankenstein’s creature of the digital era, challenging humanity’s ownership of creativity as we know it and, for many, it is an unnerving thought.

But, argues Architect Jet Geaghan, AI is a powerful tool that will save designers time and unlocks new dimensions of creative ideation. “Both functions will synthesize the role of the designer towards a more productive, augmented future,” he says. 

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InterContinental Sydney’s ‘once in a generation’ redesign

InterContinental Sydney has been transformed by the Woods Bagot interior design team in a top-to-bottom redesign of the five-star property, flooding it with the blues and green of sub-tropical Sydney. “The heritage architecture gave us a beautiful palette of colours, textures and classic geometries,” says Interior Design Leader Tracey Wiles.
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Major project win: Haikou Jiangdong Tiandi Mixed-Use

The Hong Kong and Shenzhen studios of Woods Bagot combined to win the design excellence competition for the Haikou Jiangdong Tiandi mixed-use project on the island province of Hainan in far southern China. Their proposal creatively envisioned a leading future city to drive the growth of Hainan Free Trade Port.

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Fortmeyer throws shade, heads Down Under

Global sustainability leader Russell Fortmeyer, based in Woods Bagot’s Los Angeles workspace, has crossed the Pacific. He’s visiting every Australian studio, meeting key clients and speaking at The Property Congress on October 25. In the latest edition of his newsletter, Fortmeyer ‘throws shade’ on heat mitigation design strategies.
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Central Station artwork on the right track

The busy Transport team cleverly overcame a major design challenge in its work at Sydney’s Central Station with an innovative, artistic solution rooted in the aesthetic of Australia’s busiest rail hub. “We wanted to give Aboriginal heritage a voice through a creative installation,” said project leader John Prentice. 
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The Londoner: epic, audacious, enthralling

The Londoner Hotel, designed by Woods Bagot, is an epic and audacious masterplan of interconnecting volumes, spaces, shafts of light and a totally enthralling guest journey. As London’s first ‘Super-Boutique’ hotel, its presence in the heart of Leicester Square signals the revival of London and confidence in the city’s future.​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

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New York state of mind – Krista Ninivaggi & Matthew Stephenson discuss holistic design 

Two can be better than one, as the design dialogue between Woods Bagot New York Principals Krista Ninivaggi and Matthew Stephenson proves. In a revealing interview, the pair discuss how they collaborate to create holistic designs from start to finish, what they enjoy most about the process, and opportunities they see for design in New York in the coming years.

Read Krista & Matt’s interview 

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