FAD @ Open State

Open State is excited to announce The Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD) as a festival partner, curating our Future Cities program.

The Festival of Architecture and Design (FAD) is an event that celebrates and promotes the future of architecture and design in South Australia today. The festival is held biennially in October and presents a fun, engaging and informative program of architecture and design talks, forums, performing arts, children's activities and guided walking tours. FAD includes opportunities for professional development, but also some great opportunities for all South Australians to engage in conversations about architecture, design and the future of the spaces in which we live.

In 2016, the Festival of Architecture and Design made an increased number of their sessions available to Open State attendees, and this year we invited The Australian Institute of Architects to curate the Future Cities theme for the full festival. FAD will move in to the Open State Hub on 6 and 7 October and has curated a number of exciting Future Cities events across the city and the festival period, all led by FAD's intrepid TREMMA creative team.

A city’s character can be seen through the way it fosters social exchange. This exchange may occur between inhabitants, in face-to-face interactions, or between people and the city itself. Predominantly this occurs in public and semi-public spaces.

How will Adelaide progress in line with technological advances, whilst retaining and reinforcing the interactions between the people who inhabit it? Future Cities asks how will we get there, what will it look like when we do and how is this transition shaped by the interaction of people, design and technology.


Tremma is a group of designers, working in Adelaide who came together in 2010, whilst studying at the University of South Australia. Each coming from diverse backgrounds and upbringings, they collaborated in studio through discussion in design and critical thinking. After graduating, they all began working at firms throughout Adelaide with different architectural focusses. The work of these practices ranges in scales and typologies from small residential to large commercial, institutional and educational, from interiors to large urban and landscape works.

The curatorial team, TREMMA, consists of (from left to right): M. Samee Sultani (Hassell Studio), Tom Robinson (MPH Architects), Anastase Paraskevopoulos (Black Rabbit Architecture + Interiors), Philip Tridente (Hassell Studio), Edward Meyers (Oxigen Landscape Architects + Urban Designers) and not pictured is Dino Vrynios as the Creative Direction Co-ordinator.