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April 26, 2005

From Blueprint to Landmark – UniSA City West buildings launched

Dorrit Black buildingBringing art, architecture and design to Adelaide’s CBD in more ways than one, UniSA officially launches two new City West campus buildings today at 4pm.

Together the two new buildings, the Kaurna building and the Dorrit Black building, are home to the South Australian School of Art and the Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design.

Standing on the corner of Hindley Street and Fenn Place, the Kaurna building is a bold addition to the evolving arts precinct in the city’s West End. The building accommodates teaching studios, office and administration areas for the two schools, as well as exhibition spaces, a café/bar and the Australian Architectural archives.

Not far from Kaurna, the Dorrit Black building is where student work moves from concept to reality. The five level building houses all the workshops, studios, equipment and apparatus that the creative students need, from glass blowing and ceramics, jewellery and painting, to model making and full scale metal construction.

With the two creative schools now located together, future collaboration across the different disciplines promises to make UniSA one of the most dynamic art, architecture and design education centres in Australia.

About Blueprint

In 2000 the University of South Australia announced a bold plan to revitalise facilities for staff and students. In addition to major capital works, the plan included a strategic reshaping of program offerings at five of the University’s campuses. The capital works program was dubbed Blueprint 2005 and became a core part of the University’s evolution as a modern and diverse institution, providing high quality education for students at home and abroad. Today the $100 million investment in that blueprint has delivered landmark buildings at UniSA’s two city campuses and in the north at Mawson Lakes campus.

City West Campus launch

When: Tuesday April 26, 4pm.
Where: Kaurna Building, corner of Hindley Street and Fenn Place
Please note: Journalists are welcome to attend the launch but can also call to arrange another time.

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