During the week leading up to this episode of the Scenery, The South Australian budget was revealed. Within the budget was the axing of the Thinkers in Residence program, and the discontinuation of funding for the Integrated Design Comission, saving the state a mere three million dollars.
Friends of the Scenery were dismayed at the decision, sighting among other things, the positive culture that both these programs have helped cultivate in this city. Alas there was an opinion that these projects, particular the Thinkers, was Rann vanity, peddled some by the media and adopted as legitimate by those unfamiliar with the projects. There was also a feeling among some that the Thinkers program was an insult to the current established South Australians, and that surely their opinions were more pertinent than an outsider’s. It’s clear to the Scenery that these people unfortunately missed the point. We saw the Thinkers program as a way for knowledgeable folk from elsewhere, without any investment or stock in this state, to give a detached fresh perspective of the various problems that we face.
Take a look at some of the amazing people that took part in the thinkers program, and their ideas that were adopted and have helped improve the state in the areas of sustainability, well being, public transport, childhood education, ageing, future manufacturing, safer roads, justice, social innovation, food & wine production, climate change, bio-economy, new media and urban renewal .
In light of the news The Scenery decided to take the opportunity to speak with the eternally optimistic, but ginless, Tim Horton of the Integrated Design Commission about the future of the IDC, and urban design in South Australia.
This week’s featured track is an interesting one from Grizzly Bear. From their forthcoming as yet untitled album. Sleeping Ute.