The Coast in another 150 Years: A Glossies Awards Gift
  • Tuesday 15 June 2010

Guests at this year’s Glossies Awards will receive something that many want, but few have ever received—a snapshot of what life will be like on the Sunshine Coast 150 years from now.

Dr Tony Fry, Director of Team D/E/S and founder of the EcoDesign Foundation, is an eco-futurist and designer who has researched the future in relation to design and sustainability.

As a keynote speaker at the 2010 Glossies Awards on Saturday 26 June, he’ll provide guests with an expert insight into the region in the year 2160.

Dr Fry said that typically humans don’t have the ability to see 150 years into the future. “Our minds just don’t have that capacity,” he said, so the opportunity to see so far into the future of the Sunshine Coast is very rare.

Dr Fry claims that society has forgotten history and does not think in the right time periods of consequences that influence what he calls our ‘sustainment’.

Currently Adjunct Professor and Convenor of the Master of Design Futures Program at Griffith University, Dr Fry has helped create the future through sustainable design initiatives for companies like BHP Steel, Toyota Australia, NSW Public Works, NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Commonwealth Environment Protection Agency and the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Another facet that is set to make Dr Fry’s speech mind-bending is that he works across many design disciplines, including architectural, industrial, information design, planning and engineering.

The Awards, which are hosted by the Sunshine Coast Council, are the premier accolade recognising and celebrating sustainability achievements of Sunshine Coast residents, community groups and businesses.

Tickets can be bought by calling The Event Centre on 5491 4240.

The Glossies Awards are proudly sponsored by the Green Pages, the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE, TravelSmart (a voluntary travel behaviour change program that encourages people to use sustainable travel modes such as public transport, walking, cycling and carpooling), and Noosa Biosphere.