Design Director, Sport + Recreation, dwp | Design Worldwide Partnership, Victoria Australia
Dion Gosling is a leading architect and thought-leader for sports, community and recreation facilities across Australia and NZ.
As a former NZ Hockey Black Stick, Olympic Athlete and Commonwealth Games silver medallist. Dion has innate knowledge of sports and community projects shaped by years of personally interacting with local and international facilities over the past 25 years.
Since retiring from international hockey in 2005, Dion has successfully combined his two foremost passions: sports and architecture, specialising in masterplanning, design and delivery.
Connecting our community sport with our high performance environments in a new Third Place, is central to Dion's thinking.
How can global Third Place Thinking be applied locally to the design of our sports and community facilities, and act to better reconnect our communities, tomorrow?
A critical role of design is to imagine and create alternative worlds that respond to current issues and improve the quality of life for everyone.
Designers are rapidly reimagining our built and social environments. From speculative structures to breakthrough approaches, this theme explores new wave design-thinking.
How do we do this? We shape communities through social, cultural, environmental, and economic values.
Where we seek better social outcomes on a more intimate level, has our approach to design changed as a result of the events of the past two years?
What are the connections we need to be making, and conversations we need to be having right now?
A "Third Place" does not belong to one person - in advancing Third Place Thinking we are interested in exploring: "could our community and sporting infrastructure be the new third place to reconnect our communities, in tomorrow's alternative world?"