Designing the 2018 Oscars Stage — Interview w/ Set Designer Derek McLane

One of the biggest stars this year at the 90th Academy Awards was not an actor or filmmaker. 
Viewers couldn’t turn their gaze from the dramatic sparkle of the 2018 Oscars stage, the work of award-winning set designer Derek McLane, who has designed the Oscars stage for the last six years.

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Iterating on Placemaking Opportunities in #YYJ

The communal development of public infrastructure based on the immediate physical and social environment is known as “placemaking”: a philosophy and practice that creates urban spaces enjoyed by tourists and community members alike. Studio Robazzo was recently given the opportunity to participate in an exercise in placemaking; read on to find out more about our design-competition-entry-turned-build project, placemaking and “tactical urbanism.”

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#YYJ Ship Point Pop-Up Presents: Pointy Pop-Up Ships

The City of Victoria recently held a pop-up design competition to build a temporary improvement along the inner harbour, as part of the ongoing revitalization of the David Foster Harbour Pathway. Our design was a modular microcosm of Victoria's many iconic features, including the steps of Centennial square, ample green spaces and plant features, a lending library, and a square of sand mimicking our peninsula's many beaches. 

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Impactful Installations at TEDxVictoria5

TEDx is a brand known the world over for leading edge talks and performances that inspire, educate and spread great ideas. So when the organizers of TEDxVictoria, our local TED satellite event, approached us for a full design partnership we were excited and motivated to create something cohesive and captivating. Taking on a major design partnership like this was an extremely valuable experience for us a studio. We were able to sculpt the entire aesthetic feel of TEDx, giving us a wide range of experience in print design, wayfinding, and large-scale installation work.

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Un.Expected Conversations : Demystifying Making

We are entrepreneurs. We're makers. We're enterprising. We build things. We export our genius around the globe. We make music and create art that could easily be on the world stage. We are amazing and awesome. But. We don't talk about this enough. When Mayor Lisa Helps visited our studio a few months ago, we did not know what to expect...

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