Less walls, more life — Design in the tropics | Shaneen Fantin | TEDxJCUCairns


This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Shaneen Fantin is an architect who challenges us on some of the assumptions about living in the Tropics and advocates design solutions that use less space, consume less energy, and maximize flexible indoor/outdoor spaces to create places that will bring us joy, cost us less and increase our interaction with the natural environment and community.

Shaneen Fantin is a Designer, Thinker and Writer. She is Director of POD (People Oriented Design) – a multi-disciplinary architecture, design, research and community engagement practice based in Cairns. Shaneen is also the Chair of the FNQ committee for the Australian Institute of Architects and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at James Cook University.
Shaneen has spent much of the last twenty years working in remote and regional areas with multi-cultural clients and she has a penchant for observing how people use space and create home in the places they live.

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