Beginning with the question - What is... Architecture? - this discussion and debate series will unpack some of the issues that face us as architects.
Join us for an afternoon drink and some great discussion each Sunday in October. Entry is a gold coin donation which goes towards venue hire and documentation costs.
Culminating in a panel discussion for the Melbourne Architecture Annual, each week we will ask a variety of interesting and persuasive architectural professionals to address the following topics:
Melbourne Architecture Annual
12pm, Sunday 28 October
BMW Edge Theatre, Federation Square
Our speakers will reflect upon their favourite public spaces, what makes good public spaces work, how architects and designers can help design buildings and environments that facilitate and reinforce community engagement, and why an ongoing commitment to public space is important.
Dr. Melanie Dodd
01. WHAT IS...
debate: Architecture is ALL about Buildings
In 1968 Hans Hollein wrote:
40 years on, architects are asking themselves whether this position is liberating or confining? Does it open up architectural practice to multi-disciplinary collaboration and the exploration of other architectural paths beyond building? Or, has this type of thinking allowed the power and strength of the profession to dissipate through a lack of intensity and a lack of focus?
02. WHAT IS...
debate: Less is More VERSUS Less is a Bore
A building's ornamentation used to give the person on the street cues as to the importance of the building and its program and function. In contemporary society the way a building communicates through its ornamentation has changed significantly. Can buildings still speak to us and to the wider public? Do they even need to?
Melbourne is a great place to talk about the role of ornament in contemporary architecture and our architects engage with this question in a myriad of passionate and sophisticated ways. What are the foundations for these positions, what attitudes do they represent and in what ways do they engage the people who use them?
Is less MORE or is it just a BORE?
03. WHAT IS...
debate: Architecture is SERIOUS business
2pm, Sunday 21 October
Middle Park Bowls Club
Tram: Middle Park stop, #96 tram
Parking: exit left off Canterbury road (opposite the
Middle Park Hotel) and go UNDER the tram lines.
Architecture is a weighty profession as serious amounts of capital are involved. However the realisation of architecture is also a creative act. Architects balance the pragmatics of the client's needs and the playfulness inherent in the act of designing.
What is the balance we need to strike between addressing the client's expectations of what a building should be like (experientially and physically) and stretching the boundaries of a client's comfort zone in an effort to create innovative, unexpected and intriguing buildings and spaces?
Architecture is not all fun and games. There are serious issues that need to be addressed in terms of our cities, the environments in which we live and our ethical duties to ensure our professional culture is sustainable. Can architecture really live up to all it claims to achieve or do we all just need to lighten up a little?
Is architecture serious business?