Affirmative Architecture

Aug 2, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor

Affirmative Architecture, a two-day symposium convened by Dr Martyn Hook of the Design Research Institute at RMIT University, Melbourne, is now open for registration. The event seeks to “define an emergent trend amongst young architects to re-engage with the ability of architecture to make life better”.

Taking place on 20-21 August 2010, the symposium draws together international and Australian architects and landscape architects who have demonstrated commitment to a social agenda and have made significant contribution to the public realm. Curated as a series of interactive lectures and panel discussions, the speakers will describe their predominately built work and real projects that address real problems.

Speakers include Tezuka (Tokyo), DSDHA (London), Veronika Valk (Estonia), and local firms NMBW, m3 Architecture, muf_aus, Phooey, Antarctica, Terroir, Pendal & Neille, Richard Black, Sue Anne Ware and iredale pedersen hook.

Martyn Hook said of the speakers involved in the event: “Arguably these young practitioners are revising the Modernist ethos that architecture should provide effective solutions that benefit the community and the individual. In a contemporary context, their work deals with positive consideration of social engagement, careful analysis of existing conditions and a deliberate, often challenging architectural response.

“Organised in terms of geographic situation, the symposium will explore projects that expand the potential of architectural intervention in the city, the suburbs, the urban fringe, rural towns and remote locations.”

*Registration* is now available online.
*Tickets* are $50 per day ($20 per day for students).
*20-21 August 2010*

The event is supported by RMIT School of Architecture & Design, Design Research Institute and _AR_ magazine.

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