Sydney lecture: Procuring Innovative Architecture

August 16, 2010

Leon van Schaik discusses the patronage of innovative architecture, and the role it plays in promoting the cultural and social economy of a city or state.

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Leon van Schaik presents this public lecture at UTS, discussing the patronage of innovative architecture by international institutions and governments, asking whether it is possible to promote sustainable communities of innovative practice through this patronage.

“We take if for granted that supporting innovative architecture benefits society. Today this is often presented as one of the ways in which city regions or countries promote themselves in the global context to either lead the world’s creative economy, or prove that there are unique cultural imperatives at work in the social economy of a city region or state. In countries as diverse as Austria, Australia, Belgium, England, Japan, South East Asia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the US, retailers institutions, local and regional government and transport authorities have established substantial bodies of work by new and emerging architects.

“What are their goals? How have they achieved them? Is it possible to promote sustainable communities of innovative practice through such patronage?”

Leon van Schaik is Professor of Architecture (Innovation Chair) at RMIT. He co-authored the book Procuring Innovative Architecture with Geoffrey London and Beth George (Routledge 2010). Book sales will be available on the night.

*Where* Level 5 Architecture Studios, Building 6, UTS City Campus
*When* Wednesday 18 August, 6.15pm

This lecture is part of the ["UTS Public Lecture Series":http://www.utsarchitecture.net/index.php/public-lecture-series/].

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