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Affirmative Architecture

August 3, 2011

A two-day symposium and exhibition featuring international and Australian architects with a commitment to architecture with a social agenda.

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The Affirmative Architecture event takes place in Perth this August. The two-day symposium and exhibition seeks to define an emergent trend amongst young architects to re-engage with the ability of architecture to make life better.

The event is convened by Dr Martyn Hook (Design Research Institute at RMIT University), Simon Pendal and Dr Stephen Neille (School of Built Environment Curtin University, Pendal and Neille) and Adrian Iredale (iredale pedersen hook).

The symposium draws together international and Australian architects and landscape architects who have demonstrated a 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.

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 shall explore projects that expand the potential of architectural intervention in the city, the suburbs, the urban fringe, rural towns and remote locations.

Speakers include *Takaharu Tezuka*, *Anthony Hoete*, *Simon Pendal & Stephen Neille*, *Diego Ramirez-Lovering*, *Melanie Dodd*, *Emma Williamson & Kieran Wong*, *Rachel Neeson*, *Michael Banney*, *Marco Vittino & Katherine Ashe*, *Richard Black*, *Nigel Bertram & Marika Neustupny*, *Scott Balmforth*, *Jennie Officer & Trent Woods*, *Stuart Vokes*, *Adrian Iredale, Finn Pedersen & Martyn Hook*.

*Where* The Bakery, 233 James St, Northbridge, Perth
*When* 20-21 August 2011

For more details and to register, go to ["www.affirmativearchitecture.com":http://www.affirmativearchitecture.com/]

*_Architectural Review Australia_ is a proud media partner of the Affirmative Architecture symposium and exhibition.*

*Image* Women’s Health and Family Services, CODA Studio. Photograph by Robert Frith

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