Design Research Colloquium 7/8 April 17 – Fri eve lecture, Sat presentations

This year’s first Colloquium begins with a talk from Andrew Mackenzie on Friday evening from 6pm 7th April and continues with candidate presentations to our guest panel including national visitors on Saturday 8th April. All events free. Refreshments provided.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see local practitioners, hear about their project research and ambitions for practice, and listen to critical discussion with invited guests including Newcastle’s Head for School SueAnne Ware (their Design Research exhibition recently featured in AA) and Andrew Mackenzie.
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Friday Evening lecture: Andrew Mackenzie, publisher, architectural writer and columnist and director of CityLab.
6pm drinks for 6.30 start. Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre.

What is architecture good for?
What architecture does and how it is exercised, is, and always has been, changing. There is no reason to assume architecture as practiced for the last hundred years will survive today’s technology shocks, which are challenging other professions. Its exclusive claim to a specialist knowledge is doubtful, its system of patrons is collapsing and it’s only a matter of time before the privilege of its legal protections are lost.

In the face of this, architecture must do things differently. A good start might be to rethink its capacity to work pro bono publico: for the good of the public.
Andrew is a publisher, architectural writer and columnist. As the director of CityLab he has advised on architectural competitions in every state in Australia, assisting governments, universities, corporations and development authorities.

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