Leading Australian and Indonesian architects will collaborate on a new initiative to explore the challenges and responses of each nation in shaping healthier tropical cities.

The AusIndoArch: Tropfix conference is being organised in Darwin on 7 – 8 November, and will bring together architects, industry insiders and specialists in this unique field from Australia and Indonesia for two days of inspiring discussion.

Key topics to be covered in the conference program include the specific issues of the two regions and the tropics including mass tourism; working with local communities; eco-tourism versus multinational hotels; resource and work security; working in remote or dense locations; and economic growth issues that accelerate inequity.

Creative Director, Andrea Nield has developed an extensive program and diverse speaker list to address the role of architecture and design in minimising social inequities, ultimately leading to social progress and healthier cities in the tropics.

Following on from the Gold Medal Tour, Troppo founders, Phil Harris and Adrian Welke will deliver their AS Hook address on the first day of the conference. The pair founded the practice in Darwin in 1980, and were awarded the Institute’s highest honour, the Gold Medal this year.

The 2014 National Architecture Awards will also be held in Darwin on 6 November, the night before the opening of the conference.

Confirmed speakers from Indonesia:

Wendy Djuhura – djuhura + djuhura; Eko Prawoto – Eko Prawoto Architecture Workshop; Prof Baharuddin Hamzah – Hasanuddin University; Adi Purnomo – Adi Purnomo Architect; Yogi Ferdinand – SHAU; Imelda Akmal – Archinesia; Patrick Coulombel – Foundation Emergency Architects

Confirmed speakers from Australia:

Tania Dennis – Insideout Architects; Steve Thorne – Design Urban; Phil Harris & Adrian Welke – Troppo Architects; Ninotschka Titchkosky – BVN Architecture; Carol Marra – Marra + Yeh Architects; Cameron Bruhn – Architecture Media; Bilawara Lee – Elder, Larrakia Nation