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    Architecture in the spotlight at the QLD State Library

    Nathan Johnson

    Now in its fourth year, the popular UQ architecture lecture series is set to return to the State Library of Queensland to ignite discussion and debate around the role of architecture in the 21st century.

    The series invites leading architects to share and discuss new ideas and knowledge centred on the role of architecture and design in the Asia Pacific.

    State Librarian Janette Wright said the practice of architecture and the design of the built environment had a profound impact on everyday life.

    “Through provocative discussion, we’re challenging people to consider the role of architecture in society and the implications of design on the built environment to the social, economic and environmental well-being of the planet,” said Ms Wright.

    This year’s event will also be available on a livestream, opening up the dialogue to audiences right across Queensland, and even around the world.

    Arts Minister Ian Walker said it was wonderful to see the partnership between State Library’s Asia Pacific Design Library and UQ’s School of Architecture continue to flourish.

    “Events such as this bring together industry professionals, academics and the wider general public and provide a great opportunity for discussion and engagement,” said Mr Walker.

    Senior Lecturer at UQ School of Architecture, John de Manincor said this year, the series is themed around ‘720+’, after the Dewey Decimal system code for architecture.

    “There are parallels between the tasks of an architecture school and the role of the contemporary library. More than just being places where one finds existing, static information, they are places that generate new knowledge,” he said.

    “We’re building on this relationship through the series, bringing together leading designers and thinkers, award-winners and provocateurs who are each engaged in the generation of new knowledge and will give the audience something to think about,” said Mr de Manincor.

    The UQ Architecture lecture series will take place every Tuesday from 25 March until 20 May, with refreshments and networking from 6pm.

    The first lecture will welcome Finn Pederson and Martyn Hook from iredale pedersen hook (VIC and WA) to the stage, followed by Penny Collins and Huw Turner (Collins and Turner Architects) on 1 April.

    Architecture professionals attending the events will be eligible for two formal continuing professional development points (CPD) through the Australian Institute of Architects ‘Refuel’ program.

    Date: Tuesdays, 25 Mar – 20 May (excl 22 Apr), 6pm for 6.30pm start
    Venue: State Library of Queensland
    Entry: Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com
     

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