Architecture in the City
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A panel of leading Melbourne architects including Kerstin Thompson, Shelley Penn, Rodney Eggleston and Jon Clements, will give their expert local perspectives on the built environment in our city.
They’ll explore whether our national architectural (or cultural) identity has been sacrificed to modernity. How do we house and cater to a population forecast to dramatically boom, while retaining our built heritage? How has Melbourne’s architecture come to define our city? And what role do architects have to play?
Hosted by Michael Heyward.
Presented in association with Naomi Milgrom Foundation and the Australian Institute of Architects. Image: Webb Bridge, by Denton Corker Marshall in collaboration with artist Robert Owen.
As well as being an author and editor, Michael Heyward is the managing director and publisher for Text Publishing, a multi-award-winning independent publishing company in Melbourne which this year turns 20.
Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-based architect whose work includes strategic advice to government and the private sector on architectural and urban design for public places across all scales, with her major focus being design evaluation and review. Her project work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, and has received a number of awards.
Rodney Eggleston is an architect and founding director of March Studio. Eggleston trained and taught at RMIT University, followed by a short but informative two-year stint working for Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam. He returned to Australia and in 2007 and set up March Studio with French native artist Anne-Laure Cavigneaux (1980).
Kerstin Thompson is principal of Kerstin Thompson Architects – a Melbourne-based architecture, landscape and urban design practice with projects in Australia and New Zealand. She is also professor of design in architecture at VUW and adjunct professor at RMIT and Monash Universities.
Jon Clements is a founding director of Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCB). JCB was established in Melbourne in 1998 and the practice currently employs approximately 40 architects and interior designers.
How does architecture influence our cities – and the way we live? What do we need to consider when we’re designing major buildings?
In partnership with the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and the Australian Institute of Architects, we’re hosting two events – as a prelude to the new MPavilion project – that consider these questions from an international and local perspective.