Sat 30 Jan 2016, 8.00pm–10.30pm
MRELAY, PART 4: UTOPIA
The last session of the marathon conversation featuring thirty-two speakers is hosted Michael Williams, director of the Wheeler Centre.
It can often be difficult to face the reality of today’s world, where global climate change is leading to rising sea levels, unprecedented environmental destruction, a widening gap between rich and poor, and countless human rights violations.
In his 1516 treatise Utopia, Sir Thomas More imagined a fictional island society. But the concept of utopia has evolved to mean any community with a visionary system of political and societal perfection – cities that function to improve their citizens’ daily lives. Some utopian visions focus on design and technology, others on open, untouched landscapes, or new social orders. Can radically avant-garde and cutting-edge design unite us? How do we help solve the world’s problems and society’s dilemmas?
Speakers include founding director of Breathe Architecture Jeremy McLeod; dancer and performer Becky Hilton; strategic adviser, theologian and master of Ormond College Rufus Black; artist and writer Aurelia Guo; landscape architect and managing director of Atelier Ten’s Australian office Paul Stoller; and medical anthropologist Gregory Phillips, who currently consults in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in his role as executive director of Abstarr Consulting.
Mon 1 Feb 2016, 6.15pm
NEW BRITISH INVENTORS: OLUWASEYI SOSANYA AND PAUL STOLLER OF Atelier Ten
In this special MTalks event, moderated by RMIT Design Hub curator Fleur Watson and presented by the GREAT Britain campaign, the British Council and MPavilion, Oluwaseyi will be joined by Paul Stoller, managing director of Atelier Ten’s Australian office. As design consultants and building service engineers, Atelier Ten have worked on large-scale sustainable projects both in Australia (such as the original environmental concepts for Federation Square) and overseas (including Singapore’s 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay), while Paul himself has been recognised by the US Green Building Council for his leadership in environmental design.
Listen in as Oluwaseyi discusses the 3D Weaver project before he and Paul speak more broadly about taking risks and working laterally, and collaboratively, to develop new ways of design thinking and making.
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Notes to editors
All talks are FREE
MPavilion is located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite the Arts Centre on St Kilda Road, Melbourne
To mark its 25th anniversary, Atelier Ten has published a new book, Invisible Architecture. The collection of essays written by Atelier Ten’s global staff and guest contributors investigates the unseen elements that make up the physical experience of architecture, reflects on 25 years of ground-breaking work and gives a fascinating insight into the future of sustainable design. Invisible Architecture has been edited by Hattie Hartman and Charlotte Fiell, published by Laurence King. The book is available from leading bookstores including Abbey’s Bookshop, Sydney Metropolis Bookshop, Melbourne, and online at Readings and booktopia, priced at $60 (AUD). ISBN: 9781780676869