Should architecture be an expression of local identity?
Presented by Noosa Long Weekend Festival in Association with The University of the Sunshine Coast
Like politics, should all architecture be local? Rem Koolhaas, the prominent Dutch architect, suggests there is no such thing as local architecture any more – that modern conditions have overtaken our ability to differentiate architecture and our communities from one place to the next.
For Noosa and the Sunshine Coast this is an issue that raises important questions, including: Should regional character be consciously sustained through selective references to the past?
Should response to climate and the use of locally available materials unconsciously define place?
Where pressures of growth lead to distinguishing styles or qualities being subsumed by a sameness of new architecture, these questions become even more significant.
Three of Australia’s most celebrated architects – Peter Stutchbury, noted for architecture that reflects place; Norwegian born and trained architect Brit Andresen, now living in Brisbane, noted for projects that redefine relationships with the physical and cultural landscapes of settlements; and Ian McDougall, a founding partner of ARM, one of Australia’s pre-eminent architectural practices, with more than 30 years in the profession – will discuss whether it is possible or even appropriate to express a regional identity through architecture.
Paul Barclay will moderate with the session recorded for RN’s Big Ideas.
Date: Saturday 26 July
Prices: $35.00 Adult - $30 Concessions (On presentation of Concession card)
Venue: The J Theatre
Duration: 90 minutes – No intermission
The J Theatre, Noosa Junction
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