Well tonight’s PS talk was one of the best I reckon I have seen so far. A really good group of young, energetic, enthusiastic and inspirational speakers. I really really enjoyed it. Here’s my quick run down for those that missed out (your bad!)
Carly Barrett from Hassell spoke of her adventures OS on the Dulux Study Tour. Sounded like an amazing trip. I really enjoyed her insights on the different working models of practices, and the way architecture is inter-related to the community as a whole. Plus a beautiful vid of Utzon’s grand piano in an amazing ethereal-looking space (can’t remember the name of the chapel – can anyone help me out?)
Next up was Jenny Officer reflecting on her Emerging Architects Prize. I don’t think I can really do her talk justice in this little post. Loved loved loved her preso, so straight talking, honest, with some really good points about how long you should be considered emerging, how long you need to wait to get on the governments’ approved panels, and how you prove yourself. Really well said. I liked the comment “architecture is really not that risky”. Too right. Why is there the assumption that smaller / newer practices are less able to manage budgets and time than bigger / more established firms? *cough* The Arena *cough* Carly noted in the question time that in I think she said Barcelona, ALL public works go to competition, and Jennie added that most overseas design competitions end up with a built outcome. How fantastic to open the mind to ideas and allow creativity to be a deciding factor, without fear.
Next up was Beth George, current tutor at Curtin, co-creator of Spacemarket and architect. She presented some mapping analysis of the City of Perth and some potential frameworks for analysis, finally explaining the functions of Spacemarket in utilising underutilised spaces in the Perth and Freo city centres, and how this can invigorate our urban centres.
And finally the thorn amongst the roses Andrew Murray talking about editing The Weather Ring and The Architect. So impressive. I have to admit I have been quite the fan of The Weather Ring, I loved the down-to-earth nature and the organic format. And then to see this … well … young’un who just matter-of-fact declared, “this is the sort of thing I want to read about so I thought other people might like to too.” And so he and Claire Wohlnick just started a publication. I love it. Amidst all the moaning about the institute and calls for discourse and better connection between architects and the wider community, these guys have just done it. No big deal, just wrote some articles, asked friends, printed, stapled and hand-delivered it around the place. I found this so inspirational, especially as it is all voluntary (all the copies of TWR I have, I have not paid for, will have to change that!) Imagine if some of the big firms in town donated to this kind of cause. How much could get produced for the cost of donating my office’s monthly drinks budget? Although I guess the small-scale, independent nature of the publication is one of its great bonuses. But the idea that a small start-up like this can impact on our architectural community makes me wonder what could be achieved if we all ‘just did it’. So amazing, was totally impressed with Andrew’s dedication and altruistic attitude. Excited to see where The Architect will go under his editorial guidance.
Anyway, that’s my quick comment, hope u all had a good night!