Leon van Schaik
will be presenting the public lecture.

This will be held 6:15pm drinks for a 6:30pm start, Wednesday 18th August , level 5 Architecture Studios Building 6, UTS City Campus

‘Procuring Innovative Architecture’

We take if for granted that supporting innovative architecture benefits society. Today this is often presented as one of the ways in which city regions or countries promote themselves in the global context to either lead the world’s creative economy, or prove that there are unique cultural imperatives at work in the social economy of a city region or state. In countries as diverse as Austria, Australia, Belgium, England, Japan, South East Asia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the US, retailers institutions, local and regional government and transport authorities have established substantial bodies of work by new and emerging architects. What are their goals? How have they achieved them? Is it possible to promote sustainable communities of innovative practice through such patronage?

Leon van Schaik AO LFAIA,RIBA, PhD, is Professor of Architecture (Innovation Chair) at RMIT, from which base he has promoted local and international architectural culture through design practice research and through advising on the commissioning of architects. Writings include monographs compiled on Ushida Findlay, Tom Kovac, Poetics in Architecture, The Practice of Practice, Sean Godsell (Electa 2004), John Wardle (T&H 2008) and Denton Corker Marshall (Birkhauser 2008). Books include Mastering Architecture, Design City Melbourne and Spatial Intelligence (2005, 2006, 2008 Wiley). Procuring Innovative Architecture was co-authored with Geoffrey London and Beth George (Routledge 2010).

Book Sales will be available on this night

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