Affirmative Architecture is a two-day symposium and exhibition convened by Dr Martyn Hook (Design Research Institute at RMIT University), Simon Pendal, Dr Stephen Neille (Pendal and Neille, Curtin University) and Adrian Iredale (iredale pedersen hook). The event seeks to define an emergent trend amongst young architects to re-engage with the ability of architecture to make life better.

The symposium draws together international architects and landscape architects (including WHAT_architecture) who have demonstrated commitment to a social agenda and have made significant contribution to the public realm. Curated as a series of interactive lectures and panel discussions the speakers will describe their predominately built work and real projects that address real problems.

Arguably these young practitioners are revising the Modernist ethos that architecture should provide effective solutions that benefit the community and the individual. In a contemporary context their work deals with positive consideration of social engagement, careful analysis of existing conditions and a deliberate, often challenging architectural response.

Organised in terms of geographic situation the symposium shall explore projects that expand the potential of architectural intervention in the city, the suburbs, the urban fringe, rural towns and remote locations.


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