The Asia Pacific Architecture Forum returns to Brisbane for a second year in 2017. The event, an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland, will run from 18 to 31 March 2017.
Japanese architect and 2014 Pritzker Prize laureate Shigeru Ban will present a keynote address discussing his award-winning and humanitarian architecture at the one-day ArchitectureAP Symposium on Friday 24 March at State Library of Queensland. He will also present two of his famed paper tube disaster relief shelters in an exhibition at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Sydney from 25 March to 1 July.
The two-week-long Asia Pacific Architecture Forum includes a range of free and ticketed events including exhibitions, installations, symposia, lectures and workshops that will engage architecture and design professionals, educators, enthusiasts, children and young people.
State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said the program will showcase architecture’s pivotal role in the culture, sustainability and economy of the Asia Pacific region.
“State Library, through the Asia Pacific Design Library, is pleased to continue our partnership with Architecture Media to deliver this vibrant program of exhibitions and events, which shines the spotlight on the importance of architecture in our region,” McDonald said.
“We are delighted that the Forum has become a vehicle for attracting high-calibre international architects and designers to State Library. We are excited to again host this world-class event and facilitate the critical discussions occurring in contemporary architecture,” she added.
Architecture Media editorial director Cameron Bruhn said the Forum will present information that will enable architects, designers and planners to tackle the challenges of designing for future growth in the Asia Pacific region.
“The Forum’s founding partners, Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland, are working collaboratively with business, government and cultural institutions from across the region to explore and celebrate the innovative thinking and transformative projects creating new world cities for the emerging Asian century,” he said.
The ArchitectureAP Symposium will explore the pivotal role architects have in shaping the culture and economy of the region. Speakers include Shigeru Ban (Shigeru Ban Architects, Japan); Ivan Harbour (Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, UK); Australian architects Stephen Collier (Stephen Collier Architects) and John Denton (Denton Corker Marshall); Savinee Buranasilapin and Tom Dannecker (thingsmatter, Thailand); Sojung Lee and Sangjoon Kwak (OBBA, Korea); Wenhui Lim (Spark Architects, Singapore); Milinda Pathiraja (Robust Architecture Workshop, Sri Lanka); and Katherine Skipper (Warren and Mahoney, New Zealand).
Other Asia Pacific Architecture Forum highlights include a Design Minds workshop, a free Little Designers architecture workshop, the University of Queensland Architecture Lecture Series and a Pecha Kucha night.
The full program of events will be announced in the coming months.
The Asia Pacific Architecture Forum is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland. Presenting partners are Artisan, Australian Institute of Architects, Brisbane Open House, Museum of Brisbane, Pecha Kucha Brisbane, The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, University of Queensland School of Architecture and Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries.