Architecture students and teachers to sleep rough for Brisbane’s homeless

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Students bunking down at the 2017 event.

Students bunking down at the 2017 event. Image: courtesy John de Manincor

Students and staff from the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture hope to raise $25,000 for Brisbane’s homeless by sleeping rough on the street for one night on 14 August.

The funds will support a new initiative developed by the Second Chance Programme and Churches of Christ, which helps young women transition from state care.

The event, which is now in its fifth year and raised $19,000 in 2017, is receiving support from a range of Brisbane architecture practices, including Rothelowman, Archipelago, Cottee Parker, Conrad Gargett, Deicke Richards, O’Neil Architects, and BVN.

Rothelowman principal Duncan Betts said, “As designers, we must now consider how we deliver dwellings and cities that better house and support people of all ages and struggle finding accommodation in our community.” 

UQ student Caroline Zhang said, “Through this fundraising event, I’m hoping to not only raise awareness and support for women experiencing homelessness, mental health issues and domestic violence, but also to have a tangible impact in preventing homelessness in the future.”

The students will camp out at Wandering Cooks, 1 Fish Lane, South Brisbane from 6pm.

To support the fundraising campaign, click here.

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