Water world: The Architecture Symposium, Brisbane 2020

The Architecture Symposium, Brisbane is one of the key events of the annual Asia Pacific Architecture Festival (formerly Asia Pacific Architecture Forum), bringing together high-profile practitioners from across the region to “explore the innovative thinking and transformative projects creating new world cities for the emerging Asian Century.”

In 2020, the festival will focus on the theme of water. The speakers of the Architecture Symposium, who hail from Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, China, Singapore, New Zealand, India and Australia will consider our dynamic relationship with water from an essential resource to environmental challenge.

Among the speakers set to address the theme is Kotchakorn Vorrakhom, CEO and founder of Bangkok-based design practice Landprocess.

She said, “Our way of living with water is reflected through architecture and landscape. Thais were once called amphibious. We lived both on land and water. But now our relationship with water has changed. Our modern city infrastructure no longer allows our amphibious nature to flourish.

“Aspirations in how the city can choose to address its threatened future while allowing new architecture with landscape strategies to emerge are what we need.”

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Elsewhere, Gurjit Singh Matharoo, principal architect of Matharoo Associates, will consider the bond his practice shares with the Sabarmarti river in Ahmedabad, which flows past the practice’s offices.

Matharoo Associates has produced large-scale public buildings and a number of private residences that were designed with the practice’s “extreme restraint,” inspired by Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn and Mies van der Rohe, as well as the Swiss Tendenza movement. The practice is noted for its use of raw, natural materials and concrete.

The full lineup includes:

  • Realrich Sjarief, RAW Architecture (Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • Kotchakorn Vorkaakhom, Landprocess (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Takeshi Komada, Komada Architects (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Xu Tiantian, DnA Design and Architecture (Beijing, China)
  • Philip Cox, Cox Architecture (Sydney, Australia)
  • Erik L’Heureux, Pencil Office (Singapore)
  • Julie Stout, Mitchell Stout Dodd Architects / Urban Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Gurjit Matharoo, Matharoo Associates (Ahmedabad, India).

The Architecture Symposium is part of Design Speaks, a series of talks, seminars, forums and conferences on architecture and design, for design professionals and their clients and interested members of the wider community.

Design Speaks events are organized by Architecture Media, publisher of ArchitectureAU.com.

For further information visit the Design Speaks website.

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