The Asia Pacific Architecture Forum found its home for 2017 in Brisbane, from 18th to 31st March, bringing together predominant architects, designers and planners from across the Asia Pacific region.


Ivan Harbour speaking at the ArchitectureAP Symposium | Photography by Dianna Snape

These Architect influencers were invited to attend the ArchitectureAP Symposium. It was a one-day conference held on Friday 4th of March at the State Library of Queensland, with speakers coming from varied backgrounds. Japanese architect and winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize, Shigeru Ban presented a keynote address at the Symposium. He talked about his award-winning and humanitarian architecture.


Shigeru Ban | Photography from Shigeru Ban Architects

An impressive line-up of other speakers that reflected not only the diversity of the countries, cities and people of the Asia Pacific, it also showcased one of history’s largest wave when it comes to urban growth. Speakers included Shigeru Ban, Christina Cho, Stephen Collier, Moon Hoon, Katherine SkipperKirsti SimpsonManu Sobti and John Denton.

This event also spotlighted smaller-scaled studios with much representation, and their alternative modes of practice. These included Gap Filler. The New Zealand collaborative orchestrates temporary urban interventions through their “Linking Urban Tactics to Strategy” practice. They conducted a scenario-based workshop challenging conventional architectural approaches to problem-solving. A sustainable design workshop, “The Least House Necessary” by People Oriented Design, also took place. It discussed low energy designs and what is needed to live comfortably in Queensland from an environmental, social and economic perspective.


Dance-O-Mat | Photography from Gap Filler


The Least House Necessary Workshop | Photography from People Oriented Design

The two-week long Forum included a range of events like exhibitions, installations, symposia, lectures and workshops, all sharing the common theme of architecture in the Asia Pacific region.

Altruism in architecture was the most highlighted and spoken about topic by the speakers in the first week of the forum. Altruism strongly stood out in work, from Stephen Collier’s School-in-a-Box project, developed with the charity Sustain Education Art Melanisia (SEAM). This initiative aimed to enhance literacy and education in Papua New Guinea to Mendonca. Marnane’s projects and Milinda Pathiraja’s presentation on the Sri Lankan Robust Architecture Workshop also built on the humanitarian theme.


1:5 scale model of School-in-a-Box | Photography by Andrew Southwood Jones from Kink Studios


Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka | Photography from RAW

The second week saw a panel session. The main topic of discussion being on working in Asia. A tour of some of Brisbane’s most acclaimed architects’ homes as well as a diverse range of exhibitions hosted in Brisbane’s inner suburbs was also discussed. Presenting art inspired by the Architectural History of the very same city.

A collaboration between Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland, the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum was held across various venues, both in Brisbane and Queensland. This forum gave architects, designers and planners an opportunity to examine the future of Asian architecture and all that it has to offer.

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