The life and death of public architecture
21 October 2010
Hamish Lyon, NH Architecture, Melbourne
Introduction: Sandra Kaji O'Grady, FADP
About the talk
Is contemporary Public Architecture defined by function, type or ownership? Does Public Architecture even exist anymore? Or has it been replaced by seamless commercialism camouflaged beneath the privatised politics of western governments? NH Architecture established the practice in 2004 with the widely acclaimed QV project which explored the relationships between the civic institution, commercial private space, and the public space of the city. Most recently the practice has investigated the ideological intersection inherent in major public infrastructure projects sponsored through private funding, including the new Melbourne Convention Centre and the flagship Myer department store in central Melbourne.
About the speaker
Hamish Lyon is a principal of NH Architecture and leads its design and ideological direction. Through the practice he has been involved in a wide range of architectural projects, urban initiatives and masterplans, beginning with the ground breaking QV development in central Melbourne. As a public advocate for architecture he is a regular speaker at conferences and forums and contributes to the debate by writing for national journals. Most recently he led the team delivering Melbourne's new world class 6 Star Green Star Convention Centre on the Yarra River. Click here for more information.
Time: 6.30 to 8.00pm
Cost: No charge, no bookings
Contact: Sue Lalor
Phone: 9114 0941