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“Fast Forward is a well organised, high quality, public programme series and is an extremely valuable platform to highlight leading architects and critical contextual issues.”
“I find the series really stimulating and a great reinforcement of the link between the University and the profession.”
“Fast Forward is an excellent initiative by the University.”

Fast Forward is the School of Architecture and Planning’s flagship public lecture series. It serves as an important programme bridging academia and industry and provides ongoing educational development opportunities for industry professionals. A well-known and respected event in the community, Fast Forward is sponsored by GIB® and supported by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA). Guests receive professional development credits for attendance at lectures.

Fast Forward Spring 2019 invites architects and practitioners to share their perspectives on the architect as a global citizen and sees local and international experts in the field addressing the theme: Activism and Architecture.

Full Spring programme

Ida&Billy Architects

Tue 23 July, 6.30pm
Engineering Lecture Theatre 401-401

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Talented Hong Kong architecture duo Ida Sze and Billy Chan kickstart the Fast Forward lecture series with an exciting prelude to this season’s programme.

Ida and Billy will discuss how they create architectural interest out of simplicity. They achieve this through caring attention to the requirements and characteristics of clients, users and sites to discover each project’s meaning and potential.

The duo has combined diverse cultural backgrounds with more than 18 years of experience. Ida&Billy Architects was founded in Hong Kong in 2013 and they have worked with architectural masters Herzog un de Meuron, Steven Holl and Rocco Yim, with experience in pavilion, club house, residential house, residential tower, museum and stadium design. The studio was listed by Wallpaper* Magazine’s Architects Directory in 2018 as one of the 20 Emerging Architects from across the globe.

 

 

 

Unit Y Breakfast interview

Wed 18 September, 8am
Objectspace – 13 Rose Road, Auckland

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At our first breakfast event, we will hear from architecture practice and charitable trust, Unit Y.

Led by architect and University of Auckland lecturer Mike Davis, Unit Y sees current students and new graduates working on projects for community clients as they straddle the space between the office, the school and the market.

As part of the Making Ways exhibition at this year’s Festival of Architecture, Unit Y is pursuing the production of SML, a house with minimal footprint by School of Architecture and Planning graduate Ayla Raymond Roberts. 

Complimentary pastries and Allpress Espresso will be available from 7.45am.

This event is part of the Festival of Architecture.

Image: Unit Y

NZIA Resene Sir Ian Athfield Memorial Lecture

Mon 23 September, 6pm
ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland

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On behalf of the NZIA, we are pleased to announce American architectural academic, critic and activist Billy Fleming as speaker at this year’s lecture-in-honour of New Zealand architect Ian Athfield. 

Billy is director of the University of Pennsylvania’s McHarg Center, an interdisciplinary think tank seeking to reconcile environmentalism and social science, landscape and architecture. His research interests include the use of nature-based strategies in climate adaptation planning along the coast of the United States.

Once a domestic policy adviser in the Obama Administration, Billy is co- founder of Data Refuge, an international consortium of scientists, librarians and programmers working to preserve environmental data which faces deletion by the policies of the current US government. He is also a widely published writer on the critical challenges of our time: climate change, disaster and resilience and their intersection with science, politics and design – fundamental issues of universal relevance.

This event is part of the Festival of Architecture.

Image: NZIA

 

ÃKAU – Breakfast interview

Wed 25 September, 8am
Objectspace – 13 Rose Road, Auckland

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Based in Northland, ĀKAU is the design and architecture practice of Ana Heremaia, Ruby Watson & Felicity Brenchley.

Placing people and community at the heart of their projects, ĀKAU creates opportunities for youth involvement in the design of real projects in their communities. Through a wananga approach, ĀKAU operates as a connection point between client, consultants, taitamariki and the wider community. ĀKAU values authentic, collaborative design approaches, resulting in more meaningful, appropriate outcomes that represent the people and place in which they are built.

Complimentary pastries and Allpress Espresso will be available from 7.45am.

This event is part of the Festival of Architecture.

Image: Åkau

Activism and the Built Realm: Making Waves

Wed 25 September, 6pm
Objectspace – 13 Rose Road, Auckland

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Architects Julie Stout and Lynda Simmons and Urban Planner Dr. Elizabeth Aitken Rose will speak on their practices operating at the intersections of activism, feminism, and architecture. 

Elizabeth Aitken Rose works in the areas of urban planning, specialising in planning history and theory, cultural policy and heritage. She is currently researching cultural planning in local government and has published on subjects as diverse as literary house museums, engineering heritage and engaging young people in planning. She is Chair of the Frank Sargeson Trust and a member of Auckland Council’s Heritage Advisory Panel.

Julie Stout is a practising architect with 35 years of professional experience including residential, schools, art galleries and urban design projects. Stout has won several awards in practice with David Mitchell as Mitchell & Stout Architects. Since 2002 she has been actively involved in shaping the urban environment of Auckland City, helping instigate the Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design in 2005.

Lynda Simmons is a registered architect and has maintained her architectural practice alongside her work with Architecture+Women NZ, and as an architecture educator. She has maintained a connection and service to the profession and has acted as juror for, and been recipient of, NZIA and AAA architectural awards. In 2011 Lynda co-founded the Architecture+Women NZ professional and research group and has an ongoing passion for research and community support in the area of gender and architecture.

This event is part of the Festival of Architecture.

Makers of Architecture – Breakfast interview

Wed 2 October, 8am
Objectspace – 13 Rose Road, Auckland

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Makers of Architecture engage in design-making by applying and developing mass customisation technologies to support the development of sustainable and resilient constructed environments.

Makers of Architecture set out to close the gap between architecture and building, establishing Makers Fabrication, a prefabrication construction company delivering projects throughout New Zealand.

The two Makers companies work in collaboration with design, university research and architectural communities to build, test and develop the potentials of architectural design and build manufacturing. This  approach allows Makers to be innovative, accurate and sustainable in their design, planning and construction methods while delivering high-quality client and site-specific designs.

Makers of Architecture will explore new and alternative ways of making architecture during this breakfast interview.

Complimentary pastries and Allpress Espresso will be available from 7.45am.

This event is part of the Festival of Architecture.

Klaus Klass Loenhart ~ Imagine! The City as a Living Biome

Wed 2 October, 6.30pm
Engineering Lecture Theatre, 401-401

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Klaus is a passionate eco-visionary, founder of terrain.cloud, terrain: integral designs, and Professor at ia&l Landlab TU Graz, Austria and considers urban agglomeration to be a living biome. He established a systemic and passionate mission for an integral and eco-based societal practice during his multidisciplinary studies at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Klaus and his teams develop and design nature-inspired decarbonisation and climate strategies, and innovative, impact-focused design solutions. With his team, breathe.austria, Klaus implemented the Austrian Pavilion at the 2015 EXPO World Fair in Milan – a natural/technological hybrid focusing on ecological and atmospheric performance. Recently they were awarded the UNESCO City of Design Grand Award.

In this talk, Klaus will present on his architectural standpoint and multidisciplinarian practice. He will speak on his work developing and designing nature-inspired decarbonisation and climate strategies as well as impact-focused design solutions for reconnecting urban society with our living environment through design innovation.

Image: Gruene Erde Breathing Headquarters, Scharnstein, Austria 2019, credit: Jan Schuenke/terrain

 

Kester Rattenbury

Tue 8 October, 6pm
Objectspace – 13 Rose Road, Auckland

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An architectural journalist and critic, Kester Rattenbury is also a Professor of Architecture at the University of Westminster, where she has established the Research Centre for Experimental Practice.

Rattenbury runs a new PhD stream at Westminster which uses the ‘By Practice’ methodologies developed at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is also involved with the RMIT programme and collaborations with Westminster and other European partners. She has written and spoken widely on design methodologies to international and cross-disciplinary audiences, including literary and neuroscientific communities.

As a guest of the University of Auckland, hosted by the Seelye Charitable Trust, Kester will discuss the theme of Making Ways – the motivation to ‘re-invent’ architecture, seen both historically and in contemporary times.

The lecture will take place in the gallery exhibition space alongside work produced by Hatch Workshop. Hatch have created a site-specific Making Ways installation, drawing upon their design practice and research in India.  

This event is part of the Festival of Architecture.

Image: Gruene Erde Breathing Headquarters, Scharnstein, Austria 2019, credit: Jan Schuenke/terrain

Hatch Workshop – Breakfast interview

Wed 9 October, 8am
Objectspace – 13 Rose Road, Auckland

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Hatch Workshop (Hannah Broatch and Mason Rattray) is a research and design partnership from New Zealand specialising in socially focussed design projects for migrant populations in India.

As a design-build duo, they collaborate with companies, local craftspeople and non-profit organisations (NGOs) with the intention to improve the quality of housing, associated amenities and working environments through appropriate incremental interventions. Their goal is to bring dignity to the conditions of overlooked citizens.

Most recently Hatch completed a temporary housing system for migrant workers in Ahmedabad. Commissioned by Nebula Infraspace for the construction workers and their families, this project will accommodate up to 400 people. It includes a creche for 70 children, a communal kitchen and sanitation facilities for a further 70. 

Complimentary pastries and Allpress Espresso will be available from 7.45am.

This event is part of the Festival of Architecture.

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