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There are many people to welcome and many sorts of people to welcome, so it will help to explain just a few things to make this invitation complete.
This year we are not working so much from a title or theme as we are working from an issue. How we practice can make as much difference to the built environment as our talents, tastes or tendencies. It is an issue because our practice methods refract not only through our entire profession but throughout the society that variously commissions, bags, deplores, mistrusts or values our work. It is time to practise speaking plainly about what we know to be crucial but are uncertain about broaching…we expend as much time making a case for what we do as doing it.
Notwithstanding, the event will have an upbeat, broad and suggestive take on all this, be it via the technical focus of the ‘BIM’ stream or the reflective and doubt encompassing attempts of the main ‘Departure Lounge’. Either way, I have confidence that the very ‘forum’ format (there is a big slab of question time every session) will remind us that some dissenting views, some expressed uncertainty and some admission of difficulties can be ‘relaxed and comfortable’…even if not fashionable in this ‘with us or against us’ time.
Yes, we will have visiting super special guests. They are looking forward to travelling over because it will not be for just ninety spot-lit minutes. The Lounge scenario encourages them to answer questions from us and each other over the two active days…so there will be the structured spells, the offhand moments and the occasional profound interruption. You will have seen the work of the ten Australian speakers, but you will not have heard the stories.
It’s a good idea to participate over the three full days. The discussion and momentum are something to be part of rather than sample. The initiating Thursday encourages guard dropping in that most familiar of ways, the intimate studio tutorial. So many frantic practitioners, keen to teach or be in touch with students, cannot capture the necessary moment. So many students currently toil away, (under tutored and over critted), away from a studio culture. For students and practitioners, Thursday 19th of April kicks off the event with both rigour and warmth…why not make a day of it?
The guest speakers are keen to contribute to the ideas, the format, the interchange and the mix of crowd. They look forward to being welcomed at a ‘Departure Lounge’, reflecting on just what baggage is required and travelling somewhere together with us.