The Institute is working with other allied associations to provide a framework of events and activities that enhance members’ skillsets in sustainability. After a successful recent lean-in on the National Awards Programme’s ‘Sustainability Questionnaire’, engaging more members than any previous Institute lean-in (recording is available), we are looking forward to our next ESD virtual lean-in, 1-2pm Tuesday 14 February focused on enabling practices to become carbon neutral. Entitled ‘Going Carbon Neutral’ it will feature a series of speakers that debate the virtues of a carbon neutral practice – look out for upcoming promotional details.
The Institute’s Sustainable Architecture Forum (SAF) is partnering with Initiatives of Change Australia (IofCA) to hold the First Nations Wisdom for Regenerative Futures event – a Global Indigenous Conversation with Lewis Cardinal, a First Nations leader from Canada. Together with local First Nation leaders Uncle Shane Charles, and Alana Marsh, it will explore deep listening practices that nurture First Peoples’ voice in place-making. The event will be held at the Capitol Theatre between 11am-1pm on Sunday 19th February. The recently refurbished Capitol Theatre is a spectacular venue and has a significant capacity, so book in and enjoy a Sunday morning hearing about the wisdom from the assembled speakers. Refer to the following link:
Closely following these two events is an in-person forum presented by Architects Declare at 41 X ‘Cant see the Trees for the Wood’. This forum isabout the relationship between Australian timbers we want to clad our buildings with and the forests where they have grown, drilling into the conflict between timber use and timber sources and the Architect/Specifiers involvement and potential engagement in finding a better path. Speakers include architects Chris Taylor & Paul Haar, conservationist Sue McKinnon, sustainable timber producers Annabel Kater & James Taylor, conservationist Sarah Rees and mobile mill owner Darcy Vermont. Seats are limited, so get in early. Refer to the following link for tickets:
I would encourage all members to engage in these events which will contribute to our ever increasing understanding of designing for our sustainable future
David Wagner FRAIA
President of Victorian Chapter