Tropical, topical – Tropfix to connect Australian and Indonesian architects

A new collaboration between Australia and Indonesia will explore the challenges and responses of each nation in shaping healthier tropical cities.

AusIndoArch: Tropfix, the first conference of its kind, will bring together architects, industry insiders and specialists in this unique field from Australia and Indonesia for two days of inspiring discussion in Darwin on 7 – 8 November.

The program will cover specific issues of the two regions and the tropics including mass tourism, working with local communities, eco-tourism versus multinational hotels, resource and work security, working in remote or dense locations, and the issues of economic growth that accelerate inequity.

Creative Director, Andrea Nield, has developed an extensive program and diverse speaker list to address the role of architecture and design in minimising social inequities, ultimately leading to social progress and healthier cities in the tropics.

The event is the culmination of a very strong year for the profession in the Northern Territory, which also plays host to the 2014 National Architecture Awards on 6 November – the night before the conference opens.

Following on from the Gold Medal Tour Troppo founders, Phil Harris and Adrian Welke, will deliver their AS Hook address on the Friday afternoon of the conference. The pair founded the practice in Darwin in 1980 and were this year awarded the Institute’s highest honour, the Gold Medal.

Confirmed speakers include:


Wendy Djuhara – djuhara + djuhara
Eko Prawoto – Eko Prawoto Architecture Workshop
Prof. Baharuddin Hamzah – Hasanuddin University
Adi Purnomo – Mamostudio
Yogi Ferdinand – SHAU
Imelda Akmal – Archinesia
Patrick Coulombel – Foundation Emergency Architects


Tania Dennis – Insideout Architects
Steve Thorne – Design Urban
Phil Harris & Adrian Welke – Troppo Architects
Ninotschka Titchkosky – BVN Architecture
Carol Marra – Marra + Yeh Architects
Cameron Bruhn – Architecture Media
Bilawara Lee – Elder, Larrakia Nation

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