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RETURN TO conferences: AASA 2015
8th International Conference and Exhibition of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
2-3 October 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand
Topic: Applied Collaborations
One of the most unique abilities that we have as human beings is to remember ideas, communicate them, and to build on ideas from others. This ability is called collective learning. Over the past two decades more than any other technical development in history digital media has boosted this capacity. Learning is no longer just about what we know as individual, but also about how we access information and how we share information with others. Today’s problems are being solved in teams, across and in-between disciplines and through collective learning processes. The new interest in integrative planning strategies such as adaptive – and user generated urbanism are key indicators of a shift in thinking. Effectively this shift requires new competencies and dissolves the traditional distinctions between teaching and learning.
On a global level this change is reflected in the emergence of an increasing number of alternative architectural education platforms. With multiple collaborators involved, their aim is to react to acute architectural, social and environmental demands, which expand beyond the limitations of institutional structures and the focus of assessment criteria for predefined outcomes.
Keynote Speaker: Colin Fournier
Thu 1.10.15 6pm, 360 Tuam Steet, Christchurch CBD
Colin Fournier, born in 1944, was educated at the Architectural Association in London. He is Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Principal Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL), where he was, for the last 15 years, Director of the MArch in Urban Design, and is currently Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
Prof. Fournier was an associate member of the famous experimental design group Archigram Architects and was for many years the Planning Director of the Ralph M. Parsons Company in Pasadena, California, USA, in which capacity he has designed and implemented a number of major urban design projects in the Middle East, in particular the new town of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. He was Bernard Tschumi’s partner for the design of the Parc de la Villette in Paris and co-author, with Sir Peter Cook, of the Graz Kunsthaus in Austria, a radical museum of modern art in the city of Graz, Austria, that was completed in 2003 as part of the “cultural capital of the year” programme, and has received a considerable amount of international recognition.
The Austrian Goldener Ehrenzeichen medal was awarded to him in 2005 by the Governor of Styria for his role as Partner in Charge of this project. His recently completed project “Open Cinema” was built in Guimarães, Portugal, European Cultural Capital of the Year for 2012 and has been selected as an Associated Project for the 2013 Architecture Triennale in Lisbon.
He is currently Chair/ Principal of TETRA X where he continues to research and conducts works on city. Colin had been appointed by the West Kowloon Cultural Development Authority (WKCDA) as President of the Jury for the M+ Museum Competition.