Inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum Opens

Leading architects from across the region have gathered in Brisbane today for the opening of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum (APAF), an initiative of Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

The two-week forum designed for architecture enthusiasts, professionals, educators and students includes a program of exhibitions, installations, lectures, workshops, and a one-day symposium featuring leading practitioners from the region.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the forum opens discussion on the way new-world cities are responding to the opportunities and challenges of the Asian century.

“For the next fortnight, leading architects from across the Asia Pacific region have the opportunity to discuss how their profession can innovate in the face of unprecedented growth,” Ms Enoch said.
“Budding designers can also benefit from the program with the Little Designers workshop allowing children to learn about design and architecture through play.”

Acting State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said she is excited that SLQ will be the hub to show architecture’s pivotal role in the culture, sustainability and economy of the region.

“We’re entering an exciting era for creativity and growth, and I am delighted SLQ is partnering with Architecture Media to play a role in shaping our future cities,” she said.

Architecture Media’s Editorial Director, Cameron Bruhn, said the forum provides opportunities for a dynamic collaboration between business, government, institutions and associations.

“The stimulating program of events will celebrate contemporary architecture and anticipate its exciting future. Over the course of the next two weeks, participants will engage in a timely conversation about architecture from across the region and Queensland's important contribution to its culture," Mr Bruhn said.

Highlights of the Forum include: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation’s Green Ladder pavilion, designed by award-winning Vietnamese Vo Trong Nghia Architects, which aims to reconnect city dwellers with the natural environment; the ArchitectureAP Symposium, a one-day conference with internationally renowned keynote speakers; Living in the city: New architecture from Brisbane and the Asia-Pacific, a Museum of Brisbane exhibition featuring models of unbuilt work by architects from Queensland and Brisbane’s Asia Pacific sister cities; and the UQ Architecture lecture series, featuring leading local, national and international architects.

The forum is a collaboration between founding partners Architecture Media and State Library of Queensland; presenting partners Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, BVN, and Museum of Brisbane; event partners the University of Queensland School of Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects and Artisan; in association with QAGOMA — 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Inspiring Australia and Maison & Objet Asia.

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