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5.3.17

DESIGN FOR ALL? QUALITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING & THE RIGHT TO THE CITY.


In a housing climate dominated by skyrocketing property values, how much do we really value design? Amid the frenzied discussion of affordability, monetary value tends to steal the limelight, with other kinds of value easily sidelined. Can the design of individual housing projects contribute to a better-built, community-driven and fairer city? Or is the real design question a much bigger one, for which we need to look system-wide?

Architects For Peace invites you to join us and a panel of speakers to discuss challenges and opportunities for delivering well-designed housing, while enhancing the right to the city - for all.

Guest Speakers:
Rob McGauran, Founding Director MGS Architects
Dr. Andrea Sharam, School of Property, Construction and Property Management RMIT
Professor Tony Dalton, Centre for Urban Research RMIT
Kate McMahon, Co-Founder Hello City
Kate Raynor, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Transforming Housing, The university of Melbourne

DATE AND TIME
Thu. 23 March 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
LOCATION
Drill hall, 26 Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3004
This event is part of the Melbourne design week.
Melbourne Design Week is an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.

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10.2.17

Charrette Call for Contributions: From the Global South: Pedagogical Encounters in Architecture (Guest Editor Professor Ashraf Salama)

 

Charrette, the journal of the Association of Architectural Educators (AAE), first published in 2013, is now well established as a pioneering journal for academics, practitioners, and theorists engaged in design teaching practices and theoretical debates. For this issue (Volume 5, Issue 1), Charrette invites papers and essays that address positions, experiences, and experiments which are undertaken in the Global South by either local or international academics or both. 


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THEME 
The main body of literature on architectural education and design pedagogy is primarily produced in the English-speaking world and is interrogated, debated, and reproduced mainly in the larger context of Western Europe and North America. The architectural academic community in other parts of the world; the Global South, is deeply influenced by such a discourse as well as by various pedagogical trends typically introduced in Western academia to reflect the needs of budding professionals and the profession of architecture at large. In essence, these represent tendencies that are instigated and practiced within the contextual particularities of Western academia including the ambitions and constraints of academic institutions, the professional milieu, and the way in which architecture is practiced and produced. Classically, such an influence manifests itself in the fact that in any discussion about pedagogy in architecture in Global South’ academia the discourse which characterizes the Global North dictates and thus overshadows opportunities for developing another parallel, or in fact different but equally important, discourse which can be generated and developed to address other unique particularities that characterize the Global South. The thrust here is not to create a competing discourse but to complement what is already there. 
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See more by downloading the full call 
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Visit AAE Website: https://architecturaleducators.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/charrette-call-for-contributions-from-the-global-south-pedagogical-encounters-in-architecture-guest-editor-professor-ashraf-salama/ 
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Visit Journal Website: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/arched/char

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14.1.17

Invitation to Architects for Peace information session and workshop - Strategic Plan next steps 2017

Architects for Peace is holding an information session and workshop to discuss current project activity and, to seek out further projects that will continue to build on the vision, mission and values of the organization and it's Strategic Plan (Spring 2014 to Spring 2018). This public session presents opportunities to learn about the organization's history and current values, invites multi-disciplinary discussion about projects that aim to address spatial and social justice issues in our urban and natural environments, and, will explore what inspires us - as built environment professionals - to 'make change' while we are identifying with a number of social injustices, conflicts and barriers that limit access to freedom of speech.


Information session and workshop details:
Sunday 22nd January, 2017
(10.30am arrival) 11am - 1pm
State Library of Victoria - The Courtyard
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne


Agenda:
Part 1. Introduction to Architects for Peace
Part 2. Interpreting the Strategic Plan document and ways to create change
Part 3. Tea break
Part 4. Projects and actions for 2017


Following an activity filled year in 2016, Architects for Peace has reached a milestone point in it's strategic development and wishes to involve past, present and new members in a review and ideation process. All Melbourne-based steering committee members and active volunteers will be available on the day to chat about the workings of the organization. As pre-workshop preparation, participants are kindly asked to bring a notepad, pen and a short reflective piece of writing that addresses a part of the Strategic Plan and how this may challenge or support their values about the built environment.

Aspects of the workshop will focus on how the organisation develops activities based on research projects, partnerships, educational initiatives and campaigning activity.

Please register your interest before Friday 20 January through EventBrite or by sending a confirmation email to Nicole Mechkaroff at: nicole@architectsforpeace.org. Please extend this invitation to your friends and networks.

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19.11.16

Annual General Meeting (AGM), 2016

Interested in getting involved?

Dear Friends,

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Tuesday 29 November 2016 in Melbourne. Please join the meeting if you are interested in collaborating or getting involved with us or simply would like to know us better.

At the AGM our Committee of Management will be re-elected, positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Officer and General Members. For 2017, we are also looking for people who would be keen to join us and help with:
  • Graphic design
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Social media & Marketing
  • Event coordination
If you have some experience and/or interest in any of these fields, as well as being passionate about the built environment and spatial justice, we'd love to hear from you! Email us for further information on: team@architectsforpeace.org or message us on Facebook or Linkedin.

Details for the AGM are as follow:
Date: Tuesday 29 November 2016, 6:30pm for a 7pm start
Venue: Melbourne University, 1888 Building, Room TBC 
(map here)


Further to the AGM, you are also kindly invited to join us on the evening of Friday 2 December 2016 for our End of Year drinks. This will be an informal gathering and a great opportunity to get to know each other, discuss topics close to our hearts and develop plans for the coming year.

Architects for Peace's End of Year PICNIC:
Date: Saturday 2 December 2016, from 6pm
Location: Testing Grounds (behind the Art Centre)


We hope you can join us!


Please also contact us on how you would like to contribute or to share ideas about activating the Architects for Peace mission. As a volunteer-run organisation, our growth depends very much on the initiative and enthusiasm of those who actively participate.

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29.11.15

ARCHITECTS FOR PEACE, END OF YEAR PICNIC 2015

Dear friends of Architects for peace in Melbourne ,

You are kindly invited to join us on the afternoon of Saturday 28 November 2015 for our End of Year PICNIC. This will be an informal gathering and a great opportunity to get to know each other, discuss topics close to our hearts and develop plans for the coming year.

Architects for Peace's End of Year PICNIC:
Date: Saturday 28 November 2015, from 2pm
Location: Carlton Gardens, meet near the West pond! (map here)

We hope you can join us!

Please also contact us on how you would like to contribute or to share ideas about activating the Architects for Peace mission. As a volunteer-run organisation, our growth depends very much on the initiative and enthusiasm of those who actively participate.

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