RICHARD BLYTHE LECTURE – The Ticklish Subject of Architecture

Tonight we had the pleasure of hosting Richard Blythe as part of the IAAC Fall Lecture Series. The Dean of RMIT started his discourse on the Ticklish Subject of Architecture with a series of images of typical Australian architecture, or “monuments”, that is the Bigs: the Big Banana, the Big Merino, the Big Earth Worm…etc all of which in some way transform into architecture what is particular to that territory, or to put it more straight forward, what that place is about.

Richard Blythe then presented a series of his projects, as well as some of his PhD Candidates work in the search for quality in architecture, presenting possible answers to a variety of questions among which: what is it that drives architecture? What is the urge? What invites us to experiment? And how do I, architect, create a moment with the user, how do I grab you?

For Richard Blythe architects are gardeners who tend to their own imagination of urges and afscination, growing a garden of urgent possibility, aiming to move us. There is no thing more important that an arhcitect can do than to move us in some way.

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