Sydney Design 2013 International keynote lectures

By Powerhouse Museum

Aug. 6, 2013

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

500 Harris St Ultimo 2007

Serious damage to buildings in central Christchurch following the 22 February 2011 earthquake

Join two eminent architects as they discuss how designers can strengthen both the physical infrastructures of cities and cultural resilience of communities before and after natural disasters.

Maintaining the spirit of togetherness: Eko Prawoto

Join Professor Eko Prawoto, architect and artist from Yogyakarta, Indonesia as he discusses his rich architectural practice and role in the reconstruction of the villages of Ngibikan and Botokenceng in 2006 after an earthquake hit southern Yogyakarta. The very deep concern Eko holds for maintaining the traditions of Indonesian architecture influenced his design and was short-listed for the Aga Khan award in 2010. 

Eko will also give some insights into his more recent architectural and art installation projects.  His talk will highlight his search for a new balance between old and new traditions as he asks the question – “Is there any possibility to be modern but still rooted in tradition?” Professor Prawoto believes architecture is not an isolated entity which begins and ends in itself - it should be integrated with a larger reality that is a socio-cultural one.

Indonesia is witnessing a transitional stage, moving from a traditional to a more globally connected culture. The Indonesian archipelago consists of more that 17,000 islands and over 350 ethnic communities, each with its own unique tradition. This rich and vast well of knowledge, existing for hundreds of years is now confronted by a global post-industrial culture. There is so much to learn about local wisdom and local knowledge before it is too late.

When disaster strikes opportunity knocks: David Sheppard

New Zealand architect and current President of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, David Sheppard will discussion the vital role architects can play in the recovery of Christchurch, a city devastated by earthquakes. The talk will trace how the architects of Christchurch have assisted in the city’s physical recovery and the designing of its future form.

Christchurch, a young city, was struck by a series of major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, severely damaging not only its buildings but also a modern transport and services infrastructure on which the urban areas heavily depend. The entire country lies in a seismically active zone and it is imperative that the planning and design of urban development in the future is more robust and resilient.

David Sheppard, a resident in Christchurch, played a major role in the recovery of that city and was a member of the team producing the blueprint plan for the central area. He is a convenor of the City’s Urban Design Panel.

Professor Eko Prawoto

Professor Prawoto received a Bachelor of Architecture at Gadjah Mada University in 1982 and a Master of Architecture from The Berlage Institute Amsterdam in 1993. He is a lecturer in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture and Design, Duta Wacana Christian University and Chief Architect at Eko Prawoto Architecture Workshop. He has designed numerous public and private buildings in Indonesia, particularly in Yogyakarta and has exhibited his artwork in London, Finland, Italy, Korea, Japan, Australia, Austria and Singapore.

David Sheppard FNZIA

After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) at Auckland University, David gained his Masters Degree in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. He worked in the U.S.A. and in the U.K. on a range of major projects before returning to N.Z. in 1975 to head up a large scale urban development project. In 1982 he founded Sheppard & Rout Architects in Christchurch. Working on a diverse range of architectural and urban design projects, his firm has received numerous local and national awards.


Adult: $20 Concession: $16 Powerhouse Member: $16


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