Public Talk: Queering Architecture?

Public Talk: Queering Architecture?

  • 26 March 2017, 3–6pm
  • NGV International
    Clemenger BBDO Auditorium
    180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Booking required, $10 + booking fee
Studiobird's Theodore Treehouse, 2016. Photo Peter Bennetts.

What might it mean to ‘queer’ architecture – as a workplace, a professional identity, a series of processes and practices, or the built places that emerge from them?

Perhaps ‘queering architecture’ means making architectural workplaces more welcoming for those who identify as LGBTIQIA, or a profession which truly values difference and diversity. Perhaps it refers to buildings for queer people and their particular needs and desires – safe spaces, symbolic spaces, spaces of a queer everyday. Perhaps it proposes queer buildings: themselves non-conforming, peculiar, resisting social norms. Or perhaps it is a process of unsettling architectural practices. Queers think that normality is over-rated. Might queer architecture redesign normality, or design a path of resistance? This lively panel discussion will open all of these questions and more.

Simona Castricum
Sophie Drying
Nicole Kalms
Ben Driver
Nicholas Braun

Naomi Stead

Presented by MADA, XYX Lab, Monash University with Parlour