International and local architects line up for Diversity + Community 2017 Melbourne architecture conference

banner-061216The upcoming ‘Diversity + Community 2017′ architecture conference will provide a platform to explore some of the less-charted terrains of architectural practice as well as consider the role of architecture as a positive force in uncertain times.Organised by Architecture Foundation Australia and supported by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) as part of the Victorian Design Program, Diversity + Community 2017 will open on 10 February with the event drawing speakers from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia.

The conference will provide a range of informative and inspirational talks revealing the shifting priorities and emerging opportunities for responsive, culturally and socially engaged architecture. Discussions and interactions during the two-day conference will focus on architecture that is open-minded, context specific and capable of empowering diversity and community.

Diversity + Community is developed in partnership with the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture, and is stimulated by the current exhibition Architecture of Faith – exploring the people, process and implications of Glenn Murcutt’s much anticipated Australian Islamic Centre in Newport, Victoria.

The third day of the conference will see delegates taking a tour to the soon-to-be-completed Australian Islamic Centre guided by architects Glenn Murcutt AO and Hakan Elevli of Elevli Plus.

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