[csaa-forum] Aquarius Redux: Rethinking Architecture's Counterculture | University of Sydney

Lee Stickells lee.stickells at sydney.edu.au
Mon Jun 20 09:59:59 ACST 2016

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Aquarius Redux: Rethinking Architecture's Counterculture
University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The Wilkinson Building, 148 City Road, Darlington
Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 July 2016

How was architecture implicated in the dramatic social, political, economic and cultural shifts of the 1960s and ‘70s?
Aquarius Redux will move beyond stories of psychedelic design, leaky geodesic domes and failed utopian dreamers. The symposium will rethink relationships between the counterculture and architectural practice, education and history.

Speakers will include Simon Sadler (UC Davis), Greg Castillo (UC Berkeley), David Farber (University of Kansas), and Barbara Penner (UCL). Felicity D. Scott (Columbia) will give a free public lecture, presenting material from her brand new book Outlaw Territories. Alongside other researchers from around the world, they will present their work on countercultural architecture and its continuing influence. They will discuss aspects such as:

  *   the connections between contemporary sustainable design and 1970s’ ecological design experimentation;
  *   the emergence of participatory and social engaged practices from radical challenges to conventional architectural practice in the 1960s, and;
  *   the links between the DIY, networked ethos of countercultural design and current open-source design-sharing concepts.

The symposium is being convened by Associate Professor Lee Stickells. Lee’s current research looks at prototype eco-houses of the 1970s that redesigned everyday living in response to environmental crisis. He is exploring how these projects resonate with the contemporary interest in “living laboratories” – experiments to imagine alternative, sustainable futures. Lee argues that an understanding of past experiments can help inform current ones.

To Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/aquarius-redux-rethinking-architectures-counterculture-tickets-21320215338
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