Ultramarine Conversations: Architecture and the Environment


24 Mar 2022

6 pm (AEST)

University of Queensland Art Museum
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11) University Drive St Lucia, Brisbane Queensland 4072
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Brydon Wang and Dr Margaret Cook will meet on the art museum lawn for a discussion with Dirk Yates about water environments and the architectural response to these places in terms of past and future propositions.

Set alongside the outdoor installation of Superflex’s Dive-In, the panel will use the work’s speculative provocation – architecture for a submerged world – as a leaping-off point for critical consideration of the built environment and the waters we inhabit.

Brydon Wang
Brydon Wang is an academic in law and architecture at The University of Queensland. He researches in the confluence of law, technology and society, and examines the increasing need for cities to engage with buoyant urbanism to address the incursion of water.

Brydon was recently featured on ABC Radio National's Future Tense, where he discussed offshore architecture and marine urban sprawl, and on Seeker's popular documentary How close are we to Living in the Ocean? His recent book Automating Cities: Design, Construction, Operation and Future Impact considers the regulation and trustworthy design of automated decision-making systems deployed in cities, infrastructure delivery, and new ways people can come together to live, work and play.

Dr Margaret Cook
Dr Margaret Cook is a history lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast and holds Honorary Research Fellow positions at the University of Queensland and La Trobe University. She was the recipient of the John and Ruth Kerr Medal of Distinction for excellence in historiography, historical research and writing in 2020. An environmental and social historian, Margaret’s current research interests include histories of disasters and coastal erosion.

Her recent books are A River with a City Problem: A History of Brisbane Floods and Disasters in Australia and New Zealand: Historical Approaches to Understanding Catastrophe, which is an edited collection with Scott McKinnon.

Dirk Yates
Dirk Yates is the director of Speculative Architecture, which specializes in the design of institutional buildings and landscapes, the design of exhibitions and integrated artworks. He previously co-directed Artspace The Farm (2002–2004) on Brisbane’s George Street, and was a co-editor of the periodical Local Art (2003–2004).


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