School of Architecture

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Brisbane Open House


Tuesday 8 October 2019 6:00pm to 8:00pm


25 King Street
Bowen Hills 


Registrations for this event are now closed

Buildings account for 25% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, Australian cities need more tall buildings to accommodate their rapid urbanization.

Big changes regarding how we design, construct and operate our buildings need to occur if we’re going to accommodate this growth and hit the Paris Agreement’s 2050 zero net emissions target.

Brisbane is helping to lead this charge: 25 King, located in the RNA Showgrounds, is the tallest and largest (by floor area) commercial timber building in the Australia.

Tall timber buildings represent a sustainable way forward because they can sequester up to 74% more carbon and are more efficient to build than comparable concrete and steel buildings.

Join architects Bates Smart and leading timber building experts as they discuss 25 King, evolving tall timber design and construction, and how this type of architecture can change the world.

Presented by Bates Smart and Aurecon.


Chris Ammundsen, Senior Structural Engineer, Aurecon
Dr Paola Leardini, School of Architecture, University of Queensland
Josephine Macleod, Principal Advisor, Architecture & Design, Office of the Queensland Government Architect
Philip Vivian, Director, Bates Smart
​Moderated by Tina Perinotto, Managing Editor & Founder, The Fifth Estate

Image credit: Tom Roe