School of Architecture

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State Library of Queensland


Thursday 5 December 2019 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Auditorium 1
State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Bank


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The 2019 University of Queensland International Architecture Lecture Series brings together forward-thinking global architects, designers and intellectuals who each generate new knowledge, ideas and strategies within the international architecture community.

At our Summer lecture, hear from Milinda Pathiraja, co-founder of Robust Architecture Workshop (RAW) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

About the Lecture:
In transitional economies such as Sri Lanka, the urban growth has come to depend on largely unskilled labour, who have limited or no opportunities for progressiveup-skilling and, consequently, for their own socio-economic development. The building industry’s dependence on such labour force does not favour the quality of production, nor the industry’s ability to meet the building demand.

Overcoming these socio-cultural limitations may require a particular type of ‘design intelligence’ at an industry level, and architectural designers could be made to respond to such ambition through their work by incorporating technical decisions carrying policy implications in terms of labour organization and re-structuring. Advancing such a proposal, however, requires a double radical shift in perspective: one in relation to prevailing discursive positions on architectural design, the other affecting the cultural and institutional understanding of the idea of ‘technology’ in building production.

​Using our own architectural projects in Sri Lanka as case studies, this lecture presents a broader definition of technology, which considers how the socio-culturalunderpinnings of building production can be understood and utilised as policy-making parameters.


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