2014 Utzon Lecture Series - Elizabeth Farrelly

The Utzon Lecture Series focuses on the presentation of ideas from leading contributors of international significance in the design, delivery and management of the built environment.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Elizabeth Farrelly
Associate Professor (Practice), UNSW Built Environment
Architecture and Morality: Geometries of virtue

Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Keith Burrows Lecture Theatre, UNSW Kensington

We know that architecture affects our happiness, and that happiness has moral import. Yet we relegate the making of architecture to the development machine, as though it had no more significance in our lives than some random consumer product. How does architecture shape our lives? What is its capacity, if any, to sustain meaning? Why, in short, does it matter? 

Elizabeth Farrelly is Associate Professor (Practice) in the UNSW Graduate School of Urbanism. A Sydney-based columnist and author, she trained in architecture and philosophy, practiced in Auckland, London and Bristol, holds a PhD in urbanism from the University of Sydney and is a former Councilor in the City of Sydney. She holds many national and international awards for architectural criticism, including the Paris-based CICA award for criticism, and is a weekly opinion columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald. She has been Assistant Editor of the London Architectural Review and inaugural Chair of the Australia Award for Urban Design. As a longtime advocate of conscious urbanism, she has delivered keynotes in London, Kassel, Johannesburg, Canberra, Perth and Sydney on links between feminism, urbanism and eco-consciousness and is a regular commentator in the media. Her second book, Blubberland; the dangers of happiness (MIT Press, 2007) argues for a psychological and spiritual approach to climate change. Other books include Glenn Murcutt: Three Houses, (Phaidon, UK 1993) and Potential Difference, a collection of essays, 2012.  Her first fiction (Caro Was Here, crime for children) was published by Walker Books, 01 September 2014.

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15 Oct 2014 6:30pm to 8:00pm