From Research to Practice: Labour, Work and Architecture
Free Public Lecture
B117 Theatre, Basement level
Melbourne School of Design
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Reflecting on his PhD research read at the University of Melbourne and his subsequent architectural practice based in Sri Lanka, this talk by Milinda Pathiraja explores the possible role of architects (active in developing-world regions) as industrial policy-makers. It stems from the idea that, when developed with an understanding of regional characteristics, idiosyncrasies and limitations, the strategic design of architectural and technological configurations can not only produce sound building artifacts but also increase technical capacity in the workforce.
By using a sample of building projects realized in Sri Lanka, the presentation evaluates how architectural intent and resolution can incorporate technical decisions carrying policy implications in terms of incremental labour development and organisation.