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Join Gregory Burgess as he provides insights into the exhibition exploring his practice, spanning more than 4 decades. In this highly personal exhibition which showcases Burgess’ design process including drawings, models and notetaking, this floor talk is a unique opportunity to hear directly from one of Australia’s most innovative and forward thinking architects.
As one of Australia’s premier architects, since 1972 Greg Burgess’ practice has focused on the social and ecological relationships between buildings, their environments, and their occupants. In 2020, Burgess donated his substantial working archive – more than 4 decades of drawings, plans, models and concept sketches – to the University of Melbourne’s Archives and Special Collections.
Greg Burgess: From the Coalface is an exploration of the architect’s archive, working processes, and legacy. Through the lens of Burgess’ cultural philosophy, the exhibition is a showcase of the major projects of his career, and the work of University of Melbourne Architecture, Building and Planning students who have spent the past 2 years [?] interrogating his archive and vision.
This event is presented as part of Open House Melbourne’s 2022 program ‘Built/Unbuilt’.
In this talk, professor Shahar Hameiri will discuss his new co-authored book: Fractured China: How State Transformation is Shaping China’s Rise. The book intervenes in the central debate in International Relations today: is China’s rise a threat to the established international order?
Fractured China shows that it depends what one means by “China”. For China is not the monolithic, unitary actor that many assume. Forty years of state transformation – the fragmentation, decentralisation and internationalisation of party-state apparatuses – have profoundly changed how its foreign policy is made and implemented. Today, Chinese behaviour abroad is often not the product of a coherent grand strategy, but results from a sometimes-chaotic struggle for power and resources among contending politico-business interests, within a surprisingly permissive Chinese-style regulatory state.