Keynote lecture: Oliver Wainwright – Form Follows Finance; The Changing Faces of Housing
A Robin Boyd Centenary Address
Presented by the National Gallery of Victoria, the Robin Boyd Foundation and Australian Institute of Architects
All across the world, from Bangalore to Stockholm cities are expanding upwards and
outwards, simultaneously growing and densifying. The UN calculates that 68% of the world
population will live in urban areas by 2050. Housing this many people presents unique
challenges and opportunities. Join one of the world’s most influential architecture critics,
Oliver Wainright, as he looks at housing from diverse perspectives. Who has access to
quality housing – and why? Who controls the housing market? How do different societies
solve their own housing conundrums? What is the role for architects is addressing the
housing challenges ahead?
This address marks the centenary year of Robin Boyd’s birth. Throughout his career Boyd
was deeply committed to the design of affordable housing that challenged the status quo –
as the first Director of the Institute of Architects’ Small Homes Service, Boyd championed a
design-led housing revolution. His legacy can still be felt in Melbourne today.
About the speaker:
Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic of the Guardian. He trained as an
architect at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art, and worked in a
number of practices, including at OMA in Rotterdam and at the Architecture and Urbanism
Unit of the Greater London Authority. He has written extensively on architecture and design
for a wide range of international publications, and is a regular visiting critic, lecturer and
competition judge. He is also a keen photographer and his photographs have been exhibited
in Seoul, Moscow, London and New York. His first book, Inside North Korea, was published
by Taschen in 2018.
Part of Melbourne Design Week 2019, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.
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