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WORKAROUND EPISODE 11: HARRIET EDQUIST, Transition: Voices from the archive

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Transition: Voices from the archive

In 1989, the architectural journal Transition: Discourse on Architecture hosted an event to celebrate its 10th anniversary. This multi-pronged affair comprised a conference at Pharmacy College on Victoria Parade, an exhibition at the State Library of Victoria and a keynote lecture and opening celebration in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). The focus of the celebration was Robin Boyd and his role as a critic and public activist in the cause of Australian architecture. In 1992 the conference papers were published in a special issue of Transition. In this episode, Harriet Edquist uses archival traces of this event as prompts to reflect, thirty years later, on its legacy and the role a journal might assume as provocateur and activist in the public realm.

Harriet Edquist is Professor of Architectural History in the School of Architecture and Urban Design at RMIT University and the Director of the RMIT Design Archives. She has published extensively on Australian architecture, art and design with a particular focus on the 20th century and has pioneered studies on émigré architects in Melbourne and the Australian Arts and Crafts movement. From 1987 to 1991 Harriet co-edited Transition: Discourse on Architecture, an influential architectural journal published by RMIT’s Department of Architecture. She edited the special issue of Transition on Robin Boyd in 1992. Harriet is also a curator and has presented major innovative exhibitions on diverse subjects, ranging from the cultural landscape of the Western District of Victoria to Australian car design. Her current research includes the ARC funded project: Bauhaus Diaspora: Transforming Education in Art, Architecture and Design. (1).jpg


10AM – 12PM

12 – 2PM
with Vanessa Bird, Karen Burns, Dean Cass, Harriet Edquist, Philip Goad, Conrad Hamann, Christine Phillips and Helen Stuckey

2 – 4PM

This episode is part of WORKAROUND.

WORKAROUND engages with a movement of women focused on advocacy and activism within an expanded field of architecture. Each of these practitioners works towards positive change in the built environment and its surrounding cultures. WORKAROUNDis an online broadcast and a program of live events. Across fourteen daily episodes, fourteen Australian practitioners each present a critique, conversation, interview, workshop or performance that articulates their strategies and workarounds and reflects on their activist practice.