Director of Melbourne-based practice NMBW Architecture Studio Marika Neustupny kicks off ACCA’s Cities of Architecture lecture series with an in-depth look at Tokyo – a city reaching towards the future, where architecture is inextricably linked to an ever-changing urban fabric. Running from March to October, the program brings together leading architects, designers and academics to discuss some of the world’s most inspiring cities through the built environment, culture and urban history.
Neustupny established NMBW Architecture Studio alongside Nigel Bertram and Lucinda McLean in 1997, with the practice building its reputation on projects like in-depth urban research into regional Australian towns and award-winning inner-city residential developments. NMBW emphasises “urban engagement and culturally-specific design” with Neustupny’s own experience informed by extensive time spent living and working in Tokyo – including the completion of her Masters of Architecture at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In addition, Neustupny co-authored the urban research publication By-Product-Tokyo (2003) with Nigel Bertram and Shane Murray – a project that was “concerned with the forces shaping the vernacular rather than the material and the appearance of it.”
The lecture will be accompanied by a complimentary Tokyo inspired cocktail created by the Melbourne Gin Company from 5pm. Tickets to individual lectures are $35 while a season pass can be bought for $200. Book via the ACCA website.
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