OMA’s David Gianotten and AP issue #2 launch at the Wheeler Centre

When: Mon 15 Sep, 6.15–7.45pm
Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
How much: Free! Bookings required.
More info: wheelercentre.com

How much do the buildings that tower above a city affect the lives within it? What do we need to take into account when designing such imposing major works?

Exploring the BIG questions, Architecture in the City is a free, two-part talks series happening at the Wheeler Centre in the lead-up to the launch of Melbourne’s inaugural MPavilion. First up, on 15 September, ‘Architecture and Cultural Identity’ is an In Conversation with David Gianotten. Based in Hong Kong, David is a managing director at OMA, the global architectural practice founded by Rem Koolhaas. Drawing on research undertaken for the recent Venice Architecture Biennale, he’ll be exploring the need to “immerse yourself in a city in order to appropriately design for its culture.”

This first talk will be hosted by the ABC’s Virginia Trioli and co-presented by the AIA along with MPavilion initiators, the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. It also doubles as the launch of Assemble Papers issue #2! Our second print edition is inspired by the MPavilion project and curated around the theme ‘The Space Between’. Pick up a copy on your way out – or, even better, stick around for a chat.

The event is free but bookings are essential. Get in quick here!

Original image courtesy OMA: CCTV / Rem Koolhaas, former partner Ole Sheeran (until 2010), partner David Gianotten, photographed by Iwan Baan.