register now for The Pacific Connection

trade, travel & technology transfer


19-22 FEBRUARY 2009

a three day conference exploring connections in the built environment between the Australia, the United States, and the Pacific region

Australians and Chinese modernism; machine-made nails; bungalows and bungalow courts; Australasian travellers; slabs and stud frames; Chicago in Australia; hollow brick walls and terra cotta lumber; modern hospital design; Whare Nui and  Fale; the Lock-Bar pipe and the Quonset Hut; SOM and Australia; and more


Thursday 19 February

1.00 bus tour departs outside St Mary’s College, Swanston Street (north of Tin Alley) tour terminates at Newman College

5.00 registration and drinks, concourse, Architecture Building

6.00 keynote address, The Forgotten Half of the Globe

Sisalkraft Theatre, Architecture Building

In a World in which western culture and politics have focussed on the Atlantic, the role of Pacific hemisphere has been under-appreciated. Professor Miles Lewis, AM, FAHA, architectural historian and editor of the just-published international text, Architectura, considers the role of Pacific connections from the period before the mid-nineteenth century, when the western coast of North America was more accessible from China and Australia than it was from New York, through the late nineteenth century when Melbourne was the most American city in the British Empire, to the twentieth, when steel framing, mushroom slabs, brick veneer, malthoid roofing, bungalow courts and hospital designs were carried back from the USA by enterprising Australian travellers.

Friday 20 February
(lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided)

an exhibition of American and other rare books on building, architecture and planning will be on display during session breaks

9.30 registration

10.00 opening: the Hon Dr Barry O Jones, AO
              session 1: The Asian Arena

11.15 morning tea

11.45 session 2: Nails

1.00 lunch

2.00 session 3: The American Dream

3.15 afternoon tea

3.45 session 4: frames & bungalows

5.00 close 

Saturday 21 February
(lunch, morning & afternoon tea provided)

10.00 session 5: Travellers

11.15 morning tea

11.45 session 6: Technology

1.00 lunch

2.00 session 7: Modernism

3.15 afternoon tea

3.45 session 8: Imagery

5.00 closing drinks

Sunday 22 February

10.00 city walking tour: start at the State Library Victoria, Swanston St

1.00 finish


Day 1 $50
Day 2 $100
Day 3 $100
Day 4 free

OR 4 day package, $200
OR 4 day concession (give details), $150thepacificconnectionflier2

Download details and registration form here

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1 Response to register now for The Pacific Connection

  1. Miles Lewis says:

    What a great conference!
    But, seriously, the program will be updated in due course on the Faculty web site

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