On Tuesday, 9 April 2019, at the Assembly Hall of the Zagreb Faculty of Architecture at 5 p.m. distinguished Australian architects, Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury, will deliver a lecture on contemporary Australian architecture. The lecture is organised in cooperation with the Zagreb Faculty of Architecture and it will be moderated by Maroje Mrduljaš, architectural critic, editor-in-chief of Oris magazine and professor at the Zagreb Faculty of Architecture.
Contemporary Australia reflects all the contradictions of the Pacific region. It has grown from the civilisation clash of Aboriginal nomad culture and the British Empire and connects the rapid economic and urban development and easiness of surfing lifestyle. Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury belong to different generations, but Australian (not only architectural) culture is characterised by comradery and awareness of the advantages of the selfless sharing of experiences. The focus of their research is not the metropolis shaped mostly by economic forces, but peripheral environments, places where architectural culture most easily realizes idealistic ambitions of the harmonisation of man, nature and climate. Just like globally more recognised Glen Murcutt, Leplastrier and Stutchbury have developed an approach based on empathy towards the location and the user, which is also a characteristic of a wide Pacific culture.
- from the text written by Maroje Mrduljaš