Design and the Vernacular: Book launch & talk

Join Paul Memmott, John Ting and chapter authors in a discussion about their new book Design and the Vernacular.

As Paul Memmott and John Ting demonstrate in their new book, Design and the Vernacular, far from being  anachronistic and static, vernacular building can shape contemporary architecture, nation building and cultural identities.

To celebrate the launch of the book, join its authors for an in-store discussion on its findings and contents, 5.45pm Friday 19 April.

When: 5.45pm Friday 19 April 2024
Where: Bookshop by Uro, 5/30 Perry Street, Collingwood (Collingwood Yards)
Tickets: $5 — capacity strictly limited — click here to purchase

NOTE: Ticket holders will get access to the special launch price of $160 (reduced from RRP $200) prior to the event.
About the book

Focusing on the vast and diverse global region of Australasia and Oceania, Design and the Vernacular explores the intersection between vernacular architecture, local cultures, and modernity and globalisation. The relevance and role of vernacular architecture in contemporary urban planning and architectural design are examined in the context of rapid political, economic, technological, social and environmental changes. Featuring contributions from architects, designers and theorists, including Indigenous writers, this book provides valuable case studies and lessons for architecture in other global regions and challenge assumptions about vernacular architecture being anachronistic and static, instead demonstrating how it can shape contemporary architecture, nation building and cultural identities. 

About the speakers

Paul Memmott is an anthropologist and architect and for some decades has been the Director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) at the University of Queensland. Memmott has received the Officer of the Order of Australia Award ‘For distinguished service to ethno-architecture and anthropology, to Indigenous housing and cultural heritage, and to tertiary education’. His career has spanned over fifty years.

Dr. John Ting is an architect, researcher and educator at the University of Canberra, Australia, where he is the Course Convenor of the Master of Architecture program. He researches Sarawak’s architectural and construction history and prefabricated timber buildings in nineteenth century colonial Southeast Asia and Australia, where he examines the influence of vernacular and migrant labour, migration and colonisation on the production of architecture.