Hotspots: Culture, Climate and Architecture in Berlin and Melbourne

RMIT Gallery in conjunction with the Goethe-Institut Australien and ABC Radio National, warmly invite you to a public forum with leading local and German architects.

Peter Mares, presenter of The National Interest, will host this forum examining why Berlin and Melbourne are regarded as the cultural capitals of their countries. What is the urban grounding for such cultural variety? Do  Berlin and Melbourne follow similar urban strategies? What roles do architecture, climate, infrastructure and finance play? Is there a direct relationship between architecture and cultural development? And can architecture be considered as a base as well as a source of inspiration?

With Jürgen Mayer H., Visiting Professor at Columbia University, New York, and Director of Jürgen Mayer H., Berlin; Claudia Perren, Architect, Curator, and Lecturer for Design, Architectural Theory and History, Sydney and Berlin; Shelley Penn, Director of Shelley Penn Architects; John Wardle, Director of John Wardle Architects, Melbourne; and Richard Blythe, Professor of Architecture, Head of School, Architecture + Design at RMIT University, and Director of Terroir.

Date: 6-7:30pm, 11 November 2010
Venue: RMIT Capitol Theatre, Swanston Street, Melbourne (opposite Town Hall)
Cost: $10 Concession/ $15 full price
Bookings: RMIT Gallery 9925 1717 or

Please purchase tickets PRIOR to the event to ensure seating. Tickets will be available at the door from 5.45pm, but seating cannot be reserved, and priority will be given to those who have pre-purchased.

This public program event is presented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Australien and the initiative “Future Proofing Property” as part of Berlin Dayz, the German-Australian Arts Festival,
and the European design exhibition Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention, RMIT Gallery 1 October – 13 November. Developed by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IfA).

To be broadcast on ABC Radio National ‘Big Ideas’ -broadcast date will be announced on ABC website.