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Reflecting on disaster


6 August 2013

Reflecting on disaster

Image: Lebbeus Woods, Quake City, from the series San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, 1995; graphite and pastel; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; (c) Estate of Lebbeus Woods.

Architects, artists, and designers will come together this week to present projects that imaginatively reflect on the consequences of natural disasters.

The symposium After the Event, co-hosted by the Adam Art Gallery and Victoria University’s School of Architecture, is a response to the Adam Art Gallery’s current exhibition All There is Left.

On Friday 9 August, Joseph Becker, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will deliver the keynote lecture at Victoria’s Faculty of Architecture and Design. He will discuss the work of visionary architect Lebbeus Woods (1940–2012), whose architectural drawings endeavour to embrace violent change.

On Saturday 10 August, guest speakers—Ian Athfield, Barnaby Bennett, Jeanette Budgett, Philippe Campays, Gavin Hipkins, Andrew Just, Sarah Treadwell, Simon Twose, John Walsh and Camia Young—will present projects and discuss what they offer as responses to disaster.

“A number of the speakers will focus on the rebuilding of Christchurch, but the symposium will also provoke wider discussion about the nature of cities and public space in New Zealand,” says Adam Art Gallery curator Michelle Menzies.

After the Event Symposium

Keynote lecture
When: Friday 9 August, 6pm
Where: Lecture Theatre VSLT1/2, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Te Aro Campus
139 Vivian Street, Wellington

Day Symposium
When: Saturday 10 August, 10am-6pm
Where: Adam Art Gallery and Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington (access via Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Wellington)

Cost: $20, $15 Students & unwaged
Registration: Register by emailing

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