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Thu 24 Mar
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Metropolis Bookshop
Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Theory of Practice | Practice of Theory

Theory of Practice | Practice of Theory Past Event

Presented by AADR & Metropolis Bookshop

Theory of Practice | Practice of Theory is a publication series by AADR publishers, focusing on the fruitful relationships and tensions between thinking and making, theory and practice. The series highlights the value of theory for creative practice and investigates how practice can inform theory. Authors include Hélène Frichot, Esther Anatolitis, Marcus White and Nano Langenheim.

Prof Hélène Frichot presents her book Dirty Theory: Troubling Architecture, which follows the dirt of material and conceptual relations from the midst of complex milieus. It messes with mixed disciplines, showing up in ethnography, in geography, in philosophy, and discovering a suitable habitat in architecture, design and the creative arts. Dirty theory disrupts a comfortable status quo, including our everyday modes of inhabitation and our habits of thinking.

Prof Marcus White and Dr Nano Langenheim will talk about their publication Death of Urbanism: Transitions Through Five Stages of Grief, which explores urban design paradigms transitioning through a misappropriation of Kübler-Ross’ “five stages of grief” – from pro-sprawl ‘denial’, NIMBY ‘anger’, revisionist new urbanist ‘bargaining’, ‘depressed’ starchitects, through to an optimistic manifesto of ‘acceptance’.

Esther Anatolitis will present Place, Practice, Politics, which asks: What futures are we designing by default? What collaborations are we complicit in? How can we incorporate an active civic engagement into our professional and creative practice – into our everyday lives?


Dr Hélène Frichot

Hélène Frichot (PhD) is Professor of Architecture and Philosophy and the Director of the Bachelor of Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research traverses the dirty interdisciplinary domain between architecture and philosophy where she places an emphasis on feminist theories and practices and how to maintain a creative ecology of practice alongside an ethics of care and maintenance. Hélène will talk about her book ‘Dirty Theory: Troubling Architecture’.

Esther Anatolitis

Esther Anatolitis is one of Australia’s leading advocates for the creative industries. Her work promotes critical reflection on practice and active civic engagement. Across two decades Esther has led arts and media organisations, consulted on cultural policy, facilitated industry cooperation on political engagement. Esther will present her newly published book ‘Place, Practice, Politics.

Dr Marcus White and Dr Nano Langenheim
Marcus White (PhD) is an award-winning architect and urban designer, Professor of Urban Design at Swinburne University of Technology, and director of Harrison and
White. Nano Langenheim (PhD) is a landscape architect, horticulturist, arborist, and lecturer in landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Melbourne. Their research explores the integration of data, emerging technology and cultural specificity to support design decision making for cities in transition. Marcus and Nano discuss their publication ‘The Death of Urbanism: Transitions through five stages of grief’
Dr Rochus Hinkel

Rochus Hinkel (PhD), curatorial editor of Art Architecture Design Research – AADR publishers, published by Spurbuchverlag, Germany.