Patrick Bellew: From Anthills to Labyrinths

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The Edge, Fed Square Flinders Street Melbourne, VIC 3000

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About this event

17:30 - 18:15 Light refreshments
18:15 - 19:45 Lecture and discussion

From Anthills to Labyrinths: Design Insights for a Zero Carbon Future

Please join us for a talk and panel discussion around sustainability in the built environment.

Patrick Bellew of Atelier Ten will present what is sure to be an enlightening, prescient lecture of his work over the last 30 years around high-performance buildings and systems. Patrick and Atelier Ten delivered their first project in Australia with their work on Melbourne’s Federation Square (1997 – 2002), and it includes their revolutionary design for the passive-cooling system known as “the labyrinth”.

After Patrick’s presentation, there will be a lively panel discussion where Patrick will be joined by Kerstin Thompson (Kerstin Thompson Architects), Samantha Peart (Global Head of Sustainability – HASSELL) and Jefa Greenaway (Greenaway Architects; Chair of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria), to be moderated by Prof Donald Bates of the University of Melbourne.

About the speaker

Founder and Executive Chairman, Atelier Ten

Patrick Bellew has recently received the 2023 Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award from the CTBUH in recognition of his pioneering work integrating high performance environmental technologies with architecture over the last 40 years. Patrick was part of the team that won the competition to deliver Federation Square in 1997, which includes the unique underground thermal labyrinth and has led on pioneering global projects including Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, The Jewel at Changi Airport and Google campuses in London and California.

Patrick was made a RIBA Honorary Fellow in 2001, elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2004, and co-founded the UK Green Building Council in 2006. He received the Happold Medal from the Construction Industry Council in 2008, named a Royal Designer for Industry by the UK’s Faculty of Royal Designers in 2010 and in 2013 received the CIBSE President Silver Medal.

Patrick has lectured widely and taught on the MArch program at the Yale University School of Architecture since 2000, leading six Advanced Design Studios with a particular emphasis on sustainability.

Articulated, pre-cast concrete walls that make up the passive-cooling system of the Labyrinth, underneath the plaza of Federation Square (1997 – 2002).Articulated, pre-cast concrete walls that make up the passive-cooling system of the Labyrinth, underneath the plaza of Federation Square (1997 – 2002).

Generous support for this event is being provided by MAPCo (Melbourne Arts Precinct Co) and Federation Square.

This event is being sponsored and presented by the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.