Sun 26 Mar 17, 3pm–5pm
Presented by MADA, XYX Lab, Monash University with Parlour
What might it mean to ‘queer’ architecture – as a workplace, a professional identity, a series of processes and practices, or the built places that emerge from them?
Perhaps ‘queering architecture’ means making architectural workplaces more welcoming for those who identify as LGBTIQA, or a profession which truly values difference and diversity. Perhaps it refers to buildings for queer people and their particular needs and desires – safe spaces, symbolic spaces, spaces of a queer everyday. Perhaps it proposes queer buildings: themselves non-conforming, peculiar, resisting social norms. Or perhaps it is a process of unsettling architectural practices. Queers think that normality is over-rated. Might queer architecture redesign normality, or design a path of resistance? This lively panel discussion will open all of these questions and more.