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2019 UQ international architecture lecture series with Maggie Ma
July 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Are you interested in architecture and design, and its impact on the world? The annual UQ international architecture lecture series brings together forward-thinking global architects, designers and intellectuals who each generate new knowledge, ideas and strategies within the international architecture industry.
At this session, hear from Maggie Ma, Co-founder and Director of Domat (HK).
About the speaker
Maggie Ma has been practising architecture on both commercial and community projects for 10 years. Her specialty is humanitarian design and socially sustainable design strategies. Since 2010, she has been implementing community projects in rural China including several international award-wining projects. In 2013, Maggie and Mark Kingsley set up DOMAT community & architecture, a not-for-profit architectural practice to realise architectural projects in social context through research, design and implementation in Hong Kong and China.
About the talk
Hong Kong is widely reported as the most unaffordable city in the world to live in. Although roughly 30 percent of the population lives in subsidised public rental housing, there is a great need for more options for affordable private housing for lower-income people. Subdivided homes are an example of an undesirable “solution” that appears in the city as a direct response to the laissez-faire housing market and its demand.
Maggie Ma will share Domat’s works for people living with limited means, including modifications to subdivided homes and new social housing developments in Hong Kong. Due to constraints of the projects, options for design are often limited, as well as being morally debatable. At the same time, can we ignore the situation, or say it is not our responsibility as an architect?
Date: Tuesday 30 July
Where: slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland