This is the first attempt to document a history of the Student Architecture Congress that has run between 1963ish till today in New Zealand, Australia and PNG. It is the hurried result of research collated over a few weeks (and in a way the last few years, and decades), which sets out to remind students who are attending Flux, in Adelaide in 2011, that student-led Congress has a long and marvellously incohesive (and sometimes incoherent) history in Australasia. It dates back – at least we think – to 1963, when some New Zealand students invited Aldo van Eyck to Auckland to talk about the Social Aspects of New Housing. An organised mass gathering of architecture students has happened somewhere around New Zealand or Australia at least thirty times since. This modest & messy booklet is the start of a larger project to more coherently collect and productively reflect on the residue of Congress in Australasia.
Please contact either Byron or Barnaby if you have any more information on the student architecture congress.
Please feel free to download a free copy of the current version of the book here:
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