Ugly or beautiful – it depends on who is looking. In this talk, architect Shaun Carter puts forward a case for the preservation, adaption or reuse of brutalist architecture and demonstrates the social and cultural value of some of Australia’s iconic Brutalist buildings. These include Sydney’s Sirius apartment building through to the High Court of Australia in Canberra.
Shaun Carter loves the making of buildings, where the evidence of human hands is always present in the design and built fabric. He believes it connects us to who we are and what we are capable of. It allows us to understand that we are imperfect beings and that we can soar when inspired. He feels our buildings are the embodiment of these ideals. Shaun is the founding architect of Carterwilliamson Architects and NSW Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is the chairman of the SaveOurSirius campaign to fight for heritage listing for the iconic Brutalist housing complex at Millers Point in Sydney, which is currently under threat.
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