Wednesday 21 November
In this conversation, David Neustein and Dr Ari Lander will reflect on various attempts by architects to give physical form to the trauma of the Holocaust. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion on architectural memorialisation.
The academic James E. Young once observed “What is remembered of the Holocaust depends on how it is remembered, and how events are remembered depends in turn on the texts now giving them form.” In Australia and elsewhere, the design of dedicated buildings and spaces has become one of the most visible and significant forms of Holocaust commemoration. Creating spaces for remembrance raises difficult questions of symbolism, representation, interpretation and interaction. How do we evaluate whether a work of commemorative architecture has succeeded or failed, invited reflection or merely edified the past?
David Neustein is a director of Other Architects, an award-winning Sydney architectural practice with projects ranging from bespoke houses to vast cemetery masterplans. In 2018 Other Architects received the IDEA ‘Prodigy’ award, which recognises the most promising design practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Work by Other Architects has been widely exhibited, including at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennale and the recent NGV Triennial.
Winner of the 2013 Open Agenda competition and the 2012 bi-annual Adrian Ashton Prize for Architectural Journalism, David is resident architectural critic for arts, culture and politics magazine the Monthly. He frequently participates in public talks and events and was a Creative Director of the 2011 Australian Institute of Architects National Conference. An Associate of the School of Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney, David currently leads a Master of Architecture design studio exploring new modes of interment, burial infrastructure and memorialisation.