Chuck and I - in conjunction with Object Consulting and the ACS - are working on catalysing a community architecture event for next year, which he blogged about last week here and here. I wanted to chime in on some of the underlying thinking behind why we think this event will be important, and what you should expect from it.
The overall goal for the Australian Architecture Forum is to create a vendor and community neutral space in which architects - and budding architects - can engage in dialogue with subject matter experts from the community. With that in mind, the top-level objectives for the forum are that it should be:
The format of the day is going to look something like this:
Each of those slots marked RT is an individual round-table session. We plan on allocating topics to slots, balancing the number of times a particular topic is run according to demand. For example, let's say that we had a topic that 50% of attendees in Sydney were interested in participating in: assuming we had 200 or so people at the forum, and we're limiting to 20 the number of individuals in a round table, we'd need to run this topic in five of the slots. Make sense?
Chuck has posted a list of possible topics for discussion. There are probably many more sub-topics in each of these broad areas that we could drill down into. If you have thoughts on what these might be, and what you'd be interested in seeing that's not in the list below - please drop either Chuck or myself a line via our blogs.
Here's the straw-person list:
Interested to hear from you if you've got ideas on how we should run this, additional topics to consider, or if you want to be involved as a Subject Matter Expert (and your organisation is willing to become a stakeholder in the event).