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CoLab 2017 - New ways of building

CoLab - full house

PrefabNZ's CoLab conference 21 -22 March in Auckland had 180 participants over two days - this was the most popular CoLab yet.

Amelia Melbourne-Hayward, editor of ArchitectureNow attended and gives us this review, Thanks Amelia! "The 2017 CoLab conference kicked off rather differently to previous years, with the launch of PrefabNZ’s new ‘logs4jobs’ initiative to encourage more women into skilled construction roles.

CoLab’s first international keynote speaker was Helena Lidelöw of Lindbäcks and the University of Luleå, Sweden, who gave a thorough and interesting presentation about the history and current state of design and construction in her home country, stating that “after the much-criticised Million Homes Programme, we had a shift from an architect-driven to a contractor-driven industry. The architect’s role in Sweden is now purely for aesthetics”.

Read the full review here

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