Altair, the Sydney apartment building by Engelen Moore, has won two major awards in the World Architecture Awards. It was selected as the best multiple housing scheme in the world and also won the regional award for the best single building in Australasia. Four other Australian projects were short-listed: the Polymer Engineering Centre by Cox Sanderson Ness, Karijini National Park Visitors Centre by Woodhead International, Sydney Conservatorium of Music by Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke, and the New South Wales Government Architect, and the Rose House by Engelen Moore. WOHA Architects were also shortlisted for their houses in Victoria Park, Singapore ›› The DEM/Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design team won second prize in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Green competition ›› Megan Baynes, a fourth year student at UTasmania, has won two major international prizes while on exchange at the University of Lund, Sweden. She received the German Federal Environment Award in the International UIA Student Competition and first prize in the Northern European category of the Pilkington Glasshouse Competition ›› GHD has won an international competition to plan and implement the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar. Team members include The Cox Group and Peddle Thorp & Walker ›› Leigh Woolley, architect and urban design consultant, presented a paper “Negotiating Margins, Reclaiming Peripheries” to the XXI UIA World Congress of Architecture in Berlin ›› Woodhead International will design the new chancery building for the Australian High Commission in New Delhi ›› The atrium at Federation Square by Lab + Bates Smart is one of two short-listed projects in the architecture category of the Bombay Sapphire Prize, an annual glass design award ›› Denton Corker Marshall have won a limited competition for Manchester’s new Civil Justice Courts. Other practices also short-listed were the Richard Rogers Partnership and Pringle Richards Sharatt
Professor Miles Lewis of UMelbourne has been appointed Member of the Order of Australia for service to architectural history, heritage protection and urban planning, particularly through policy development and professional organisations. Dr Peter Reynolds has been appointed Medal of the Order of Australia for services to recording community history, especially the architectural heritage of the Leichhardt area ›› Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan is changing its corporate identity and name to Peck von Hartel ›› A study on the economics of heritage listing has been released. Commissioned by the state heritage agencies and managed by the NSW Heritage Office, the study focused on commercial (non-residential) properties in urban areas. and explores questions about the economic impact of heritage listing such as: How do we value heritage? How do we measure the public benefits of the heritage listing of commercial buildings? How does heritage listing affect the financial viability of individual development proposals?
John Brown and Tim Noble have been appointed directors of PDT Architects ›› The Field of Bells in Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr, designed by Swaney Draper in collaboration with Anton Hassell, Neil McLachlan and Nathan Thompson, won the Architectural Steel Design Award in the AISC Steel Awards ›› The National Precast Concrete Association Australia and the Concrete Institute of Australia have released the Precast Concrete Handbook ›› Tristram Carfrae, principal of Ove Arup & Partners, has been named Professional Engineer of the Year by the Institute of Engineers, Australia. Jenny Lam of Warman International is the Young Professional Engineer of the Year ›› Hassell has appointed five new principals: Mariano DeDuonni, Adelaide; Julienne Boustead, Sydney; Maureen Jackson, Robert Backhouse and Sean Bett, Melbourne ›› The ABNAmro Tower @ Aurora Place in Sydney, by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in association with Lend Lease Design Group and GroupGSA, won the 2002 Property Council of Australia’s Rider Hunt Award. The jury specifically mentioned and applauded the innovative design approach
The Civic Nexus consortium has won the commission to redevelop the Spencer Street Station precinct, to be renamed Southern Cross Station. Architects for the consortium are Daryl Jackson and UK-based Nicholas Grimshaw ›› Hani Rashid of Asymptote, Frederic Migayrou the chief curator of the Pompidou Centre, Phillip Adams, and Ajmal Maiwandi, an Afghan architect working on reconstruction of Kabul, are among the keynote speakers for “Cities on the Edge”, the second CityEdge International Urban Design Conference hosted by the City of Melbourne. The themes for the conference are deconstruction, reconstruction and architectural responsibility ›› Work has begun on the Shrine of Remembrance undercroft designed by ARM ›› Oppositionality and the spaces between, a group exhibition by young interior architecture graduates, shows at Monash University from 20 November - 3 December ›› Melbourne City Council is planning to rework City Square yet again. This time around grass may replace some of the granitic sand surface in an attempt to encourage the public to use the space more fully ›› The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at UMelbourne has announced the appointment of six additional professorial fellows: Charles Choguill in urban planning, Steve Calhoun and Rodney Wulff in landscape architecture, and Julie Eizenberg and Sumet Jumsai in architecture
New South Wales
Room 4.1.3 has won the design competition for a Federation Garden and surrounds, in the grounds of Sydney’s Government House ›› The RAIA NSW Conference “On Monumentality” has been postponed until 12-13 October 2002 ›› Phillip Adams interviewed Glenn Murcutt in a recent City Talk to celebrate Murcutt’s Pritzker Prize win.
The Lane Cove Aquatic Centre, by Michael Davies Associates, won the Australian Property Institute’s NSW Division 2002 Excellence in Property Award ›› Reid Campbell Group have designed the new Chinese Consulate buildings now under construction in Camperdown ›› Derek Moses has been appointed as a director of Havenhand & Mather Architects & Planners, Bathurst ›› Construction has begun on the rebuilding of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. The project, designed by a team from MGT Architects led by Romaldo Giurgola, involves the restoration of the original church as the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, a new cathedral and an integrated arts program ›› Finnish Design 125, at Object Galleries until 6 October ›› Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects, in association with artist/architect Richard Goodwin and landscape architects Aspect Sydney, have been awarded the contract for urban design, and landscape architecture for sections of the Parramatta Rail Link at Chatswood and Epping ›› Kann Finch Group has won the design competition for the refurbishment and extension of the Australian Federal Police building, Goulburn Street, Sydney ›› “Regional Architecture - On the Threshold”, the RAIA NSW Country Division 2002 Convention will be held at Coffs Harbour from 8-12 October. Speakers include Chris Landorf, David Brown, Ran Boydell, Greg Burgess, Dillon Kombumerri and Trevor Creighton ›› Great Debates at the Museum of Sydney, a series of three debates chaired by Gerard Reinmuth is underway. The first asked “Is the harbour that important”, the second pondered “What architecture exists beyond the eastern suburbs?”, while the third debate, on 1 November, will address the question “Is Sydney open to cutting edge architecture?” Speakers include Richard Goodwin, Peter Davidson and Davina Jackson ›› The decision by the RAIA NSW awards jury, chaired by Peter Stutchbury, to not award the Wilkinson Award for residential architecture has been the source of great consternation and debate in Sydney ›› The NSW Government has called for expressions of interest in the sale of the Interciti site at Wolli Creek ›› The exhibition Harbour and Ocean Pools by photographer Patrick Van Daele shows at the Museum of Sydney until 24 November ›› South Sydney City Council is to refurbish Taylor Square
Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin in the Antipodes, an exhibition curated by Brian Andrews which explores Australian work of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin shows at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery until 10 November ›› Work is about to begin on the redevelopment of the Henry Jones IXL buildings on Hobart’s waterfront, design by Morris-Nunn and Associates
Australian Capital Territory
The Woden Food Services Building by Ian Mackay is about to be demolished, despite is being listed on the RAIA’s Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture . The building won the RAIA Canberra Medallion in 1970 and is particularly notable for its “folded plate” plywood ceiling/roof and its use of “core 10” steel trusses ›› Peter Freeman is the new chair of the Heritage Council ›› The RAIA ACT Chapter has released a Map of Significant Canberra Architecture ›› Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects + Interiors have won the contract to design the Defence Network Operation Centre at HMAS Harman ›› The inner city residential development, Space the Residence, by Townsend and Associates with Renfree Hanrahan and Associates, has been “called in” and approved by the Minister for Planning after a lengthy tribunal hearing ›› The National Capital Authority has called for expressions of interest to redevelop Kings Park on the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore ›› The Department of Planning and Land Management (PALM) has launched the Guide to High Quality Residential Development, with input from Pegrum and Associates and PALM Urban Projects ›› The Government has released a Draft Territory Plan Variation 200, the “Garden City” variation for industry, which proposes a range of measures to both preserve Canberra’s green and leafy character and address issues of sustainability, certainty and amenity ›› Landscape architect Harry Oakman, who was the first director of landscape at the National Capital Development Corporation, has died at age 96 ›› Catherine Townsend, the RAIA ACT Chapter president has called for the appointment of a chief architect and chief planner for the ACT
Woodhead International is undertaking the masterplanning for Darwin Airport ›› Construction is due to begin on Chinatown, a development by the Leeon Corporation. Spowers are the architects for the project ›› Katherine Town Council hopes to extend its civic centre to include a larger art gallery. Woodhead International have been commissioned to draw up concept plans
Brisbane City Council has selected Suncorp Metway as the preferred developer of “Queens Square”, a new precinct on the site between the Law Courts and the Treasury Casino, bordering the Brisbane River. This will include a landmark building housing the council’s new headquarters. Denton Corker Marshall are the architects for the project ›› Recent, Christina Waterson’s first solo exhibition was on show at the Palace Gallery in August ›› The Asia Pacific Triennial opened at the Queensland Art Gallery on 12 September and runs until 27 January ›› John Mainwaring is designing three apartment complexes at Palm Cove, Cairns. These are being marketed as “Sanctuary at Palm Cove”
The Logan Entertainment Centre, by Cox Rayner, opened at the end of July ›› The Queensland Government has announced the participants in the Art Built-in South Bank public art project. The artists selected are Luke Jaaniste, Amanda Cuyler, Wendy Wilkins and Wesley Hill, Tara Pattenden, Timothy Kendell Edsar, Sebastian Moody, Jemima Wyman and Pamela See ›› QUT and UQueensland schools of architecture organised Salon des Refusés, an exhibition of first stage entries to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art competition at Metro Arts ›› Alice LTM Hampson, Sheona Thomson, Sarah Foley, and artist Sebastian di Mauro have completed a temporary ceiling installation for the Australian Chamber Orchestra
Danish architect Jan Gehl has completed a sixth-month study of Adelaide’s public spaces, commissioned by the Capital City Committee, Planning SA and Adelaide City Council. Recommendations aimed at creating welcoming and inviting public spaces have been published in the report Public Spaces and Public Life ›› The SA Government, the Capital City Committee and Adelaide City Council ran a one day seminar in July “Creativity Collaboration and Leadership – keys to success for Adelaide”, with keynote speakers Alfonso Martinez Cearra, director of the Association Bilbao Metropoli-30 and Charles Landry, director of Comedia ›› The North Terrace Precinct Redevelopment, by Taylor Cullity Lethlean, Peter Elliott Architects and James Hayter and Associates, has changed following a review of the project by the newly elected Labor Government which led to further public consultation. The State has cut $2 million from the project, resulting in reductions in scope and design (Adelaide City Council maintained their full funding). The changes include the planting of english elms in the place of the proposed spotted gums
Woodhead International in association with Kidd & Povey architects has been commissioned on the first stage of a new mixed-use aged-care facility in Menora for RSL War Veterans Homes ›› The West Australian reports that Multiplex Constructions plan to buy the Raffles Hotel site in Applecross. The heritage-listed hotel will be retained and the site developed with luxury apartments ›› Spowers Architects and James Christou and Partners are the architects for the proposed $80 million redevelopment of Claremont Arcade ›› The Australian Resources Research Centre, by DesignInc Perth, has won the Master Builders Excellence in Construction Award