The 9th US/ICOMOS International Symposium will be held 20–22 April 2006, in Newport, Rhode Island. The Symposium will focus on World Heritage conventions ›› Global Studio students from Sydney and New York had an exhibit at the 2005 World Summit on Millenium Development Goals showing how design professionals can place their skills at the service of the urban poor. Global Studio, the creation of seven universities including USydney, was also profiled at the AIA Centre for Architecture in New York as part of Architecture Week ›› Former Prime Minister Paul Keating launched the APEC Architect Register in Sydney in September. The new initiative will facilitate increased mobility for qualified architects between the twelve participating APEC nations ›› Woodhead International has been appointed by King Power to masterplan and design its retail fitout in the new Bangkok Airport. The airport is due to open in late 2006 ›› Lab Architecture Studio’s SOHO Shang Du project in Beijing has begun construction ›› John Wardle Architects has been included in the short list for the Waitangi Precinct Design Competition. Other entries listed include Shin Takamatsu Architects from Japan, Architecture Workshop from New Zealand, and Dutch practices ONL and UN Studio. John Wardle has also been awarded the Residential Award for Cityscape at the recent Architectural Review 2005 Awards in Dubai for the Vineyard House ›› GHD has been involved in extensive projects in Dubai, including the exclusive island development The Palms, and residential and commercial towers ›› 4 October was World Habitat Day, this year focusing on the city, slums and development ›› The fourth annual International Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards and Tradeshow will be held 10–12 May 2006 in Boston ›› The Architekturmuseum der TU München in Munich will host a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Austrian architect Heinz Tesar. The exhibition, Architecture begins before it is Architecture, will be open until 9 January 2006.
Boral Roofing has launched a design award entitled A Different Pitch. The prize is a trip to the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale ›› The 2050Future Shock 2005 – National Conference for Young Professionals Working in the Built Environment – will be held in Brisbane 25–27 November. QUT is hosting the conference. 2050 was formed at the 2004 YBE Youthquake conference in Newcastle ›› Rawlinsons has merged with international construction and management consultants Turner & Townsend to create Turner & Townsend Rawlinsons ›› Forbo are calling for entries in the 2006 Fly Forbo Fly Free to Europe competition. The prize includes a trip to 100% Design in London ›› A bipartisan report tabled in Federal Parliament has recommended using the model developed for the National Competition Policy to create more sustainable citites. Key issues include the use of water, energy and cars ›› Bentley’s BE Careers Network is offering free downloads of CAD software for students and instructors ›› Six practices have been short-listed in the National Portrait Gallery competition. Denton Corker Marshall, Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, Johnson Pilton Walker, Peddle Thorp and Walker Architects and Sean Godsell with Peddle Thorp Melbourne have been invited to continue to the second stage ›› Hendry Group have released BCI, an illustrated version of the Building Code of Australia. The web-based subscriber service currently features over 3,000 provisions in pictorial format ›› Through an arrangement with the RAIA, a series of houses entered in the 2005 RAIA awards have been featured on the television program Better Homes and Gardens. The first of the segments went to air on 23 September ›› Draft changes for the 2006 edition of the Building Code of Australia have been released. The proposals are scheduled to take effect on 1 May 2006 ›› The first issue of Architectural Design Research, a new journal edited by Brent Allpress of RMIT and Michael Ostwald of UNewcastle, was launched at the Association of Australasian Schools of Architecture (AASA) 2005 international conference in Brisbane. Submissions for the second issue are due by 15 February 2006 ›› To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Dulux Colour Awards in 2006, teacups and saucers (representing the traditional 20th anniversary gift of porcelain) will be hand painted in twenty of the award-winning colour schemes from the past two decades ›› The Australian International Furniture Fair will be held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre 8–10 February 2006.
Debate is ongoing regarding the viability of a new maritime museum in central Hobart due to a lack of space in the existing facility ›› The new Tasmanian Chapter office was officially opened on 21 October by RAIA National President Bob Nation ›› Developer CB&M Design Solutions is proposing a $5 million tourist lodge in the state’s picturesque north-east ›› Mark Chladhil from the Tasmanian Fire Service will speak at the RAIA office on 3 November about the recently launched Guidelines for Development in Bushfire Prone Areas of Tasmania.
Construction has commenced on the new Bendigo Bank headquarters designed by Bligh Voller Nield and Gray Puksand in association ›› Melbourne Olympic Park Trust has appointed Cox Architects and Planners to design the new 20,000 seat rectangular pitch stadium ›› HBO + EMTB Melbourne have appointed John Traikos as director ›› City of Yarra will be trialling an alternative planning process for single building extensions. The Small Projects Planning Service Trial Project aims to mediate between the requirements of council, applicants and neighbours to reach good design outcomes ›› Melbourne Museum is hosting Vast Terrain, an exhibition focusing on the use of aluminium in contemporary design. The exhibition is open until 6 November ›› The Department of Sustainability and Environment held an information session about proposed provisons of the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Project on 26 September. The consultation period ends 11 November ›› Melbourne’s Old Treasury Building is now home to the City Museum, Melbourne’s first museum focusing exclusively on its own history, from the earliest origins through to the present ›› Lab Architecture Studio has appointed Karen McWilliam as practice manager ›› Federation Square is the subject of an exhibition in Tianjin Museum, China, as part of the 10 year anniversary celebrations of the sister city relationship between Melbourne and Tianjin ›› Three twentieth century buildings in Melbourne – the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the ICI Building (also known as Orica House) and Newman College – have been added to the National Heritage List ›› Robert Watson Architects has changed its name to Watson Architecture + Design to reflect the practice’s activity in architecture and industrial design ›› Research by Danish architect Jan Gehl into Melbourne’s resurgent street-life has now been published. His report, Places for People 2004, largely attributes the city’s regeneration to the creation of new public space, which has increased by 71% since 1994 ›› The Victorian Government has launched a new quarterly magazine, Building One Victoria, to keep the construction and building industry informed about developments in government projects.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
The RAIA is hosting “Talk to an Architect” sessions on the first Saturday of every month at CBIC. Volunteers are invited to help educate the public, talk to clients and promote architects’ services ›› Roy Grounds’ Australian Academy of Science Building has been included on the National Heritage List. Minister for the Environment and Heritage Senator Ian Campbell described it as “a great example of the more adventurous architectural feats of the twentieth century.” The building was nominated by the RAIA to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture ›› Planning Minister Simon Corbell has launched the new residential development at Kingston Foreshore, The Waterfront. The development is predicted to receive a high energy rating from assessors, and promotes industry best practice ›› Following on from its September workshop, “Green Buildings = Green Profits”, the Property Council of Australia is running a workshop of the same name on 11 November. Featured projects include 8 Brindabella Circuit and CH2, Australia’s only five- and six-green-star buildings, respectively ›› The $11 million redevelopment of the former Kingston Powerhouse, designed by Tanner Architects, will be called the Canberra Glassworks.
The [X]periment ‘05 Design Conference was held in Adelaide 20–23 October. The biennial conference is a joint venture between the South Australian RAIA Collaborations Steering Committee and the SA Chapter of the Design Institute of Australia ›› The RAIA SA Chapter Council held its first meeting in country SA, at Mt Gambier in October ›› Materne Pennino Hoare Architects has moved to new offices on Vardon Street in the East End.
Woods Bagot has appointed architect Keat Tan ›› Five submissions have been shortlisted in the Centrestage Design Competition to design Perth’s new $42 million arts venue. The list includes PTW Sydney in association with Jones Coulter Young; Johnson Pilton Walker in association with Danish firm Utzon Architects; Kerry Hill Architects; John Wardle Architects; and KPF (London) with Hoffman and Brown Architects and Crawford Rattigan Associates.
The work of architecture students from 2005 will be showcased at the UQ Annual Architecture Summer Exhibition between 24 November and 2 December in the Zelman Cowen Building ›› Woods Bagot has made three new appointments in Queensland – design director Mark Damant, interiors principal Jane Sorby and business development director Chris Adkins ›› Former Bligh Voller Nield associate Simon White has opened his own Gold Coast-based practice, Whitearchitecture ›› yarch.Q and the RAIA are holding a bus tour hosted by James Birrell to visit his buildings. The tour on 29 October is open to the general public ›› Brand + Slater Architects celebrated twenty years in practice on 23 September ›› The Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation has announced the launch of BRITE, a collection of case studies where advanced technologies or industry best practice have been used for the first time. The launch will take place on 2 November in Brisbane ›› Through a partnership with eClassroom.com.au, the RAIA Queensland Chapter will be offering online continuing education for members.
NEW SOUTH WALES
The retrospective exhibition David Moore: 100 Photographs runs until 5 March 2006 at the State Library of New South Wales ›› Multiplex has won the design, construction and facilities management contract for the Parramatta Justice Centre. Its design partners are Lyons, Bates Smart, EDAW Gillespies and Krikis Tayler ›› Allen Jack + Cottier have appointed Ross Chalmers, Rob Doak and Adrian Tarrant as associates ›› A three-part exhibition at Elizabeth Bay House entitled Changing Spaces has opened. The exhibition comprises installations by Freedman Rembel and Durbach Block; a collaboration with the UNSW 4th year design studio coordinated by Maryam Gusheh and Rachel Neeson; and a display charting the changes the house has undergone during its life ›› The upgrade of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith has been opened by NSW Premier Morris Iemma. The extensions, by Suters Architects, include a new foyer and exhibition space, conservatorium and 400-seat drama theatre ›› Terroir director Gerard Reinmuth and Peter Davidson of Lab Architects have been appointed as co-adjunct professors at UTS ›› Payce Consolidated has confirmed that Allen Jack + Cottier will work on Waterfront, the next stage of its residential development adjoining the Sydney Olympic Park site in Homebush ›› In response to changes in registration requirements, the NSW chapter of the RAIA has announced the launch of a Formal Text CE service for members ›› Fitzpatrick + Partners have appointed a new partner, Simon Clark ›› PDML has appointed Simon Fallon as associate ›› Stage Two of the Allen Jack + Cottier designed race facility at Mt Panorama opened on 6 October, the first day of racing for the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Stage One of the $24 million project was completed in October 2004 ›› The Sustainable Cities report has been released by the House of Representatives Environment Committee ›› The NSW Chapter of the RAIA, in collaboration with the Master Builders Association of NSW and the National Association of Women in Construction, NSW, is preparing a grant application to fund a dedicated mentoring program tailored for women ›› The winners of the 2005 Northern Rivers Urban Design Awards have been announced.
Architecture Australia September/October 2005, vol 94 no 5:
- The design of 30 The Bond should have been credited to Lend Lease Design in collaboration with PTW Architects, page 20.
- In “Topophilia and Topophobia”, page 44, para. 3 line 8 should have read “refined kitsch” not “redefined kitsch”. In the same article para 6. line 8 should have read “visiting speakers” not “Western speakers”.
- Danpalon polycarbonate panels were used for strip skylights and not for inflatable ductwork, as was stated in the Coles, Gisborne, review on page 70.