WOHA Architects came second equal in Singapore’s Duxton Plain Public Housing Competition with a staggered honeycomb of homes and gardens floating over a public park • Leon van Schaik has edited Poetics in Architecture, a special issue of AD with a strong Melbourne showing, including work by Edmond and Corrigan, Kerstin Thompson, Sean Godsell, Tom Kovac, James Brearley, Stephen Bram and Allan Powell, and essays by Paul Carter, Nikos Papastergiardis, Justin Clemens and Mauro Baracco • The Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Newman College have been added to the UIA’s International Heritage Register • Work by five Australian practices has been selected for Next, “an exploration of the imminent future of architecture”, at the Venice Biennale, curated by Deyan Sudjic. The projects are Tower V by Wood Marsh, Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall, Shrine of Remembrance undercroft by Ashton Raggatt McDougal, Federation Square by Lab Architecture Studio, and Digital Architecture Gallery, RMIT, by Tom Kovac. Apparently there will not be an exhibition in the Australian pavilion due to a lack of funding • Nadia Watson, a student at QUT has received an honourable mention in the 2002 Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence for an outstanding essay. The jury included art historian James Ackerman, and architects Charles Correa, Connie Occhialini and Nicholas Ray • Woodhead International are redesigning every branch of the Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand
There are two joint winners of this year’s BHP Colorbond Biennale Prize, Nicholauz Cheong SengLim of UMelbourne for “Chaos and Planes in the City” and Marko Damic, of UNSW, for “Bondi Icebergs Complex” • Building Construction Interchange (BCI) an Australia-based project leads company active in Asia, has now launched BCI Australia • Photographer Wolfgang Sievers has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the arts.
New South Wales
Caroline Pidcock is the new president of the NSW Chapter of the RAIA • Misho + Associates and RIHS Architects are designing Australia’s Animal World, a fauna park for Darling Harbour • Planning NSW has approved changes to the masterplan for Jacksons Landing on Pyrmont Point. This will result in a 1.2 hectare park, a reduction in development density, new view corridors to the harbour and Anzac Bridge, and the buildings on Distillery Hill being reconfigured to be more slender. Lend Lease will adopt a “multi-architect approach”, with Denton Corker Marshall being commissioned for the first building on Distillery Hill • Sydney Design Week will see the Young Designer of the Year Awards, at the Powerhouse Museum, 8-18 August • The Wilcannia Health Service by Merrima won the Energy Australia Award in the Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Awards. William Hardy Wilson, by Zeny Edwards, won a Print Award. The tower and spire conservation at St John’s Darlinghurst won the Community Groups Award. Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners were the conservation architects • The NSW Government has released a draft of the revised Codes of Practice and tendering for the construction industry • The Historic Houses Trust Meet the Architects series continues with Harry Seidler on 28 July and Geoffrey Twybill on 1 September • The AILA’s State Awards have been announced. The Great Western Highway – Leura to Katoomba – masterplan, by Spackman & Mossop, has won the 2002 Award for Excellence. Spackman and Mossop also won the Civic and Urban Design Award for Cook and Philip Park, and the Transport and Infrastructure Award for the Moore Park Bus Interchange. Landscape Design Group, DPWS and Hassell won a masterplanning award for the Victoria Park Public Domain • Burley Katon Halliday has designed Habitat, a new apartment development in St Leonards • The Museum of Sydney is hosting a debate “What architecture exists beyond the eastern suburbs?” on August 21 • Developer Neville Fredericks is proposing an new urbanist “eco mini-city” on the outskirts of Wollongong. “Tullimbah” has been designed by Chip Kaufman, a disciple of Andres Duany, and Wendy Morris of Ecologically Sustainable Design • Richard Francis-Jones, of MGT, has won the limited competition for a $500 million office tower development proposed for 163 Castlereagh Street, which will incorporate the heritage-listed Legion House • Graham Thorp, of Peddle Thorp & Walker has died • The masterplan for the Department of Defence site next to Penrith railways station, by Architectus, has been released • Gemma Pena has been appointed associate partner at Crawford Architects • Innovarchi have received development approval for alterations to one of Sydney Ancher’s Maytone Avenue houses from the 1940s. The consultation process involved heritage architect Robert Moore, the RAIA Heritage Committee, DOCOMOMO and discussions with Syd’s former partner Stuart Murray, Syd’s son John Ancher and Glenn Murcutt • The City of Sydney has launched Barani, a new website showing the Aboriginal history of the city and environs • USydney has released a masterplan by MGT to upgrade and integrate the Darlington Campus into the main campus • The RAIA NSW Chapter is planning a conference “On Monumentality” for late August. Cohosted by the NSW universities, it aims to bridge between theory and practice. Kenneth Frampton will give the keynote address • Lloyd Allchin, retired managing partner of Stephenson & Turner, died in October last year • As part of Engineering Week Harry Seidler is leading a forum, “Are Tall Buildings the Future of Sydney’s CBD”, at the City Exhibition Space on 17 July • The Sustainable Energy Development Authority is running a series of seminars to help businesses improve their environmental performance • Rice Daubney has won the design competition for the redevelopment of Kindersley House, Bligh Street, Sydney for BT Office Trust.
Kerstin Thompson Architects have won the competition for the visitors centre at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne • The RAIA Vic Chapter celebrated World Environment Day with the forum Ego-centric Eco-centric Architecture with speakers Peter Ellyard, Peter Elliott, Peter Corrigan, Caroline Pidcock and Ross Blair • The State Government has established the Victorian Design Advisory Council to advise on urban planning issues • Dale Jones-Evans is the architect for a group of high school students in Hawkesdale, rural Victoria, who are planning to redevelop a toilet block and pool changing rooms into a tourist development • Catherine Evans has left ARM to become professional services manager of the Vic Chapter of the RAIA • The headquarters and garden of the Royal Victorian Institute of the Blind, designed in the 1860s by Crouch and Wilson, has been listed by Heritage Victoria. Plans to build an eight-level office building in the front garden and a 20-level residential tower behind have been postponed • The new County Court, by architects in association Daryl Jackson, Sinclair Knight Merz, Lyons is open • Ken Sowerby has designed a 12-storey office tower with a 5-star energy rating for the site behind Scots Church in Collins Street • Planning minister Mary Delahunty has declined permission for a residential tower on the CUB site, designed by Robert Peck von Hartel Trethowan, which would have overshadowed Queen Victoria Market • Proposals for the Sandridge Bridge development have been scrapped, with the State Government now proposing that it be used as a footbridge • Professor Ruth Fincher has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at UMelbourne, following Ross King’s retirement. Also at UMelbourne, Professor Philip Goad has accepted a Chair of Architecture and Associate Professor Kim Dovey has accepted a Chair of Architecture and Urban Design • CAD Conference 2002 will be held in Melbourne in early August • BKK Architects curated a onenightevent at Penthouse and Pavement Gallery as part of the international Faites de la Lumiere light festival. This coincides with events in Paris, London, Chicago, Madrid, and 12 other cities • The Department of Infrastructure commissioned five architects to propose concept plans for Queensbridge Square, on the Yarra as part of a “design by inquiry” process.Work was produced by Peter Elliott Architects with Sinatra Murphy, Tract Consultants and Gary Emery, Urban Initiatives, Swaney Draper, and Kerstin Thompson with Julian Raxworthy and Jason McNamee. The project was controversial as the designers were required to relinquish copyright of their proposals, but work is now proceeding • The City of Stonnington have announced their annual urban design awards. Neometro won the Judges Award and Best New Residential Development: Multiple Dwellings. Best New Residential Development: Single Dwelling went to Richard Kerr Architect, Best Heritage Design: Alterations and Additions/ Restoration was won by Cattarch, Grant Amon won Best Alteration and Addition: Existing Building and Acui Edwards Architects won the Best Non-Residential development category.
Australian Capital Territory
The Kingston Foreshores Development was officially launched in May with the opening of the project’s information centre. Stage 1A of the project has now been approved • Two Canberra urban planners, Claire Middleton and Barry Hamilton, took part in a conference in East Timor to assist with the rebuilding of East Timor • Stage one of the Lerida Estate winery, by Glenn Murcutt, has opened • Plans to demolish the Belconnen Offices are being challenged by John Andrews under the Moral Rights Legislation • The new manager of the ACT Chapter of the RAIA is Marion Reilly.
The RAIA Qld regional awards have been announced. The Brisbane Building of the Year is Cox Rayner’s Goodwill Bridge and Maritime Museum refurbishment. The Brisbane House of the Year is the Deception Bay Youth Housing by Richard Kirk Architect. The Darling Downs Building of the Year is the Micro/Health Laboratory by M3 Architecture. The Sunshine Coast Building of the Year is the Hyatt Regency Coolum Health and Spa Refurbishment by Bligh Voller Nield. The Sunshine Coast House of the Year is the Currimundi Lake House by Steffen Tuck. The Gold Coast House of the Year is the Clothiers Creek House by Elizabeth Watson-Brown. The Far North Queensland Building of the Year is St Therese’s Church by Robin Gibson & Partners. The Central Queensland Building of the Year is the Emerald Airport by Sanders Turner Ellick Architects • Ed Haysom has established a new practice Haysom Architects • The Lark Quarry Trackways building by Gall & Medek Architects, a passively controlled building to protect a fossilised track from a dinosaur stampede, is nearly complete • The AILA state awards have been announced. The overall Landscape Excellence Award went to Stephen Pate Landscape Architects for Edenbrooke, which also won the award for Garden Design Broad Scale and the Environmental Landscape Award. The Civic Design and the Design of Urban Spaces award went to Woods Bagot for Greenmount Headland. The Landscape Design within Building or Infrastructure Settings award was won by Gillespies Australia for the Inner City Bypass. The Roma Street Parklands, also by Gillespies, won the award for Open Space and Recreational Design. Hassell won the Harry Oakman Tribute Award for the Margate Foreshore Redevelopment • Andrew Wilson, of QUT, is curating HAYES & SCOTT: post war houses at the UQueensland Art Museum. Opening on 3 October it will be followed by a book on Hayes & Scott from NMBW • Arkhefield have completed new premises for the Queensland Theatre Company.
The new RAIA SA Chapter offices by Phillips/Pilkington are complete • Tenders have been called to develop the former Balfours Wauchope site, on the corner of Franklin Street and Morphett Street, and the Franklin Street bus terminal site • Scott Drake has been confirmed as program director for architecture at UniSA • Emilis Prelgauskas is continuing his housing series which “achieve energy efficiency by design rather than by compliance” • Stephen Ward, formerly manager of the Design and Heritage Management Division, DAIS, has accepted a lectureship UniSA • The SANTOS Petroleum Engineering building at UAdelaide by Hassell is nearing completion • Stafford Architects in collaboration with Woodhead International, have finished a new winery in the Barossa • Chapman Herbert Architects are redeveloping Mount Gambier City Hall, to reorient the 1880s heritage-listed civic buildings towards the garden and to provide a forum for a range cultural and social activities • John Maitland, Nick Ingerson, Warwick O’Brien, Emilis Prelgauskas and Paul Whatnell are part of Atelier U+E, an organisation designed to provide standard energy efficiency ratings and develop new solutions (www.aue.sa.on.net) • Mulloway has completed the Moana Surf Life Saving Club.
Michael Broderick has won the Architects Board of WA 2002 Award for his work with WA schools • The BOC Gases site in Subiaco is to be redeveloped as a housing subdivision • Celebrations to mark the completion of the Fremantle Maritime Museum by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland were held in May. Installation of the exhibits has now begun with the museum opening expected prior to Christmas • Architects and others interested in improving the design of educational facilities attended an conference, described by delegates as excellent, in Fremantle organised by the Australian Chapter of the Council for Educational Facility Planning International • Alan Saunders of Radio National’s Comfort Zone has been in Perth interviewing a number of architects about the WA scene • The Perth International Arts Festival 2003 is running a limited competition for the design of a Field House on the edge of a salt lake just out of Kalgoorlie. The structure is to allow viewing of an installation by British sculptor Antony Gormley. Entries have been invited from Blacket Smith, David Hartree Design Associates, IPH Architects, Odden Rodrigues Architects and Bernard Seeber Architects • Rothe Lowman are designing a new resort in Broome.
Robert Morris-Nun and Associates are designing a new hotel for the old Springs site in Hobart • The Wood Design Centre in Launceston by David Travalia and Richard Leplastrier is now open.
The fate of the Beni Burnett houses on Myilly Point in Darwin is still uncertain. Expressions of interest in the ownership and management of the houses, which recognise that the National Trust will remain a tenant, are due in July • Longitude 131, a luxury hotel at Ayers Rock, designed by Cox Richardson, is now open.