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FMSA Architects’ winning design for Melbourne’s Federation Arch.
associate at Hayball Leonard Stent >> The Hanover Design Competition will pair architects with developers in an attempt to address low-cost housing in the city. The site is the former Fish Market on the corner of Flinders and Spencer Streets. The ideas competition has been set up by Hanover Welfare Services in association with the State Government, the City of Melbourne and The Age, who will support it with a series of articles. Contestants are NFK and Mirvac, ARM and Australand, Lyons and MAB, Peter Elliott and Docklands, John Wardle Architects and Becton, Elenberg Fraser and Abigroup, Kerstin Thompson Architects and Grollo, Six Degrees and Staged Developments Australia

The National Capital Authority’s $1.5 million upgrade of the Anzac Parade paths has improved accessibility to the ten memorials >> GHD are refurbishing Becker House, the Australian Academy of Science’s Dome by Roy Grounds as a Federation project. The 1959 building won both the Sulman Award and the Canberra Medallion

Hassell is working on the new Multi User Integrated Terminal at Adelaide airport >> PPK Environment & Infrastructure has been appointed to prepare the "Coast Park Concept Plan" for Adelaide’s seventy kilometre stretch of metropolitan coastline. As part of this project the State Government has made a $142,000 open space grant for the redevelopment of the Semaphore Foreshore >> Hassell are preparing a draft Plan Amendment Report for the Park Lands Precinct of the Adelaide Development Plan; and a plan for the development, use and management of Botanic Park >> The unlisted Glenelg mansion (1864) is to be "sacrificed" for extra carparking in a Colley Terrace apartment development >> Swanbury Penglase are conducting a Conservation Plan Review for the Adelaide Oval

The University of Tasmania plans to demolish Christ College, Dirk Bolt’s acclaimed 1960s residential complex >> Don Thompson is the long-awaited state manager of the Tasmanian Chapter >> Dr Roger Fay has been appointed Professor and Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Tasmania >> The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is running an appeal to help fund the purchase of over 1500 drawings by the colonial architect Henry Hunter. An extensive database of the drawings has been launched on the TMAG website >> Barry Shelton and Leigh Woolley’s Draft Site Development Plan for Princes Wharf No. 1 and No. 2 is now the basis of an enquiry process by the Resource Planning and Development Commission >> The highlights of Living Working Cities, the International Cities and Town Centres Conference, were key note addresses by Alfonso Martinez Cearra from Bilbao and Donovan Rypkema from Washington DC >> The Univerity ofTasmania is running an Australian Timber Design Workshop early in 2001 >> Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall, by Forward Viney and Partners (now Forward Brianese and Partners), is having problems with the perceived fire performance of ”’Thermocell" walls. Temporary occupancy will be given by Council only if a fire brigade unit is present at functions >> Community hackles have been raised by the siting of the Tasmanian Wood Design Centre, designed by David Travalia assisted by Richard Leplastrier, inside the boundaries of City Park, Launceston’s oldest parkland

The Architects Studio are involved in the controversial relocation and reconstruction of the Wesleyan Methodist Church - built in 1897 as a demountable building - from a central CBD site to the Botanic Gardens >> Phillip Cox is doing a major refurbishment of Ayers Rock Resort >> Steve Huntington reports that ex-NT Chapter President Ross Tonkin has been eaten by a crocodile, while attempting to save NT Chapter Manager Julie Culvert from a box jellyfish. AA has been unable to verify this >> Shortlisted for the new Convention Centre are the Paspalis Group Consortium and Multiplex with Phillip Cox and Spowers >> The Architects Studio is preparing preliminary concept designs for a new Park Headquarters in the Charles Darwin National Park >> Following a presentation by Nigel Shaw, the NT Government is considering using a design charette process in the planning of a development in Darwin’s Docklands

Curtin University’s "Habitus 2000" included papers by leading sociologist Pierre Bordieu, on video link from France, and Richard Wilkes, a Nyoongar elder from Perth. Joseph Rykwert’s "Greening the City" suggested that sustainability has been disappointing in design terms - illustrated by some less than compelling work. The critique was welcomed by some, but disappointed others who felt it lacked truly constructive suggestions >> Big Journey, Small Buildings, work on the theme of the historic C.Y. O’Connor Kalgoorlie "pipeline" is on show at the John Curtin Gallery >> Draft planning rules, approved by the State Government, will force the Leighton Beach development to be dramatically downscaled

Ashton Raggat McDougall, Rush\Wright Associates Landscape Architects and Charlwood Design Industrial Designers have joined forces to create Level 11, a new exhibition/project space in Flinders Lane >> >> Eggleston Mcdonald DesignInc has changed its name to DesignInc Melbourne >> The past is the future for Bates Smart who are moving their office to Orica House, (formerly ICI House), an early highrise steel office tower designed by Bates Smart McCutcheon in the 50s >> Artist William Seeto’s architecture-based perceptual environment work is on show at the RMIT Gallery in November >> The University of Melbourne is initiating a design focussed Master of Architecture by coursework, co-ordinated by Dr Paul Walker >> The well attended seminar "Environmentally Sustainable Architecture: Lip Service or Reality?" was the Victorian Chapter’s contribution to World Architecture Day on October 2 >> Denton Corker Marshall will design the new Chinese Consulate on Toorak Road >> Synman Justin Bialek and Nation Fender Katsalidis have formed a new practice SJB/NFK Architects >> The RAIA Victorian Chapter is trying to re-establish the Robert and Ada Haddon Scholarship, which gave young architects the opportunity to gain credibility for unbuilt competition work >> Fringe Architecture included the first annual Golden Toilet Awards. The Thomas Crapper Award for built work went to Grant Amon Architects, the RBA Group Prize for student work to Adam Pustola, and the Dymaxion Prize for unbuilt work to Simon Ellis >> FMSA Architects have won the competition for a Federation Arch to span Princes Bridge >> Construction has begun on Wood/Marsh’s new building for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art >> The seventy acre Pentridge Gaol site in Coburg is to become Pentridge Village, a commercial and residential development. CBG Architects are working on sketch designs for the "Walled City" precinct >> The State Government has approved a $12 million grant towards the revitalization of central Geelong >> The Vic Chapter is working to raise the profile of architecture with the new state government with "Design Symposium", an event aimed at advisers and senior government personnel >> The government has disbanded the working group appointed to find a replacement for the axed Federation Square shard. No decision had been reached >> Josu Ortuondo, ex Mayor of Bilbao, and Arie Rahamimoff, Chief Architect-Urban Designer, Jerusalem, spoke at Reinventing the Edge, a first in the City of Melbourne’s City Edge 2 series >> Tom Jordan has been appointed as an

C3D + Tony Caro Architecture’s winning design for the Sydney Town Hall Precinct Competition
architects in a competition to design "The Ultimate Beach House", three to seven of which will be built >> UQ Dept of Architecture will begin a new coursework Masters program in 2001 >> Cox Rayner have been appointed to masterplan QUT’s Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses >> Moves are underway to establish a United Nations Habitat office in Queensland, to conduct work in Asia Pacific >> Members of the UQ’s architecture and engineering departments met with East Timor representatives to discuss rebuilding. Discussions are in process for UQ to work with Hassell, who have been commissioned by the World Bank to conduct a major strategic planning exercise >> QUT’s mid 70s student housing complex at Kelvin Grove, by John Dalton, is now in danger as part of the Gona Barracks redevelopment site >> Archibett are working with Wilbow Corporation addressing siting issues to ensure the correct orientation of houses within newly planned estates >> UQ is insisting that all buildings include some sandstone, leading to some rather alarming additions >> Gabriel Poole is developing his low cost housing work in a project with Kawana Housing. They aim to sell house and land packages for $140,000

Alarm bells are ringing over groovy developers morehuman’s promotional material, which surprised various Sydney architects by featuring work without notification or permission. The slick brochure features key projects which the morehuman group has only the most tenuous connections to. Attributions are generally correct, but key roles are implied although not actually stated >> Philip Vivian has been appointed as a director of Bates Smart >> The City of Sydney, the MCA and the University of Sydney are investigating the "Lord Mayor’s preferred option" for the MCA. Rafael Moneo, Nonda Katsalidis, Francesco Venezia, Richard Francis Jones and Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton have been shortlisted for the $59 million redevelopment. The Architect Selection Panel is chaired by Renzo Piano and includes Lord Mayor Frank Sartor, MCA Director Elizabeth Ann McGregor, film maker Dr George Miller and NSW Art Gallery Director Edmund Capon. The City could not reach an agreement with Kazuyo Sejima regarding her involvement. No comment is available on rumours regarding a fee paid to Sejima on her winning the first competition >> The Land Environment Court, widely perceived to favour developers, is under review. Lord Mayor Frank Sartor described the Court as a "second chance" for disgruntled developers >> Norman Foster is designing a $500 million office tower for BT Office Trust’s development at 126 Phillip Street >> The University of Newcastle School of Architecture got the top rating for overall student satisfaction in the Graduate Careers Council of Australia’s Course Experience Questionnaire >> Fumihiko Maki gave the Third Wilkinson Lecture in Architecture at the Sydney Media Centre, organized by the University of Sydney, in cooperation with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the RAIA >> DEM Design and Gillespies Australia have merged to become DEM Gillespies >> Greenpeace’s "How Green the Games" provides a detailed environmental assessment of the Olympics, charting the "wins and losses" and outlining "lessons learned" for the future >> Peter Droege has organised an exhibition of Potsdamer Square at the City Exhibition Space from December to March >> U Newcastle has had no luck finding a new professor, the search will extend into next year. Associate Professor Lindsay Johnston is now Acting Dean >> C3D + Tony Caro Architecture have won the Sydney Town Hall Precinct Competition. Runners up were Conybeare Morrison International, Anthony Burke of New York and Su Chen of Maryland >> John Choi and Tai Ropiha, have left Hassell to build up their practice Choi Ropiha >> Italian architectural scholar Francesco Garafolo is participating in the University of NSW’s conference to honour Romaldo Giurgola on his eightieth birthday >> Paul Keating has been appointed to the Board of Architects of New South Wales >> The Bondi Iceberg pools are to be redeveloped >> The National Trust believes that John Verge’s Tempe House is threatened by Rockdale Council’s new local environment plan

Scanning the nation for architectural news and noteworthy nuances.

Federation Square features in the penultimate issue of Assemblage, the highly influential American mag >> Ex-Melburnian wunderkind Felicity Scott will co-edit The Grey Room, Assemblage’s successor >> Italian journal Casabella has abandoned plans for a special issue on Australia and New Zealand, but will publish some of the work collected for the issue separately >> Wallpaper*, the international style bible, features Denton Corker Marshall’s Emery house in its latest issue >> Davina Jackson and Chris Johnson are off on an international lecture tour >> Daniel Libeskind has apparently taken exception to Ashton Raggatt McDougall’s "sampling" of the Jewish Museum in the new National Musuem in Canberra; World Architecture reports that Libeskind is considering legal action >> Expat David Lindford has won the Bern Football Stadium Competition >> John Hockings of UQ is undertaking a major housing project in the Republic of Kiribati to replace outdated non-traditional housing stock in the capital, Tarawa. New designs have been prepared for the Kiribati Housing Corporation and prototypes are underway >> A giant glass whale, designed by Brisbane firm Thompson Adsett as the Pavilion of Hope, has been voted the official landmark pavilion of Expo 2000, Hanover >> Buchan Group with Carlos Zampatta and Ellerby Beckett have won an Amercian Institute of Architects award for excellence for their entry into the Perth Convention Centre competition >> Cox Rayner have been shortlisted in the competition to replan Ye Chang and the Shanghai waterfront

The National Competition Council has released a discussion paper arguing that full market competition should apply to all professional organizations. RAIA CEO Michael Peck, described the paper as a "blatant attempt to influence" Cabinet deliberations on the future of the architectural profession

The University of Queensland has demolished John Dalton’s house for Sir Zelman Cowen >> Noel Robinson of DesignInc will chair Construction Queensland - Export Taskforce >> Brisbane City Council has formed a new Urban Design Advisory Panel. Members include John Hockings, chair, Helen Armstrong (Lord Mayor’s nominees), Liz Pidgeon (Property Council), Michael Rayner (RAIA) and John Byrne (RAPI) >>Arkhefield has won the commission for the buildings surrounding the new Townsville hospital >> Kerry Hill is masterplanning the first resort at Casuarina Beach, DesignInc is managing thirteen other



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