Architecture Australia, May 1998

Architecture Australia, May 1998

Architecture Australia

Provocative, informative and engaging discussion of the best built works and the issues and events that matter.


Archive | 1 May 1998


When viewed objectively the RAIA appears in good health. Ric Butt has achieved great things during the past year and has put in place many …

Archive | 1 May 1998

CAD: The Wave Flows On

After years of resistance and scepticism, architects are slowly accepting computer design systems as competitive assets. We scan different positions within the current industry shift.

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Backless Bag LunchesThe forecourt of Chifley Square is described (AA Mar/Apr 98) as “a realm for public relaxation”. In the café perhaps, but certainly not …

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The Computer: Master or Servant?

Beyond CAD, new computer visualisation packages are finally performing as quick and convenient tools for free design as well as documentation and rendering. John Aspinall explains the possibilities.


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Eureka Salute

In a shift of house style, Cox Sanderson Ness deliver a compelling museum in memorium to the 1854 Eureka Stockade; the bloody battle between goldminers …

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Dune Creatures

Sheltered by sandbanks from the onshore blasts of the Fremantle Doctor, Blacket Smith’s crustaceous picnic shelters at WA’s Coogee Beach mark another step in Australia’s …

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City Tempo

McConnel Smith & Johnson punctuate a closed street in Sydney’s Chinatown with poetic words erupting from a tree-lined promenade-terminated by a cafĂ© shelter. Photography Bart …

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Sports Training

When large events are held at Sydney’s new Olympic Park and Showgrounds, most spectators will arrive by train-to an airy, soaring terminal designed by Rodney …

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Lizard Working

West of Sydney’s Blue Mountains is the Googar Creative Work Centre for indigenous inmates of Bathurst Gaol. Planned like a goanna, a totem of the local Wiradjuri, the pavilion was designed by the Merrima Aboriginal Design Unit of NSW Public Works & Services, led by Australia’s first Aboriginal architect, Denis Kombumerrie.

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Heritage Update

Sydney’s Customs House, an 1845 monument by Colonial Architect Mortimer Lewis, emerges from its fourth revamp with another layer of fashionable architecture and another controversy about ruining the dignity of the existing. After years in the dark, it’s now awaiting tenants.


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RMIT’s just-designed sport and recreation centre will talk across Swanston Street to Building 8 and Storey Hall-completing Australia’s most important and daring ensemble of millennial …

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EAST PERTH: VICTORIA GARDENS Ralph Drexel has designed bold interventions to Victoria Gardens, an upgraded park at the junction of Swan River and Claisebrook inlet, …

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With holiday snaps taken while hiking in Tasmania, French architect Philippe Robert reveals some special public works of Australia’s bush. I recently had the opportunity, …

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Scanning the nation for architectural news and noteworthy nuances.left Renzo Piano’s Centre Culturel Tijibaou, in Noumea; inspired by Kanak ‘cases’ (houses) and built in laminated …

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Notable results from the RAIA’s biennial poll of members’ attitudes, aspirations and circumstances.About 1200 architects responded to the RAIA’s latest membership attitude survey, posted out …

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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE OF THE WORLDEdited by Paul Oliver, Cambridge University Press, $1495 (three volumes). Put off leasing the new Saab for a month …

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Two recent student competitions-one sponsored by the Concrete Masonry Association and another by the University of NSW’s SOLARCH division-have focused on the design of sustainable buildings