Reviews

Green Spine by UN Studio and Cox Architecture.

Futures, festivities and furore: 2018 in review

27 Dec 2018, Josh Harris

ArchitectureAU looks back at the people, projects and moments that shaped the architectural discourse in Australia in 2018.

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Suburbia: The Familiar and Forgotten by Warren Kirk (Scribe, 2018).

Brutalist beauties, suburban oddballs and better cities: 2018 summer reading list for architects

27 Dec 2018, Josh Harris

ArchitectureAU journalist Josh Harris rounds up some of the more enjoyable books on architecture from 2018.

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Jeremy Irons in High-rise. By international law, all architects in film and television have to be lit like this.

Dystopian and aloof: The pathology of architects in cinema

21 Dec 2018, Patrick Hunn

ArchitectureAU journalist Patrick Hunn rounds up three architecture-inspired movies for an indoor television holiday away from the studio.

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Jørn Utzon at the Utzon House in Hellebæk.

The wandering architect: Utzon unlocked

20 Dec 2018, Philip Drew

Reflecting on an exhibitionthat celebrated the centenary of Jørn Utzon’s birth, Philip Drew explores how the ruined pyramids of the Maya and the invention of the Super 8 film camera shaped the architect’s work.

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Patricia Piccinini, Skywhale 2013, nylon, polyester, nomex, hyperlast, cable, 340 x 230 x 200 cm, commissioned for The Centenary of Canberra.

‘The female perspective on love and emotional intensity’: Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester exhibition

14 Dec 2018, Emily Wong

Tarrawarra Museum of Art is now playing host to an exhibition of works by Australian artists Patricia Piccinini and Joy Hester.

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The Melbourne Pavilion at Hong Kong's DesignInspire, as part of Business of Design Week.

Creating better cities: Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week 2018

12 Dec 2018, Cassie Hansen

At the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, a purpose-built pavilion showcased the largest-ever presentation international presentation of Victorian design.

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Cookie by Phillip Schemnitz Architect.

‘Magic at work’: Cookie’s architect on its enduring design

6 Dec 2018, Phillip Schemnitz

Phillip Schemnitz, who has designed some of Melbourne’s most-treasured restaurants, bars and nightclubs, reflects on his career and the people who have defined it.

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Installation view of Escher x Nendo at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Escher x Nendo will surprise, delight and challenge

5 Dec 2018, Sasha Grishin

The National Gallery of Victoria engaged Oki Sato of Tokyo design studio Nendo to enter a dialogue with Dutch artist Escher and his world of impossible objects, endless stairs and radical visual transformation.

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Frida Escobedo’s pavilion is aligned to the Serpentine Gallery beyond.

Summer of architecture and art: Christo, Jeanne-Claude and the Serpentine Pavilion.

29 Nov 2018, Colin Martin

In London, Colin Martin explores an exhibition by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the latest Serpentine Pavilion.

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Trinity College.

The ascension of Celtic architecture: 2018 RIAI Conference

23 Nov 2018, Philip Vivian

Philip Vivian, design director of Bates Smart, reviews The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland’s 2018 conference in Dublin.

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Pritzker Prize-winner Eduardo Souto de Moura spoke to the group at Arquia Próxima about four projects. Haley Hooper described him as "kingly, comedic and super relaxed".

‘Architecture is form’: Arquia Próxima

21 Nov 2018, Haley Hooper

Haley Hooper reports on the evolution of Spanish architecture and a talk from Pritzker Prize-winner Eduardo Souto de Moura.

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Speakers at The Architecture Symposium, Sydney.

All we can hope or ask for: The Architecture Symposium Sydney

16 Nov 2018, Mark Raggatt

At The Architecture Symposium Sydney, an event billed as giving voice to Australia’s world-class architects, Mark Raggatt found the day full of questioning and hope.

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Ann-Maree Ruffles (ThomsonAdsett) speaks at the 2018 Health Care/Health Design conference.

Human need, human condition: 2018 Health Care / Health Design conference

8 Nov 2018, Casey Bryant

At the 2018 Health Care / Health Design conference, Casey Bryant found opportunities and challenges emerging as the home and the hospital become increasingly intertwined.

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Old School / New School 2018 was held at the Sofitel in Melbourne on 26 September.

Designing for the unknown: 2018 Old School / New School conference

19 Oct 2018, Josh Harris

Bringing together influential architects, designers and educators to discuss the future of education design, 2018’s Old School / New School was held at the Sofitel in Melbourne on 26 September.

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A presentation at ADR18.

A new phase in the evolution of design research

18 Oct 2018, Pia Ednie-Brown

Pia Ednie-Brown reviews the first Annual Design Research conference at the University of Sydney and finds it “a tantalizing whiff of the the future.”

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Work Place/Work Life 2018.

‘Understanding the lives of employees and the personalities of companies’: 2018 Work Place / Work Life forum

12 Oct 2018, Hannes Zirknitzer

Work Place / Work Life, the annual workplace design forum that is part of the Design Speaks program, threw diverse perspectives and knowledge backgrounds into the turbulent discourse of workplace strategy and design.

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In Urban Decay, miniaturist Joshua Smith depicts "overlooked" buildings from across Sydney, including the Karim Building on Wentworth Avenue, the Olympia Milk Bar on Parramatta Road, and the Chinese Ginsengs and Herbs Co. building in Haymarket.

‘Through the eyes of a street artist’: the work of miniaturist Joshua Smith

27 Sep 2018, Campbell Drake, Luke Tipene

Luke Tipene and Campbell Drake, lecturers at the University of Technology Sydney, in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, reflect on Joshua Smith’s Urban Decay Exhibition.

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Australia's exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Repair, by creative directors Baracco and Wright Architects and Linda Tegg.

Elegant and experimental: Repair

31 Aug 2018, Justin Mallia

Justin Mallia reviews Australia’s exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and finds it “an elegant and visually striking composition” that is “eloquently composed and engagingly experiential.”

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The Australian exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale curated by Baracco and Wright Architects with artist Linda Tegg explores the concept of “repair”.

Environment, habitat and cultural history: Repair

29 Aug 2018, Dermot Foley

‘Repair’, the Australian exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale calls us to reflect upon environment, habitat and the cultural history within which we work as designers.

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The Australian Ugliness by Eugenia Lim and collaborators.

Ambassador of taste: Eugenia Lim’s The Australian Ugliness

23 Aug 2018, Ella Leoncio

In this three-channel video installation, Lim plays a stylized, alien figure, “the Ambassador,” who navigates some of Australia’s most iconic architectural works.

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Table Top Apartments by Kwong Von Glinow Design Office uses a system of modules that is flexible to accommodate the various lot sizes of New York City and is adaptable to various unit combinations.

Shifting the status quo: 2018 Housing Futures

14 Aug 2018, Heidi Dokulil

Heidi Dokulil reviews the 2018 Housing Futures forum, which explored what makes a residential development work and how to regulate quality at a time when a short-term, calculator-driven model is at its peak.

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Dangrove by Tzannes (2018).

A continuing city: The work of 2018 Gold Medallist Alec Tzannes

14 Aug 2018, Philip Goad

Through the lens of an “overriding preoccupation with the city,” Philip Goad examines the architectural oeuvre of 2018 Gold Medallist Alec Tzannes, who has “helped to build and shape the difficult metropolis that is Sydney.”

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Ian Strange's Island series was on exhibition at the RMIT Project Space.

Domestic interventions: Ian Strange’s Island

24 Jul 2018, Daniel Palmer

In his latest work, artist Ian Strange presents an ambiguous portrait of the suburban home, oscillating from place of refuge to one of entrapment perilously wedded to political, financial and environmental (mis)fortunes.

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The 2018 National Architecture Conference.

Edge conditions: National Architecture Conference 2018

23 Jul 2018, Linda Cheng

At the 2018 National Architecture Conference, ideas from the discursive, socio-political, professional and disciplinary peripheries were discussed as well as the physical edges of the built environment.

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1. Best body of work –- Netherlands pavilion: Work, Body, Leisure by Marina Otero Verzier.

‘What exactly is Freespace?’: a wildly subjective ranking of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

15 Jun 2018, Grace Mortlock, David Neustein

Grace Mortlock and David Neustein of Other Architects reveal their top ten pavilions and exhibits at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, plus a bonus not ranked section.

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“Recasting” by Alison Brooks Architects (United Kingdom).

Venice 2018: Freespace / Womanspace

6 Jun 2018, Nicole Kalms

Nicole Kalms assembles a list of some of the most unmissable projects by women at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Joao Barroso from the Adjaye Associates and BVN team.

Advertisements for Architecture: Adelaide Contemporary Forum

1 Jun 2018, Athanasios Lazarou

Four of the six design teams shortlisted in the Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition presented in a sold-out forum at the University of Adelaide. Athanasios Lazarou considers their proposals.

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Permanent Impermanence: Spontaneity and joy in Gold Coast architecture

Permanent Impermanence: Spontaneity and joy in Gold Coast architecture

25 May 2018, Virginia Rigney

A portrait of the inherently transient character of the Gold Coast, this recent suite of photographs by John Gollings documents and celebrates a nimble architecture that responds to the “very human desire for spontaneity and joy.”

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Exhibition image of Yayoi Kusama’s Flower Obsession 2017 on display in NGV Triennial at NGV International 2017.

‘High art’ and entertainment: NGV Triennial

11 Apr 2018, Rachel Hurst

Rachel Hurst reviews the National Gallery of Victoria’s “blockbuster” inaugural NGV Triennial exhibition, with works from more than 100 contributors from 32 countries.

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Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre by BVN.

Game on: The architecture of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

4 Apr 2018, Linda Cheng

ArchitectureAU takes a look at the new and significantly redeveloped sporting facilities playing host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

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Sketch portraits of The Architecture Symposium speakers.

‘Eating the whole pig’: Highlights from the 2018 Asia-Pacific Architecture Forum

21 Mar 2018, Phillip Nielsen

Phillip Nielsen reviews the 2018 Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, which took place at venues across Brisbane from 10 to 23 March.

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Charles House garden: Scleranthus biflorus (cushion bush) grows around granite boulders and clumps of grasses capture the golden morning light.

Living landscapes: Five residential gardens

14 Mar 2018, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

From the conscious chaos of the Towers Road Residence garden to the restrained elegance of Fairfield House, Landscape Australia editor Emily Wong rounds up five recent projects that explore landscapes as spaces for living.

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A render of the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre by Peter Stutchbury Architecture.

The women behind Australia’s built future

7 Mar 2018, Linda Cheng

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, ArchitectureAU speaks to the women at the helm of five highly anticipated architectural projects, from a new model of housing to vast and complex educational and healthcare facilities.

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‘A gracious and elegant lady doing a man's job’: Australia's first woman architect

‘A gracious and elegant lady doing a man’s job’: Australia’s first woman architect

7 Mar 2018, Linda Cheng

ArchitectureAU revisits Robert Freestone and Bronwyn Hanna’s 2008 book Florence Taylor’s Hats, which chronicles the extraordinary achievements of Australia’s first woman architect.

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Mrs M: a story of architectural and romantic alliances in a bold new world

Mrs M: a story of architectural and romantic alliances in a bold new world

27 Feb 2018, Stella de Vulder

Stella de Vulder reviews Mrs M, a historical fiction told through the eyes of Elizabeth Macquarie, widow of Governor Lachlan Macquarie and her alliance with convict architect Francis Greenway.

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John Gollings: The history of the built world at Monash Art Gallery.

John Gollings: The history of the built world

22 Feb 2018, Paul Walker

Paul Walker visits a major retrospective exhibition of John Gollings’ work and finds the photographer “an explorer of the architectural image’s possibilities.”

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M+, a museum of visual culture, by Herzog and de Meuron.

Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week to partner with Melbourne in 2018

16 Feb 2018, Editorial Desk AAU

Melbourne has been selected as the partner for Business of Design Week 2018, ArchitectureAU reports on the 2017 program in anticipation of the focus on Melbourne’s creative sector in 2018.

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Artichoke Night School session twenty-four speakers (from left) Ronnen Goren, Tracey Wiles, Michael Drescher and Ben Kluger.

Artichoke Night School No. 24: The value of hotel design

1 Feb 2018, Hannah Wolter

Four designers discussed the value of hotel design at the recent Artichoke Night School session in Melbourne.

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Green Square Library and Plaza by Stewart Hollenstein and Colin Stewart Architects.

Five architecture competitions coming to fruition in 2018

17 Jan 2018, Linda Cheng

ArchitectureAU rounds up five of the most anticipated projects that originated from design competitions and are nearing completion.

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Sirius building in The Rocks, Sydney, designed by Tao Gofers, 1979.

The hottest issues of 2017

27 Dec 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

From architects behaving badly to fighting to save our public assets, we round up the top events of the year that were most resoundingly decried by our readers.

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Bardon House by Bureau Proberts.

Back to nature: Most popular houses of 2017

27 Dec 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

The top five most popular houses published on ArchitectureAU in 2017 are deeply concerned with their place in the Australian landscape.

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