Tag: Modernism

Rifat Chadirji was born in Baghdad in 1926.
The World | Editorial Desk AAU | 16 Apr 2020

Father of modern Iraqi architecture dies of COVID-19

Rifat Chadirji, the prominent Iraqi architect, photographer and author, has died in London at the age of 93 after contracting COVID-19.

Enveloped by a broad gable roof, Porter House is designed across a split-level plan that works with the fall of the site.
Projects | Simon Reeves | 11 Mar 2020

Revisited: Porter House

Located in Warrandyte, Victoria, Porter House launched the practice of young mid-century architect Albert Ross, who had cut his teeth working at celebrated studio Grounds, Romberg and Boyd.

32 Howitt Road by Ernest Fooks.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 21 Feb 2020

Heritage review identifies mid-century ‘hidden gems’ in south-east Melbourne

A council in south-east Melbourne has commissioned a heritage review of post-war buildings identifying a number of “hidden gems.”

Harry Seidler and fellow students at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, USA, 1946.
Discussion | Caroline Montague | 12 Feb 2020

Thistleblowers: Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond

Caroline Montague explores a new publication that celebrates this iconic movement and the spread of its influence.

Roman Pavlyshyn (1964).
People | Don Watson | 20 Jan 2020

Vale Roman Pavlyshyn, 1922–2019

Émigré architect and civil servant Roman Pavlyshyn’s influence on the development of public architecture in 20th Century Queensland was profound.

The existing Ryde Civic Centre by Leslie J. Buckland and C. Druce.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 10 Jan 2020

Modernist council building in Sydney’s Ryde to be replaced

A development application for a new civic centre in the Sydney suburb of Ryde, dubbed “The New Heart of Ryde,” has been referred to the Sydney North Planning Panel.

The New Heart of Ryde by Plus Architecture.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 10 Jan 2020

Redevelopment of Ryde civic centre pushes ahead despite serious misgivings

Construction of the New Heart of Ryde, designed by Plus Architecture, will go ahead despite attempts by councillors to halt the project.

The Student Union Building in 1965.
News | Josh Harris | 20 Dec 2019

Bid to save modernist UQ Union Complex fails

The Queensland Heritage Council has rejected an application to list a Stephen Trotter-designed building paving the way for its demolition.

Significant expansion and remodelling work of the Kurt Popper-designed Elwood Talmud Torah occurred in 1972–73.
Projects | Catherine Townsend | 7 Oct 2019

A story of migration, refuge and reconstruction: Elwood Talmud Torah

Viennese émigré Kurt Popper was a remarkable and prolific architect who helped introduce European modernism to the design of Australia’s places of worship.

Brett House by Robin Boyd.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 7 Oct 2019

Boyd’s modernist take on Georgian design to be heritage listed

“A Modern reinterpretation of established Georgian design principles” by modernist architect Robin Boyd has been recommended for inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register.

Baudish House (1964) by Ken Woolley.
Discussion | Davina Jackson | 2 Jul 2019

How the ‘Sydney School’ changed postwar Australian architecture

Davina Jackson explores the genesis of the Sydney School of architecture that emerged in the 1960s – and attempts to locate it in the broader modernist movement.

The Student Union Building in 1965.
News | Josh Harris | 3 Jun 2019

Push to save UQ Union Complex, ‘hub of Queensland democracy’

An application has been lodged to list a modernist student union building on the Queensland Heritage register, in a bid to save it from demolition.

Enrico Taglietti.
People | Howard Tanner | 9 May 2019

A Canberra visionary: Vale Enrico Taglietti 1926 – 2019

Architect Howard Tanner remembers the late Enrico Taglietti, who brought a European sophistication and sensibility to the national capital.

Reinstating the original wraparound verandah re-exposed the living room as an operable corner.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 19 Feb 2019

A clarifying transformation: Dyer Street House

James Russell Architect’s astute adjustments to this 1959 modernist home seamlessly meld future-aware adaptations to bring new equilibrium to the dwelling.

Herbert Bayer-design sign for the Bauhaus in Dessau.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 19 Feb 2019

Germany launches international design competition in celebration of Bauhaus centenary

The German government has launched a design competition to mark 100 years since the founding of the legendary Bauhaus School.

Virginia admires the detail in the translucent modulated ceiling of Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Store.
The World | Virginia Waller | 3 Jan 2019

The streets of San Francisco

In this postcard from San Francisco, Sydney architect Virginia Waller reflects on the “heroic modernism” of the city’s striking cathedral, the towering Transamerica pyramid and a famous gift store designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Neptune’s Fishbowl in South Yarra by Robin Boyd, completed 1970.
Exhibitions | 21 Nov 2018

Peter Wille: Out Driving exhibition

Architectural draughtsman and amateur photographer Peter Wille’s photographs of Melbourne’s mid-century architecture will be on display for the first time from 1 December 2018 at the State Library of Victoria.

The Commercial Travellers Association Club building on the corner of the MLC Centre plaza, designed by Harry Seidler.
News | Josh Harris | 5 Nov 2018

Nine Sydney modernist masterpieces put forward for heritage protection

The City of Sydney has recommended that eight post-war buildings and a 1950s “playground sculpture” be granted heritage protection following a heritage study focusing on the modern movement.

Gaden House interior, from Gruzman, an architect and his city by Philip Goad (2006).
News | Patrick Hunn | 24 Oct 2018

Heritage protection on the cards for imperiled Neville Gruzman office

A Sydney council is poised to vote on whether to pursue heritage protection of a mid-century modernist office building designed by Neville Gruzman.

Flagstaff House at 407 King Street, Melbourne by Yuncken Freeman (1955).
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 18 Oct 2018

Hotel proposal for modernist Yuncken Freeman office building

A hotel will be constructed above a modernist office building designed by Yuncken Freeman under a proposal approved by the City of Melbourne.

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