A weekly guide to what’s going on in the less obvious places in Melbourne. This link will take you straight through to the design and art happenings.
RMIT’s respected but long out of print guide to Melbourne architecture – well stocked with maps, photos and profiles. 2008: It’s ageing a bit now, being about 1998 vintage. In fact the main interface doesn’t seem to want to work any more, but the A3 Lite version is functional.
There are rumours of any update any year now..
A guide to architecture in Northern Norway – Nordland, Troms, Finnmark and Svalbard – these are some very cold looking buildings. Compiled by the The University Library of Tromsø.
This looks handy. This fine pile of PDF guides to the work of some of Auckland’s top architects originally appeared in NZIA’s BLOCK publication. They are rather well written by the likes of Andrew Barrie and Julia Gatley. The growing list includes tours for:
“Building Connections is a multi layered resource aimed at supporting the teaching of architecture units as part of the Visual Arts Syllabus Stage 6. It is divided into 3 parts – the frames, conceptual framework and practice, and focuses on the architecture of six art galleries and museums. It explores the connections between architecture and other art forms, investigating ideas and themes through images, text, artmaking activities and links to other information. Two of the galleries are examined in more detail through essays and descriptions of practice, demonstrating how architecture can be considered within broader discussions of the Visual Arts.”
The Building Connections resource contains:
Downloads are available from the OBJECT website.
This site has been around as long as Butterpaper! Martin Morrell accumulates photos, addresses, and news of Canberra’s mid-century modernist housing. It now has some fancy new enhancements such as a Flickr feed tied into Google Earth.
A nice little site with a good survey of modern houses in Christchurch circa 1940 to the 1980s.
“This guide gives a basic introduction to ecological sustainability issues and specifically how the built environment affects them. It begins by outlining the Australian position on Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and some key policies relevant to buildings and ESD.
The next section outlines the tools that are available to help in achieving ESD in Australian Government buildings, specifically ABGR, NABERS and Green Star. The bulk of this guide is an outline of initiatives that can be put in place to minimise the environmental and social impacts of buildings.”
The Victorian State Governments “Good Design Case Studies” web resource contains a variety of infill houses and multi-residential projects that they think hit the mark.
“guiding architects is an international network for architectural guided tours.” All tour leaders have a background in architecture. The network is worldwide, but mostly European.
This year’s PDF survey of salary ranges in the construction industry, by Hays.
Confused by a blurry old drainage plan covered in random letters?
Try this. (PDF from Victorian Surveyors’ Board)
Stuart Harrison’s two page guide to Melbourne architecture – useful for visitors. I think it was written for Lonely Planet. Here as a PDF.
This is a great resource for contemporary european buildings – photos, maps, and most importantly, addresses.
Google map put together in late 2008 on the occasion of the Powerhouse exhibition, Modern Times.
Rory Hyde, Martin Miles, Marcus Trimble, Dan Hill did the legwork. Let’s hope they keep it alive.