Dr Karen Burns discusses the home, the house, and housing. Touching on TV’s The Block, Ikea, homelessness, and the work of Simon Anderson in Perth, the video of this brief Melbourne Architecture Annual session in 2011 is worth watching. 11 minutes.
This Masters thesis movie by Vincent Hecht about young Japanese architects, suggesting the start of a new generation in 2010. Includes interviews with architects and internal tours.
An Wellington-focused episode from the important 1984 documentary series on New Zealand architecture, hosted by David Mitchell. Included are interviews with Wellington architects Ian Athfield and Roger Walker. Includes footage of John Scott’s Futuna Chapel and Ernst Plischke’s Massey House.
This TV documentary from 1983 guides us through the rapid changes in Wellington in the 1970s to earthquake proof the city, and build a motorway through it. Aside from the cheesy music, it’s pretty darn interesting for anyone with an association with the city.
With riveting footage of buildings being demolished, the doco includes interviews with the late Dr Helen Tippett, Bob Jones, and a lively Sir Michael Fowler.
“The preservationists, in italics, would have this city fall down around the ears of its citizens, when the earthquake comes, and I won’t have that.” Mayor (and architect) Michael Fowler
To see the following parts of the documentary, click here
OOAA office of architectural affairs – “one person and all my alter egos”.
Maybe don’t go to this website. Nice front page image, but it it a 5.5MB download from a very slow server. Might be better to learn about Eva over a lunch time, from the following hour long Rice University lecture. You’ll need to run it full screen to see anything.
Premier’s Design Awards
Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre
Commissioning Organisation: Major Projects Victoria
A 2010 panel speaking on Boyd’s book at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre. Karen Burns, Michael Heyward, Gideon Haigh, and Brenda Niall.
Brenda Niall: “Architecture was something the [Boyd] family understood. It was visual.”
Also coinciding with the republication of the book, Peter Conrad’s review in The Monthly.
Alec Tzannes discussing what makes a great city in 2010. With reference to the Sydney Opera House, Barangaroo, and a quick survey of how design is appreciated in other Australian cities.
The triangled Hearst Tower by Foster & Partners, first tower out of the ground in NYC after 9/11.
The video (in the full listing) gives a look-around, though is heavy on the building’s green cred. Nothing wrong with that, but it is dished out with lots of syrup. “Not just a better skyline… a better sky.”
Our office was gobsmacked to watch this video in HD bringing buildings to life in a VERY real way, for over 10 minutes. Apparently Alex Roman did it while he didn’t have a job. This would have gotten him several, no trouble. Watch it in fullscreen HD at vimeo if you can, but beware the file is about 1GB I think.
A quirky handheld look in and around L’Unité d’Habitation in Marseille ( Cité Radieuse ), shot by someone very much enjoying staying overnight at Hotel Le Corbusier. Includes shadow dancing.
Jacques talks us through the “chopping off” of an old Madrid power station.
Arup’s Peter Head walks us through the state of the planet and the roles of buildings, transport and low carbon living in helping it. Approx. 45 minutes, in three parts. PDFs are available.
Short interview on the Lexus/Toyota website (?!). He would love to work on bridges next. Not cars?
Sean Godsell talking on Chinese TV about, “RMIT’s Design Hub and the innovative ‘second skin’ of 16,000 glass-capped cylinders that will rotate to help heat and cool the building.”
Video from the 2007 DLD conference in Germany. “Green is cool”, says Norman. 32 minutes.