In the past 100 years the “rotunda” at Wellington’s Oriental Bay has been buffeted not just by wild seas, but also the less predictable winds of change. Shifting needs, mores, and economies have seen the structure reinvented several times, and it’s about to happen all over again.
Most of the authorities involved in the Swanston Street wall collapse site moved quickly to defensive positions. None have come forward with solid initiatives that might make a permanent difference to public safety. The responses of the council and planning department were disappointing, pointing fingers at one another and then clamming up.
The Coroner’s findings into the Swanston Street wall collapse suggested that a revised clause in the Building Act “adequately address” prevention matters. So I checked it out.
Many of the informative articles people used to publish on their websites have been deleted in the past ten years, presumably as people try to rein in any damage to reputation that having an opinion might entail. This is a pain for historians. Unheralded architectural pamphlets, rants and manifestos from the past few centuries are preserved in archives and shoeboxes, awaiting discovery. It’s a much harder task examining the digital decades as it’s mostly wiped.
In an article in September, “The Man Who Made Wildly Imaginative, Gloriously Disobedient Buildings”, in the New York Times Style magazine, the author wonders why Bruce Goff is no longer appreciated. I’d thought that he was, but apparently his buildings are falling like flies.
An interview series by Justine Hadj and Danielle Savio. They’ve been active since 2015.
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28.08.19 in groups
One of Melbourne’s longest running Architectural firms operating out of Kew, McIntyre Partnership has been lead by current director Professor R. P. McIntyre since 1953. Notable projects include the Melbourne Olympic Pool, Parliament Station, Dinner Plain Alpine Village and the River House.
28.08.19 in architects
tags: peter mcintyre
Tom Bunny’s selection of the world’s more peculiar buildings. The website was turned into a spammy real estate site around 2014, so best access the original via the web archive.
Spoiler: The strangest building on the planet, via popular vote, is The Church of Hallgrimur (Reykjavik, Iceland).
10.01.19 in weird-wonderful