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Trapped in an elevator documentary

“Trapped in an Elevator” is possibly one of the dullest documentaries I’ve ever endured, but it may be of interest to lift buffs out there.

30.11.11 in video-clips 

John likes squares

University of Melbourne students of architecture made this oddball piece in 1965. There are probably a few familiar faces floating through it. The short contains appearances by the brand new architecture building (soon to be demolished), an unfenced Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and a chicken.

26.07.11 in weird-wonderful video-clips

How Now and When

OBJECT speaks to Ivan Rijavec, John Gollings and Daniel Flood about how they achieved stereo images of the city at night for their Venice Biennale exhibit. Turns out to be a tricky procedure requiring a chopper to be flown twice along a path, but the second time 66 metres to the side. I suppose that’s cheaper than hiring a 747 and using two cameras.

25.07.11 in visualisations video-clips

Adelaide vox pop

The Plan radio show and a video vox pop in the streets of Adelaide in February. Very… energetically presented by comedian Mark Trenwith, it suggests that architects have a bit of work to do in that city to boost their reputation. Few interviewees could name any architect, and few thought architects were at all important. Still, they had plenty to say when asked what their least favourite buildings were.

20.07.11 in video-clips 

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Cate the architect

Cate Blanchett going on like she’s at Pecha Kucha. I think she (and creator Nathan Coley) might be trying to take the piss out of us!

19.07.11 in weird-wonderful video-clips


ARM’s self-made video, part 1. Walk into the offices, and a chat with the directors. They are all looking a little jaundiced. Fond memories of the ‘trials of fire’ of the Half Time club.

22.06.11 in video-clips 

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The Architects hit Fed Square

Good? Bad? Ugly? All three? This video from Sunday’s Art Nation also contains a glimpse of Lab’s ideas for Fed Square East. Think leafy and shady!

23.05.11 in buildings video-clips

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Video coverage from Channel Ten late last week. The new NSW State government announced a review of the Barangaroo project.

19.05.11 in urban-planning video-clips

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Fumihiko Maki interview

Fenella Kernebone of Arts Nation speaking with Fumihiko Maki in April 2011, shortly after his appearance at the AIA national conference in Melbourne. Most of the discussion is about the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

11.05.11 in architects video-clips

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How Peter does it

A little interview by Igloo with Peter Maddison, host of Grand Designs Australia… and my old boss. Not that old.

18.04.11 in profiles video-clips

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For a limited time, SBS online is showing Up To The Sky Episode 1: The Hearst Tower, a half hour german documentary (with English narration). It’s a mildly interesting doco, if you can call it a documentary – it is rather gushingly positive. It zigzags about between various topics – one of the more interesting tidbits to emerge was that Foster’s initial presentation to the Hearst board was taking place when the World Trade Center was attacked down the street.

04.01.11 in video-clips 

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Another way to sell your practice. Sell your office. From David Baker and Partners, San Francisco. It comes complete with bicycle hangers and compost bins.

03.12.10 in practice video-clips

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Sage advice

Rather blunt warning to a potential architecture student. Content warning: Language is that of an architecture office on a bad day.

05.11.10 in practice video-clips

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27.10.10 in education video-clips

The Desert Castle


19.09.10 in video-clips 

Grand Designer

Peter Maddison struts his stuff for the upcoming Aussie version of Grand Designs.

13.09.10 in video-clips 

Taglietti video

Enrico Taglietti on his ACT schools. While at his desk, in front of piles of old drawings, he talks about working under Gough Whitlam (not unlike the pressures of the BER), concrete, and the good and “shameful” modifications to his buildings.

28.02.10 in education video-clips

Diller visits the Highline

11.02.10 in video-clips 

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Greg Lynn on crystals

Greg Lynn does some cyrstal curtains for a crystal-making sponsor. 2,000,000 crystals welded into sails. Just what we need. The net effect is surprisingly unsurprising (on video at least). Lynn sounds remarkably polite when asked by the interviewer whether he had to work with an… architect to do the project.

29.01.10 in architects video-clips

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