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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

Not Frank

The cheek. Metricon probably got me most offside when they named a house the Arkley. But more recently I noticed in The Age that they have a new really, really large house, just when we thought they were an aberration of the Naughties. This 456 sqm 5 bedroom, 5 en suite, 5 STAR energy eater comes with three facades. If you like those So Frenchy CDs you could go for the Provincial, if you think yourself a touch more modern you might go the Vogue, or if you would like your house to be architecty but won’t pay, you might try the Oak Park, an unfortunate rip off of the 102 year old Robie House in Hyde Park, Chicago. Nowhere near Oak Park. Nowhere near Frank Lloyd Wright.

08.05.11 in weird-wonderful 

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Lift to view

OK, so you’ve paid $32M for a site in Point Piper, but it’s not on the sea side of the road, and its pretty damn steep. First thing to do is clear the existing historic mansion. Next, build a new one. Then build a Bat Cave, but swap the bat poles for a bat lift.

05.01.11 in buildings weird-wonderful


ACT Planning Minister Andrew Barr this week compared Walter Burley Griffin to an American cartoon character, in a blog post entitled Walter Burley Griffin is Dead .

05.11.10 in urban-planning weird-wonderful

Madden's meeting

Big News has covered the email schemozzle to death, so I thought I’d leave it to them. But I can’t resist this screenshot from ABC TV. Masterful composition. Here is an isolated Madden looking more like Jim Hacker than he would probably like. He had just gate-crashed his way into a very important inquiry into his own department’s pants-down on public consultation. The other lads appear to be leaving him out of their chat. But what on earth has that guy on the right drawn? A legless pelvis? In confident strokes. Great work for a pollie.

13.03.10 in planning weird-wonderful

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bella vue

The byline made me click: “Copper dome adds Europe to Gold Coast Real Estate”. LINK Life would be dull without the disneyland architecture of the Gold Coast, non?

03.11.09 in weird-wonderful 

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Bernard has a beef

power point
HPM Como Series single powerpoint

06.09.09 in weird-wonderful 

Into the frying pan

Big Prawn Restaurant
Big Prawn Complex Pacific Highway
Ballina, NSW 2478
Telephone: 02 – 6686 0086
Fax: 02 – 6686 9177

16.08.09 in buildings weird-wonderful

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Does Google know something we don’t about the Supreme Court building in Sydney?

01.08.09 in buildings weird-wonderful

Architect / protaganist:


by kdaveson @ 28.09.07 09:19 am
And that’s why he’s reviewing bars instead of architecture.

by anna @ 04.10.07 11:25 pm
she actually. she also works at RRR, hopefully The Architects can set her right.

07.09.07 in weird-wonderful 

Brick veneration

by anna @ 21.06.07 04:25 pm
hmm, have these people ever seen ANYTHING Howard Arkley did??

methinks not…

oh the beigeness

07.06.07 in weird-wonderful 

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