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see more To infinity and beyond

“I want architectural excellence and height … I want buildings that inspire Victorians. If this can be done in the right place, and with beauty, then the sky’s the limit.” Matthew Guy, April 2012

06.03.13 in urban-planning urban-design

in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   CBD  [2] Last verified 6 years ago.
 

see more A lack of zeal

Driving past Waiheke Island’s new library construction site last month, I raised a bushy eyebrow on seeing the hoarding announcing Mainzeal Group as main contractor. I hadn’t seen their name anywhere for a very long while. I had thought they had been laid waste to on Black Monday, 1987. But I am an infrequent visitor to Auckland, my old home town.

10.02.13 in builders heritage

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in  New Zealand   Auckland   Last verified 6 years ago.
 
in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   CBD  [2] Last verified 6 years ago.
 

see more The opportunities start today

The Victorian Minister for Planning has issued the following statement to the AIA, following a meeting representatives from the ministry, AIA, and ACA last Wednesday. The AIA had asked for “further clarification on the reasons for the ARBV inclusion in the reforms and the process for consultation that the Minister is proposing to undertake.”

10.12.12 in authorities 

in  Australia   Victoria   Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more Registration board death knell part 2

Well, Mr Guy did issue his press release, which read a lot like the Fairfax article discussed yesterday. It makes the same points, and avoids any discussion of the architectural profession other than implying that its registration board is one of an ad-hoc band of cowboy building industry entities that befuddle the consumer.

29.11.12 in authorities 

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in  Australia   Victoria   Last verified 6 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window ARBV RIP?

The Age newspaper this morning revealed that Victorian Minister for Planning Matthew Guy will at any moment announce the disbanding of the Building Commission, the Plumbing Industry Commission, and the Architects Registration Board of Victoria. They are to be replaced, says The Age, by a new building authority.

29.11.12 in authorities 

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in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   CBD  [1] Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more Parliament Square bill passed

Parliament Square Hobart
Parliament Square – original proposal (FJMT + Citta)

20.11.12 in heritage planning

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in  Australia   Tasmania   Hobart   CBD  [4] Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more Green Square Library - a look in the dust bin

Someone tweeted to me the other week that the Green Square Library entrants are online. Must admit I was barely aware of the competition. The 167 entrants have been whittled down to a shortlist of five by the jury… here is the list for anyone who missed the coverage elsewhere.

06.11.12 in competitions 

in  Australia   New South Wales   Sydney   Zetland  [1] Last verified 5 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window Tall skinny stories

elenberg fraser towers
Tower Melbourne (left and middle), Abode 318 (right). Elenberg Fraser

29.10.12 in buildings urban-design

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in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   CBD  [7] Last verified 6 years ago.
 

see more Correction

The John Andrews seminar I advertised as happening this weekend in Queensland actually happened in 2010. My mistake. The Melbourne John Andrews Symposium is definitely taking place this Friday and Saturday..

16.10.12 in random-debris 

Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window Flinders Street shortlist

The shortlisted entrants for the Flinders Street Design Competition were announced on Sunday. Many of Melbourne’s larger more established practices are represented. Only ARM and NH chose to go it alone, with the other Melbourne practices partnering with well known offshore companies. The odd one out is the fledgling Velasquez/ Pineda/ Medina partnership. Eduardo Velasquez and Manuel Pineda have just completed their Masters at MSD. Santiago Medina is still a student in Colombia. No doubt they will be freaking out right about now – in a good way.

15.10.12 in competitions 

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in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   CBD  [2] Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window Debating architecture

Melbourne has a series of architectural debates running at the moment. I’m aware of this because I was in one. That is part of the reason it’s been a little quiet here – lots of things waiting to be written, but all for others. That’s what happens in careers sometimes – the hobbies start to take more of a centre stage. I write about architecture a lot and produce it a little.

12.10.12 in events 

in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window Not ornate enough?

Can anyone spot the glaring error? Apart from labelling all Post-WWII buildings “plain”.

03.09.12 in heritage 

in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   CBD  [12] Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window American banners

Drew Carling and Jenni Draper report from the US pavilion, which has just opened at the Venice Biennale.

31.08.12 in exhibition 

in  Italy   Veneto   Venice   Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window Bjarke Ingels on SBS this week only

Bjarke Ingels, a 24 minute documentary, made by SBS. EXPIRES 26/8/12. May not be viewable outside Australia.

21.08.12 in random-debris 

in  Australia   Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window Dreamers

Until the end of September 2012, the ABC is showing its Dream Build series online. This is like a little brother to Grand Designs, six minute snapshots of completed projects revolving around interviews with delighted owners. It is an engaging watch, and is able to focus on aspects of the representation of architecture missing from the magazines, namely a sense of the third dimension, and a sense of the owners behind the designs.

19.08.12 in television 

in  Australia   Last verified 7 years ago.
 
in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   CBD  [7] Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window Parlour call

Parlour - women in architecture

14.08.12 in researchers 

Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more Windsor Hotel - the ongoing saga

windsor hotel 2011 via MHA
2011 rendering, Windsor Hotel with lowered corner building, DCM

29.07.12 in heritage 

Architect / protaganist: Denton Corker Marshall [DCM]

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in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   CBD  [12] Last verified 7 years ago.
 

see more open website in same window Open Sesame

Titles Office detail of fire door
Former Land Titles Office – fire door

27.07.12 in tours 

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in  Australia   Victoria   Melbourne   Last verified 7 years ago.
 
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