“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
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.
Parliament Square – original proposal (FJMT + Citta)
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
Tower Melbourne (left and middle), Abode 318 (right). Elenberg Fraser
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
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
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
Can anyone spot the glaring error? Apart from labelling all Post-WWII buildings “plain”.
03.09.12 in heritage
Drew Carling and Jenni Draper report from the US pavilion, which has just opened at the Venice Biennale.
31.08.12 in exhibition
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
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
14.08.12 in researchers
2011 rendering, Windsor Hotel with lowered corner building, DCM
29.07.12 in heritage
Architect / protaganist: Denton Corker Marshall [DCM]