Events, News, NSW, Talk




Thursday 18 June 2015


A talk by Jennifer Hill and Gary O’Reilly of Architectural Projects

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2015 AGM

To Docomomo Australia members,
Please find attached the Notice of the 2015 AGM and the associated papers.
The AGM is to be held on Saturday 16 May, 2015 at 11am.

Dr Scott Robertson
Docomomo Australia Inc

26 Station Street
Naremburn NSW 2065

docomomo australia inc agm 2015


MOMA Exhibition | Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980

March 29–July 19, 2015

 Brasilia under construction, 1957. Geofoto. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal  (MOMA)

Brasilia under construction, 1957. Geofoto. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal (MOMA)

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Film: Melbourne 20 May |The Grand Museum (Das Grosse Museum)


2014, Dir. Johannes Holzhausen, 95 mins, German with English subtitles.

Guest Speaker: Dr Michael Brand, Director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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Icomos 2015 Fabric Conference, Adelaide



Fabric Conference 


Australia ICOMOS’s national conference will be held in Adelaide from 5 to 8 November 2015. The conference is about Fabric – The Threads of Conservation. Fabric can be the tangible and the intangible elements of a site, building, area or landscape, which have significance to our society and therefore form part of our evolving culture.

Based on previous Australia ICOMOS conferences, Fabric will attract up to 300 professional Australian and international delegates. Renowned keynote speakers will stimulate discussion and share experiences and perspectives on the theme of Fabric.

Fabric is a forum to gather and debate the issues associated with the conservation of heritage fabric. Issues include: understanding and stewardship of traditional and technical conservation skills, engaging communities in conservation, advancing conservation knowledge, exploring new technologies, and fostering of training opportunities for the future conservation and interpretation of heritage fabric.

By understanding the skills and knowledge of the past, and developing the technologies of the future, Fabric will provide an opportunity for advancing conservation standards in Australia.

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Buildings at Risk

Buildings at Risk – Melbourne by Mockridge, Stahle & Mitchell

Buildings at Risk – Melbourne by Mockridge, Stahle & Mitchell:

The following buildings have been brought to our attention by Alison Alexander. If you would like to know more about them or be involved in any future conservation action, please contact her through:

The Bromby complex of buildings at Melbourne Grammar School (1954 with additions ’61 and ’71) will sadly be demolished this year.


At Risk: Plans are proposed for the demolition and redevelopment of Mary Immaculate Church (1961) in the Parish of Ivanhoe in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.



At Risk: Plans are proposed for the major refurbishment of Mother of God Church (1957) in the Parish of Ivanhoe in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne:




Buildings at Risk

Queensland Cultural Centre – update



Some of you may already be aware of the latest development, but for those who don’t here is an update on the Cultural Centre Listing.

On 5 February 2015 the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection recommended to the Queensland Heritage Council that the Queensland Cultural Centre be entered in the Queensland Heritage Register as a State Heritage Place.

The Heritage Council will consider the matter of entry into the heritage register at their 1 May 2015 meeting, they have until 30 June 2015 to make a decision.

The Queensland Heritage Council, an independent statutory body, decides whether a place is or is not entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.

The Heritage Council has the discretion to make a decision which differs from the Department’s recommendation.

A copy of the recommendation is enclosed. If you wish to view public submissions on the application, please email: or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

But the Cultural Centre is not listed yet, let’s hope the Heritage Council takes the right decision. More to follow !

Thanks for your continued interest. The Facebook campaign continues to run with strong support. The link is

Best wishes,

Tina Gibson


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Conferences, News

INT US | Modernism on the Prairie / Symposium

Docomomo US National Symposium 2015:
Modernism on the Prairie

In 2015, Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Minnesota will launch the third annual Docomomo US National Symposium–Modernism on the Prairie: Rural to Metro Regional Interpretations of the Modern Movement. The three-and-a-half-day symposium seeks to celebrate and bring national attention to the unique cultural heritage, preservation, and advocacy of significant modern architecture and landscape architecture throughout the state of Minnesota. The symposium will include a multifaceted schedule of events featuring: peer reviewed presentations, panel discussions, exclusive tours , and networking events.

The Docomomo US National Symposium is the nation’s only annual event discussing the preservation of modern architecture. The third annual event will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 4-7, 2015. The Modernism on the Prairie symposium will include a multifaceted schedule of events including presentations by leading minds in the fields of architecture and preservation on the current issues facing modern architecture and cultural heritage preservation. Exclusive tours and networking events will highlight exceptional examples of modernism in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area as well as those sites that may be endangered. As the only national event working to explore and build consensus on the preservation of modern architecture, the symposium will bring together world renowned designers, scholars, students and professionals from the state of Minnesota and from around the country.

Info, registration and schedule


Motel Exhibition Melbourne University, last days


Dates: Friday, 20 March 2015 – 6:00pm to Friday, 3 April 2015 – 5:00pm
Location: Dulux gallery

This exhibition celebrates a 20th century wonder – The Motel. Imported from America and pioneered in Australia by entrepreneur David Yencken, the exhibition features two distinct motel designs established through his patronage. Two prominent mid-twentieth century architects, John Mockridge and Robin Boyd designed the Mitchell Valley Motel, Bairnsdale and the Black Dolphin Motel, Merimbula respectively. Outside their usual repertoire, these two projects enabled Mockridge and Boyd to explore the design potential of the motel, beyond an appropriation of the American ‘googie’ style in Australia. Taking cues from the original modernist designs, MOTEL brings together drawings, correspondence and photographic material in a re-telling of an enlightened period in Australian Architecture.

View the MOTEL catalogue

Gallery opening hours
9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday to Friday


Film Melbourne | The Venice Syndrome – 22 April


The 2015 programme is out and subscriptions are open for a new season of magnificent Design + Architecture DOcos. Visit us at for the full list of films and brilliant guest speakers visiting Walsh St this season.

Season starts 22nd APRIL

Opening night film: “The Venice Syndrome”
2012, Dir. Andreas Pichler, 82 mins, Italian and German  with English subtitles.

Opening night guest speaker: Doug Hall, former director of the Queensland Art Gallery and Commissioner for Australian exhibitions at the Venice Biennale 2009 and 2011.

Venice is pure romance; that which all Europeans yearn for, the dream of all Americans, the wish of all Japanese.
But the world’s most beautiful city turns into a ghost town at nightfall. Entire quarters, long since abandoned by their inhabitants, stand empty, their structures merely providing a myth to serve business interests.

Twenty million foreigners visited the city last year. That’s an average of 60,000 day. And this year it will be more still. By comparison, there are only 48,000 inhabitants, the same amount as they were after the Great Plague of 1438. And next year it will be fewer still. For the city is becoming uninhabitable. Venice’s own urban life has almost collapsed; it scarcely still exists.

The film shows what remains of Venetian life: a subculture of tourist service industries; a port for monstrous cruisers which is waiting to be expanded; Venetians who are moving to the mainland as there are no longer affordable apartments to be found; an aged noblewoman who treats the municipal council with scorn; a realtor who is considering abandoning the sinking ship.

A Requiem for a still grand city. An illustration of how common property becomes the prey of few. An elegy to the last Venetians, their humour and their hearts.

Print courtesy of the Miramonte Film.

Image source: Miramonte Film, Copyright Miramonte Film, photo: Attila Boa “The Venice Syndrome” (2012).

Trailer  HERE

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Conferences, foreign, News

INT / US | Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium

Priory Chapel of St. Louis Abbey. Photo by Michael Allen,

Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium

NCPTT, the World Monument Fund, the American Institute for Architects St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial are partnering for a jointly organized symposium on the preservation of Mid-Century Modern Structures. The meeting will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, April 14-16, 2015. A public lecture will precede the meeting on Monday evening, April 13 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Focusing primarily on the history, use, and preservation of materials found in Mid-Century modern architecture, the 2015 three-day symposium will provide in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the preservation of these structures. Special emphasis will be on modern architectural metals, but presentations on other materials, such as concrete and curtain wall structures, will be included.


More at: Docomomo US

foreign, News

Int. | Permanent exhibition at Bauhaus Archiv

Permanent exhibition at Bauhaus Archiv 
Bauhaus Archiv, Berlin, Germany
Presentations until 25 May 2015

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The newly conceived permanent exhibition as well as a special exhibition featuring new acquisitions of the “Bauhaus Collection” provide fresh glimpses into the holdings of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung and of the Bauhaus as a visionary school of design.On 18 March 2015, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung presented the redesigned “Bauhaus Collection” as well as a special exhibition featuring 100 objects that have entered into the Berlin Bauhaus institution’s holdings over the last 10 years. The Bauhaus-Archiv possesses the world’s most extensive collection related to the Bauhaus (1919–1933), one of the 20th century’s most important schools of architecture, design and art. Along with well-known classics of Bauhaus design, such as Marcel Breuer’s cantilever chair or Marianne Brandt’s ceiling lamps, key works that have previously only rarely been exhibited can now also be seen. These include the complete 1924 birthday portfolio for Walter Gropius – which features extraordinary graphic works by László Moholy-Nagy and Paul Klee, among others – and the legendary guestbook of Alfred and Thekla Hess, which features works by famous artists, such as Vassily Kandinsky.

In the special exhibition “100 New Objects”, new acquisitions from every area of the collection will be presented until 25 May 2015; these include architectural sketches by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as well as drawings and woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger. Here, emphasis has also been placed on photographs taken at or influenced by the Bauhaus.
[by Bauhaus Archiv]

Conferences, News

INT | Call for abstracts: Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe

Call for abstracts: 
Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central-Eastern Europe
9 October 2015,
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary


Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-war development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2015 is the first in a series of a doctoral conference, to be organised on a yearly basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical (built and natural) environment within Central-Eastern Europe (CEE).Those invited include doctoral researchers, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers (maximum five years after obtaining the doctorate degree) specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning or landscape architecture.
The BME Department of Urban Planning and Design wishes to promote cooperation among CEE doctoral institutions, building up a network for future generations of scholars through their specific fields of research.The first doctoral conference is dedicated to post-war urban heritage in Central-Eastern Europe. In order to compare different perspectives, we welcome papers examining the physical environment under the following topics: mass housing, recreational areas, industrial sites, (in)formal urban networks.
Closing date for submissions: 30 April 2015

More details: website.


Latest Docomomo Publications

Docomomo Journal 51: Modern Housing. Patrimonio Vivo

Patrimonio Vivo

Journal 51
Modern Housing. Patrimonio Vivo (100 pages)

The House, the Home and the Housing Question 
By Ana

Housing and City: Old Problems, New
Joan Busquets

Modern Housing: Heritage and Vitality 
By Josep Maria Montaner And Zaida MuxíMartínez

Housing Envisaged as a Patrimonio Vivo (Living Heritage) 
By Josep Maria Montaner

Hood Gardens and the Rehabilitation of Post-War Mass Housing in London 
By Aranzazu Melon

Activation in Contemporary Collective Housing. Barcelona Experiences 
By Isabel Aparici Turrado

to Deal with Halen Estate 
By Bernhard Furrer

María Micaela 
Cooperative in Valencia: a Critical Assimilation of the Modern Legacy 
By Carmen Jordá And Maite Palomares

Tunal Experimental
: 40 Years Later an Experimental Housing Project in
Bogotá, Colombia, 1972 
By Ramón Bermudez, José Roberto
Bermudez, Daniela Sanj Inés

of Social Housing in Buenos Aires. Lessons From Juan XXIII 
By Soledad Armada

Housing in the 60s in São Paulo 
By Maria Luiza

the Late 19th Century House Question to Social Housing Programmes in the 30s:
the Nationalist Regulation of the Picturesque in Portugal 
By Rui Jorge Garcia Ramos, Eliseu Gonçalves And Sérgio Dias Silva

Faces: Seeing Behind the Mask of Convention 
By Alice T.

in Modern Neighborhoods: Margarete Schütte–Lihotzky; Jakoba Mulder, Lotte
Stam-Beese; and Carmen Portinho 
By Zaida Muxí


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Buildings at Risk, News

SIGN PETITION – Save Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex in Chandigarh!


Le Corbusier’s famous Capitol Complex in Chandigarh is about to be ruined by the construction of 19 towers, each between 12 and 36 storeys tall, on land located just to its north. This project, called ‘TATA Camelot’, is being developed by TATA Housing, the real estate wing of TATA Sons, one of the largest industrial houses of India. This petition to stop TATA Camelot is directed at Ratan Tata, Chairman (Emeritus) of TATA Sons, who is an architect (Cornell ’62), and Pritzker Prize jurist.

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Sydney – ICOMOS Talk / Feedback from recent conferences

Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul (photo Scott Robertson)


Thursday 19 March 2015


ICOMOS General Assembly Florence: Presentation and discussion led by Sheridan Burke.
DOCOMOMO Korea: Presentation and discussion led by Scott Robertson.
World Parks Congress Sydney: Presentation and discussion led by Stephen Brown

Learn about the key messages from these conferences!
If you were there come and share your views!
Members of the public are welcome!

Time & Date: Thursday 19 March 2015, 5.30pm for 6pm start
Members $10, non-members $15 payable at the door.
Venue: NSW Government Architect’s Office Level 4 Conference Room McKell Building, 2-24 Rawson Place Sydney (diagonally opposite the Central Station clock tower).
RSVP: By Monday 16 March 2015 to Kate Higgins via email

Please note: RSVP is essential because of secure building access, to choose room size and to provide light refreshments.

News, Talk, Tours

Open Day/Melbourne: Emigré Houses in Kew

Lyall House

Open Day and Design Discussion
Open Day: Sunday 22 March 2015

European Emigré architects such as Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe had a profound effect on architecture in the United States, and indeed the modernist movement internationally, including here in Australia.

The work of European Emigré architects living and working here in Melbourne is not well known. Simon Reeves’ recent splendid publication, Gentle Modernist: The Nine Lives of Anatol Kagan, has brought attention to the work of Anatol Kagan (1913-2009). Kagan was an architect who fled Germany in 1938, arriving in Melbourne in early 1939 at the age of 25 years, and who then developed a significant architectural practice here.

This Open Day includes a selection of houses by Anatol Kagan and other Emigré architects, such as Ernest Fooks and Ernest Milston, that were built in the renowned modernist enclave of Studley Park and Kew.

Tickets on sale Thursday 26 February.
Design Discussion: Wednesday 18 March, 6:30pm
An illustrated talk and discussion of Anatol Kagan by Simon Reeves.
Tickets on sale Monday 23 February.

Buildings at Risk, News

In the News


ACT public housing overhaul to go ahead despite move by Heritage Council to list buildings, Chief Minister says


A major overhaul of Canberra’s public housing stock will go ahead despite the fact that a large chunk of the flats listed for demolition have just been listed by the ACT Heritage Council, the Territory’s Chief Minister says.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr outlined a new urban renewal project today, which would see 11 public housing developments, primarily in Canberra’s inner north, demolished and replaced.

The first block to go would be the Owen Flats in Lyneham on Northbourne Avenue.

more on the Abc site



International Docomomo News


Exhibition: Moderno. Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela, 1940–1978

February 11 – May 16, 2015, Americas Society, New York, USA
Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978 examines how design, one of the most innovative chapters in the history of Latin American modernism, transformed the domestic landscape in a period marked by major stylistic developments and social political changes. Sheltered from the overall destruction and disarray of World War II, many Latin American countries (specifically Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela) entered in an expansive period of economic growth in the late 1940s through the 1950s, which resulted in the modernization of major cities.”
February 11 to May 16, 2015 (Americas Society, New York)
October 2015 to January 2016 (The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas)
More details: website.



Crowdfunding: Nakagin Capsule Tower

by Kisho Kurokawa, Tokyo, Japan, 1972
“The Nakagin Capsule Tower is a mixed-use residential and office tower designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa located in Shimbashi, Tokyo, Japan. Completed in 1972, the building is a rare remaining example of Japanese Metabolism. Metabolism is an architectural movement emblematic of Japan´s postwar cultural resurgence. The building was the world´s first example of capsule architecture built for permanent and practical use. The building still exists but has fallen into great disrepair. As of October 2012, around thirty of the 140 capsules remained in use as apartments, while others were used for storage or office space, or simply abandoned and allowed to deteriorate.With your support, we will use crowd funding to purchase as many capsules as possible to gain voting power to stop the destruction of this monumental building. As support for the project increases, we will hold opportunities for designers and architects to present their own suggestions for the re-purposing and renovation of the Nakagin Capsule Tower. Please donate and follow our efforts to save this architectural landmark!”[by Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project]c6836c_5ed280ba74ff4ff08cb696b595b52a29.jpeg_srz_p_452_353_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpeg_srz


Rehabilitation and Re-use of Modern Movement Architecture

DOCOMOMO International has the pleasure of inviting you to attend to the DOCOMOMO International Seminar on Rehabilitation and Re-use of Modern Movement Architecture that will take place in Lisbon, at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, on 27th March. Also, it is with great pleasure that we further invite you to participate in the Modern Lisbon Tour that will take place in the morning of 28 March.

Attached you will find the program.
Please confirm your presence before than 20 February, in order to be possible to guarantee your participation.

Updated information at:


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