Uneasy heritage: Australia’s modern church buildings are disappearing

Good Shepherd Chapel (c.1969, architect: A. Ian Ferrier) in Mitchelton, Brisbane, was demolished in 2004. Ferrier Slide Collection, used with permission, Author provided Lisa Marie Daunt, The University of Queensland In the post-war decades, Australian communities invested heavily in church buildings. Like civic centres, swimming pools and shire halls, these buildings made an important contribution … read more…

Programme 15th International DOCOMOMO Conference, 28th – 31st August 2018, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia

15 IDC – Programme available 15th International DOCOMOMO Conference, 28th – 31st August 2018, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia DATE: 28/8/2018 Docomomo International and Docomomo Slovenia informs that the Programme for the 15th International Docomomo Conference is now available at http://www.docomomo2018.si/index.php/programme! We are looking forward to see you all in the Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia, between 28th and 31st … read more…

Melbourne Film / Dream Empire: on creating globalized cities in China / 13 June

13 June | Dream Empire 2016, Dir. David Borenstein, 73 mins, Chinese with English subtitles. Yana is a 24-year-old rural migrant who recently arrived in Chongqing to pursue her “Chinese Dream.” Drawn by the easy riches of China’s historic real estate boom, she opens a foreigner rental agency designed to help real estate developers market … read more…

ArchitectureAU : Threatened Anatol Kagan house receives state heritage listing

Lind Residence by Anatol Kagan. Image: Modernist Australia The Heritage Council of Victoria has disregarded the recommendations of the executive director of Heritage Victoria in making the decision to heritage-list a modernist home in the Melbourne neighbourhood of Caulfield North. A developer had planned to replace the house with eight dwellings of two or three storeys above … read more…

International Exhibitions: Utopie Radicali: Florence 1966–1976

https://www.cca.qc.ca/en/events/54736/utopie-radicali-florence-19661976   Utopie Radicali: Florence 1966–1976 Exhibition, Main galleries, 1 May to 7 October Alessandro Poli – Superstudio. Nuove architetture lunari, Architettura Interplanetaria, photomontage, 1970–1971. Alessandro Poli fonds, CCA. AP148.S1.1970.PR02.020 Utopie Radicali: Florence 1966-1976 addresses the idea of utopia as a tool for social critique. The exhibition brings together the work of Archizoom, Superstudio, 9999, … read more…

Docomomo Australia AGM 2018

Dear All Please find the Notice for the 17th AGM of Docomomo Australia to be held at 12 noon on Saturday 2nd June 2018 at 70A Blues Point Road, North Sydney, NSW, 2060, the Form of Appointment of Proxy for this Meeting and the Nomination Form for the 2018 Term of Office. Best wishes and … read more…

ArchitectureAU: Melbourne council dumps independent heritage study of mid-century modernist houses

Source: ArchitectureAU Patrick Hann has published an article for Architecture AU reporting that  Melbourne council dumps independent heritage study of mid-century modernist houses: Melbourne’s Bayside council has abandoned a project to survey one of Australia’s densest collections of mid-century modernist houses, due to “concerns of property owners.” Instead the council will adopt an opt-in system whereby … read more…

Film / Melbourne: Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres | 16 May

Maggies Centre, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland. Pic © Raf Makda, August 2003. Film: Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres 2016, Dir. Sarah Howitt, 59 mins, English. Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres is a beautifully shot film, directed by award-winning director Sarah Howitt, and tells the story of Maggie’s approach to cancer care and the role that … read more…

Conference/Brisbane: Liberalism and the Built Environment – Then and Now / 17-18 May

Conference convenors: Janina Gosseye, Helena Mattsson, John Macarthur, Deborah van der Plaat This conference seeks to explore how concepts of freedom and liberal political and economic theories have intersected with architecture and the built environment from the 19th century to the present day.  The popular reaction against ‘neoliberalism’ understood as an economic structure has reignited … read more…

Talk on Sirius Building with Save Our Sirius Foundation / 15th May

      To be presented by the Save Our Sirius Foundation Speakers will include: Shaun Carter, Chair of the Save Our Sirius Foundation, and Tao Gofers, Architect of the Sirius Building The Sirius Foundation has been formed by people and organisations campaigning to save Sirius and its residents. Groups include: Friends of Millers Point, Millers Point … read more…

Matti Suuronen’s Futuro House in South Morang (VIC) accepted as a nominee for the Victorian Heritage Register

The Herald Sun reports that SOUTH MORANG’S rare Futuro House has been accepted as a nominee for the Victorian Heritage Register. However, its future as a potential Whittlesea tourist attraction looks unlikely. The Futuro, one of only five in Australia, is being used as a storage building by the Tuke Go-Kart Track on McDonalds Rd, … read more…

Talk / Dr Lisa Murray: re-assessing colonial imperialism. The Jim Kerr Address on the International Day for Monuments & Sites, 18 April

The Jim Kerr Address on the International Day for Monuments & Sites, 18 April 2018, Sydney Presented by Australia ICOMOS in association with the Sydney Opera House and the Heritage Council of NSW. The 2018 guest speaker is Professional Historian Dr Lisa Murray, whose talk is titled Monuments and Memories: re-assessing colonial imperialism. Public monuments … read more…

April 18: International Day on Monuments & Sites / Icomos Australia

International Day on Monuments & Sites April 18th is a major celebration for ICOMOS and each year the state representatives of Australia ICOMOS organise a number of activities around Australia so that you can celebrate the diversity of the world’s cultural heritage with colleagues, and along with ICOMOS members the world over. It is important … read more…

Modernist Tableware in Melbourne

A Modern Life Tablewares 1930s–1980s Free entry NGV International Level 2, Decorative Arts Passage 30 Mar – Jan 2019 Open Good Friday 10am–5pm The period following the Second World War witnessed enormous changes in society. The loss of domestic servants and home help in many houses, combined with more women going off to work outside … read more…

Under treat: Gaden House by Neville Gruzman

Gaden House by Neville Guzman is under treat. Sign the petition published on Change.org and read the articles on ABC  and on ArchitectureAu. We republish here the text of the petition proposed by architect Rory Toomey: Gaden House 24-26 Bay Street in Double Bay, NSW is a unique modernist office building designed by Neville Gruzman … read more…

House Tour: Boyd’s Walsh Street

Walsh Street Tour 19th April Walsh Street Tour 26th April Featured as a part of the National Trust Australian Heritage Festival 2018: ‘My Culture, My Story’, we will be offering the opportunity to learn more about Boyd and his design legacy, with guided Design Tours through the Walsh Street residence. Robin was considered the architectural … read more…

Sydney Talk / John Allan on Berthold Lubetkin / 27th March

NEW VENUE: CPC Lecture Theatre (Charles Perkins Centre), The University of Sydney book now http://sydneyschoolofarchitecturedesignandplanning.cmail20.com/t/y-l-kycdrk-tthhdjec-j/ Please join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning for a Wilkinson Centenary Series guest lecture Tuesday 27th March 2018 This talk is supported by Docomomo Australia and Australia ICOMOS and is the second event in the 2018 Docomomo … read more…

International Building in danger: Terrace Plaza Hotel / Cincinnati, USA

Under Threat: Terrace Plaza Hotel by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Cincinnati, USA, 1945-1946 “Earlier this week, Docomomo was made aware of imminent plans to negatively alter the nationally significant Terrace Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. The current owner was poised to accept an offer from a developer to savagely strip its innovative stack-bond brick and employ an all-glass approach … read more…