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TALK Sydney | The Madrid Document – Approaches for the conservation of Architectural Heritage





Ph. Max Dupain



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DOCOMOMO Victoria “Slide Night”:


Please join us for an informal night of short talks and slides at the Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street, South Yarra
TUESDAY 19th August @ 6.00 – 8.00
* Drinks and nibbles provided with gold coin donation. (All welcome, rsvp  preferred but not essential to: )

Andrew Saniga
Will talk about modern Californian university campus and landscapes from a recent study trip.

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Philip Goad
Will show slides of past international Expos from the Fooks archive, and he will talk about his recent trip to the Venice Biennale (the theme of this year’s Biennale, as conceived by Rem Koolhaas is “Fundamentals: focusing on the history of the last 100 years of architecture “).

Flavia Marcello:
Will show archival images and digital reconstruction of Marcello Piacentini and Giuseppe Pagano’s Italian Pavilion at the Paris Exposition of 1937.

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Tony Lee
Will show some ‘unidentified’ slides from the Boyd archive – and seeks assistance in identifying them!


International News: Neutra’s College under threat


by Robert Alexander and Richard Neutra, Costa Mesa, CA, US


Garrett Eckbo´s landscape architecture and the Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander designed structures at Orange Coast Community College are slated for demolition by the School District.

“Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California is one of three community colleges in the Coast Community College district. Its flagship campus, conceived after World War II, was constructed in the 1950s on a former army air base. Architect Robert Alexander was contracted by the District’s founding Board of Trustees to create a plan for the campus and initial buildings. Alexander partnered with internationally acclaimed architect Richard Neutra to design a series of six buildings for the campus.”

“Since their construction, the original structures have been largely maintained with some “added” modifications to their original designs. These missteps would not be difficult to reverse. For example, insensitively applied rooftop mechanical equipment could be removed restoring Neutra and Alexander’s original passive design features and the buildings strong horizontal gestures, significant design attributes even for today. As a whole, the buildings are intact, possess a high degree of design integrity and have immense potential for renovation and repurpose.

Portions of Eckbo’s landscape design, especially the hardscape, are also intact. Though some of the original plantings specified were never implemented, or have been replaced over time, archival photos housed at the Garrett Eckbo Collection at the University of California Berkeley Environmental Design Archives, can inform paving and planting decisions today. These documents make possible the rehabilitation of Eckbo’s simple, cost-effective scheme.”

In order to help, please send written comments with your voice of support to repurpose the Legacy Buildings and restore the Garrett Eckbo designed landscape.

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International News: Crowdfunding for La Roiba

CROWDFUNDING: for the Rehabilitation of La Roiba
Ramón Vázquez Molezún, La Roiba beach, Pontevedra, Spain,1960



María Vázquez Molezún, Jesus and Paul Gallo Olalquiaga have launched a campaign to collect funds for the rehabilitation of the house of La Roiba (Pontevedra) by Ramón Vázquez Molezún the late 1960s. Due to the construction of a jetty in front of the house in 2001, the wave action in the house was altered and it suffered significant damage.



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International News: Van Nellefabriek on Unesco List

Van Nellefabriek on Unesco World Heritage List



(ph. © Fas Keuzenkamp)

The World Heritage Committee has inscribed the Van Nellefabriek on the World Heritage List.

Docomomo International congratulates its member Wessel de Jonge, co-founder of DOCOMOMO and leader of this project, for this great achievement for the preservation of modern industrial architecture, and Marieke Kuipers, secretary of the ISC/Registers, who has been a driving force behind this successful WHL-nomination.

“Van Nellefabriek was designed and built in the 1920s on the banks of a canal in the Spaanse Polder industrial zone north-west of Rotterdam [Netherlands].

The site is one of the icons of 20th-century industrial architecture, comprising a complex of factories, with façades consisting essentially of steel and glass, making large-scale use of the curtain wall principle. It was conceived as an ‘ideal factory’, open to the outside world, whose interior working spaces evolved according to need, and in which daylight was used to provide pleasant working conditions. It embodies the new kind of factory that became a symbol of the modernist and functionalist culture of the inter-war period and bears witness to the long commercial and industrial history of the Netherlands in the field of importation and processing of food products from tropical countries, and their industrial processing for marketing in Europe.”

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TALK | Recycled Heritage: Bare Ruin’d Choirs

Dates: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 – 19:00
Location:  Harold White Theatre, Level 2, 757 Swanston Street


Edward Hollis will discuss the potential of bare ruin’d choirs; exploring how ruins – at the first glance, relics of failed pasts – can be recycled to provoke and provide settings for debates about their, and our, future, using St. Peter’s Seminary Kilmahew, Scotland as a case study.

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TALK Sydney | Learning to Manage World Heritage


Case Study: George Town World Heritage area in Penang, Malaysia

Talk No. 5 of the 2014 Sydney Talk Series, will consider some of challenges facing the George Town World Heritage area in Penang, Malaysia, and some of the measures that the local community has already implemented.  It will describe recent initiatives supported by AusHeritage to enhance local heritage expertise in managing future development at highly significant sites in George Town, and how these outcomes will influence the future development of George Town in the 21st century. Speaker: Peter Romey   Peter Romey is a Partner at Godden Mackay Logan.  He is also Deputy Chair and on the Board of AusHeritage, a network of cultural heritage management organisations, established by the Australian Government in 1996.  AusHeritage aims to facilitate the engagement of Australian heritage practitioners and organisations in Asia.  In 2011 and 2012, Peter undertook a number of AusHeritage workshops in George Town, Penang, in Malaysia, in cooperation with the George Town World Heritage office.  More recently, he was engaged in presenting a series of workshops to enhance the heritage management skills of local officials and practitioners in Taipei and Kinmen, Taiwan. Members of the public are welcome! 


Time & Date: Thursday 31st July 2014, 5.30pm for 6.00pm start.

Cost: Members $10, non-members $15 payable at the door.  Wine and nibbles will be provided.

Venue: G M L Heritage, 78 George Street, Redfern, NSW, 2016.

RSVP: Miss Jane Vernon or 02 9319 4811. RSVP is essential as places are limited. 



Exhibition | Modernism in Queensland

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Building modern Queensland 1945–75

9 July — 12 October

State Library of Queensland Cultural Precinct South Bank

Hot Modernism unearths the stories of Queensland’s mid-century architecture.

This moment in our history, inspired by a new way of thinking about sub-tropical living, brought a wave of fresh ideas, design and debate to the Queensland landscape. From the rolling expanse of the Riverside Expressway, to soaring concrete structures like the Torbreck apartment building, and houses explicitly tailored to our unique climate and lifestyle, this period of development paved the way for modern Queensland. See Queensland through new eyes in this immersive exhibition, featuring a full-scale re-creation of the 1957 Jacobi House, 3D models, and historical drawings. Then drop by the interactive Design our city space where you can build a Brisbane of the future.t in our history, inspired by a new way of thinking about sub-tropical living, brought a wave of fresh ideas, design andFrom the rolling expanse of the Riverside

Modernism in Queensland

1945–75 saw a dramatic transformation of the Queensland landscape.

Seeking a fresh start following the tragedy of World War Two, communities began to question tradition in search of modern and ‘better’ ways of living.

Inspired by global movements in modernist art and architecture, and mass production ideals, new architecture embraced simplified line, colour and style.

Eclectic nineteenth century neighbourhoods with their traditional timbered houses made way for mass produced cottages, high rise towers, multistorey car parks, community pools, expressways and shopping complexes.

Modified to meet the requirements of the state’s tropical and subtropical climates, the international flavour of modernism was tempered by a renewed interest in local practices and devices such as the verandah, the elevated house, and building with natural timbers.

As a result, a new approach to building and living — the ‘twentieth-century subtropical’ — quietly emerged in modern Queensland.

Expressway, to soaring concrete structures like the Torbreck apartment building, and houses explicitly tailored to our unique climate and lifestyle, this period of development paved the way for modern Queensland.

See Queensland through new eyes in this immersive exhibition, featuring a full-scale re-creation of the 1957 Jacobi House, 3D models, and historical drawings. Then drop by the interactive Design our city space where you can build a Brisbane of the future.


FILM Melbourne | Visionary Architecture

Great Expectations: A Journey through the History of Visionary Architecture


2007, Dir. Jesper Wachtmeister, 52 mins, English

Guest Speaker:  Andrew Maynard, architect

Our imagination is boundless. We can dream up the possible and the impossible and often make the impossible possible.  Since the Industrial Age, we’ve been confronted with new problems and possibilities, especially in relation to urbanism, housing and pollution.

“Great Expectations” presents some of the greatest architectural dreamers of our time – architects whose imaginations have been allowed to run free to conjure up resolutions to housing shortages, sustainable building practices or otherwise bring changes to our ways of living.

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Discussions / Architectural Photography / Sievers Project

Robin Boyd Foundation

Interior of Robin Boyd House, Walsh St, South Yarra. Courtesy of Robin Boyd Foundation.

Robin Boyd Foundation and CCP present

Architectural Photography, then and now

Wednesday 30 July 2014, 6—8pm

In collaboration with CCP, The Robin Boyd Foundation presents a series of discussions on themes inspired byThe Sievers Project. Currently exhibiting at CCP, early career artists, working across media from photography through to installation, have responded in diverse ways to renowned Australian photographer Wolfgang Sievers (1913—2007), icon of 20th century Australian photography. In the first session panelists will address changing fashions in architectural photography since Wolfgang Sievers and the second panel will investigate the process of commissioning in architecture, photography and contemporary design.Architectural Photography, then and now will be presented at Walsh Street, the house that architect Robin Boyddesigned for his own family in 1957. Now the home of the Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street is an exemplar of modernist Australian architecture. The Nature of Commissioning will be presented on Wednesday 27 August 2014, 6—8pm. Architectural Photography, then and now

Architectural Photography, then and now

Wednesday 30 July 2014, 6—8pm Robin Boyd Foundation, 290 Walsh St, South Yarra Price: $40 public, $30 RBF / CCP members, $10 students Limited space, bookings essential. Book here > Architectural photography has changed dramatically since Wolfgang Sievers. A diverse panel, comprising photographer, curator, academic and critic will address not only links between changing fashions in architecture and photography but also the impact of architectural photography on the way buildings are brought into the public imagination.


Associate Dean, Graduate Research, MADA (Monash University Art Design & Architecture)


Photographer Renowned architectural photographer, John Gollings specialises in photos of cities, buildings and landscapes often from an aerial perspective. Gollings latest project is “Every high rise on the Queensland Gold Coast”. He was co-creative director of the Australian Pavilion at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale, and recently completed a guidebook to Khmer temples in South East Asia.


Exhibitions Curator, State Library of Victoria Eve Sainsbury is responsible for curating the ongoing exhibitions Mirror of the World and The Changing Face of Victoria. In 2011 she curated As Modern as Tomorrow, photographers in post-war Melbourne, the Library’s first major exhibition of mid-century photography, which included works from the Wolfgang Sievers collection.


Lecturer in the Architecture Program at RMIT University Christine Phillips is a director of the Melbourne-based practice, OpenHAUS; a lecturer at RMIT University; a freelance writer and co-host of RRR’s weekly radio show, ‘The Architects’.


Editorial Director, Architecture Media In 2010 and 2013 Cameron Bruhn curated Australia’s contribution to the London Festival of Architecture. Previously he was editor of Architecture Media publications Artichoke and Landscape Architecture Australia. Bruhn is an active contributor to design culture through writing and editing, as well as participating on award juries and undertaking sessional teaching.

Images (top to bottom, left to right): Interior of Robin Boyd House, Walsh St, South Yarra. Courtesy of Robin Boyd Foundation; Wolfgang Sievers Comalco Aluminium Used in the Construction of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Architect Roy Grounds 1968 (detail), National Library of Australia, Wolfgang Sievers Photographic Archive; John Gollings (detail).

Ticket prices: 

Robin Boyd Foundation Friends and CCP Members $30.00
Public $40.00
Students $10.00


This is a ticketed event. Seating is limited.  To book seats   CLICK HERE    Bookings will be confirmed by a Tax Receipt issued by return email. Tickets will NOT be issued. The names of those who have booked will be placed onto a door register and checked upon arrival at Walsh Street for the event.


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FILM Melbourne | Unsung Heroes

23 Jul | Unsung Heroes (short series)


Guest speaker: Justine Clark, editor, writer, researcher, advocate and critic

Archiculture, 2013, 25.34mins, Dir. David Krantz and Ian Harris

“Archiculture” takes a thoughtful, yet critical look at the architectural studio. The film offers a unique glimpse into the world of studio-based, design education through the eyes of a group of students finishing their final design projects. Interviews with leading professionals, historians and educators help create crucial dialogue around the key issues faced by this unique teaching methodology and the built environment these future architects will create.

Image above courtesy of Archiculture

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Modernism Prize | 2014 World Monuments Fund / Preservation

Zonnestraal Sanatorium, Netherlands, 2010   Hizuchi Elementary School, Japan,  2012

Established in 2008, the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.

The first of its kind, the award acknowledges the growing threats—neglect, deterioration, or even demolition—now facing significant works of modernism, and recognizes the architects and designers who help ensure their rejuvenation and long-term survival. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of the influential role modernism plays in our architectural heritage, and recognize modern buildings as sustainable structures with viable futures.

The prize is awarded in recognition of completed (built) work, and may be awarded for an individual project or a body of work. The award consists of $10,000 and a limited-edition Mies van der Rohe–designed Barcelona chair, created by Knoll in honor of the award. The prize is awarded to the designer, architect, or firm responsible for the work.

An independent jury comprising professionals from the fields of architecture, architectural conservation, journalism, and related fields selects the winner. The jury is chaired by Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and Acting Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art.


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13th International Docomomo Conference | Seoul 24-27.9.2014

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Title The 13th International Docomomo Conference Seoul 2014
Theme Expansion and Conflict
Date September 24~27, 2014
Venue National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
Hosted by Docomomo International
Organized by International Docomomo Conference Seoul 2014 Organizing Committee
Language English and Korean (Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.)

Program 2014:



Doco Tours

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TALK Icomos/4 – St Vincent’s Redfern: Erasing History




St Vincent’s Redfern: Erasing History

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Exhibition: Mid-Century Modern Australian Furniture Design


Mid-Century Modern Australian Furniture Design

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square | Level 3

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FILM Melbourne: Oil Rocks: City Above the Sea | 18 June


Dado Film Society @ Robin Boyd House | Walsh Street | 18 June |  7pm.

Oil Rocks: City Above the Sea

2009, Dir. Marc Wolfensberger , 52 mins, Russian/Azerbaijani/French with English subtitles

Guest Speaker: Peter Raisbeck
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Exhibition | Australian Iconic Houses


The dining table is positioned on a raised area with the kitchen adjacent, accessed to the right of the table behind the bank of cabinets. The wall hanging is a piece of carpet.

Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney, at Museum of Sydney (April – August 2014), is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 29 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. Beginning in the 1950s with the works of a new breed of Australian architects, and culminating in key works from some of Australia’s contemporary masters.


1. Harry Seidler– Rose Seidler House, NSW 1950

2. Peter Muller – The Audette House, NSW 1953

3. Roy Grounds – The Grounds House, VIC 1954

4. Peter McIntrye – Butterfly house, VIC 1955

5. Russell Jack – The Jack House, NSW 1957

6. Robin Boyd – The Walsh Street House, VIC 1958

7. McGlashan Everist – Grimwade House, VIC 1960

  1. Enrico Taglietti – The Dingle House, ACT 1965
  2. Neville Gruzman – The Rosenburg/Hills House, NSW 1966

10. Bruce Rickard – Marshall House, NSW 1967

11. Hugh Buhrich – The Buhrich House, NSW 1972

12. Ian McKay – Lobster Bay, NSW 1972

13. Richard Leplastrier – Palm House, NSW 1973 – 1975

14. Glenn Murcutt – Kempsey House, NSW 1974 – 1975, 1980

15. Iwan Iwanoff – Kessell House, WA 1975

16. Ian Collins – The Collins House, NSW 1976

17. John Kenny – Kenny House, VIC 1976

18. Barrie Marshall – Phillip Island, VIC 1983 – 1990

19. Geoffrey Pie – Pie House, QLD 1984 – 1985

20. Ken Woolley – Palm House, NSW 1984 – 1985

21. Robinson Chen – Hildebrand House, VIC 1988 – 1990

22. Gabriel Poole – Gartner House, QLD 1989 – 1990

23. Wood Marsh – Gottlieb House, VIC 1990 – 1994

24. Brit Andresen – MooloombaHouse, QLD 1995

25. Durbach Block – Droga Apartment, NSW 1996 – 1997

26. Sean Godsell – Kew House, VIC 1996 – 1997

27. Peter Stutchbury – Reeves House, NSW 1997 – 1999

28. John Wardle – The Wardle House, VIC 1999 – 2000

29. Donovan Hill – The D-House, QLD 1998 – 2000


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Exhibition | The Sievers Project



CCP Fitzroy | Melbourne – Gallery 2

Jane Brown, Cameron Clarke, Zoe Croggon, Therese Keogh, Phuong Ngo, Meredith Turnbull and Wolfgang Sievers

The Sievers Project

Six early career artists, working in photography through to installation, have responded in diverse ways to renowned Australian photographer Wolfgang Sievers (1913–2007), icon of 20th century Australian photography.

Sievers’ commercial practice exemplifies mid-century positivism and modernity, and the mythmaking role of photography. As a German Jewish immigrant, he had a strong interest in refugees and human rights issues as well as an expressed commitment to representing the dignity of labour. The Sievers Project presents key historical works as a context for engaging the past through the present.

Photographers Jane Brown and Cameron Clarke have followed in his footsteps to industrial clients Sievers photographed and valorised, finding sites that are visually dynamic within industries now in decline.

Through her intrepid, research-based practice, Therese Keogh has developed a materially-rich work from the starting point of a single, anomalous photograph Sievers took at the Roman Forum in 1953. Meredith Turnbull draws on his connections with Melbourne’s design community in the 1950s and 60s, including Gerard Herbst and Frederick Romberg.

In Sievers’ photographs of industrial sewing machines and their machinists, Phuong Ngo finds shared stories of young Vietnamese refugees and the journeys taken by their mothers. Zoë Croggon positions fragments of Sievers’ iconic architectural photographs against found photographs of the human body in movement.

Curated by Naomi Cass and Kyla McFarlane, with project management by Phillippa Brumby.

To be opened by Julian Burnside AO QC, Australian barrister, human rights advocate and author.

A satellite of The Sievers Project will be exhibited at the Melbourne Art Fair, 13–17 August.
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MODERN HOUSE VISIT: Fooks House (1964)


Ph. by W. Sievers

Saturday May 24th at 2.00.
Docomomo friends and members are invited to see the house of architect Ernest Fooks in Caulfield Melbourne, designed in 1964.
Fooks emigrated to Melbourne from Vienna in 1939 and went on to establish a busy practice and was a lecturer in town planning at Melbourne Technical College.


A tour of this remarkably intact house will be given and archival pictures and plans made available.

Afternoon tea will be provided. Gold coin donation to cover costs.
But RSVP is essential as numbers restricted – please email
Hannah Lewi - -
to rsvp and then you will be sent the full address details.

Ph. by W. Sievers

Heritage Victoria’s statement of significance says: 
“The Ernest Fooks House is of architectural and aesthetic significance as an intact, individual, and highly creative work combining analytical planning, aspects of Scandinavian and European modern design while incorporating principles of traditional Japanese architecture. It represents the most architecturally resolved of Fook’s domestic designs, being a complex and carefully detailed multi-layered spatial composition in a fully designed landscape.   

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BOOKS | LEISURE SPACE – The transformation of Sydney, 1945–1970



The transformation of Sydney, 1945–1970

UNSW Press

Edited by Paul Hogben and Judith O’Callaghan

Dinner at Australia Square’s revolving Summit Restaurant, sipping cocktails at the Chevron in Potts Point, hanging out at a Skyline drive-in …

Mid-twentieth-century Sydneysiders embraced leisure like never before. Leisure Space details the architecture and design that transformed their city – through its new hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, clubs, shopping centres, drive-ins and golf courses, including landmark buildings such as the Gazebo and the Wentworth Hotel.

With stunning images from Max Dupain, Mark Strizic and other outstanding Australian photographers, Leisure Space explores a dynamic period in Sydney’s history and the dramatic impact of modernism on the city’s built environment.

About the Editors

Paul Hogben is a senior lecturer in Architecture in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Australia.

Judith O’Callaghan is a senior lecturer in Interior Architecture in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Australia and co-author of Designer Suburbs: Architects and Affordable Homes in Australia.

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Classification | Architecture

9781742233826 | Paperback | June 2014 | UNSW Press | 256pp | 260x230mm | AUD$69.99

Table of contents

Contributors Introduction

  1. 1  Leisure in Sydney during ‘the long boom’
  2. 2  The changing face of travel: The modern tourist office
  3. 3  Double modernity: The first international hotels
  4. 4  Motels: The ‘ultra modern’ experience
  5. 5  Sky-high ambitions: Sydney’s restaurants
  6. 6  Architecture, coffee and cocktails
  7. 7  ‘Big, bright, beautiful’: The new shopping centres
  8. 8  The rise and fall of the Sydney drive-in
  9. 9  Golf: A changing landscape
  10. 10  The leagues club: A working-class palace
  11. 11  Ethnic clubs: ‘The dream oftomorrow’
  12. 12  Informal modern: Holiday houses


Acknowledgements Index



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