Buildings at Risk

Brisbane: Gibson’s Cultural Centre at risk

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Help to safeguard the buildings of Robin Gibson at the Queensland Cultural Centre.

A new Government Master Plan, released days after his death earlier this year, proposes a myriad of commercially-driven alterations and additions that will irrevocably alter the buildings both internally and externally.

Additionally the Master Plan proposes the construction of a pair of 30 storey towers over the site.

This is not about preservation, as he was not opposed to buildings evolving according to their changing needs, but the opposition to insensitive and inappropriate changes, primarily for commercial gain.
The good news is that the Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland Chapter) has made an application for the Queensland Cultural Centre (Robin Gibson Buildings ) to be included in the Queensland Heritage Register.
Listing the Complex may provide some protection from these proposed changes.
However it is vitally important to reinforce the application by making submissions of support to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP). Submissions are considered by the DEHP when making their assessment and by the Queensland Heritage Council when making its decision.
We have until Friday September 19 to make these submissions. You can help by signing and sending the submission letter below by email to heritage@ehp.qld.gov.au.
Please send this on to as many contacts as possible or posting it on your website and facebook pages. This is the cultural well-being of Brisbane at stake and everyone can make a difference.
If you would like to see the full copy of the Heritage Register Application giving more detail on the Criteria click here to view.
Many thanks for your support.
Tina Gibson, Architect
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Related article : The Brisbane Times: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/protecting-brisbanes-brutal-charm-20120611-205d4.html

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Brisbane: Gibson’s Cultural Centre at risk

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Help  to safeguard the buildings of Robin Gibson at the Queensland Cultural Centre.

A new Government Master Plan, released days after his death earlier this year, proposes a myriad of commercially-driven alterations and additions that will irrevocably alter the buildings both internally and externally.

Additionally the Master Plan proposes the construction of a pair of 30 storey towers over the site.

This is not about preservation, as he was not opposed to buildings evolving according to their changing needs, but the opposition to insensitive and inappropriate changes, primarily for commercial gain.
The good news is that the Australian Institute of Architects (Queensland Chapter) has made an application for the Queensland Cultural Centre (Robin Gibson Buildings ) to be included in the Queensland Heritage Register.
 
Listing the Complex may provide some protection from these proposed changes.
 
However it is vitally important to reinforce the application by making submissions of support to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP). Submissions are considered by the DEHP when making their assessment and by the Queensland Heritage Council when making its decision.
 
We have until Friday September 19 to make these submissions. You can help by signing and sending the submission letter below by email to heritage@ehp.qld.gov.au.
 
Please send this on to as many contacts as possible or posting it on your website and facebook pages. This is the cultural well-being of Brisbane at stake and everyone can make a difference.
 
If you would like to see the full copy of the Heritage Register Application giving more detail on the Criteria click here to view.
 
Many thanks for your support.
 
Tina Gibson, Architect
 
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Links:
Related article on The Brisbane Times: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/protecting-brisbanes-brutal-charm-20120611-205d4.html

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Sydney / Talk | Heritage: Aboriginal People/Aboriginal Places

DOCOMOMO AUSTRALIA/ICOMOS/NSW CHAPTER –
SYDNEY TALK SERIES 2014 – NO. 7
5.30PM FOR 6.00 PM START ON WEDNESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2014

Mt. Yemgo

Mt. Yemgo

 8/12 Heritage #Aboriginal: Aboriginal People/Aboriginal Places

Aboriginal Heritage management in NSW is changing. Communities are becoming more involved. Innovative approaches are encouraging better connections between people and places. New statues, guidelines, policies and codes of conduct mean how we understand, assess and interpret Aboriginal heritage is dynamic.

This will be a fast-paced informative evening where speakers from the Aboriginal heritage industry and Aboriginal community will share their experiences through a series of pictorial vignettes – 8 minutes/12 slides – which highlight the diversity of engagement with Aboriginal Heritage.

Speakers include members of the Aboriginal community, archaeologists and professional colleagues:

  • - Michael Bennet, Native Title Services Corp on Aboriginal Place Trackers
  • - Glenda Chalker, Tharawal elder and member of NSW Parks Service Advisory Council on the Aboriginal heritage reform process
  • - Cheryl Lappin, Senior Strategic Planner, Shellharbour City on the Shellharbour Tool Kit
  • - Gordon Morton, Darug Aboriginal Culutral Heritage Assessments on the Colobee Nurrangingy Land Grant
  • - Dr. Tim Owen, Associate, GML on preserving Aboriginal landscape values at East Leppington
  • - Dominic Steele, Principal, Dominic Steele Consulting Archaeology on ‘Parra-matters’
  • Members of the public welcome.

Time & Date: Wednesday 17 September 2014, 5.30pm for 6.00pm start
Cost: ICOMOS Members $10, non-members $15 payable at the door. Wine and nibblesprovided
Venue: GML Heritage, 78 George Street, Redfern
RSVP: Jane Verson janev@gml.com.au or 02 9319 4811. RSVP is essential as places are limited

Heritage, News

News: Boyd’s Baker House under the Hammer

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Robin Boyd’s famous Baker House will be auctioned in the weekend.
More at

Do we value heritage in real estate?
https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/architectural-gem-goes-under-the-hammer–but-do-we-value-the-rest-002221111.html

Baker House web site
http://www.boydbakerhouse.com.au/

A tour of the house with Philip Goad on Architel.tv
Episode 2: The Robin BoydBakerHouse – Architel.tv

 

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Melbourne / Symposia on Activism and Cultural Heritage – 17-18 Oct

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On 17-18 October, Australia ICOMOS is holding two all-day symposia back-to-back, along with the Australia ICOMOS Annual General Meeting. The program is as follows:

*   Friday 17 October: The Return to a New Age of Activism for Cultural Heritage?
*   The Australia ICOMOS AGM will be held after the ‘Activism’ symposium
*   Saturday 18 October: Grasping the intangible at heritage places
*   The launch of the Intangible Cultural Heritage National Scientific Committee (NSC)
More information on each event is provided below.

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FILM / Melbourne | Local Heroes II

Australian Beauty

LOCAL HEROES II

When: Wednesday, 10 September 2014, 7pm
Where: Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street, South Yarra

DADo Film Society of the Robin Boyd Foundation

LAST Session! Please join DADo for a night of short films investigating the role of architecture in the creation and destruction of Australian identity. It includes a government propaganda film for Melbourne’s future in 1954, an animation featuring the destruction of the city by its creator, a visual exploration of Enrico Taglietti’s works, and 2 recent released documentary films by Kerry Gardner featuring Lyon Housemuseum and Robin Boyd: Australian Beauty.

Local Heroes II
A night of short films investigating the role of architecture in the creation + destruction of Australian identity including the propaganda film for Melbourne’s future, the destruction of a city by its creator, a visual exploration of Enrico Taglietti’s works and a brand new released documentary film on Robin Boyd.

 

Guest Speakers:

Philip Watts (animator, film/tv editor)

Kerry Gardner (writer, director)

with moderator Assoc. Professor Seamus O’Hanlon, Monash Univeristy

 

Planning for Melbourne’s future, 1954, 17.54 mins, Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works (a propaganda film)

Melbourne was a different city in 1954 but still planners were thinking about the future of the metropolis. This video shows how the Melbournians lived and worked nearly sixty years ago and planning faced many of the same challenges today.

 

Bless You (animation), 2012, 1.30 mins, Dir. Philip Watts

An architect in the skies grows bored of his creation and decides to spice things up a bit in Melbourne CBD.

 

Enrico Taglietti, 2012, 8 mins, Dir. Kerry Gardner

Visual slideshow of Enrico’s work over the past few decades.

 

Lyon Housemuseum, 2012, 9 mins, Dir. Kerry Gardner

Focusing on Melbourne and architecture, The Lyon Housemuseum film is a colourful and thoughtful essay on nationally acclaimed Melbourne architect Corbett Lyon’s bold and unique purpose designed home which opens weekly to the general public, showcasing his outstanding modern art collection and featuring deft camera work of exemplary sculpture, paintings, installation and video art. (source: Kerry Gardner)

 

Robin Boyd: Australian Beauty, 2012, 19 mins, Dir. Kerry Gardner

The film captures a near forgotten period of the Swinging Sixties in Australian design with an examination, through expert interviewees and never before seen letters and photos, of the life and work of legendary architect Robin Boyd. It poses the question through critical photographs, quality filming and insightful interviewees of contemporary and 20th century design, ‘Is Australia Still Ugly?’

Appealing to anyone who grew up when ‘Aussie’ houses were either ‘brick venereal’ or faux Georgian or Tuscan, we laugh at suburban selves and examine the cultural cringe of the Sixties up to the year 2013.

The film also follows the psychological and physical decline towards Boyd’s tragic early death and sheds light on his previously unknown secret self through his own intimate letters. It is revealed through moving conversations with his students, children and closest friends, as well as academic commentators that Boyd shone as a great social commentator but struggled as a businessman.

 

Assoc. Prof Seamus O’Hanlon is a senior lecturer at Monash University. His first major sole-authored book, Together Apart; boarding house, hostel and flat life in prewar Melbourne was shrt-listed in the Local and Community history category of the NSW Premier’s History Awards in 2003. More recently, he published Go! Melbourne in the Sixties, co-edited with Tanja Luckins of the University of Melbourne, which was commended in the Collaborative/Community category of the Victorian Community History Awards in 2007.

 

Philip Watts is a film and television editor, but since the early 90’s he has been producing animated motion graphics for the television industry. He has also worked as a freelance cartoonist on a few occasions, and recently started combining the two interests and making his own animated short films.

 

Kerry Gardner is a Writer/Director of Australian documentary films on Art, Design and Architecture. As a film-maker, and person, Kerry’s interests span both Australian and international, historical and contemporary design and architectural projects.

With a background in performing and visual arts management, including holding key directorships with renowned Australian cultural organisations like; the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the Malthouse Theatre, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the University of Melbourne’s Australian Institute of Art History, Kerry’s private and professional worlds blend seamlessly, providing access to the sometimes hidden and private worlds of great creative thinkers and practitioners.

 

 

Guests are invited for drinks on arrival at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.

For further information on this screening, please contact us at: dado@robinboyd.org.au.

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Melbourne / Lecture : The challenges and potentials of architecture in the gallery

Public Lecture: Prof. Barry Bergdoll

Dates: Thursday, 11 September 2014 – 7:00pm
Location:  Harold White Theatre, Level 2, 757 Swanston Street, The University of Melbourne

At Home in the Museum? The challenges and potentials of architecture in the gallery

Professor Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Architectural History at Columbia University, will outline how the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has attempted to address the traversing of an unexpected set of economic, social and environmental challenges in which the centrality of design professions has become manifestly clear, even as larger forces – in which designers are too often complicit – act to marginalize the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, design and the arts. Having worked side-by-side with professionals, Professor Bergdoll is more than ever convinced that a cooperative, multidisciplinary approach is fundamental to the future vitality of the field – and essential if designers are to contribute to solving the enormous problems of our day. He will show how MoMA has been trying to discover meaningful positions and prospects even as practitioners have been jolted into discussion about just where the moral compass should be set.

Barry Bergdoll is a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, where from 2007 to 2013 he served as The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design.

Registration for the event and additional information
http://msd.unimelb.edu.au/special-public-lecture-professor-barry-bergdoll

News

NGV lectures on Modern Australian Furniture Design

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NGV LECTURES:
Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design

Sat 11 Sept / h. 11am | Psycology of Colour

Learn about the psychology of colour and how you can incorporate colour theory in your own interiors through a day filled with lectures, a colour workshop and exhibition tour of Mid- Century Modern Australian Furniture Design. | Speakers: Kirsty Grant, Senior Curator, NGV; Peter King, Exhibition Designer, NGV; Andrea Lucena-Orr, Colour Planning & Communications, Manager, Dulux | Where: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square;  Ground Level Theatre | Ticketing Information: $50 Adult / $40 Member (Exhibition ticket included)

 

Sun 21 Sept / h. 2pm | Modern Living- Influences on Australian mid-century interiors

Cost Free, Exhibition admission fees apply | Venue Exhibition Space, Level 3 | Speaker: Nanette Carter | Where: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Level 3 Temporary Exhibition

 

Mid-Century Furniture…

Gain insights into the care of mid-century furniture with rare access to industry experts. | Speakers: John Eggleton, Owner of Mode 707 ; Holly McGowan-Jackson, Senior Conservator, Frames & Furniture, NGV | Free Entry | Where: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Level 3, Foyer, Level 3

Information & bookings
Ph +61 3 8662 1555
10am-5pm daily

News

NY Exhibition: Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment

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TIMES SQUARE, 1984: The Postmodern Moment

Times Square today is bright and crowded – a tourist mecca, entertainment district, retail powerhouse, and pedestrianized precinct that matches in vitality any decade of its storied past. But thirty years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo, caught between a series of false starts at clean-slate urban renewal by the City and State and an emerging philosophy of urbanism that favored history, preservationist values, electric signs and semiotics, and delirious diversity.This 1984 vision of Times Square as a matched set of mansard-topped mega-towers is not how the crossing of Broadway and Seventh Avenue looks today. The rendering – one of many phases of the design produced by the architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee for the developer George Klein of Park Tower Realty from 1983 to 1993 – represented a classic moment in architectural Postmodernism. But despite the fame of its architect and the vogue for historicism of the 1980s, the design sparked a civic controversy about the character of Times Square. Community-organizing efforts by the Municipal Art Society, architects, and diverse advocates altered the trajectory of the government-regulated plans and led to changes in new zoning regulations that incentivized high-rise development in West Midtown. Preserving the historic theaters, maintaining the bright lights of Broadway, and protecting the openness of the area’s central “bowl of light” through setbacks at street level and acres of mandated electric signage were goals achieved by widespread civic engagement.Times Square today, with its costumed corporate towers and high-rise hotels, though designed and constructed in the late 1990s and the new millennium, had its genetic code written in the 1980s.

Virtual Exhibition: http://skyscraper.org/EXHIBITIONS/TIMES_SQUARE/

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

SYDNEY HERITAGE TALKS SERIES 2014

AUSTRALIA ICOMOS/DOCOMOMO/AIA NSW CHAPTER

ON FRIDAY 22nd AUGUST 2014

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Ph. Max Dupain

 

 APPROACHES FOR THE CONSERVATION OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE
THE MADRID DOCUMENT

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Publications: Icomos selected papers and conferences online

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Publications:
We know its a bit late news but for those not up with the journal Historic Environment published by Australia ICOMOS, follow link to two volumes published in 2013, of selected papers from the past ‘Un-Loved Modernism’ conference.
http://australia.icomos.org/publications/historic-environment/

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DOCOMOMO Victoria “Slide Night”:

MODERN EXPOS and CAMPUS

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: hlewi@unimelb.edu.au )

Presenters:
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!

News

International News: Neutra’s College under threat

DEMOLITION THREAT : ORANGE  COAST COLLEGE

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

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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.”
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“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.

more @ https://tclf.org/landslides/orange-coast-college-at-risk

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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

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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.

http://www.kuabol.com/proyecto/re-construye-%C2%B4la-roiba%C2%B4/152

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International News: Van Nellefabriek on Unesco List

Van Nellefabriek on Unesco World Heritage List

 

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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.”

more @ http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1441/

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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

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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

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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 janev@gml.com.au or 02 9319 4811. RSVP is essential as places are limited. 

Download: DOCOMOMO NSW CHAPTER ICOMOS_Peter Romey TALK 2014

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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.

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FILM Melbourne | Visionary Architecture

Great Expectations: A Journey through the History of Visionary Architecture

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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.

CHAIR: DANIEL PALMER

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

JOHN GOLLINGS

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.

EVE SAINSBURY

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.

CHRISTINE MARIE PHILLIPS

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’.

CAMERON BRUHN

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


Bookings

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.

 

sources: CCP / http://www.ccp.org.au/exhibitions.php?f=Gallery_2
Boy Foundation/ https://robinboyd.org.au/category-events/76-seminar-program/173-ccp-1


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