Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s | Book Launch

You’re invited to celebrate the official launch of Modernist Adelaide: 100 Buildings 1940s–1970s – the first book to provide a large-scale survey of Adelaide’s mid-century architecture. This beautiful new publication by South Australian Emerging Historian of the Year Stuart Symons celebrates 100 examples of Adelaide’s iconic modernist buildings, many of which have featured in his … read more…

What do you value about Canberra’s Commonwealth Avenue Bridge? Have your say by 6 December

GML Heritage is currently undertaking consultation on behalf of the ACT Government and National Capital Authority to investigate the aesthetic and social heritage values of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Canberra. Commonwealth Avenue Bridge is not individually heritage listed, however, it forms part of the wider heritage listing nomination for Lake Burley Griffin and other listings … read more…

Int. Exhibition | Charlotte Perriand: Inventing a New World

From 2 October 2019 to 24 February 2020Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris On 2 October 2019 the Fondation opens a large-scale exhibition dedicated to Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), a free woman, pioneer of modernity, a leading figure of the XX century design, who contributed to the definition of a new art de vivre.  To mark the twentieth anniversary of the … read more…

Int. Architecture We Love To Hate: 15 Controversial Modernist Buildings in Hong Kong. A Public Engagement Project

The project was run in 2019 and it is now accessible through the Docomomo Hong Kong website: https://www.uglybuildings.docomomo.hk Why are certain buildings being deemed ugly and worthless by some people but treasured by others? What are the bases for forming these different opinions? How do judgements made byprofessional experts and the general public affect the … read more…

The Australian paradox – smart, resilient cities in a rich but dumb economy?

Harvard’s Atlas of Economic Complexity classifies Australia as a profoundly simple economy, “at risk of getting increasingly dumber”. At the same time, Australian cities rank consistently as some of the world’s most liveable and technologically smart. In this seminar Prof Coenen reflects on the state of Australia as a knowledge economy and explores some of the … read more…

Modernism & Modernist SA Architecture: 1934-1977

An exhibition on South Australia Modernism and Modernist Architecture (1934-1977) has been on display this month at the Office for Design and Architecture SA. The exhibition was opened for only three weeks (it closed the 22nd of November), but it is possible to read about it on several articles which appeared online. In Modernism on … read more…

SEIDLER, BAUHAUS CANBERRA – events DESIGN CANBERRA 16-17 Nov

DESIGN Canberra 2019 recognises the 100th anniversary of the iconic Bauhaus design movement which redefined what design could do for society and reflected the utopian ideas of its time. The Bauhaus advocated for an understanding of composition, colour theory and craftsmanship. Their lasting influence arguably may be less stylistic, and more of an attitude: principals … read more…

Talk | Glenn Murcutt AO in conversation with Shelley Penn / Nov 13

Melbourne School of Design presents Glenn Murcutt AO in conversation with Shelley Penn Wednesday 13 November On the night before we officially open his lantern-inspired MPavilion, we’re inviting you to join our 2019 architect Glenn Murcutt AO in conversation with architect and urbanist Shelley Penn at the Melbourne School of Design. This special event will … read more…

Exhibition / Reframing the Australian Ugliness

MSD students from ‘Popular Architecture and Design’ subject will consider Boyd’s classic text: its influence, its role in evolving design debate, and future possibilities. Curated by  Dr.Exhibition Derham Groves, this exhibition will present student work that re-imagines Boyd’s contentious book, ‘The Australian Ugliness’. Presented by the University of Melbourne Architecture, Building and Planning Library with the … read more…

Talk / Heritage Resilience at the San Antonio Missions

2019 SYDNEY TALK SERIES NUMBER 7 Tuesday 26th November 2019 Heritage Resilience at the San Antonio Missions UNESCO World Heritage Site Texas USA Heritage resilience is defined by the capacities of a cultural heritage resource to sustain, survive and recover from anything that would degrade or destroy it. Cultural heritage resources are vulnerable to many … read more…

John Andrews X Tim Ross: Public Conversation / 13 November, Canberra

John Andrews + Tim Ross Tim Ross, creator of the award-winning ABC series Streets of Your Town, joins internationally acclaimed architect, John Andrews, in a public conversation to discuss his work and architectural legacy. The event will begin with a screening of a  1979 Film Australia documentary film. Light refreshments will be served after the event. In … read more…

Robin Boyd 5 homes tour

Sunday 10 November 201910 am – 4 pm 5 residential homes Explore through self-guided tours two Robin Boyd designed homes, his childhood home The Robins, and two other residential designs by Walter Burley Griffin and Peter McIntyre, which respond to the materiality, landscape, place and the Australian lifestyle Boyd identified as the best qualities for … read more…

Boyd’s Trendall Centre Open Day – Sunday 10 November / Melbourne

Trendall Centre Open Day – Sunday 10 November Sun November 10th @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm This a rare chance to visit the modernist apartment designed by Robin Boyd for internationally renowned Classical Art historian A.D. (Dale) Trendall. Located at the top of LaTrobe’s Menzies College, the residence retains not only the structural and interior features … read more…

Sydney Open 2019: Australia Square / 3 November

Australia Square Sunday 3 November 264 GEORGE STREET, SYDNEY Built: 1961–67 Architect: Harry Seidler, Harry Seidler & Associates Awards: 1967 AIA (NSW) – Sulman Medal for Public Architecture; 1967 RAIA (NSW) – Civic Design award Australia Square broke new architectural ground when it was completed in 1967. At 50 storeys high, it was both Sydney’s … read more…

Sydney Open 2019: AMP Building / 3 November

AMP Building Sunday 3 November 33 ALFRED STREET, SYDNEY Built: 1962 Architect: Graham Thorp, Peddle Thorp & Walker (now PTW Architects) Located in Circular Quay at the gateway to Sydney’s CBD, 33 Alfred Street has been a prominent feature on the Sydney skyline for more than 50 years and remains the home and headquarters of … read more…

Design Canberra / Architecture Bus Tour: Robin Boyd

All architecture and design enthusiasts are invited to join our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Australia’s most influential architects, Robin Boyd. Join DESIGN Canberra’s specialists on an exciting guided architecture bus tour and visit Boyd’s most celebrated works in Canberra. Robin Boyd (1919-1971), born and educated in Melbourne, was … read more…

Design Canberra / Architecture Bus Tour: John Andrews

ARCHITECTURE BUS TOUR: JOHN ANDREWS Join our team of renowned architecture enthusiasts on a John Andrews guided tour. Get to know the Canberra projects of one of Australia’s most internationally renowned architects. Andrews’ bold and brutalist designs place him in a unique category of architectural prominence. Andrews established a bold group of projects in Canberra … read more…

The Modern Heritage of the Olympic Games. Historic Sports Sites between Conservation and Conversion / Munich, 7/8 November

International conference of the German National Committee of ICOMOS and the City of Munich Olympic Facilities–Architectural Icons of the 20th Century Historic Olympic Facilities – between Conservation and Conversion Olympics – Urban Development and Landscape Planning through Sport The Olympic Heritage – Excursuses Download the Conference Program

Back to the Future: A Place for Emotional Significance within Urban Conservation? / Oct 31

Join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning in discussion with visiting Professor of Urban Studies, Rebecca Madgin, from the University of Glasglow.  31 October, University of Sydney The heritage sector has continually evolved its thinking with regards to the value and significance of the historic environment. Largely this has been achieved … read more…