Mid-Century Architecture at the Design Canberra Festival

Visitors to Canberra are often surprised to learn that Canberra is a mecca of mid-century design, public art and architecture. If you know where to look (or you can get onto one of DESIGN Canberra’s fabulous tours), Canberra is a goldmine of mid-century gems from iconic buildings such as Roy Ground’s Shine Dome (1959) to … read more…

MLC Building / Docomomo Austalia submission to the NSW Heritage Council

September 26th This is Docomomo Australia’s proposal to list the MLC Building, 105-153 Miller Street, North Sydney on the State Heritage Register. The proposal was submitted to Heritage NSW by Scott Robertson, president of Docomomo Australia on September 25th. Executive DirectorHeritage NSWLocked Bag 5020 PARRAMATTA NSW 2124 Dear Madam, Proposal to list the MLC Building, … read more…

URGENT: Lodge a submission with the Heritage Council of NSW supporting its listing before October 8th 2020!

Dear Docomomo Australia members and readers, The Heritage Council of NSW resolved to consider listing the MLC Building on the State Heritage Register. Please see the attached notification letter. We urgently need you to lodge a submission with the Heritage Council supporting its listing before the closing of the public submission period on 8 October … read more…

Why the MLC Building in North Sydney should be saved / The Fifth Estate

(read the full article on The Fifth Estate) Beyond concern for preserving such rich heritage, the proposed demolition of the MLC Building in North Sydney poses deep environmental concerns. History is the story of who we are. A wise society will take lessons from that history – both good and bad – and critically engage with the … read more…

New Book / Giuseppe Pagano: Design for Social Change in Fascist Italy

Giuseppe Pagano: Design for Social Change in Fascist Italy By Flavia Marcello (Swimburne University) Intellect Book | £80.00 | 330 pages | 15 Mar 2020 This book provides a comprehensive overview of the influential architect Giuseppe Pagano and his contribution to the development of modern architecture. With chapters by Tim Benton, Noa Steimatsky, Cesare de Seta, Caterina Franchini … read more…

Conversations on the Urban Implications and Experience of Epidemics

Conversations on the Urban Implications and Experience of Epidemics Watch the Videohttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi40kwiBsOGgaxkqpTNx2Vg The Epidemic Urbanism Initiative (EUI) is pleased to announce a new series of conversations entitled “Conversations on the Urban Implications and Experience of Epidemics.” As part of this series, in recent months, we have been joined by leading scholars and practitioners from a … read more…

2020 Online Lecture Series: ‘Understanding World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation’ – next session, 7 October

The preparatory office for the International Centre for Interpretation and Presentation of the World Heritage Sites under the auspices of UNESCO (hereinafter the Centre) is pleased to announce that the preparatory office for the Category 2 Centre, newly approved at the 40th session of the General Conference (2019), was launched in late May under the … read more…

Lower Terrace Restoration Project of the Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe

Lower Terrace Restoration Project of the Farnsworth HouseBy Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Chicago, USA, 1945-1951 Docomomo International would like to draw your attention to the Lower Terrace Restoration Project of the Farnsworth House. The Farnsworth House, designed and built in the International Style by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Dr. Edith Farnsworth … read more…

On Sale / Dunraven by Roy Ground, 1970s, Table Top NSW

“Dunraven” was constructed in the 1970s for the family of the former member for Farrer, Sir David Fairbairn, who commissioned Australia’s architect, Sir Roy Grounds for its creation. Ahead of it’s time in design, energy efficiency, and remarkable living spaces, “Dunraven” harnesses the sun in winter and the cool breezes of summer through the magnificent … read more…

At Risk / Burroughs Wellcome By Paul Rudolph, US, 1969-1972

Burroughs WellcomeBy Paul Rudolph, US, 1969-1972 Docomomo International would like to draw your attention to the alarming situation of the Burroughs Wellcome, US, and express its full support to all the initiatives conducted in order to preserve this building. Planned as an “M.I.T. of North Carolina,” the Burroughs Wellcome Corporation Headquarters in Research Triangle Park, … read more…

Oslo’s Y-block with Murals by Picasso demolished By Erling Viksjø, Oslo, Norway, 1969

The Norwegian Government has decided to demolish one of its most important modernist monuments. A monument by the architect Erling Viksjø, with contributions by Carl Nesjar and Pablo Picasso. A monument that survived a terrorist attack in 2011 and remained structurally sound. A monument of European importance that must be saved. We are talking about … read more…

Heritage Council of NSW gave notice of its intention to consider listing the MLC Building in the State Heritage Register

The Heritage Council of NSW resolved, at its meeting of 1 September 2020, to give notice of its intention to consider listing MLC Building, North Sydney on the State Heritage Register in acknowledgment of its heritage significance to the people of New South Wales. This advice is in accordance with section 33(1)(a) of the Heritage … read more…

ACAHUCH and AIA Heritage Awards 2020 Panel / 15 September

Tuesday 15 Sep 2020 / 12:30pm – 2pm Please note: Zoom details will be sent upon registration at intervals of 48 hours prior, 12 hours prior, and 10 minutes prior. For information prior, please click the ‘View Links’ button in the Eventbrite app or web platform upon receipt of registration email. Join Professor Philip Goad … read more…

VIDEO / Penelope Seidler tours Seidler’s Ithaca Gardens of 1960 (Elizabeth Bay NSW – Sydney)

Penelope Seidler tours Seidler’s Ithaca Gardens of 1960 (Elizabeth Bay NSW – Sydney)  8 min film clips Penelope Seidler at and explains Harry Seidler’s Ithaca Gardens apartment on 10th floor of 12 Ithaca Rd Elizabeth Bay (1960) and building,  – filmed 1 Sept 2020 for Art Gallery NSW Contemporary Collection Benefactors. Penelope talks first about the … read more…

Seidler + Nervi: Talks and Walking tour of the Edmund Barton Building / Canberra

Seidler + Nervi: Walking tour (exterior) of the Edmund Barton Building (1970-74) Canberra Design Festival,Tuesday 10 November, 6-7pm$35, tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=655458&Meet at the corner of Kings Ave and Blackall St, Barton ACT 2600 (Edmund Barton Building) Discover the unexpected Italian affinities of Harry Seidler’s Edmund Barton Building (1970-74) with Paolo Stracchi, architectural technology lecturer, University of … read more…

Petition: Save the River Pavilion in Fairfield Park by Carter Couch

City of Yarra is about to demolish a significant portion of the important River Pavilion to Fairfield Park by Carter and Couch – Kennedy Nolan, a Melbourne architecture practice, has launched a Change.org campaign to ensure its retention or relocation. City of Yarra is set to demolish a significant portion of the important River Pavilion … read more…

Book / The Australian Ugliness at 60

In 2020, the Robin Boyd Foundation is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Robin’s publication of The Australian Ugliness. Published in 1960, it has become canon for Australia’s built-environment and design practitioners and academics. Following on a successful year of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robin, as one of Australia’s most influential architects, … read more…

Macquarie University Campus | 1964-76 | NSW

Macquarie University Campus Design: New South Wales Government Architect’s OfficeConstruction: 1964-76Location: North Ryde, Sydney Professor Hannah Lewi: The 1960s witnessed a surge in building for higher education and training. With the sector growing rapidly, it was an important testing ground for Australian architects, landscape designers, planners and artists. The Macquarie campus is a highly significant … read more…