Docomomo Melbourne Slide Talk | 7h August

Docomomo Australia – Melbourne Evening Slide Talk and Docomomo meeting over a glass of wine. Wednesday  August 7th at 6.00 pm Boyd Foundation, Walsh street house, South Yarra. Short talks  from Philip Goad:  the architecture of John Andrews Simon Reeves The Melbourne Pole House Hannah Lewi Corbusier’s Pessac Housing and more.

News Film: House Tugendhat

German Website of the 2013 Documentary Film Trailer (German Language) The Villa Tugendhat Cultural Program  

News Exhibition: London: Sir Hugh Casson PRA: Making Friends

31 May—22 September 2013 In the Tennant Gallery and Council Room Supported by the American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust and The Norman Foster Foundation Sir Hugh Casson PRA (1910-1999) was probably the most popular British architect of his time. As a man of great wit and charm, with a light and fluent touch … read more…

12 June | FILM: Melbourne | Bauhaus: Model and Myth

  Guest Speakers: Dr. Diego Ramirez-Lovering Acting Head, Department of Architecture, MADA at Monash University Bauhaus: Model and Myth 2009, Dir. Niels Bolbrinker and Dr. Kerstin Stutterheim, 103 minutes, German with English subtitles Founded in Germany in 1919, the Bauhaus school, which sought to reconcile the arts and crafts movement and create a new aesthetic … read more…

Japans Industrial Revolution – worth valuing? | DOCOMOMO / Australia ICOMOS – Sydney Talk Series

DOCOMOMO / Australia ICOMOS – Sydney Talk Series Japans Industrial Revolution – worth valuing?   Japan’s heritage is often thought of as wooden temples, stone based castles, cherry blossom and Mount Fuji but there is a reasonable amount of heritage relating to the early period of industrialisation – Japans Industrial Revolution as some call it, … read more…

DOCOMOMO AUSTRALIA NEWSLETTER

MEMBERSHIP DUE: To friends and members. As you will probably know, annual membership fees are now due. (this is earlier than previous years, to bring us in line with international membership requirements) Thank you to all those that have already responded and renewed. For others – please re-subscribe as a local or international member in … read more…

Heritage Conference in Xian, China 8+9 Oct. 2013

UIA Work Programme Architectural Heritage – International conference in Xian Heritage | Work Programmes This work programme is organising its second international conference in Xian, China, on 8 & 9 October 2013. This year’s conference will discuss how to preserve modern architectural heritage on the theme Other MoMo, relating to other modern movements and other … read more…

FESA HOUSE, Perth

“FESA HOUSE, Perth – a fine piece of Western Australian brutalism is going to be demolished. The place was considered for State Register listing but was deemed ‘below threshold’ by the Minister of Heritage in 2012 and the Crown land was subsequently released for redevelopment under the State Government’s hotel development incentive package.”  

“Living in Australia”, New Edition for sale.

BOOKS “Living in Australia”, New Edition for sale. Go to www.robinboyd.org.au ‘Living in Australia provided Robin Boyd with an opportunity to describe his own approach to design and his vision for Australian housing – housing that is appropriate to our lifestyle, environment, climate and culture. Originally published in 1970, this new edition includes recent colour photographs by … read more…

Fixler “Innovation becomes Tradition” & Cox ” Energy Efficiency in Heritage” Sydney dec. 6th

Tusculum – Thursday 6 December | 6 for 6.30 PM Presented by the AIA NSW Chapter & Docomomo   David Fixler | Innovation becomes Tradition:  Modern Architecture as Institutional Heritage in America American colleges and universities have always sought to achieve an optimal balance of respect for tradition and embrace of innovation in their mission, academic programs … read more…

Classroom to Campus: A royal balcony appearance

At the conclusion of the symposium “Classroom to Campus: the heritage of modern education” at the University of Melbourne, and sponsored by Docomomo Australia, a walking tour of education buildings was led around the campus and beyond. Highlights included the refurbishment of Ormand College’s library / learning centre and Newman College.    

Docomomo Events in Melbourne in November 2012

From Classroom to Campus: The Heritage of Modern Education, The University of Melbourne, November 26-28th. This two day symposium includes two evening public lectures: Monday 26th, 6.00 pm – David Fixler (EYP Architects, Boston) Innovation becomes Tradition: Modern Architecture as Institutional Heritage in America Tuesday 27th, 6.30 pm – John Allan (Avanti Architects, London) Learning and legacy – the … read more…

Docomomo Journal 47 (2012/2)

Docomomo Journal 47 (2012/2) Update DATE: 1/12/2012   – Content Index – As we announced at the 2012 Conference that took place in Espoo, Finland, DOCOMOMO International has been working this year on 2 special issues of the DOCOMOMO Journal on Modern Furniture. We will be sending Journal 47 to all members at the beginning … read more…

From Classroom to Campus: The Heritage of Modern Education

This symposium, which includes public lectures by leading international conservation practitioners, plenary talks by historians and educationalists, as well panel presentations and themed roundtable discussions, will explore the historical documentation, conservation and potential heritage values of once modern and now ageing educational campuses in Australia and around the world. The event brings together practitioners from … read more…

Conservation News

Please email us for relevant News and Events around Australia of interest to Docomomo friends and members. UK- type listing of the English Pub: The Guardian Newspaper online has a story about an initiative to nominate the typical English pub for UNESCO World Heritage status – by grouping numerous typical examples together under the banner … read more…

Japan Architecture Tour 2012

Japan Architecture Tour – 27 September – 6 October 2012. A unique architectural experience spending 6 nights in Tokyo and 4 nights in Kyoto. A definitive display of Japanese architectural expression and culture visiting fascinating traditional and contemporary buildings in Tokyo, famous temples in Kyoto, several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, wonderful Japanese gardens and some great art and architecture exhibitions.

House-on-a-pole

The well known “house-on-a-pole” down on the Great Ocean Road at Fairhaven is under threat of partial  demolition and redevelopment  any day soon. In the interim a heritage assessment has been drafted for Heritage Victoria. If you are interested in following the campaign and lending support. See the following links for the story and The … read more…

Documentary Film on Modern Design

Documentary Film on Modern Design, at ACMI Melbourne. Eames: The Architect and the Painter. Screening in June see  https://www.acmi.net.au/lp_eames_architect_painter.aspx

Forthcoming International Symposium on Modern Learning Campus, “From Classroom to Campus”

Forthcoming International Symposium on Modern Learning Campus, “From Classroom to Campus”, to be hosted by The University of Melbourne, November 26th-28th. This event will span 2 days, with two evening lectures from international specialist architects (John Allan (Avanti London) and David Fixler (EYP, Boston)) on university and school campus heritage and conservation, talks and round … read more…

Astor Cinema, Melbourne

A major public campaign has been mounted by Friends of the Astor Cinema (1936 – and listed on Victorian heritage register) regarding the future use as a cinema and public status of the building. If you are interested in signing the petition see https://www.change.org/astor The will be a public meeting at the Astor, St Kilda on … read more…

Astor Terrace under consideration for heritage listing.

UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR HERITAGE LISTING: 96-98 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill, Queensland: Offices of Fulton & Colin Architects has been nominated for heritage listing. A submission to the heritage process has been made by Fulton Trotter Architects, who have contacted Docomomo regarding this initiative, and to share their report. Please see attached pdf document, which is … read more…

ROBB COLLEGE, University of New England, NSW

ROBB COLLEGE, University of New England, (Michael Dysart, NSW Government Architects, 1960-64)  is currently receiving conservation documentation attention with submissions being prepared for listing on AIA and NT registers, as there is mounting concern for its future.       SIGNIFICANCE: Robb College is one of the first modernist college buildings to be erected on … read more…

Docomomo Publications, previous issues

Docomomo Publications This is a list of Docomomo publications that are available from Docomomo Australia and are offered at the same price of the euro price but without postage expenses.  (Postage is included within Australia). Art Works: Drawings by Ken Woolley – $20.00 Preservation technology dossier 2: The Fair Face of Concrete: Conservation and Repair of … read more…

Docomomo Australia AGM

The annual AGM for Docomomo Australia was held on wed August 3rd, at the Boyd House, Walsh Street South Yarra at 6.00pm. Please find attached the following documents: AGM minutes for 2011: Docomomo Australia 2011 AGM  

Borland Open Day PRESHIL

A Space For Learning: Borland Open Day Preshil School, JUNE 5, noon – 5pm. Self-guided Tour, historical display and panel discussion 2-3.15 (with Docomomo members involved) See attached flyer for booking details: Borland Open Day Flyer

Boyd Foundation Desbrowe-Annear Open Day

June 26th, 2011, open day to see 6 houses designed by Desbrowe-Annear or under his influence organised  by the Boyd Foundation, Melbourne: Harold Desbrowe-Annear was one of the most innovative architects in Australia in the early twentieth century, and this is a fantastic opportunity to see his work original work and its conservation. See attached flyer … read more…

100 Collins street shopfront in danger

100 Collins Street, Melbourne’s first ‘glass box’ office building – shopfronts in danger. A win for the streetscape of Collins Street, Melbourne: all the shop windows of 100 collins street,designed by JA LaGerche, are intact from 1955 when the building opened. Submissions on the proposed design conversion to a bank were recently heard, including those from … read more…

Centenary Swimming Pools | 1959 | QLD

date of completion: 1959 Designer: James Birrell address: Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill, location: Brisbane, Queensland type: Sport, Recreation (REC) The free-form layout of the complex – pools punctuating the concourse and tower restau- rant floating above – was influenced by the sculptor Mans Arp and the Constructivist Moholy-Nagy’s posthumous publication, ‘Vision in Motion’ (I947). Birrell … read more…

Academy of Science | 1958 | ACT

Australian National University, Canberra ACT 1958 Grounds, Romberg & Boyd   The Academy was Roy Grounds’ first large building. Grounds, with his first partner, Mewton, was recognized at an early age in 1928 when a recent graduate, Grounds eventually joined Frederic Romberg and Robyn Boyd in partnership in 1953. The client, a learned scientific body, … read more…

Sydney Opera House | 1963/1973

  Site Overview site name: Sydney Opera House (stage 1 and 2) address: Dennelong Point, Sydney NSW (stage 1) architect: Jørn Utzon date of commission 1957 date of completion 1963 (stage 2) architects: Hall, Todd & Littlemore date of commission 1963 date of completion 1973   Description ‘In the Sydney Opera House Jern Utzon realised … read more…

Sidney Myer Music Bowl | 1959

Kings Domain, Melbourne Victoria 1956 | 1959 Yuncken Freeman Brothers   Named for its retailing benefactor, whose family took a keen interest in the project, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was the first major purpose- built outdoor venue in Melbourne. The design, with its tent-like roof supported by two tapering cigar-shaped masts, resulted from project … read more…

Woolley House I | 1962

  Current name: Woolley House I Date of completion: 1962 Architect: Ken Woolley Address: 34 Bullecourt Avenue, Mosman, Sydney NSW The architect’s own house stepped down a steep, treed site in a harbourside suburb of Sydney showing the influence of nature and the site on this example of Sydney School architecture. The School was epitomised … read more…

Japan Architecture Tours

Robert Day is leading an architecture tour to Japan in association with the UIA (World Congress in Sept /Oct 2011. The tour will visit architectural sites of Docomomo interest as well as contemporary design. For further information see https://japanarchitecturetours.wordpress.com/ Download a flyer here: Tour Flyer UIA 11

DOCOMOMO International Conferences

The 11th International Conference was held in Mexico City, August 2010. Papers exploring modern architecture and its conservation through the theme of ‘Living in the Urban Modernity’ were delivered from many international perspectives. The conference location was the Faculty of Architecture of the National Autonomous University (UNAM), declared World Heritage by Unesco in 2007. Post-conference tours … read more…

Latest DOCOMOMO International Journal

Journal 42 – Summer 2010 ART & ARCHITECTURE Articles examine the synthesis between Art and Architecture in modernism. This theme was provoked by the setting of the  International Conference in Mexico City, 2010 on the UNAM campus, where buildings and mosaic murals work together to striking effect. Financial Australian members should have received Journal 42. To … read more…

Rose Seidler House Group | 1948-56

  Rose Seidler House Group Rose Seidler House (1948-1950) Julian Rose House  (1949-1950) Donna and Brian Seidler House (1949-2008): former Marcus Seidler House (1949-1951) 1st addition (1958) 2nd addition (2008) Architects: Harry and Penelope Seidler Address: 69-71 Clissold Road, Sydney NSW Listing: Proposed for listing on the State Heritage Register by the RAIA Download: Fiche Submitted by … read more…

ICI House | 1955-1958

ICI House (ORICA House) Dates: 1955-1958 A: Bates, Smart & McCutcheon Heritage: Docomomo, VicHeritage, NT, UIA Addr.: 1 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, Victoria ICI House was one of the first free-standing fully glazed curtain wall skyscrapers in Australia. As one of the nation’s most stylish commercial buildings, it represented the most refined example of Bates, … read more…

Wylde Street Apartments | 1948-1951

Wylde Street Apartments design: Aaron Bolotlocation: Sydney – Australiatype Housing (RES)date of commission 1948date of completion 1951address 17 Wylde Street Potts Pointgps 33º 52′ 4.08” S/151º 13′ 31.8” E This apartment building, containing 38 apartments, was developed as an urban co-operative housing project, which is unusual in Australia. Bolot’s Wylde Street apartments were one of … read more…

Houses Castlecrag | 1920-1935

Castlecrag Subdivision and Griffin houses Date of Commission: 1920 Date of Completion: 1935 Architects: Walter Burley Griffin & Marion Mahoney Griffin Address: Castlecrag, NSW 2068 Heritage Listing: Listed in 2000   Twelve houses within a spectacular setting, designed by American architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marian Mahoney Griffin and their Australian partner Eric Nicholls, survive in … read more…

Dalton House | 1960

Dalton House address: Fig Tree Pocket Roadlocation: Fig Tree Pocket Brisbane Queenslanddate of construction: 1960architect: John Dalton The Dalton Residence is a low-set, flat-roofed building with a direct relationship with its bushland setting. The living areas are orientated to the north, with the adjacent terrace shaded by adjustable louvres for sun control. The language of … read more…

Introduction to a selection of Australian modern work

The following selection of twenty buildings represents a cross-section of Australian modern work ranging across most states and territories, a variety of building types and the various strands of modernism which developed in Australia in response to location, climate and building pro- grammes. The selection does not necessarily represent the ‘best’ twenty modern buildings but … read more…

Journal of Architecture Special Issue

The Journal of Architecture, Vol 15, issue 5, is a special issue devoted to the theme of “Keeping the Past Public: the documentation and conservation of modern public places”, that arose from the international symposium held in Melbourne in 2009. Details of the papers and how they can be purchased can be found at the … read more…

Watermarks Water’s Heritage Conference

Australia ICOMOS & National Trusts of Australia announce Water Heritage Conference October 27-30, 2011. Call for Papers, Feb. 2011. See https://www.aicomos.com/ Watermarks V2.2_150dpi

Union Hall, University of Adelaide Campus

Union Hall was opened in 1957 on the University of Adelaide campus. It functioned as a community theatre for Adelaide as well as a University amenity, and was innovative in both architecture and stage design. The building was slated for demolition to make way for a new science complex on the site. DOCOMOMO Australia was invited to become involved in a campaign run by the community, local architects and the National Trust in Adelaide.

10 Murray Street, Hobart, Campaign

2-4 Salamanca Place /10 Murray Street, Hobart Decision: As many Docomomo friends and members are aware the decision has been made by the Tasmanian Resource Management Planning Tribunal in February to uphold the development application for the ‘Parliament Square’ scheme in Hobart. This scheme entails the demolition of 10 Murray Street (designed by Dirk Bolt) & 2-4 Salamanca Place … read more…