Canberra’s Modern: top 20 Mid (& Late) Century Buildings

Why Canberra Modern? Canberra is a young city with a rich architectural legacy. With major boom periods in the 1920s and again from the 1950s-1980s – the architectural aesthetic of the city is eclectic, but deliberately cohesive. The mid-late twentieth century period of development in Canberra, specifically during the National Capital Development Commission’s (NCDC) oversight … read more…

Int. Exhibition: A room of one´s own: Feminist questions about architecture

Exhibition: A room of one´s own: Feminist questions about architecture 25th January – 19th May 2019, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Tallinn, Estonia The Museum of Estonian Architecture, in Tallinn, is presenting the exhibition “A room of one´s own: Feminist questions about architecture”. A room and money of her own – these are two prerequisites for … read more…

Int. building at Risk: Miyakonojo Civic Hall, Japan, 1966

Under Threat: Miyakonojo Civic Hall by Kiyonori Kikutake, Miyakonojo, Japan, 1966 Docomomo International has been alerted to the current threat the former Miyakonojo Civic Hall, in Miyakonojo, faces. Designed by Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake and built in 1966, the Miyakonojo Civic Hall is a particular representation of the Metabolism Movement and its principals, envisioning structures … read more…

Publication: bauhaus journal 1926–1931 facsimile edition

Publication: bauhaus journal 1926–1931 facsimile edition Edited by Lars Müller in collaboration with Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin To mark the centennial of the Bauhaus, Lars Müller Publishers issues reprints of some of the more outstanding publications in the Bauhaus program, in cooperation with the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin. One hundred years after the founding of Bauhaus, … read more…

Talk / National Study on Indigenous Places

NATIONAL STUDY ON INDIGENOUS PLACES Presentation by Prof Hilary du Cros EG Whitlam Visiting Research Fellow at the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University The Whitlam Government (1972-1975) was deeply concerned about Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage. The crucial issue investigated was whether the dismantling of Whitlam initiatives, active up until 2004 – the Australian … read more…

At Risk / France: Sign the Petition: Maison du Peuple of Clichy by Jean Prouvé, Eugène Beaudouin, Marcel Lods and Vladimir Bodiansky, Clichy, France, 1935-1939

Last year docomomo International has raised awareness about the endangered status of Maison de Peuple in Clichy, France, which is threatened by the planned construction of a 96 meter tower in the back of the building. The Association Quartier Maison du Peuple has started a petition addressed to the French Minister of Culture, Mr. Franck Riester, opposing the project … read more…

Robin Boyd Walsh Street Tours – February and March

Walsh Street Tours Experience Walsh Street ‘Walsh Street’, the house Boyd designed for his own family in 1957, is his most well-known work. It has been extensively published both nationally and internationally as an exemplar of modernist Australian architecture and a house that continues to influence architectural thinking. It is now the home of the … read more…

Sydney Ancher’s 2 Maytone Avenue, Killara on sale

Designed and lived in by architect Sydney Ancher, in 1948, number 2 Maytone Avenue, Killara, is for sale by  Savills Residential Sales. The property is one of three that form an enclave of modern case-study houses, which demonstrate how modern International Style architecture was adapted in Australia using the capacities of local post-war construction. Auction Saturday … read more…

Film / Relicts of the Future – Melbourne Design Week

Relics of the Future Presented by Melbourne Design Week and Richard Sowada Relics of the Future is a documentary featuring internationally renowned photographer Toni Hafkenscheid, as he explores hidden stories behind iconic architectural structures once considered “Visions of the Future” from the 1960’s. This film is a fascinating and light-hearted look at the way we … read more…

Publication: Bauhaus Eine fotografische Weltreise / A photographic journey around the world

Publication: Bauhaus Eine fotografische Weltreise / A photographic journey around the world by Kaija Voss, Jean Molitor, published by be. bra verlag, Berlin 2018 From the publisher: “The Bauhaus movement, founded in Weimar in 1919, influenced the development of modern architecture far beyond the borders of Germany. For almost a decade, photographer Jean Molitor has … read more…

Exhibition / Simon Terrill – Crowd Theory

CCP Centre for Contemporary Photography 02 February – 31 March 2019 Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) is presenting a major survey of the monumental Crowd Theory photographs by Melbourne-born, London-based artist Simon Terrill. The exhibition explores crowd dynamics and the relationship between urban architectural spaces and those who inhabit them. Crowd Theory (2004–2018) is an ongoing series of photographic and … read more…

Hungry Town: 2019 Labour Day Symposium

Monday 11 Mar 2019 9:15am – 6:30pm Japanese Room, Level 4 Glyn Davis Building (MSD) 133 University of Melbourne Join us for the annual ACAHUCH Labour Day Heritage Symposium. In 2019 we’ll explore new research into the value, purpose, form and history of spaces for the purchase, consumption and production of food. Dining trends come and … read more…

Federation Square at Risk

Docomomo Australia is re-publishing an appeal by Citizens for Melbourne to stop the attempt to circumvent the suspended permit to demolish part of Federation Square for the construction of a new Apple Store. Dear all, At Citizens for Melbourne and the Our City, Our Square campaign we hope you’re well. I am unsure if you’ve … read more…

Simpson-Lee House I – 1957

  Simpson-Lee House I design Booth & Peters, Arthur Baldwinson (1908-1968, design architect) type Housing / House date of completion 1957 address 23 Roland Avenue, Warrawee – Australia gps 33º 43′ 48.72” S/151º 6′ 55.8” E Reference: Baldwinson’s Artist Houses (PDF) Photo Reference:  no. 6121: Simpson Lee house, 23 Roland Avenue, Warrawee (Wahroonga), April 1964 / … read more…

Sydney Talk Series: All about Paddington: a conversation / 14 February

The first major history of Paddington in forty years was initiated by the Paddington Society, published by UNSW press in 2019. It provides a fresh and revealing perspective on this celebrated heritage suburb with leading historians and specialists exploring the makeup of Paddington’s diverse community including its indigenous, colonial, post-war migrant, bohemian and LGBTQ residents … read more…

National Trust Architectural finishes training course, WA, February 2019 – register by 8 February, limited places left

University of Western Australia invite you to join a practical 5 day workshop to learn professional colour investigation techniques. It is vital that targeted research is carried out to inform decisions made about paint and colour schemes to support the interpretation and understanding of heritage places. Led by Dr Donald Ellsmore, you will investigate historic … read more…

Exhibition – Peter Wille: Out driving / Curator’s Talk / Feb 12

Peter Wille, photographer, Robin Boyd, architect, Neptune’s Fishbowl, Toorak Rd, South Yarra, completed 1970, reproduction of colour slide. Peter Wille: Out driving until 31 December 2019 State Library of Victoria, Melbourne free entrance Curator talk: Peter Wille: Out driving taking place Tuesday 12 February 2019. Explore the work of Peter Wille, who amassed a collection of … read more…

Art Deco talk by Genista Davidson, Sydney, 3 February

The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT is hosting a talk by Genista Davidson, visiting from UK. She lives and breathes all things Art Deco. Genista is only in Australia for a very small window of time. Genista says. “It is the only movement that goes across all the genres. It can be a … read more…

7th International Scientific Conference “Modernism in Europe – modernism in Gdynia”

The 7th international scientific conference “Modernism in Europe – modernism in Gdynia. 20th century architecture – preservation of its authenticity and integrity.” will be organized by the city of Gdynia on October 3rd-5th, 2019. As in previous years, the co-organizer of the conference will be the Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture. The theme … read more…