Walter Burley Griffin: The Architecture of Newman College, 1915-18
by Jeffrey John Turnbull
The Specific comes first. A building is in a specific place to which it must specifically respond. Generalised forms must grow out of a thorough understanding of the particular place, activities, techniques of building and systems of service – start not with the geometry but with the user.
Donlyn Lyndon, Charles W Moore, Patrick J Quinn, Sian van Der Ryn
“Towards Making Places”, Landscape. Autumn 1962
Walter Burley Griffin, when he wrote about his conception of the proposed Roman Catholic College on Christmas Day, 1915, emphasised the users’ experience of facilities and functions of the new building. As an artist, he did not write about its form, but instead embedded his ideas in its plan, characterisation and appearance. Accordingly, this book is in two Parts. An exhaustive description of functions, facilities and construction process comprises Part 1: Specific. The building’s form was read to explore Griffin’s ideas and design method in Part 2: Form.