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Architecture Australia January 2017

Ask architects which Australian magazine they choose to read or to publish their work and the answer is most likely Architecture Australia. If you want to be up to date with the best built works and the issues that matter, then Architecture Australia is for you. Its commissioned contributors are independent, highly respected practitioners, architectural thinkers and design commentators and each article is supported by images from leading architectural photographers. Provocative, informative and engaging – it is the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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Australia
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English
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Architecture Media Pty Ltd
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foreword

(Photography: Brett Boardman)Housing forms the essential fabric shaping our towns and cities, so ensuring design quality is critical. With increases in density, housing is transforming the character of urban centres and the middle ring within cities, reactivating them as lively and public places if well designed.With architects involved in little of the detached housing stock, there has been insufficient influence on housing overall and the design quality of our suburbs has suffered as a result. Initiatives throughout the twentieth century have worked to address this, beginning with the NSW Small Homes Service instigated by the Institute’s inaugural national president, Alfred Samuel Hook. This was followed by, among others, Robin Boyd’s Small Homes Service, the work of Archicentre, various competitions and demonstration projects and, notably, architect-designed project homes by Merchant Builders in Victoria and by Pettit and Sevitt in NSW.…

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reflection

Speculating on what the Donald Trump presidential victory means for Australia, writer and broadcaster Annabel Crabb described the demography and geography of the situation. In her article in The Sydney Morning Herald titled “Australian politicians are terrified of where Angry White Man will strike next,” Crabb cheekily asserts that, “Cities are very five minutes ago.” The disconnect between city and country, be this perceived or actual, local or international, has unsettled the global political landscape. The aftermath of the US election has architectural critics like Rem Koolhaas calling for a rebalancing of the discipline’s engagement with cities and countryside. In an interview for Dezeen soon after the election, Koolhaas observed, “In the last 10–15 years we have almost exclusively looked at cities,” noting that “90 or even 99 percent of intellectual activity is…

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occupied

the Occupied exhibition was held in a narrow space at the RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne, cleft by an exposed stud wall with “interior” rooms behind.Offset House by Otherothers (2015). Rolling House for the Rolling Society – An urbanism of non-familiar shared homes by Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation (2009). (Photography: Tobias Titz)The recent Occupied exhibition at the RMIT Design Hub speculates on what may be imminent. Meditating on the data of swollen cities, the exhibition wonders about a near future where – despite the growth in population – most of the material city already exists. Accepting this provocation, each work offers insight into architecture’s future. Twenty-three works by multiple exhibitors – mostly from the discipline of architecture, but also from the aligned practices of art, film and performance – convey how responsiveness and adaption can release practice from…

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east pilbara arts centre

02 The winning scheme by Officer Woods Architects inflated the brief to three times the total area – a large commercial shed covering most of the given site.03 The large shed provides expansive undercover spaces that are protected from the harsh climate, as well as flexibility of use for exhibitions and events.04–05 With a nod to Learning from Las Vegas, a large barcode is painted on the exterior wall of the shed. When scanned, the lines of oranges and pinks say “This is a Big Thing.”The East Pilbara Arts Centre, a gallery for Indigenous art collective Martumili Artists, opened recently in Newman, Western Australia – a small town some 1,200 kilometres north of Perth. In 2011 an architectural competition was organized by Patric de Villiers from the University of Western…

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naranga avenue house

02 The house is set back from the street behind a gently undulating front yard, which places the ground floor plate above recorded flood levels.03 The patio door operates as the main entry point to the house, with stepping stones leading across the patio to the kitchen, living and dining areas.04 The void that caters to the myrtle tree maintains visual and aural connections from the upper to the ground floor.05 Large, well-concealed sliding doors provide the option of enclosing the otherwise openplan kitchen, living and dining spaces.The Naranga Avenue House by James Russell Architect is both a set of transparent skins wrapping a series of patio-like spaces and a private family home. It subscribes to the logic of a utilitarian camp site, along with the restrained polish and white walls of a thoroughly…

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karratha central healthcare

02 The facility caters to the local Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Marthudunera and Yaburara people, as well as the town’s growing number of mining workers and their families.03 Coda Studio has taken a contemporary approach to primary healthcare design, focusing on the experience of patients and understanding community needs.04 The design uses materials that are able to withstand harsh climatic conditions; colours represent aspects of the surrounding landscape.Few places capture the harshness and beauty of the Pilbara like Karratha. A region occupied by ancestors of the Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Marthudunera and Yaburara people for more than 30,000 years, it is also a resources hotspot where thousands of workers either fly in and out weekly or choose to stay and live.The township of Karratha was established in the 1960s in response to the growth of Western Australia’s iron…

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