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Architecture Australia March 2018

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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our region and our challenge

The recent Institute elections that closed in January attracted both a large number of candidates and, importantly, an excellent number of voting members. This healthy level of interest is a strong indication that our changes in governance are yielding dividends where it matters most with membership organizations – engagement. Engagement not only with members but with the broader public is something we have been placing a great deal of focus on and this was reinforced in the Institute’s new Strategic Plan 2018–2020. The issues and key focus were identified through a rigorous process from within the membership. The strategy sets out a clear and compelling vision for our profession that recognizes the unique contribution architects make in promoting community and inspiring clients through exceptional design and an ethical approach to delivering…

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the architect’s own home as manifesto

The architect’s own house is a recurring motif in this issue. In the July/August 2013 issue of Architecture Australia, Leon van Schaik opened his review of the View Hill House in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley by Denton Corker Marshall – John Denton’s own vineyard home – with the observation that “architects’ houses are not innocent objects.” The antonym of innocent is, of course, guilty and in this case van Schaik prosecutes a case for the houses of the Denton Corker Marshall founders as discreet manifestos and “platforms from which future works are launched.” In this issue Isabelle Doucet and Janina Gosseye explore the activism and experimentation that an architect brings to their own domestic project in an essay titled “Activism at Home” (page 20). Here Doucet and Gosseye suggest that architects…

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industry insights

Here, Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Australia presents three outstanding Australian projects that have featured in C+A magazine. C+A magazine, published by Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Australia, promotes concrete as a material of choice in architecture and aims to educate and inspire architects, landscape architects, engineers and design professionals on its design possibilities. The magazine’s premise is to look in detail at examples of concrete architecture in Australia and internationally. With a readership that has expanded to embrace an international audience, C+A has captured the imagination of architects worldwide. Balmoral House by Clinton Murray and Polly Harbison With views of Balmoral Beach, the historic Bathers Pavilion and Sydney Harbour National Park, Balmoral House, designed by Clinton Murray and Polly Harbison, makes the most of its spectacular site through the ingenious use of concrete. In his review…

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books received

An Unfinished Experiment in Living: Australian Houses 1950–65 The world has fallen in love (again) with mid-century modernist houses. This collection of Australian mid-century modernism’s greatest hits – which includes houses by Robin Boyd, Harry Seidler, Esmond Dorney and Iwan Iwanoff – no doubt has shelf appeal. But this is not simply an opportunistically timed volume to capitalize on an aesthetic trend – it is a work of careful research, analysis and critique by three academic stalwarts of Australian architecture: Geoffrey London, Philip Goad and Conrad Hamann. The book presents 150 houses, selected to represent an even spread across Australia and the fifteen-year period between 1950 and 1965. Each house is shown with archival photographs “to retain the authenticity of the period,” accompanied by a brief description and architectural plans, which have…

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dickson and platten, architects: 1950-2000

The story of Australian modernism is one of both consistency and variation, and nowhere more so than in South Australia. Robert Dickson and Newell Platten are lesser known nationally than their contemporaries in New South Wales (Harry Seidler, Hugh Buhrich) and Victoria (Robin Boyd et al.), and the climatic and culturally sensitive modernism you might see in Perth through Jeffrey Howlett, Iwan Iwanoff and Gus Ferguson. The exhibition Dickson and Platten, Architects: 1950–2000 seemed aimed at making these figures recognized across the country – and deservedly so. They operated their practice, Dickson and Platten, for fifteen years between 1958 and 1973. But the work explored in the exhibition is of two architects who worked both together and apart, including examples of the architecture produced by their modest private practice in a…

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activism at home

The architect’s own home has long been a source of fascination as well as fodder for richly illustrated coffee-table publications. Recent examples include Bethany Patch’s 2017 Architects’ Homes, Stephen Crafti’s 2015 Architects’ Houses, Gennaro Postiglione’s 2013 The Architect’s Home, Anatxu Zabalbeascoa’s 1995 The House of the Architect, Michael Webb’s 1994 Architects House Themselves and Miranda H. Newton’s 1992 Architects’ London Houses. All these publications fit into a well-established genre in architectural writing that emerged in the late nineteenth century when, in conjunction with the professionalization of the architectural profession, periodicals such as The Architects’ Journal and Country Life published recurring features on architects’ own homes. These features were generally rather formulaic in terms of both layout and content. Emphasis was commonly placed on the aesthetic qualities of the house and…