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Architecture Australia May 2016

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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This issue of Architecture Australia is published on the occasion of the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards (AAAAs), presented in Adelaide this year as part of the National Architecture Conference. Presenting the AAAAs in this way opens up this celebration of the individuals making significant contributions to architecture to the wider membership and the profession. The most prestigious award that the Institute bestows is the Gold Medal for Architecture. The recipients of the 2016 Gold Medal are Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall, founding directors of multi-award-winning practice Ashton Raggatt McDougall, now known as ARM. The practice has been a genuine leader, influencer, provocateur, culture builder and disseminator of ideas for nearly three decades, and the Gold Medal recognizes the three directors’ unique contribution to the identity of Australian architecture. As…

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This issue of Architecture Australia announces the recipients of the Australian Institute of Architects 2016 Gold Medal – Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall of ARM Architecture. Our tribute (from page 72) is the centrepiece of Architecture Australia’ presentation of the 2016 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. This esteemed group of individuals, contributors to society through architecture and the built environment, was revealed in Adelaide on 29 April. The Gold Medal recognizes Stephen, Howard and Ian’s individual and collective achievements across the practice and discipline of architecture. The jury citation, insightful essays and personal anecdotes presented in this issue tell the story of ARM Architecture and the influence of the practice’s protagonists and built works on the progress of Australian architecture, culture and urbanity. The gold medal is used across the…

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2016 asia pacific architecture forum

A conversation on the city, with the city Helen Norrie provides an expansive round-up of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, a two-week-long program of exhibitions, installations, symposia, lectures and workshops held throughout the city of Brisbane that “provid[ed] a gamut of ways for both design professionals and members of the public to actively engage with a range of ideas about design within the Asia Pacific region.” As Norrie finds, the forum managed to take discussion of our region’s urban future beyond professional silos into the broader public realm. READ MORE ABOUT THE ASIA PACIFIC ARCHITECTURE FORUM 2016 architectureau.com/articles/a-conversation-on-the-city-with-the-city Queensland’s design and architecture uncovered Vokes and Peters’ Detail and Manner exhibition at Artisan featured furniture and objects designed by the Brisbane practice, exploring the reciprocal relationships between architecture and design. At the State Library…

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news and projects

Kengo Kuma and Associates design a new civic building for Sydney’s Darling Harbour A new civic building for Sydney entitled The Darling Exchange has been designed by Japanese architecture practice Kengo Kuma and Associates. As part of the New South Wales Government’s $3.4 billion redevelopment of Darling Harbour, the building will act as a community hub, featuring a library and exchange program for startups. The six-storey circular design is encased by ribbons of timber in a way reminiscent of a hive. Kengo Kuma explains: “It is a historical reference to Darling Harbour originally being a hive of business activity and a focal point as a market exchange.” READ MORE ABOUT KENGO KUMA’S FIRST AUSTRALIAN PROJECT architectureau.com/articles/kengo-kumas-first-australian-project Alternative stories of Perth’s foreshore Curated by Julian Bolleter of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, the exhibition…

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point lonsdale house

The design of Point Lonsdale House by NMBW Architecture Studio is highly disciplined, both formally (its plan is basically a nine-square grid) and constructionally (its build was constrained by its location in a bushfire zone and by access issues). And yet this house does not project a sense of the aesthetic minimalism or knitted up constructional poetry that architects often take such restrictions to license. Rather, despite its discipline the house is possessed almost of a whimsy that perhaps responds to the way we might live in such a holiday place as Point Lonsdale. Located on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, Point Lonsdale still has a low-key vibe, more shacksville than suburb or resort. Nestled behind the dunes, Point Lonsdale eschews the view. It’s as if the house’s aesthetic order – apparent…

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kempsey crescent head surf life saving club

Crescent Head is a special place, particularly for me. I spent each school year waiting for summer holidays and the three weeks we would spend at this beachside town on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. My cousins and I would be at the beach with our boogie boards at 6 am sharp, run freely between each family’s holiday house, go exploring for hidden rockpools and play beach cricket as the sun went down. On my return to Crescent Head after fourteen years, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not much had changed from my childhood memories – even the jam doughnuts from the local bakery. The one major difference is something that will hopefully bring new energy to the small town – the recently opened Kempsey Crescent…