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Architecture Australia November 2015

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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Welcome to the national awards issue of Architecture Australia. The Australian Institute of Architects’ awards celebrate exceptional architecture built by Australians in Australia and internationally, projects that demonstrate a commitment to innovation and the ability to enrich our communities and reinvigorate public spaces. Our awards program also highlights the significant contribution that our members are making within the community. Outstanding public projects in the realms of healthcare, education, culture, urban design, sustainability and heritage were delivered in all states and territories. From a total of 861 entries at the chapter level, 185 projects won chapter awards and advanced to the national awards. A separate category has been introduced in 2015 for educational architecture. From twenty-one awarded projects across the country, nine were included in the shortlist for national recognition. The sheer number and…

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The publication of the National Architecture Awards issue of Architecture Australia is an opportunity to think about the things that have shaped the profession in 2015. In contemplating the year (through what has been published and broadcast) I am reminded of an observation Philip Goad made more than a decade ago in the article “One Hundred Years of Discourse: Architecture Australia 1904–2004” (Architecture Australia, vol 93 no 1, Jan/Feb 2004, page 25). Philip observed that alongside themes like professionalism, excellence and discourse, Architecture Australia “has also had a responsible preoccupation with the Australian city.” In 2015 the shaping of Australian cities and towns was a present and at times controversial topic for the profession. This reflects a number of nationwide matters, including the pressure Australia’s rapidly growing urban population is placing…

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2015 intergrain timber vision awards

Announced in Melbourne on 20 August, the 2015 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards recognize visionary use of timber across five categories: Commercial Interior, Commercial Exterior, Residential Interior, Residential Exterior and – this year’s new category – Public Space. The diverse pool of 124 entries was united by the simplicity and honesty of timber applications in Australian design. The judging panel – comprised of Richard Kirk, principal director of Kirk; Jane Irwin, landscape architect and founder of Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture; Cameron Bruhn, editorial director of Architecture Media; and Kendra Pinkus, associate director at Bates Smart – was struck by the high quality of entries along with the continuing trend of showcasing the true quality of timber. This year, five projects and an overall winner were honoured, with each winning entry receiving $2,000…

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people, places and projects

Narratives of cultural identity curated for Australia’s 2016 Venice exhibition The Pool by Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet was selected as the winning proposal for Australia’s exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition will investigate the pool as an architectural typology, exploring its environmental and cultural implications through eight narratives by notable Australians: Tim Flannery, Ian Thorpe, Romance was Born, Christos Tsiolkas, Anna Funder, Hetti Perkins, Dawn Fraser and Paul Kelly. The creative directors hope that the pool narratives, which describe a powerful relationship between place and society, will engage both architects and the broader community in an exploration of our cultural identity. READ MORE ABOUT AILEEN SAGE AND MICHELLE TABET’S PLANS FOR THE POOL architectureau.com/articles/the-pool-at-Venice-2016 Vale Ian McKay Ian McKay, who passed away in August 2015, is remembered by Philip Cox…

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temporary structures

John Wardle Architects’ NGV summer pavilion explores the transition of technology The National Gallery of Victoria unveiled its inaugural Summer Architecture Commission, designed by John Wardle Architects. The colourful pavilion, which takes up temporary residence in the backyard of NGV International, is the first in an annual series of architecture commissions. The pavilion design references “the transition of technology through time,” and was inspired by C. J. Dennis’s poem I Dips Me Lid, published to commemorate the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. Made from a steel grid shell at twenty-one metres wide, the pavilion arches over the garden like a half dome. READ MORE ABOUT JOHN WARDLE ARCHITECTS’ SUMMER PAVILION architectureau.com/articles/john-wardle-architects-ngv-summer-pavilion-opens Fugitive Structures commission considers refugees, homelessness and affordability This year marked the first time Sydney’s Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)…

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jury chair overview david karotkin

The Australian Institute of Architects’ 2015 awards program has once again highlighted the significant contribution that our members are making to society through outstanding built works, across all types of projects and in all types of locations. In particular, Australian architects are playing important roles in advancing healthcare, education, culture, urban design, sustainability and heritage. The state chapters have awarded 185 entries across fourteen categories – an impressive number and certainly daunting for the national awards jury, which is tasked with selecting the best of the best. This year’s national jury, which I had the privilege of chairing, reflects the diversity of our profession – geographically, demographically and through the ways in which we practise. The breadth of experience and varied backgrounds of the jury have contributed to well-informed, robust discussions…