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Architecture Australia November 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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in this issue

3 min.
enriching our cities and communities through exceptional design

It was Frank Lloyd Wright who said: “The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” This quote speaks volumes about how we, as architects, have the ability to help transform how all Australians live, regardless of social status, location or situation. We know we can make a tangible difference to the quality of people’s lives and to our cities. Architects are agents of change, enriching society through exceptional, sustainable design irrespective of scale, budget or complexity. In Australia, we have developed our own brand of architecture – a soul to our civilization – that defines who we are and where we come from. It encapsulates our diverse landscapes, our multicultural society and our youth. I believe our youth is one…

2 min.
thank you and farewell

This issue will be my last as Architecture Media’s editorial director. By the time this 2018 National Architecture Awards celebratory volume is published I will be in my new role as Dean of Architecture and Head of School in the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture. My life in architecture as a writer, editor and advocate has been incredibly rewarding, personally and professionally. It has been a privilege to make a contribution to Australian architecture through publications, events and awards over the past fifteen years. I would like to thank the architects, photographers, academics, writers, designers and publicists who have encouraged, challenged and inspired me. I am incredibly indebted to my Architecture Media colleagues past and present for their mentoring and camaraderie and would like to acknowledge the leadership and generosity…

7 min.
futures, festivities and furore

UN Studio and Cox Architecture’s “Green Spine” Wins Southbank Tower Competition A twisting, dual-tower design by UN Studio and Cox Architecture was named winner of Beulah International’s global competition for a $2 billion plus tower in Melbourne’s Southbank in August. Dubbed Green Spine, the winning proposal was conceived as an extension of Southbank Boulevard, which the City of Melbourne is currently converting into a linear park. It draws the green space of the park and the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens into the tower’s public spaces at various levels and up the terraces and balconies nestled in its curved facade. Juror and Victorian government architect Jill Garner said the twisting form would be “an elegant addition to the skyline.” Green Spine was one of six shortlisted designs from some of the world’s most lauded…

7 min.
architecture in its continuums: constants; manners, modes and qualities of engagement; polarities and their origins

Architecture in its Continuums is a succinct and engaging manifesto on how architects need to reclaim and celebrate the unique importance of spatial intelligence, an intangible but significant skill that harnesses the potential of space to reveal latent qualities and engender wellbeing. It is a clarion call for a new approach. Leon van Schaik has been leading research into what practitioners do for over thirty years, offering insights by bringing consciousness to the field, asking what happens when we design and how might “we position ourselves as architects on the stage of practice, in the arenas of society.” This book is a timely primer that hints at the key role the spatial intelligence of architects might play in helping to tackle critical planetary-wide issues as well as those on a more…

5 min.
the future starts here

It is a brave time to stage an exhibition about the future. We are currently living through the sixth mass extinction event in the planet’s history, only now it is humanity, not a rogue asteroid or volcano, that bears the blame. While our world leaders should be working together to stave off the looming climate apocalypse, we find ourselves mired in an era of secrecy, misinformation and isolationism. So, having absorbed headline after alarming headline about climate change, melting icecaps, drought, famine and ocean acidification, why don’t we all just give in to despair? In his 2017 article “The Uninhabitable Earth,” David Wallace-Wells posits that we are not yet ready to abandon our faith in the redemptive power of human invention and ingenuity. “Now we’ve found a way to engineer…

5 min.
don watson: a civil servant

Exhibitions celebrating living Australian architects are rare, especially those that focus on a single architect. They are important, not just because they offer an opportunity to mark a colleague’s contribution, but because – if the architect is not the initiator – they allow others to assess and curate an architect’s work and, in doing so, allow new insights, glimpses of a legacy that the protagonist themselves might not even have realized they had achieved. And this is the case with Don Watson: A Civil Servant, the small, intimate, fondly and carefully put together exhibition curated by Janina Gosseye, Douglas Neale and Alice Hampson and devoted to the significant (and ongoing) career of Brisbane architect Don Watson. Watson is not your usual subject for an architectural exhibition. He’s an architect, an educator,…