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Architecture Australia May 2019

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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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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
a year in review

This year we have raised our voices. Architects have been heard on issues of national importance, from sustainability to social and affordable housing, from urban density and design to the value of significant public architecture. We have called for stronger reforms to ensure safe buildings and a focus on quality, while championing the beauty and innovation of the best projects our profession can deliver. The Institute has consolidated work, delivering on its mission: to develop a strong architecture profession and to be its public voice. We have achieved much. Drawing on its strategic plan, the Institute has been forthright in its leadership and advocacy, while maintaining effective governance as the peak body for Australia’s architecture profession and its 11,000 members. With a goal to increase the role of architects in national policy debates,…

2 min.
faith, diversity and impact

This issue of Architecture Australia focuses on sacred spaces and religious buildings. As Ursula de Jong outlines in her introductory essay (page 13), recent statistics demonstrate an accelerating incidence of Australia’s population reporting no religion, yet “there is still a marked interest in sacred spaces and religious buildings of the past, present and future.” In Angelo Candalepas: Australian Islamic Mission, Angelo Candalepas reflects on the contradiction of designing the Punchbowl Mosque, “an anachronism when considering the rise of the non-faith position of the world.” Regardless of society’s shifting relationship with religion and the many differences between denominations and faiths, the projects in this issue are witness to the transformative spiritual impact that sacred spaces can have. Mark Raggatt’s reflections on the Punchbowl Mosque (page 26) and Paul Walker’s review of the…

11 min.
designing australia’s sacred spaces and religious buildings: past, present and future

With fewer and fewer people identifying as belonging to a faith community or having any religious affiliation, and even fewer admitting to attending regular worship services, Australia appears to be growing increasingly secular. Church buildings across the country are being merged, closed, abandoned, sold or razed. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 data reported an accelerating incidence of Australia’s population reporting no religion. Christianity, the largest religious group in the country, has fallen as a religious affiliation from 88.2 percent in 1966 to 52.1 percent in 2016, while those reporting no religion has risen from 0.8 percent to 30.1 percent in the same time period. However, the data also reveals an increasing diversity of religious affiliation among the population, with Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism all on the rise.1 Aboriginal sacred…

9 min.
candalepas associates

Buildings are simple: a budget, a brief, a roof over your head, and walls to keep the wind out. But of course, our hopes for architecture are like the hopes we have for our children – that they will be better than us, more than us, and, if nothing else, we pray they outlive us. They will take on the world’s joys and cares, and will be called upon to respond, architecture and children alike. So, it’s not surprising that Angelo Candalepas felt some trepidation in taking on the commission of a new mosque in the western Sydney suburb of Punchbowl. As an architect, he has spoken about the weight of history in religious architecture and, as a practising Greek Orthodox Christian, he does seem an unlikely choice for this commission,…

6 min.
palassis architects

I expected to experience many things on visiting the multi-award-winning Cadogan Song School by Palassis Architects, but I did not expect a feeling of what could be called solace. It had nothing to do with being soothed by a beautiful and inspired addition to a heritage precinct of the city I live in – though that is what the Song School is. Rather, as someone who thinks wistfully of the loss of so much early architecture from Perth’s city centre during the twentieth century, I was moved by the sense that the addition of the Song School has granted the precinct an extended lease on life, one more profound and potentially more enduring than the physical protection granted by the State Heritage Register alone. Together, the Song School’s public and…

7 min.
lippmann partnership

At nightfall on Fridays and all day on Saturday, the Shabbat (the Hebrew Sabbath), the Emanuel Synagogue campus in Sydney’s Woollahra welcomes a vibrant community. The congregation enters from Ocean Street, one of east Sydney’s grand arterial roads, via a generous forecourt with mature trees and greenery. After some mingling and exchange, worshippers cluster and disperse to distinct rooms and modes of prayer. From a traditional Masorti Service conducted in Hebrew to contemporary interpretations in Progressive Service, from the Shabbat Live Service with instruments and melodies to the Renewal Service prompting reflection, parallel and sequential communions at Emanuel Synagogue have embraced the diversity of Jewish faith for more than six decades. The recent addition of the New Sanctuary and the reconfigured kindergarten by Lippmann Partnership observe and amplify this heterogeneous…