Seven projects worth looking at – 2014 edition

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My attendance at events held by the Australian Institute of Architects is very rare but almost every year I do try and attend the Presentation to Juries for the Victorian Architecture Awards. It is a great opportunity to have a look at what has been going on in our state architectural-wise over the last year and one usually comes out of this event feeling refreshed and inspired. Once again I have put together a list of projects I think are worth a look, usually I pick out ten but this year I have selected seven as time has been against me this year (as you will notice by the lack of posts on this site). Once again the event is being held at Monash University Art, Design & Architecture Building G with most of the presentations taking place this coming Saturday 15th March. You never know you might see me there – I’ll be the one not wearing black.

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MIFF 2013: Films of interest

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) kicks off on the 25th July 2013 (only four days away at the time of wriing) and as I do every year I choose a handful of films that I believe may be of interest to movie going architects and designers. This year there is a severe lack of films directly relating to either architecture and the urban fabric so after trawling through the MIFF programme I have made a small selection that will appeal to the design community.

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Ten projects worth looking at – 2013 edition

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It’s that time of year again with the 2013 Presentations to Juries for the RAIA Victorian Architecture Awards taking place on the 23rd and 24th March and has been the case I will take the opportunity to compile a list of the projects I believe are worthing having a look at on these days. Again this year the presentations will be held at Monash University’s Faculty of Art and Design Building G.

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MIFF 2012: Films of interest

Whilst I  may be not spending that much time in my home town of Melbourne at the moment the release of  the program of the Melbourne International Film Festival is always something that I look forward to. As has been my want in the three years or so of this blog I look to highlight some of the films that may be of interest to architects and designers.  And with a scheduled visit to scheduled between the film festival dates of the 2nd of August to the 19th of August I should be able to fit in a film or two.

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A night out at the ACT Architecture Awards

There were plenty of sharp suits and elegant dresses as the architects of Canberra  put on their best threads for the 2012 ACT Architecture Awards held last night at the very swish Hyatt Hotel Canberra. The big winners on the night were Collins Caddaye Architects who took out the major prize of the night – The Canberra Medallion – with their St Gregory’s Hall project in Queanbeyan.

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Dear Marion by canberra lab

So I have been in Canberra for almost four weeks now and whilst I am still getting used to the slower speed of life in the nation’s capital something unexpected in the world of architecture has grabbed my attention. It wasn’t a visit to the National Portrait Gallery or the National Gallery of Australia or even the still controversial National Museum of Australia but the actions of a small group of architects and designers called canberra lab.

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Ten projects worth looking at – 2012 edition

It’s that time of year again with the 2012 Presentation  to Juries for the AIA Victorian Architecture Awards taking place this weekend as I did last year I will take the opportunity to compile a list of the projects I believe are worthing having a look at on Saturday. Again this year the presentations will be held at Monash University’s Faculty of Art and Design Building G and again like last year I am not sure if I will be in attendance as it clashes with a wedding that I have to attend. This year will be an interesting one for the awards as there appears to be no real standout public building, apart from say the Royal Children’s Hospital, so it will be interesting to projects grab the eye of the judges.

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