Natural Artifice – Day One

If one rocked up to the first day of the 2011 AIA National Architecture Conference expecting to be eased into proceedings they would have been in for a shock as the conference kicked off with a bang.

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Wardle wins UMelb gig

John Wardle and Office dA have been won the competition to design the new building for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne pipping idon’twearblack favourites, McBride Charles Ryan. Only limited pics of the winning scheme are available at the moment at Australian Design Review. Hopefully, in the very near future we will get to see all the shortlisted entries and one can truly judge if it is a worthy winner. Here’s hoping that this quote from Professor Tom Kvan, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, isn’t a pointer to why the winning scheme was picked:

“The winning design showed a detailed understanding of the teaching and research activities of the Faculty and the potential for contribution to research across the campus.”

Edit: Presentation boards summarising the response from each of these entrants will be on display in the Wunderlich Gallery at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus throughout September.