Melbourne Architecture Annual

What is it? Previously known as Melbourne Architecture Week, Melbourne Architecture Annual (MAA) is a festival that has taken place the past two years in the last week of October. Its aim is to engage the broader community with both architects and architecture. Festival activities therefore tend towards content with wide-ranging appeal, including ask an architect... Continue Reading →

Our Houses talk

Arm End House, Stuart Tanner Architects What was it? A talk on Wednesday night presented by Architecture Media as part of the Melbourne Architecture Annual festival running all this week. The theme of the talk was architecture and celebrity, featuring two projects - Arm End House by Stuart Tanner Architects for Brian Ritchie, bass guitarist... Continue Reading →

IFF 2011

What is it? The 12th Italian Film Festival that screened in Palace Cinemas across Australia over the past 2 weeks. We saw four films - Habemus Papam (We Have A Pope) by Nanni Moretti, Manuale D'Amore 3 (The Ages Of Love) by Giovanni Veronesi, Sei Venezia (Six Venice) by Carlo Mazzacurati and Benvenuti Al Sud... Continue Reading →

MIFF 2011

What is it? The 60th Melbourne International Film Festival that concluded on Sunday night. We saw four films - Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz, Super by James Gunn, Bobby Fischer Against The World by Liz Garbus and Another Earth by Mike Cahill. All four were worth seeing (two in particular, as discussed below) and each was... Continue Reading →

Melbourne Open House

What is it? This weekend, 69 buildings around Melbourne and inner city areas participated in Melbourne Open House 2011 by opening their doors (for free) to the general public. Included on the list were office buildings, theatres, electrical substations, churches, a synagogue, hospital tunnels, museums, houses, university colleges and sports stadia. What did we think?... Continue Reading →

Melbourne Open House – Speaker Series #2

What is it? The second of two free lectures organised by Melbourne Open House held on Tuesday night that explored recent Melbourne architecture across seven different typologies - residential, multi-residential, commercial, retail, education, landscape and heritage restoration. Presenters included Andrew Simpson, Robert Blackhouse of HASSELL, Roger Nelson of NH Architecture, John Wardle, Perry Lethlean and Jeff Turnbull. As with the first Speaker Series, discussed... Continue Reading →

Melbourne Open House – Speaker Series #1

What is it? A free lecture organised by Melbourne Open House on Tuesday night that explored the works of seven established Melbourne architects. Run in collaboration with the Department of Planning and Community Development, the architects presented residential projects that have been selected by the DPCD as Good Design Case Studies. In addition, each nominated... Continue Reading →

Remaking the Australia Pavilion

What is it? Along with 30 other national pavilions, the Australia Pavilion is located in Venice's Giardini, the site each year of the extraordinary Biennale di Venezia. In the late 1980s, Australia was given the opportunity to take one of the last plots within the Giardini, however it was necessary that we occupy the plot immediately lest we... Continue Reading →

Qatar artificial clouds

What are they? A fleet of airborne drones designed by Dr. Saud Abdul Ghani and his team from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at Qatar University to provide shade over soccer stadia during the 2022 World Cup, to be hosted by Qatar. Being designed in response to a requirement of the World Cup selection... Continue Reading →

MAXXI Museum

What is it? The MAXXI National Museum of Art from the 21st Century is a recently completed and much lauded project by Zaha Hadid in Rome. So far, it has won the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize and, just last month, the 2010 World Architecture Festival World Building of the Year award, both prestigious and well-contested accolades.... Continue Reading →

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