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Book and Exhibition Review: Harry Seidler

Harry Seidler: The Exhibition: Organizing, Curating, Designing, and Producing a World Tour by Vladimir Belogolovsky
Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2017
Hardcover w/slipcase, 272 pages

Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture curated by Vladimir Belogolovsky
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY
September 26 - November 22, 2017



Just as Vladimir Belogolovsky recounts a few times in Harry Seidler: The Exhibition that he learned about architect Harry Seidler (1923-2006) in 2010 from Emilio Ambasz, I first became aware of Seidler at a precise time. Although I don't recall the exact year, I was working on a proposal for a residential tower while employed at an architecture firm in Chicago. Faced with the need to do something creative with balconies, I stumbled upon the high rises Seidler had designed in Sydney. His work was a powerful precedent, since it was simultaneously logical and sensual, repetitive and flowing. This is evident in such projects as Horizon Tower, a 43-story tower completed in Sydney in 1998.

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects announces winners of the National Landscape Architecture Awards

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has announced the winners of the National Landscape Architecture Awards for 2017, a celebration of the leading projects shaping green, open and public spaces across Australia. The annual awards program acknowledges the growing impact of landscape architecture on the spaces we inhabit and | Read More

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The Dairy by Those Architects | Detached houses

Sydney, Australia. Most on-site property sales offices are pragmatic structures that sit alone, often uncomfortably, on large tracts of land: temporary, prosaic and utilitarian beasts, there to serve a short term purpose, and no more. This site and sales office on a former dairy farm, designed by Sydney-based architecture practice Those Architects for their client Stockland is the opposite. Conceived as a ‘building in a landscape’ it is a tactile piece of architecture in its own right: a building that is uniquely of its place, designed to heighten the visitor’s experience of that place and convey a sense of the community that will eventually reside there. And unlike most sales and site offices, it has a longer life: it will remain as a cafe and meeting place when the new residents move in. The Dairy project is underpinned by Those Architects’ ideas about the way people relate to buildings and landscape: how the architecture moves them into a built space, then through the space,… continue

KISS & Mark Up: 10 Bizarre KISS Branded Products

[ By Steve in Design & Graphics & Branding. ]

KISS and its hustling frontman Gene Simmons continue to raise the rock music merchandising bar, licensing thousands of products ranging from banal to bizarre.

Landscape Australia Conference, Sydney, May 5th, 2018

The 2016 Australian census has revealed that for the first time since colonization migration to Australia from Asia has surpassed that from Europe. Our country’s fortunes have long been tied to the economic markets of our regional neighbours, yet most agree that our understanding of Asian cultures, including design cultures, must improve if we are to seize […]

Happy Archtober

It's that time of year again, when architecture- and design-related events and exhibitions converge on New York City at such a density that it's nearly impossible to see everything of note. For instance, one great aspect of Archtober are the Buildings of the Day; but unless you already bought tickets to see such buildings as Herzog & de Meuron's 56 Leonard Street, LOT-EK's Carroll House, or Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Vagelos Center, you're out of luck. So what's left? Below are a baker's dozen of standout exhibitions and events that shouldn't disappoint.

October 2
Opening of Scaffolding at the Center for Architecture
Although the idea of an exhibition that "examines the extraordinary applications of scaffolding as a kit-of-parts technology to provide novel forms of inhabitation and access" is intriguing, I'm mostly looking forward to the exhibition design by OMA's Shohei Shigematsu. (Until January 14, 2018)

Ongoing
Never Built New York at the Queens Museum of Art
Co-authors Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin take their popular book into the space of the museum with an exhibition designed by Christian Wassmann. Photos that show illuminated never-built buildings inserted into the museum's famous NYC panorama make me really want to make the trip out to Flushing Meadows. (Until February 18, 2018)

October 20
Opening of Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise at the Japan Society

Book Review: Fables for the Drone Age

Fables for the Drone Age by Richard Goodwin
N Editions, 2017
Paperback, 50 pages



Even though I cover architecture for a living, every now and then I come across architects who have been practicing for a while but for some reason I'm unaware. One such architect/artist whom I should have known about much sooner is Richard Goodwin; according to his website he has been practicing for 42 years. Quick glances at the Australian's work, both on his website and in this new book coinciding with an exhibition at London's Betts Project earlier this year, brings to mind the work of Lebbeus Woods, Kaplan and Krueger, Wes Jones, and other architects whose practices veered into art and confronted technology head-on.


AdA Pozible Launch

Elana Castle presents a worthy campaign that could not only change the way that the design industry is represented in Australia, but one that could boost the country’s productivity, sustainability and innovation.

Omvivo’s Luxurious and Sculptural New Bathroom Collection

Pioneer in designing and producing luxury bathroom products since the early 90’s, Omvivo brand is a leader in innovative bathroom products characterized by the finest quality, uniqueness, longevity and genuine consideration for the environment. Latis is one of the latest collections launched by Omvivo that really inspires our senses and creates us a feeling of history, though it’s magnificent modern design.