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    Donald K Turner Address

    On 12th September, Philip delivered the Donald K Turner Address at the University of NSW. The lecture was titled ‘Architectural Culture: From Site to Society’ and looked at a range of projects through the lens of architectural culture – retracing our steps from built project to inception to locate each within our understanding of its broader architectural lineage. The address can be viewed, courtesy of the University of NSW, here

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    Canberra Medallion

    We are delighted to announce that Constitution Avenue has been awarded the John Overall Prize for Urban Design and the Canberra Medallion at the recent ACT Institute of Architects Awards. The project was a collaboration involving the National Capital Authority, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Hill Thalis, SMEC and AECOM. The jury citation notes that, ‘ the character of the avenue is responsive to its location and varies in scale from civic to boulevard, bushland to ceremonial effortlessly.’ It describes the project an exemplar of how to plan, design and deliver public domain works.

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    Narara Eco Village Update

    Congratulations to the Narara Ecovillage, who four and a half years after making an offer for the land:

    • Are now 2/3 of the way through the civil works for stage 1
    • Were recently awarded an ARENA grant of nearly $1m toward a ‘smart grid’ for their electric network
    • Have membership now, of over 80 families and 160 adults and children

    See latest photographs of the civil works here.

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    Verve Apartments, Newcastle

    Our major new twin apartment tower scheme, designed in association with CKDS Architects, for Windham King has just been lodged in Newcastle. Look for details on our website shortly.

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    Book Launch

    We’re delighted to be the subject of the second volume of URO media’s Minimono Series.

    The book features a foreword from AIA Gold Medallist Lawrence Nield, an essay co-authored by architects David Neustein and Michael Neustein and an interview between Philip Thalis, Rachel Neeson and Richard Francis-Jones.

    Books are available for purchase online from Uro Publications

  • Congratulations to our Urban Provocateur!

    We’re delighted to see Benjamin Driver awarded in the DARCH awards for his passionate commitment to urban issues.

14 hours ago

View to Town Hall’s tower and QVB’s dome, from probably the best modern colonnade in Sydney on the George St frontage of the Sydney County Council (SCC) Building. Won in open competition in 1959-60 by James Kell and Diana Parrott, young architects working with @fowellmansfieldjarvismaclurcan. Finely proportioned and detailed colonnade, great height relationship to street #publicsydney #georgestreet #cityofsydney #architecturalcompetition #sydneyarchitecturalcompetition #colonnade #moderncolonnades #sccbuilding #jameskell #marblepaving #sydneytownhall #qvbsydney #townhallstation #colonnadesection

1 day ago

Great tiled stair with Y Klein blue painted balustrade in iconic 1950’s housing slab in Bondi. Sunlit inviting use, original tiles, J Wardell designer #Bondi #sydneyapartments #bondiapartments #50sapartment #stairs #tiles #floortiles #staircase #sydneyarchitecture #jwardelldesign

2 days ago

Rooftop Apartment, with double height, glass topped atrium, central Sydney (designed with Peter John Cantrill). Flexible live work conversion & enlargement of two pokey studio apartments, with roof terrace above opening to city skyline. Photo @brettboardmanphotography #sydneyarchitecture #australianarchitecture #cityliving #creativeadaptation #steelstructure #steelwindows #atrium #glazedatrium #toplight #zenithallight #centrepoint #cityskyline #cityapartment #cityofsydney

3 days ago

Prost! It’s that time of the year again...thanks @guckmal #beeroclock #oktoberfest #tgif

3 days ago

Spotted in Woolloomooloo; can’t part with those heritage drawing boards, or you can still choose to draw out of bedroom window! #drawingboard #woolloomooloo #terracehouse #frontverandah #drawingenpleinair #recycling #hoarding #drafting #streetwall #streetlife #livework #cityofsydney

4 days ago

For the record, green headland at Millers Point in our 2006 International Competition for Barangaroo (confusingly called East Darling Harbour at the time). Team @hillthalisaup with @janeirwin_landscape @paulberkemeierarchitect. Bigger green headland, public facilities open to the Harbour as part of 11ha of public park creating the entire foreshore as continuous inalienable public space, linked and defined by public streets #publicsydney #barangaroocompetitionwinningscheme #eastdarlingharbour #eastdarlingharbour competitionwinningscheme#millerspoint #greenheadland #publicwaterfront #publicland #publicspace #publicstreet #architecturalmodel #heritage #creativeadaptation #sydneydesign #designofsydney #inalienablepublicspace