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    Hill Thalis - on the move

    Hill Thalis is relocating. From Monday 9th July, we will be on Level 4 of Ballarat House, instead of Level 5. We will have constant email and phone connection during the move – and there will be no interruption to our project work. We look forward to welcoming you to our new space very soon.

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    Escarpment Boardwalk funded

    The Parramatta Escarpment Boardwalk has received funding in the recent State budget. Mayor of Parramatta, Councillor Andrew Wilson said, “This project will make it possible to walk or cycle off-road for almost 20km on a high quality path between Parramatta Park and Sydney Olympic Park via Parramatta CBD and the Western Sydney University (WSU) campus in Rydalmere.” Read more about the funding announcement here

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    Cloud Gate installation

    The Thomas Street Cloud Gate – a collaboration with artist Lindy Lee, and Jane Irwin Landscape Architects is being installed just in time for Lunar New Year Celebrations in Thomas and Hay Street. The discs have been lifted into place – and we are very excited to finally see the play of light reflecting through the punched openings in the suspended discs. This is the final piece of the Thomas and Hay Street works

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    Recent works in Canberra with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture are the subject of a recent post on Foreground You can see more about our recent Canberra projects including Constitution Avenue ,Linking Canberra to the Lake and Campbell Section 5 on our website.

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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.

11 hours ago

The exquisite complex geometry of traditional French stairs, this one likely from 1600’s. Grounded in stone, the tapering stairs, gentle risers & curving handrail make it so easy to climb. Although your foot always fits, of course none of it allowed under restrictive Aust ‘Standards’ #paris #parisarchitecture #frenchstairs #stairgeometry #taperingtreads #handrail #timbertreads

23 hours ago

Henri Sauvage’s masterpiece Immeuble a Gradins (#steppedapartmentbuilding) in 26 Rue Vavin, Paris 6e. 1912-14. Facade fully covered in metro tiles, with stepped balconies and cascading planters #Paris #paris6e #parisarchitecture #architecture #apartmentbuilding #henrisauvage #ruevavin #tiledfacade #steppedsection #streetfacade #streetsection #26ruevavin

1 day ago

Bienvenue Paris! Arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport -60’s futuristic Terminal 1 by #paulandeuarchitects, shows how much airports have grown since the 70’s. Also known for obvious reasons as the #camembert #airport #airportterminal #paris #parischarlesdegaulle #brutalism #architecture #parisarchitecture

3 days ago

The Labyrinth, @centparklands. Great parks and public spaces accumulate public projects over time - doubt this was in Governor Macquarie’s thinking when he dedicated 1 000 acres for the Sydney Common in 1810, or later when Premier Henry Parkes declared the remainder as Centennial Park in 1888. #publicsydney #labyrinth #publicpark #publicproject #publicplace #parklands #sydneycommon #centennialpark #place #henryparkes #governormacquarie #park #landscape

3 days ago

Sydney Trains & territory 5-9; what we need to be doing next! Current official plans to 2056 lack sufficient ambition-we need to give absolute priority to public transport expansion, creating a new metropolitan order centered on Parramatta & better covering all Sydney. High time to start planning, land acquisitions, new centers-no excuse for Sydney to continue the failures of the last 100 years. All drawings @hillthalisaup & @benjidriver please credit if sharing #sydneyaustralia #sydneytrains #sydneytransport #sydneymetros #transportplanning #metropolitansydney #metropolitanplanning #cityshaping #urbanform #publictransportplanning #publictransportation #publictransport #metropolitansydneyplanning

4 days ago

In the heart of #publicsydney; The Supreme Court, architect #francisgreenway with colonnade added by #jamesbarnet. Spire of Greenway’s St James above, part of the group of brick civic buildings built 1817-22 by #governormacquarie to create #queen square and define the northern edge of the newly created #Hyde Park @cityofsydney #sydneyarchitecture #architecture #publicproject #publicbuildingsandspaces #publicbuildings #supremecourtnsw #stjameschurch #brickwork #colonnade #kingstreet