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    Foreground

    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.

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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

1 day ago

#SydneyTerraceHouses The baldest of bald-faced terraces? Row of 4 in Palmer Lane Darlinghurst. Bald-faced, an English descriptor, refers to flat front, with no decoration. Of course in Australia means no veranda either. England at one point had had a window tax -levied by area of glass! @cityofsydney #sydneyterraces #baldfacedterrace #flatfront #streetfacade #streetwall #palmerlane #darlinghurst #mitchellgrid #sydneyarchitecture

2 days ago

A favourite Sydney building, tall & slim. Hotel Westend still standing proudly on Pitt St, its’ bigger bully neighbours have none of its architectural presence. Built to Sydney’s then 150ft (47m) height limit, big NY-type cornice, vertical street sign, glazed tile facade, exposed structural frames on sides create lightwells @cityofsydney #HotelWestend #tall&skinny #1930sarchitecture #150footheightlimit #projectingcornice #glazedtilefacade #lightwells #exposedstructuralframe #streetwall #streetfacade #sydneyarchitecture

3 days ago

Balcony screens give a double-height scale on west-facing lane facade; our conversion of #The Majestic in #Petersham into apartments @hillthalisaup Team @guckmal @brett_sperling #wesgrunsell @j9koll With thanks to @triniumgroup @john_mav10 @ariszafirellis @growthbuilt Photo @brettboardmanphotography @innerwestcouncil #creativeadaptation #doubleheightscreens #sunshading #privacyscreens #lanewayfacade #balanaminglane #newcanterburyroad #sydneyapartments #SydneyApartmentBuildings #streetwall #theatreconversion #sydneyarchitecture #architectureofhousing #architecture

4 days ago

#‪SydneyTerraceHouses‬ ‪OK surprise! So longest row found in @cityofsydney WAS the whole block on sth side of Caroline St, backing onto 2nd longest row in Lawson St beside Redfern Station. Until a decade or so ago had 39 terraces in 3 ranges (perhaps +5 more around corner?), but eastern end demolished‬ as part of clearing Eveleigh St / The Block ‪Modest houses with standard spec design‬ with typical elements & details makes a fine street edge #carolinestreetredfern #lawsonstreetredfern #TheBlock #redfern #longestterracerows #sydneyterraces #demolition #conversion #streetrow #urbanhousing

5 days ago

At the fantastic @cityofsydney citizens’ Christmas Party at Town Hall yesterday. @CloverMoore running through City’s many recent achievements; 1 opening more cycleways 2 George St pedestrianisation & light rail 3 Meeting of Capital City LMs to push agenda on climate action, fighting homelessness & more 4 opening Dyuralya Sq in Green Square 5 Streetscape improvements following light rail@in Surry Hills 6 Meeting with NSW Arts Minister, culture representives @jessscullysydney & @jessmillersydney + so much more! #SydneyTownHall #progressivepolitics #localpolitics #citizens #keepsydneyindependent #ChristmasParty #cityimprovements #designachievements #publicsydney

6 days ago

Our #HorizonHouse, dining room on central axis aligned to the ridge, perpendicular to the horizon. With thanks to #lauraharding @sdastructures @bryce_fitzgerald #acor #horizon #countryhouse #coastalhouse #diningroom #siting #landscapeaxis #topographicsiting #concreteframe #setplaster #timberfloor #circularforms #australianarchitecture #domesticarchitecture #architecture