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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.

  • 2016

    Late 2015 saw the completion of projects in Strathfield and Burwood – middle ring housing sites with transitional urban conditions.

    We begin 2016 with works on Campbell Section5 reaching a conclusion and works on Constitution Avenue continuing. Builders have been appointed for the Sydney University Boatshed We have a number of Development Applications on small, challenging inner urban sites in various Councils, and we are working on a range of family houses, due to begin construction in the next few months.

    We hope to progress works on an adaptive reuse project in the beautiful Beynon and Hayward building Petersham, and see the commencement of the Parramatta Escarpment Boardwalk towards the latter part of this year.

8 hours ago

Needling the crane through the existing slabs in our inner city office extensions. Bottom 2/3 floors existing, top 2/3 floors the addition. Crane cut into hollow floor planks, which will be removed to form a light well. Different paint colours on each floor of the old interiors. #alts&adds #alterationsandadditions #alterationsandadditionstoexistingoffices #creativeadaptation #buildingsremember #buildingsite #crane #constructionsite #building #insideoutside #paintcolours #lightwell #void #urbanarchitecture

1 day ago

Peak hour bus-scape, Clarence St. Not sure this is the most efficient form of public transport in the city. Why we need more heavy rail, metro, light rail & all forms of active transport. The idea surely is to pick the right mode for the right task, on the best route #clarencestreet #buses #trafficjam #transport #transportmode #publictransport #transportation #street #busscape #streetscape #peakhour @cityofsydney

2 days ago

Great to have some serious naval architecture in the middle of the city! Powerful scale, detail, material palette, super graphics and silhouette #gardenisland #woolloomooloobay #australiannavy #ship #navalbase #silhouette #supergraphics #lifeboat #greyongrey @cityofsydney

2 days ago

Series double height screened balconies; #balanaminglane facade of our Majestic Theatre conversion. The new screens, which give sun and privacy protection, follow the pattern of the original plaster screens that naturally ventilated the theatre. @hillthalisaup team @guckmal @brett_sperling #wesgrunsell #janinekoll with @ariszafirellis & @growthbuilt Photo; @brettboardmanphotography #themajestic #petersham #creativeadaptation #theatreconversion #heritageadaptation #brickwork #commonbrick #bricks #balconies #sunscreens #screens #facade #architecturaldesign #sydneyarchitecture #architecture

3 days ago

Such a beautiful streetscape created by @cityofsydney’s Bourke st cycleway, soon to be continuous from Woolloomooloo almost to the airport. Always best when infrastructure tied to urban amenity, public space & safety improvements #cycleway #bourkestreetsydney #darlinghurst #urbandesign #streetdesign #publicdomain #urbanlandscape #civicdesign #sydneycycleways #streetsection #trafficcalming #publicproject #publicsydney

4 days ago

Super steep Sydney streets; Edgar Street west of Chatswood. Some of the city’s most memorable streets dramatically reveal the topography, but a tough climb. Seems more steep due to concrete roadway? #sydney #sydneystreets #steepstreets #steepsydneystreets #street types #streetsection #sectionstreeps #topography #urbantopography #bigdipperstreets #publicspace #publicsydney