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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

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Iconic survivor Hotel Westend in Pitt Street, a reminder of the 150 ft height limit that applied for 5 decades in Sydney. When built on narrow lots, slender tower form #cityofsydney #1930sarchitecture #150footheightlimit #sydneyarchitecture #hotelwestend #pittstreet #slendertower #streetwall #urbanarchitecture

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Design quality above authentic lane-scape grunge. @durbachblockjaggers Droga Apartment rear elevation to #handslane #surryhills #creativeadaptation #industrialadditions #warehouseaddition #cityofsydney #innercityconversions #architecture #sydneyarchitecture #steelwindows #brickwork #commonbrick #zinccladding #streetwall #lanes #lanefacade

2 days ago

Substation No.175, our paradigm of the micro apartment building - 6 storeys on a 45m2 site, with one room + stairs per level. Living room of Lower apartment, within the shell of the original substation. Photo @brettboardmanphotography @ariszafirellis #architecture #sydneyarchitecture #sydneyapartments #australianarchitecture #microapartments #creativeadaptation #industrialconversion #concreteframe #balcony #steelwindow #substation #livingroom #compacthousing #towerhouse #tinytower light designed by Michael Lewarne @redshift_aa

2 days ago

Dreamcatcher I by Chris Langlois - in the North Head project exhibition at Manly. A painting built from tonal contours... #northhead #langlois #australianpainting #colonnade #light #shadow #gradient

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Department of Lands; Negative corner detail used by #James Barnet to resolve the various street geometries of the block on which Lands sits. Detail foreshadows Modernism’s negative corner detail. Beautiful resolution on the lowest corner #publicsydney #privatisedsydney #architecture #sydneyarchitecture #sydneyarchitects #australianarchitecture #nswcolonialarchitect #departmentoflands #notjustacbd #sydneysandstone #sandstone #cornerdetail #negativecornerdetail #cornices #classicalorders #bridgestreet #publicworks #publicatchitecture #cityofsydney

4 days ago

Pair of Houses, Northbridge (designed with with Peter John Cantrill). Each 12 slender steel columns, 125m2 internal area, roof terrace, jarrah cladding, planned around cliff and retained angophoras #architecture #pairofhouses #housepair #steelframe #timbercladding #hardwoodcladding #jarrah #jarrahcladding #angophora #sydneyhouses #sydneyarchitecture #australianarchitecture #siteplan #dualoccupancy #roofterrace #cantileveredbalconies #northbridge #bushlandsite