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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.

  • Studios 54 wins National Multiple Housing Award

    We are pleased to announce that Studios 54 has won a national award for Multiple Housing from the Australian Institute of Architects. The jury citation says -

    ‘The framed element that signifies the lift core and the thickened wall of services has its internal panel tiled with glazed ceramic tiles. We could be in Naples, not Sydney. But this is the point. Studios 54 is a project that announces the larger and necessary project of consolidating the Australian city.’

    We thank the jury for their generous citation, and our clients and all of the consultants, subcontractors and tradespeople who have been involved in the project.

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