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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.

13 hours ago

Inside/outside & the design of balconies; complex arrangement at our Rose Bay apartments, open to 2 sides but protected by various solid elements determined by structure view & privacy, glazed corner to living room to capture NE light, deeper dimension to NW to protect from heat. Top floor has compact spiral stair to roof terrace @hillthalisaup team #angelokorsanos #michaellewarne #wesgrunsell Photo; @brettboardmanphotography #balcony #balconydesign #insideoutside #apartmentdesign #sydneyapartments #structure #shading #privacy #daylight #cornerwindow #window #sydneyarchitecture #urbanhousing #urbanhousingsolutions #architecture

1 day ago

Great scenes last weekend at the packed-out #newtownfestival. Hanging out with the crowd, @jessaroo, @jem1ller, @CloverMoore, @Plock1 & the gang @ Newtown Festival, hearing from people about issues in the area. Humungous event in Camperdown Memorial Park.. maybe the Rest came some other time perhaps... @cityofsydney #newtown #communityevent #festival #stalls #event #publicspace #publiclife #camperdownmemorialrestpark #ststephens #publicsydney

2 days ago

Lord Mayor @CloverMoore presenting the #sydneypeaceprize to Professor #josephstiglitz at Sydney Town Hall for his life work exposing inequality, the need for climate action, the imperative to reform our politics. “The only sustainable prosperity is shared prosperity,” concluding; “We don’t need the distopia of a divided society. The challenge today is not in our economics but in our politics.” #publicdiscourse #publicinterest #publiclife #equality #fairness #againstinequality #sustainability #principle #publicsydney @cityofsydney #australiainstitute #oxfam #universityofsydney

2 days ago

We are very pleased that our major urban project for the Canterbury Road corridor for #canterburybankstown won a #planninginstituteofaustralia award last week. So important to rescue these road corridors from being relegated to traffic sewers loaded up with low grade indiscriminate development. Project proposed redistributing some density north away from the road, with new public parks, lanes & streets, noise-barrier buildings, greening the road & much more @ourcbcity #canterburyroadcorridor #canterburyroad #urbanproject #noisebarrierplanning #publicimprovement #publicproject #publicbenefit #trafficcalming #urbanregeneration #publicsydney @hillthalisaup team; @benjidriver @waterloverswim @gracie.grew with #sgs & #ghd

3 days ago

Flanking new brick-based building with arcades between Clarence & Kent streets in Sydney, with tower setback. Excellent lofty T-shaped lane/ arcade creates smaller brick pods at street level, with larger footprint tower above. Work of #koichitakada, with other new building by #architectus (see previous post), consolidates brick streetwall on either side of heritage listed Hoffnung & Co building. Brickwork arches very imageable but perhaps too insubstantial? Nonetheless great #urbanarchitecture & additions to @cityofsydney #streetwall #brickwork #brickfacade #brickarches #streetpresence #streetfacade #streetscale #arcade #lane #throughsitelink #streetvista #clarencestreet #kentstreet #hoffnung&co #sydneyarchitecture

3 days ago

Brace of new brick-faced office towers with good arcades linking Clarence & Kent Sts, this by #architectus. Arcade extends line of Barrack Street opposite, & scale of brickwork matches heritage Hoffnung & Co adjacent, tower rises behind #urbanarchitecture @cityofsydney @architectus #brickfacade #brickwork #streetpresence #streetwall #streetscale #arcade #throughsitelink #streetvista #clarencestreet #kentstreet #barrackstreet #hoffnung&co #sydneyarchitecture