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PUBLISH | Semi-detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture

May 4, 2012


Semi-detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture edited by Dr Naomi Stead will be launched in Brisbane this month. Semi-detached is a book about the role of words and images in architecture. It incorporates contributions from some of Australia’s most highly regarded academics, architects, critics, writers, artists and photographers. Together, they reconsider how architecture has […]

QUESTION | What does sustainability look like?

January 10, 2012


Last year, a largish residential block in my local area was subdivided into three (above, outlined in red). An oversized lowset family home, probably built in the 60s/70s, was demolished and three two-storey family homes were approved (below, two of the three houses are built). I’ve wondered if that house and the one two doors […]

STORY | Tree of Knowledge Memorial

November 26, 2011


Turning into the main street of Barcaldine from Blackall, a mysterious black cube appears – it commands attention. While large structures, say silos and mining plants, are not unusual in rural landscapes they are rare in townships. Buildings don’t tend to be larger than the largest tree. In Barcaldine, the largest buildings are the historic […]

REVIEW | The Right to the City

September 2, 2011


The Right to the City Symposium and Exhibition was held in Sydney in April 2011. This embedded document is my review of this event published in the July/August issue of Architecture Australia. I also participated in the placeblogging panel of this event.

QUOTE | The Architecture of Happiness

December 11, 2009


My partner, John, read an extract from Alain de Botton’s The Architecture of Happiness to me yesterday. It raises so many issues that I wanted to reproduce it here so that I can begin to unravel and consider it as part of Placing. On pages 254 – 255, de Botton writes: The building of new […]