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The Opera House Unplugged

Monday, 31st August 2009 Tweet

A plug for some talks that Antoinette has organised with Futurenet centred around the ongoing refurbishment work at the Sydney Opera House.

The Opera House Unplugged

The team from JPW responsible for the new work being undertaken at the Sydney Opera House will run through a series of presentations covering: the lighting of the new toilets, materials research into bronze, the Utzon Design Principles, the Western Colonnade and Western Foyers, solving access issues with escalators and roofless lifts, the use of computer technology from first renderings to AIA prizes for the BIM model and finally the work being done for the new Opera Theatre. Packed eh?

Thursday 3rd September 6:30pm at Level 2 of Republic Bar, corner Bridge and Pitt Streets, Sydney.

Registration Form (pdf)

Call for submission for “60 seconds of architecture”

Monday, 17th August 2009 Tweet

60 seconds of architecture

The Architects’ Association of Denmark and the Australian Institute of Architects would like to encourage all architects, filmmakers and people in general who have an interest in their surroundings to participate in a collaborative film-making event. The film will to be launched in concordance with the World Day of Architecture.

60 Seconds of Architecture is an open international film project where anyone can contribute with a one minute film clip. Using Architects’ energy versus global crisis as a point of departure we urge everyone to produce a 60 second film that deals with this theme. All submissions will be accessible through the website and all the participants are free to use and display these clips (or complete film) as they see fit. When the total number of films has been received, they will be edited into a feature length to be shown at a function on the World Day of Architecture.

The project seeks to uncover the relationship between, on the one hand, architects theories and practices, on the other hand, public perception of space and architecture. We would like to realize a crossover field where professionals along with everyday people enter a dialogue about the architecture of the future.

World Day of Architecture

The World Day of Architecture is a global celebration and demarcation of the field of architecture. The day is adopted by the International Union of Architects (UIA) and encourages architects and citizens alike to devote the day to Architecture and our immediate surroundings. This years’ theme Architects’ Creativity versus Global Crisis approaches the unprecedented conditions our world is experiencing. The day will host a long list of events and interactive workshops that will engage professionals and public to reconsider the way we live. It will present local and national projects that demonstrate the energy architects are expending to alleviate the planetary crises, and the architectural and urban solutions they have developed.


Deadline for submission is 15 of September 2009.

Add your submissions at the Vimeo group page, and for further information please contact Hans Bærholm, Architect’s Association Denmark +45 3085 9008 or


The film will be screened at a reception hosted by the local department of Architects’ Association Denmark and at Customs House in Sydney during the Sydney Architecture Festival. Other screenings will be posted on the website as they are confirmed.

The Cosmonaut of the Erotic Future

Monday, 17th August 2009 Tweet

The Cosmonaut of the Erotic Future. An essay by Aaron Schuster on levitation in art history:

I think it would not be terribly controversial to call Yves Klein the artist-levitator of the twentieth century. Indeed, with Klein, levitation becomes a veritable revolutionary program. In his 1959 manifesto Overcoming the Problematics of Art, the artist proclaims: “We shall thus become aerial men. We shall know the forces that pull us upwards to the heavens, to space, to what is both nowhere and everywhere. The terrestrial force of attraction thus mastered, we shall literally levitate into a complete physical and spiritual freedom!”

Via @the_art_life

UTS Broadway

Monday, 17th August 2009 Tweet

All Stage 1 Entries, Shortlisted entries, and the winning proposal by DCM for the UTS Broadway Competition are now up online.

Thanks John.

James Turrell at Design Observer

Wednesday, 12th August 2009 Tweet

James Turrell at Design Observer, speaking about his project at Roden Crater:

Exactly. They’re only interested in events that occur in that space. That’s why the Pyramids are much more interesting to me than Stonehenge. A pyramid is a structure with an opening to an event outside. The light enters down the shaft only once a year and lights a figure of one of the pharaohs full on. Stonehenge is like siting stones; that is, you stand in it and you site the external events. In Egyptian structures, phenomena enter the space and actually make a lighting event inside. That space is sensitive to events from places outside itself and when an event occurs outside that you want inside, it enters the space and does something. It’s the camera obscura. In a way, the camera is the room and that’s really a sensitive space. Bunker architecture also is sensitive because this space contains an opening to look out to or to deal with the events, and then there’s a space inside.

Top Ten Comic Book Cities

Tuesday, 11th August 2009 Tweet

The Architects Journal lists their Top Ten Comic Book Cities. Unlike the top ten gaming cities they ran short while ago, this is a pretty solid list. Miller’s New York City, Moore’s and Campbell’s London, Morrison and Quitely’s Metropolis are significant studies of urbanism through the medium of the comic book, with Frank Miller, in particular, being formative in redirecting an entire publishing industry through his early work on Daredevil - where Hells Kitchen was as much a character as Daredevil.

And fancy that, I was only just now inserting images of the city of Moebius’ The Long Tomorrow into a presentation for tomorrow’s studio.