Exhibition: Melbourne Now

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of .

This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.

Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community.

Complete information about the artists and projects can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Melbourne Now
Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow/about-melbourne-now
Organizers: National Gallery of Victoria
From: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 
Until: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria
Address: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Michael Ong Wins 2013 SOYA Award

Hans House. Image Courtesy of & Ricky Fung

has selected Michael Ong as the winner of the 2013 Spirit of Youth Awards 365 (SOYA 365) for architecture and interior design, awarding him $5,000 in cash, $5,000 in Qantas flights, and a rare 12-month mentorship with leading architect and founding partner of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Brian Zulaikha. Ong, a Melbourne-based architect, founded MODO (Michael Ong Design Office) in 2011, and was chosen for the prize due to his work on the project Hans House. Check out more about the story here.

Leura Lane / Cooper Scaife Architects

© John Wilson

Architects: Cooper Scaife Architects
Location: , Victoria,
Structural Engineer: Structural Engineer
Builder: RD & KE Huf
Photographs: John Wilson

Pony Restaurant / Woods Bagot

© Trevor Mein

Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: , QLD, Australia
Client: Pony
Area: 510 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Trevor Mein

Blu Creativity / Facet Studio

© Andrew Chung

Architects: Facet Studio
Location: Sydney NSW,
Design Team: Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Yoko Makino, Brandon Chin
Area: 180 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Chung

Australia Plans for Greener Cities by 2020

The Goods Line proposal. Image Courtesy of ASPECT Studios

As cities continue to attract more people, naturally vegetated areas slowly wither, leaving little to no green spaces for city dwellers to escape to, no to purify the air and enhance the environment. plans to change this. The 202020 Vision is a concerted effort from the government, academic and private sectors to create twenty percent green areas in ’s urban centers by 2020. “Urban heat islands, poor air quality, lack of enjoyable urban community areas are all poor outcomes when green spaces aren’t incorporated into new developments and large scale building projects.” Read about the 202020 initiative here, “More green spaces in urban areas, says new national initiative.”

Blairgowrie Back Beach / Wolveridge Architects

© Derek Swalwell

Architects: Wolveridge Architects
Location: VIC, Australia
Design Team: Jerry Wolveridge, Ricky Booth, David Anthony
Year: 2013
Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Brunswick House / Christopher Botterill

© Christopher Alexander

Location: Brunswick, VIC,
Area: 92.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Christopher Alexander

Four Teams Shortlisted For Parramatta Square Design Competition

Mario Cucinella Architects. Image © Parramatta City Council

Four designs for two large commercial towers in the heart of Sydney have been unveiled by Parramatta City Council, with proposals from Sydney based , , Bates Smart, and Italian practice Mario Cucinella Architects. Attracting over 73 submissions from around the world, the two towers will act as the centerpiece for the Parramatta Square’s three-hectare site.

The shortlist is part of stages five and six of the total master plan, previous projects of which have been awarded to the likes of Grimshaw ArchitectsReview the projects and read the jury’s comments after the break…

Video: ‘Straight & True’ Teaser

Originally conceived as a feature documentary series, ‘Straight and True’ explores the exciting period of Australian architectural history known as the Modernist era. This is the story of how a generation of young architects and their clients attempted to change the way we live in line with a stronger more defined sense of the Australian environment and lifestyle. It is also a cultural critique examining why Australians on the whole rejected this incredible leap forward. In other words a cultural look at the Australian psyche and it’s general apathy towards design and a fear of change.

Due to the multi-layered nature of this project, both visually and thematically and its immense scope (covering mid-century domestic architecture in every major Australian city) they have decided to change its shape from linear documentary to a multi-platform transmedia project. They are currently in talks with several digital content creators to find the perfect partnership to help realise this new shape.

If you have any questions or you think you might have visual material that could contribute to this project, please email Richard Raber and Naomi Bishops of Trace Films at: info@traces.net.au.

Bluetrain / Studio Equator

© Andrew Wuttke

Architects: Studio Equator
Location: VIC,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Wuttke

Precinct Energy Project / Peter Hogg + Toby Reed Architects

© John Gollings

Architects: Peter Hogg + Toby Reed Architects
Location: , Australia
Project Architect: Peter Hogg
Design Architect: Toby Reed
Project Team: Toby Reed, Peter Hogg, Marcus Fajl, Ming Lie, Fairlyn Wiyono
Photographs: John Gollings

James Cook University / Wilson Architects + Architects North

© Christopher Frederick-Jones

Architects: Wilson Architects + Architects North
Location: Townsville QLD, Australia
Team: Wilson, Shaun Purcell, Sarah Russell, Boon Tan, Janelle Gildea, Alisha Renton, Sasha Hakimian, John Thong
Architects North Team: David Stefanovic, Selma Okanovic, Amanda Kempthorne
Year: 2013
Photographs: Christopher Frederick-Jones

Moor Street Residence / Andrew Maynard Architects

© Peter Bennetts

Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Location: Fitzroy, VIC,
Design Team: Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin
Year: 2012
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

The Cairns Institute – James Cook University / Woods Bagot + RPA Architects

Courtesy of

Architects: Woods Bagot + RPA Architects
Location: Townsville City,
Area: 4,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Woods Bagot + RPA Architects

Fonda Windsor / Techne Architects

© Tom Blachford

Architects: Techne Architects
Location: VIC 3181, Australia
Design Team: Justin Northrop, Alex Lake, Steve McKeag, Melita Kei, Bianca Baldi
Graphic Designer: Golden Hen
Construction: Project Group
Area: 310.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tom Blachford

Nott Street / Plus Architecture

© Dianna Snape

Architects: Plus Architecture
Location: Nott Street, VIC, Australia
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dianna Snape

Fitzroy House / Techne Architects

© Shannon McGrath

Architects: Techne Architects
Location: Fitzroy, VIC,
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Shannon McGrath