Australian practice Crone Partners has recently won a competition to design a new community precinct in Rhodes, New South Wales. Starting with the intention to rethink the traditional community building and civic space typology, Crone Partner’s winning design features clusters of spaces with programs subdividing by size and demands. In moving away from traditional public buildings, which are ”characterised by [their] scale, elaborate and sometimes extravagant aesthetic”, their proposal was no longer “constrained by a singular form”.
The Glenn Murcutt Architecture Master Class in Australia has become an major annual event on the international architecture calendar. Started in 2001, architects and senior students from sixty-five nations around the world have now traveled to Australia to participate in the two-week residential studio based program.
The intensive two-week design studio program involves a design project undertaken in groups and culminating, at the end of week two, with a design presentation by participants and a critique by Glenn Murcutt and the other tutors. The studio program, associated lectures and supporting events equate to 150 hours high-level study at postgraduate level. The spirit of the event is that participation is the focus and there is no formal assessment. A certificate of satisfactory completion will be issued to all participants completing the program. Professional institutes and universities internationally have, over the years since its inception, accepted this event as gaining professional development or academic credit points.
As there are only 32 places available applications are assessed on credentials and merit, with preference to early applicants. For complete details on the event, please click here.
Title: 2014 Glenn Murcutt International Master Class
From: Sun, 06 Jul 2014
Until: Sun, 20 Jul 2014
Venue: Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre
Address: Shoalhaven Heads NSW, Australia
Architects: CRAB Studio
Location: Queensland, Australia
Design Team: Sir Peter Cook and Gavin Robotham, Mark Bagguley, Jenna Al-Ali, Ting-Na Chen, Lorene Faure, Yang Yu, Tim Culverhouse
General Contractor: ADCO, Gold Coast
Structural: Arup, Brisbane
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Photographs: Peter Bennetts, Rix Ryan Photography
A recent, well-written article for The Guardian chronicles the story of Sydney’s East Darling Harbour (also known as ‘Barangaroo’), from the city’s optimism in 2003 to the relative disappointment of today. David Shoebridge, a New South Wales Greens MP and the party’s planning spokesperson, recounts the series of compromises and sellouts that have turned what was meant to be a “prime public space” into – to add insult to injury – the site for a casino.You can read this cautionary tale in full here.