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Vo Trong Nghia Architects Unveil Fugitive Structures Pavilion for Australia

08:00 - 21 December, 2015
Vo Trong Nghia Architects Unveil Fugitive Structures Pavilion for Australia, Courtesy of  The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)
Courtesy of The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF)

The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) has announced the fourth iteration of its annual pavilion series Fugitive Structures. Designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects, the pavilion centers around “the innovative use of bamboo, and [the architect’s] passion and self-imposed duty to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation.”

3XN Wins Approval for 200-Meter Tower in Sydney

13:50 - 24 November, 2015
3XN Wins Approval for 200-Meter Tower in Sydney, Courtesy of 3XN
Courtesy of 3XN

Update: 3XN's Quay Quarter Sydney has received final approval. The article below was originally published September 25, 2014, after the practice won the commission. New interior images have been added to the gallery.

3XN has won an international competition to design the “50 Bridge Street” tower and masterplan for the Quay Quarter Sydney (QQS) precinct. Just west of Jørn Utzon’s Opera House, the new tower will feature five rotating glass volumes, each equipped with a multi-level atria and views of the Sydney harbour. 

Exhibition Opening: UTS ISD 2015 Honours High School

07:32 - 7 November, 2015
Exhibition Opening: UTS ISD 2015 Honours High School, HIGH SCHOOL - UTS ISD 2015 HONOURS EXHIBITION
HIGH SCHOOL - UTS ISD 2015 HONOURS EXHIBITION

A High School in the CBD?

The University of Technology Sydney would like to invite you to join us celebrate the Honours’ 2015 Interior and Spatial Design Thesis projects. The focus of this years undertaking aims to develop a public high school in Sydney’s CBD.

The high school encompasses the relationships between authority and an emerging sense of individuality, teachers and students, as well as parents and their teenagers. It is a space of rules and constraints to be determined, tested and broken. Beyond its gates, the school is ruled and regulated by the surrounding social and urban conditions. Pedagogically the school

Hudson Parade House / Corben Architects

17:00 - 5 October, 2015
Hudson Parade House  / Corben Architects, © Richard Glover
© Richard Glover

© Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover © Richard Glover +24

Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been

09:30 - 21 September, 2015
Alternative Realities: 7 Radical Buildings That Could-Have-Been, Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects
Masterplan for the World Trade Center by Richard Meier & Partners, Eisenman Architects, Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, and Steven Holl Architects. Image © Jock Pottle. Courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects

In It’s A Wonderful Life the film’s protagonist George Bailey, facing a crisis of faith, is visited by his guardian angel, and shown an alternate reality where he doesn’t exist. The experience gives meaning to George’s life, showing him his own importance to others. With the increasing scale of design competitions these days, architectural “could-have-beens” are piling up in record numbers, and just as George Bailey's sense of self was restored by seeing his alternate reality, hypothesizing about alternative outcomes in architecture is a chance to reflect on our current architectural moment.

Today marks the one-year-anniversary of the opening of Phase 3 of the High Line. While New Yorkers and urbanists the world over have lauded the success of this industrial-utility-turned-urban-oasis, the park and the slew of other urban improvements it has inspired almost happened very differently. Although we have come to know and love the High Line of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, in the original ideas competition four finalists were chosen and the alternatives show stark contrasts in how things might have shaped up.

On this key date for one of the most crucial designs of this generation, we decided to look back at some of the most important competitions of the last century to see how things might have been different.

Joseph Marzella's second-place design for the Sydney Opera House. Image via The Daily Mail Designs for the Chicago Tribune Tower by Adolf Loos (left) and Bruno Taut, Walter Gunther, and Kurz Schutz (right). Image via skyscraper.org Design for the High Line by Zaha Hadid Architects with Balmori Associates, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and studio MDA. Image via University of Adelaide on Cargo Collective Moshe Safdie's design for the Centre Pompidou. Image Courtesy of Safdie Architects +16

Westmead Millennium Institute / BVN

17:00 - 24 August, 2015
Westmead Millennium Institute / BVN, © John Gollings
© John Gollings
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +24

Balmoral House / Clinton Murray + Polly Harbison

17:00 - 22 July, 2015
Balmoral House / Clinton Murray + Polly Harbison, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Balmoral Beach, Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Clinton Murray, Polly Harbison
  • Design Team

    Nicholas Byrne, Vince Myson
  • Area

    1172.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +31

Inner City Warehouse / Allen Jack+Cottier

20:00 - 17 July, 2015
Inner City Warehouse / Allen Jack+Cottier, © Castle+Beatty
© Castle+Beatty

© Castle+Beatty © Castle+Beatty © Castle+Beatty © Castle+Beatty +32

Orama Residence / smart design studio

17:00 - 16 July, 2015
Orama Residence / smart design studio, © Sharrin Rees
© Sharrin Rees

© Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees © Sharrin Rees +29

Woollahra House / Tzannes Associates

17:00 - 22 June, 2015
Woollahra House / Tzannes Associates, © Michael Nicholson
© Michael Nicholson

© Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson © Michael Nicholson +15

Spiegel Haus / Carterwilliamson Architects

20:00 - 2 June, 2015
Spiegel Haus / Carterwilliamson Architects, Courtesy of Carterwilliamson Architects
Courtesy of Carterwilliamson Architects

Courtesy of Carterwilliamson Architects Courtesy of Carterwilliamson Architects Courtesy of Carterwilliamson Architects Courtesy of Carterwilliamson Architects +12

Naremburn House / Bijl Architecture

17:00 - 2 June, 2015
Naremburn House / Bijl Architecture, © Katherine Lu
© Katherine Lu

© Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu +30

Video: Universal Everything Turns Sydney Opera House into "Living Mural"

16:21 - 22 May, 2015

Universal Everything has transformed the Sydney Opera House into a "Living Mural," as part of Vivid Sydney. Drawing inspiration from the early pioneers of animation - Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Walt Disney - the global animation studio first began to design their mesmerizing lightshow with a simple drawing. See it in fruition in the video above. 

House C3 / Campbell Architecture

21:00 - 18 April, 2015
House C3 / Campbell Architecture, © Justin Alexander
© Justin Alexander

© Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander © Justin Alexander +18

All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand

13:10 - 17 April, 2015
All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand, Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock
Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock

From James Gulliver Hancock, author and illustrator of the All the Buildings in New York book and blog, comes All the Buildings in Sydney, a vibrant guide to Hancock's home town.

Packed full of idiosyncratically meticulous and colorful illustrations, the book provides a whimsical account of Sydney's architecture and history. From icons such as Utzon's Sydney Opera House to lesser known gems like Mark Foy's building opposite Hyde Park, to the terrace houses of inner city suburbs, All the Buildings in Sydney presents each building with care, detail, and an abundance of charm.

See more images from All the Buildings in Sydney, after the break…

Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock Courtesy of James Gulliver Hancock +5

Video: Jørn Utzon's Nature-Inspired Sydney Opera House

18:00 - 7 April, 2015

Sydney Opera House recently created a video exploring how Jørn Utzon was inspired by the form and function of nature. While Jørn Utzon may not have seen himself as a pioneer of sustainable techniques, sustainability was inherent in his design philosophy. Watch the video above to learn more. 

The 4 Most Amusing Responses to Frank Gehry's UTS Business School

00:00 - 10 February, 2015
The 4 Most Amusing Responses to Frank Gehry's UTS Business School, © Andrew Worssam via The Guardian
© Andrew Worssam via The Guardian

Last week, Frank Gehry inaugurated his first building in Australia, with the formal opening of the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS). As his first in the country, the building therefore offers an opportunity for a whole new corner of the world to weigh in with their opinions on the polarizing style of the world's foremost love-him-or-hate-him architect.

The resulting media flurry has provided a number of entertaining responses, both positive and negative. After the break, we round up some of the most amusing.

Call for Submissions: Archonic Magazine #2 "Disassemble"

00:00 - 22 January, 2015
Call for Submissions: Archonic Magazine #2 "Disassemble" , Courtesy of Project Archonic
Courtesy of Project Archonic

Sydney-based collective Project Archonic is currently accepting submissions for Archonic Magazine, a quarterly publication exploring the nexus between architecture, art, and design. Themed "Disassemble" and prompting creatives to deconstruct, re-evaluate, and reconfigure their surroundings, the publication marks the second issue compiled by Project Archonic, and is expected to launch in March 2015. Learn more about the publication and view spreads from the previous issue after the break.