Topic archives: architect

Building an education revolution: 600 schools in five years!

Building an education revolution: 600 schools in five years!

March 18, 2015 13

Nick Bastow's great great grandfather was one of Australia's most influential architects. In the 1870s he built what today would be an average of five schools in every Melbourne suburb

Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

March 4, 2015 6

Melbourne's new William Barak Portrait building will be officially opened tomorrow. It's an exciting project but a lot more could've been done in this premier location

Will Flinders St Station be the next Guggenheim?

Will Flinders St Station be the next Guggenheim?

November 27, 2012 24

The international architectural competition for the redevelopment of Melbourne's iconic Flinders St Station is throwing up some fabulous ideas, but there are questions about the selection process

Annals of archibabble

Annals of archibabble

November 19, 2012 10

Architects are brilliant visual communicators but when it comes to words some can't resist resorting to dense, obscure and pretentious "archibabble"

Is this the best way to appoint an architect?

Is this the best way to appoint an architect?

September 21, 2012 7

It took some trouble but I finally got an answer from Monash University to my question concerning how it went about appointing internationally renowned architect Moshe Safdie to design the new building for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

Is there a metaphor in there?

Is there a metaphor in there?

July 22, 2012 26

According to my young hipster architecture advisers, Myrtle and Beryl, there’s a great big Architectural Metaphor underlying the appearance of the Melbourne Recital Centre. Before reading on, look at the exhibit for a couple of moments to see if you Get It (there are two buildings there – it’s the white one on the right). Personally, […]

Is too much Gehry never enough?

Is too much Gehry never enough?

July 3, 2012 5

There are literally dozens and dozens of Frank Gehry-designed buildings scattered across the globe and more in the pipeline. Even Sydney’s University of Technology has acquired its own Gehry. As brilliant and talented as Frank Gehry is, there’s a sameness about all those leant-over facades, distorted planes and bug-eyed windows. A handful of highly distinctive […]

Is “eyes on the street” straining it?

Is “eyes on the street” straining it?

February 21, 2012 4

Why don’t architects use colour more?

September 7, 2011 17

About a month ago I was asked by a reporter for The Age, Susy Freeman-Green, why architects are so tentative with colour on the exteriors of buildings. She’d observed many small apartment buildings going up in the inner city were made of grey slabs of concrete. On an overcast day, Melbourne could seem awfully leaden. […]