PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE: URBAN LIFE LABORATORY

First published in The Architect Journal – Autumn 2015

PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE: URBAN LIFE LABORATORY

When considering Perth over the last ten years, the Perth Cultural Centre can be seen as a test bed for urban revitalisation strategies in Western Australia; a desolate place blighted by the over-scaled ‘build it and they will come’ strategies of the 80s and 90s mall culture. The James Street precinct had big institutional destinations and heritage buildings steeped in history, but nothing to connect them together. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority¹ (MRA), operating as a well resourced pair of garden shears for red tape, rendered the Cultural Centre a ground of architectural experimentation. Architects, landscape architects, artists, placemakers and events organisers were commissioned to ‘revitalise’ the space with temporary and short term projects, bringing to mind Rem Koolhaas’² project Exodus, or Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture by way of Cedric Price’s Fun Palace – a space dedicated to pop culture and mass consumption; the strut that Robert Hughes found lacking in the Modern metropolis³. Part of this revitalisation effort was the installation of a large public screen, and during Architecture Week 2014, films made by architects, artists and students from around the world were shown as part of the inaugural Urban Screening. Continue reading “PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE: URBAN LIFE LABORATORY”

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Oh what a night!

MERGE was at the WA State Architecture Awards on Thursday 3rd July filming guests interacting with the installation in the Crown Grand Ballroom foyer. For a second year, the Australian Institute of Architects Western Australian Chapter has run an installation competition. This year’s installation by was modelled on architect and engineer Richard Buckminster Fuller’s 1960s ‘Tensegrity’ geodesic domes. The team constructed a series of sculptural units for the Crown Grand Ballroom foyer, along with miniatures for each table.

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Australian presenter Fenella Kernebone was also present to host the Awards. You may recognize her from ABC’s Artscape and Triple J’s Sunday night eclectic mix The Soundlab. I couldn’t resist getting a fan girl photo!

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Congratulations Roxby Architects on winning the George Temple Poole Award/hand crafted crystal for the Toyota WA Head Office in Kewdale! Well done to all award winners and finalists!

Click here for the entry and winners catalogues.>

Presenting…

A little project I’ve been working on with the very talented Kerry Edwards for the Australian Institute of Architects 2014 National Conference.

secret perth’ self-guided tours

roffen-profilePerth CBD
by Richard Offen
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Perth heritage walk: 185 years
of history in 55 minutes

Click here for map and audio tour.

 

jchindarsi-profileMount Lawley by Joe Chindarsi
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Rolling down Highgate Hill: coffee, scotch and jazz

Click here for map and audio tour.

 

 

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Fremantle
by Kieran Wong
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From dawn to dusk:
a day in Freo

Click here for map and audio tour.

 

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Northbridge
by Carly Barrett
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Artful Shenanigans:
culture and kebabs oh my!

Click here for map and audio tour.

More information at http://wp.architecture.com.au/making/events/self-guided-tours/

 

Making Fun @ Scale

Submission deadline is THIS SUNDAY!

Don’t miss your chance to exhibit at QV1 Perth in ‘Making Fun @ Scale’ – on public display as part of the National Architecture Conference this May.

See call for submissions below.
Email your proposal to makingfun.scale@gmail.com

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More info on the ‘Making’ website.

GACB Exhibition Peer Review

The things I spend time and energy doing are first and foremost for myself. An added satisfaction is to have others take interest in my work. So it was great to read the latest post on the Architectural Happenings in Perth blog. Possibly our first peer review – a constructively critical considered one.

http://pertharchitecture.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/go-away-come-back-exhibition/

Stop Motion Time Travel

Last night we celebrated the closing of ‘Go Away and Come Back: an exhibition of architecture, travel, research, experience‘. It’s been a pleasure to work with this talented bunch. For those who didn’t make it, here’s what I exhibited. Continue reading “Stop Motion Time Travel”