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23 JUNE 2009                       Editor: gemma.battenbough@reedbusiness.com.au Advertising: sarah.bateman@reedbusiness.com.au
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Architects stubborn over
private public projects                                                                                                     www.architectureanddesign.com.au


■ DEVELOPERS ARE NOT ‘DUMBING            The foyer of the
 DOWN’ BUT HAULING RESULTS               MCC, which
                                         opened this week
BY GEMMA BATTENBOUGH


        lack of education and
                                                                                                                            THE DAILY
A       understanding is to blame
        for many architects’ stubborn
resistance to Public Private
                                                                                                                            E-NEWSLETTER
Partnerships (PPPs) that have borne                                                                                         READ BY MORE
excellent results in recent years, a
leading architect has said.                                                                                                 THAN 30,000
   Traditionally, the PPP structure is                                                                                      ARCHITECTURAL AND
condemned as a “barbaric system” in
which dollar-driven developers “dumb
                                                                                                                            DESIGN PROFESSIONALS
down” good design, Hamish Lyon,
NHArchitecture principal said.           they are being asked by the                  The design team wanted to
   However, the proof is in the          government and a higher level than        subvert the trend for convention
pudding, Lyon told Architecture          the commercial sector demands. In         centres to “be poor second cousins
& Design. And while recently             the end, the proof is in the outcome,”    of public buildings”, Lyon said. In
completed projects in Melbourne,         he said.                                  the team’s research they found
such as the new Southern Cross              Often debate surrounding PPPs is       the many convention centres tend
Station and the Melbourne                lagging behind reality, he said. There    to be more like modified sports
Convention Centre (MCC), may             needs to be a “robust conversation”       stadiums or multi-purpose halls than
have their critics none should be        about projects rather than clichéd        international hubs.
laying blame at the developers’          and polarized comments, if projects          “The design culture in Melbourne
doors, Lyon said.                        are to be as successful as possible.      is very strong so we wanted the
   For     example,      while    the       NHArchitecture worked jointly with     building to become part of the             CLICK HERE
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government requested a four-star         Woods Bagot in the MCC project,           collection of buildings that includes
green star rating from the MCC, the      which officially opened this week.        the national gallery and Federation
Plenary Group delivered six stars,          The convention centre is already       Square. We thought of the building
he said.                                 being lauded as the city’s new            very early on as being a public
   “These major projects are             architecture pin up, flaunting a          building,” Lyon said.
delivering at a higher level than        “distinctly ‘Melbourne’ look and feel”.         READ MORE AND COMMENT ...


Green timber scheme ‘discriminatory’
BY DANIELLE BOWLING                      less attractive in the construction of    Timber Expert Reference Panel and
                                         green buildings, CEO of the CFMEU,        addresses the stakeholder concerns
INTENTIONS MAY have been                 Michael O’Connor, said.                   over the exclusive recognition of only
good, but the Green Building                “The way the GBCA have set up          one timber certification scheme.
Council of Australia’s (GBCA) new        this process discriminates against           Robin Mellon, GBCA executive
forest management scheme could           the use of sustainable timber,            director, says the new framework
subvert the green intentions of          and encourages the use of other           will create a level playing field for
some architects and developers           products,” he said. “It will encourage    certification schemes, simplify
and discriminate against the use of      carbon production and pollution           compliance in the Green Star
wood, a union boss has said.             because it will encourage the use         ‘Timber’ credit and encourage the
   If the GBCA’s new Assessment          of aluminium and steel over timber,       use of Australian timber over illegal
Framework for Forest Management          which is counter-productive.”             imported timber.
Certification      Scheme        is         The framework was developed in
implemented, wood could become           consultation with an independent                READ MORE AND COMMENT ...

        CONTACT US: GEMMA BATTENBOUGH, ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN, TOWER 2, 475 VICTORIA AVE, CHATSWOOD NSW 2067 PHONE: +61 (2) 9422 2599
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             ranton
POLEMIC? OUTRAGEOUS? JUSTIFIED? WE BRING YOU THE MOST OPINIONATED AND DEBATE-FUELLING QUOTES COUGHED-UP BY
THE WORLD ARCHITECTURE PRESS.

“The ideas of modernism - that transparency was           “Athens is an architectural palimpsest. Every time a   “If we moan about “dumbing down” in the face of
valuable, that steel was the future - now feel a bit      shovel entered the earth, a new relic or foundation    the visual noise that comes our way daily, it only
childish … Culture is more complicated than that.         emerged and work would come to a halt as bulldozers    means that we are living in the age of “more”—more
We’re not as interested in the future as we used to       were exchanged for archeologists’ brushes.”            that is mediocre, but also more that is astonishingly
be, certainly not the future as it looked in the 1950s.   The Australian                                         creative.”
For the new generation, the solution could equally be                                        FULL ARTICLE ...    The Art Newspaper
white walls and a shadow gap, or a thick pediment.”                                                                                                   FULL ARTICLE ...
Guardian
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“The struggle we see in architecture today is: To what                                                           “We all know that a wonderful building is the product
extent can one embody the environmental move-                                                                    of teamwork, rather than the work of any one person.
ment, the green movement? In architecture there is                                                               So why do we refer to an architectural practice, or
that little bit of struggle now whether we should be                                                             even worse an individual architect, as the designer
modern and claim a goal and then create a green                                                                  of a building while ignoring the engineers who have
movement, or whether we should try to mobilize,                                                                  made such an important contribution?”
create an architecture based on our individual sense                                                             Building Design
of responsibility.”                                                                                                                                  FULL ARTICLE ...
Architects’ Newspaper
                                    FULL ARTICLE ...




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        CONTACT US: GEMMA BATTENBOUGH, ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN, TOWER 2, 475 VICTORIA AVE, CHATSWOOD NSW 2067 PHONE: +61 (2) 9422 2599

				
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