Category Archives: Architecture

Interview with WHBC Architects

Wen Hsia Ang and BC Ang are the two halves of WHBC Architects, a young studio in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As they explained in their presentation at the recent National Architecture Conference, they regard architecture as an exercise in problem solving. Each project demands … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Making 2014

What was it? The Australian Institute of Architects’ national architecture conference, held last month at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Creatively directed by Sam Crawford, Adam Haddow and Helen Norrie, it explored the “act of making; in the dirtiness, directness … Continue reading

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Postcard from Perth

Bellevue Terrace interior, by Philip Stejskal Architecture Yeovil Crescent interior, by David Barr Architect Beach Road form the street, by David Barr Architect A series of fringe events around the national architecture conference, Making 2014, were conducted last week, providing visitors … Continue reading

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The new architecture of Carlo Ratti

Who is he? An italian architect and “urban change agent”[1] who divides his time between Carlo Ratti Associati, the innovation and design studio he runs from Torino, and SENSEable City Lab, the research laboratory he leads out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. Ratti’s design … Continue reading

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Streets Without Cars

What is it? An unsolicited project our architecture practice, Mihaly Slocombe, recently completed. We redesigned a segment of Drummond Street in Carlton North, the street where we live and practice. The project began with conversations with around two thirds of our neighbours, who … Continue reading

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From post-modern to past-modern

Chai Viticole (Vauvert, 1998) What was it? A lecture held late last year as part of the Australian Institute of Architect‘s International Speaker Series. French architect, Gilles Perraudin of Perraudin Architectes, discussed his works and search for a timeless architecture. The lecture … Continue reading

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Richard Leplastrier

In the early 1960s, during construction of the Sydney Opera House, Jørn Utzon and his office designed and documented his own house in Bayview, 30km north of Sydney (1965, unbuilt). Utzon agonised over the extent of windows facing a particularly … Continue reading

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AS Hook Address: Peter Wilson

San Sebastian Kindergarten, Münster 2013 What was it? A national lecture tour presented by the Australian Institute of Architects‘ 2013 Gold Medal recipient, Peter Wilson. In eloquent symmetry, Wilson returned last month to his alma mater the University of Melbourne … Continue reading

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Happy 3rd birthday

Today, Panfilocastaldi turns 3. We have survived another full year of blogging. We have narrowed our focus somewhat, engaging more deeply with events in Melbourne. We are writing less about art and photography, and more about architecture and architectural practice. … Continue reading

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The legacy of Robin Boyd

Who was he? The name, Robin Boyd, should be known to every Australian architect. He was a Melbourne architect prominent in the postwar era, but many decades ahead of his time. He was a proponent of an environmentally sensitive and … Continue reading

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