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    Foreground

    Recent works in Canberra with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture are the subject of a recent post on Foreground You can see more about our recent Canberra projects including Constitution Avenue ,Linking Canberra to the Lake and Campbell Section 5 on our website.

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    Donald K Turner Address

    On 12th September, Philip delivered the Donald K Turner Address at the University of NSW. The lecture was titled ‘Architectural Culture: From Site to Society’ and looked at a range of projects through the lens of architectural culture – retracing our steps from built project to inception to locate each within our understanding of its broader architectural lineage. The address can be viewed, courtesy of the University of NSW, here

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    Canberra Medallion

    We are delighted to announce that Constitution Avenue has been awarded the John Overall Prize for Urban Design and the Canberra Medallion at the recent ACT Institute of Architects Awards. The project was a collaboration involving the National Capital Authority, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Hill Thalis, SMEC and AECOM. The jury citation notes that, ‘ the character of the avenue is responsive to its location and varies in scale from civic to boulevard, bushland to ceremonial effortlessly.’ It describes the project an exemplar of how to plan, design and deliver public domain works.

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    Narara Eco Village Update

    Congratulations to the Narara Ecovillage, who four and a half years after making an offer for the land:

    • Are now 2/3 of the way through the civil works for stage 1
    • Were recently awarded an ARENA grant of nearly $1m toward a ‘smart grid’ for their electric network
    • Have membership now, of over 80 families and 160 adults and children

    See latest photographs of the civil works here.

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    Verve Apartments, Newcastle

    Our major new twin apartment tower scheme, designed in association with CKDS Architects, for Windham King has just been lodged in Newcastle. Look for details on our website shortly.

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    Book Launch

    We’re delighted to be the subject of the second volume of URO media’s Minimono Series.

    The book features a foreword from AIA Gold Medallist Lawrence Nield, an essay co-authored by architects David Neustein and Michael Neustein and an interview between Philip Thalis, Rachel Neeson and Richard Francis-Jones.

    Books are available for purchase online from Uro Publications

9 hours ago

Never afraid to run counter to the prevailing orthodoxy in defence of the public good - HT’s chief instagrammer. And yes - this image is definitely unauthorised! #nevershareyourinstagrampassword #publicsydney #philipthalis

18 hours ago

Dog of the weekend; action poodle cross who mistook the water bowl for a bath! #dog #dogs #dogbath #dogbathing #centennialpark #waterbowl #waterbowlfun #waterbowlhog #weekend #dogpark #dogparkfun #hotdog #poodlecross

1 day ago

Don Gazzard, born 1929, died earlier this year. Such a contributor to Sydney’s architectural culture, with great buildings, Martin Place, books and blogs, Australian Outrage exhibition & more besides. Unlike Melbourne’s recently departed local heroes like Neil Clerehan, could Sydneysiders be a bit more gracious / appreciative perhaps? #dongazzard #sydneysider #dongazzardarchitect #clarkegazzardyeomans #clarkegazzard #sydneybrutalism #australianoutrage #wentworthmemorialchurch #sydneyarchitecture #sydneyarchitect #sydneyarchitects

2 days ago

Wentworth Memorial Church; surely one of the most sublime modern buildings in Australia. Combination of Greek sanctuary, Mediterranean civic forms and Aalto influences. Architect #dongazzard of #clarkegazzardyeomans, assisted by #richardleplastrier #wentworthmemorialchurch #sydneyarchitecture #architecture #churches #churcharchitecture #siting #sublimesiting #ascent #architecturalpromenade #terrace #campanile #sydneyarchitecture

3 days ago

Giant Order, Commonwealth Bank in #Martin Place. Sunlight under cornice. Ross and Rowe architects #cityofsydney #architecture #sydneyarchitecture #palazzotype #1920’sarchitecture #rossrowe #ioniccolumn #ioniccapital #tiledfacade #monumentalorder #classicalorders #bank #cornice #streetcorner #streetwall #bronzewindows

4 days ago

Framed view; #departmentoflands by #James Barnet, #nswcolonialarchitect, completed 1891, looking to 1932 Sydney Harbour Bridge #nswdepartmentoflandsbuilding #publicsydney #privatisedsydney #notjustacbd #elipticalwindow #elipse #sydneyharbourbridge #jjcbradfield #framedview #publicworks #sydneyarchitecture #culturalheritage