What is the ACT Government’s attitude to good architecture and good landscape design? That’s easy. It does not consider such things important.
Back in 2013 plans were announced for the next stage of Canberra’s Constitution Avenue.
“Call us dull, call us sellouts, call us gentrifiers – just don’t call us copycats” Our lust for originality is wrecking the city, delivering a rash of formally new but ultimately anti-urban hideous skyline baubles reducing city-making to a spectacle of super-size billboard branding gestures while inhibiting the multiplication of good ideas. Click here
Good article by Miguel Córdova Ramírez on the teaching of architecture.
Architecture and all that spin If there is one occupation that I could not imagine doing, it is being an ACT Government planner who spends most of the day looking through development applications (DA) for commercial developments.
The Problem Isn’t Architecture, It’s Urban Design Interesting read – but I think they let the architects off too easily. Click here.
Frank Lloyd Wright Is Not Who You Think He Is Click here for the story
Talking to locals in the last weeks there were stories of that knock on the door and the offer to buy the house. The reactions were a little different and also similar.
Do we have examples of good residential architecture in Canberra?
Real sustainability arrives in Canberra A wonderful sign of things to come.
Northbourne Ave, Chief Minister, architecture, landscape, trees, planning
How to waste public money The saga of the proposed Garden Bridge over the Thames in London has been well covered in the UK press. It is indeed a saga. It is about a folly.
Bland heralded as exciting The local press has done its usual things and come on board with the government and the developers to spruik the imminent construction of buildings in the centre of Canberra.
2017 in Canberra began with announcements that so many new buildings are about to change the city’s landscape.
Architectural vandalism at Parliament House They have tried before and have failed–but this time they have got their way.
Click on the image for the story about the Arts District development along L.A. River
Parliament House lawns again! They have tried before and I am sure they will keep trying till they get their way.
London, Paris, architecture, Jonathan Jones, The Guardian
award for the worst architecture Now here’s an idea. Should we recognise the worst architecture?
architecture, developers, developemnt, tall-buildings, architects
Architecture, Tate Modern Switch House
Architecture, Venice, Biennale, 2016
Architecture and the Venice Biennale 2016
Has Portland Lost its Way?
Architecture, house, housing, suburbs
Book Review Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry
Architecture and Civic Square Canberra
Most people normally go to a speech or presentation expecting to enjoy themselves and possibly to learn something or to be challenged by a set of views put forward. Here’s one presentation that mystifies!
The failure in domestic architecture in Canberra
Architecture and good design
UTS Gehry eyesore
Review The Goods Line, Ultimo Sydney
Architecture: Northbourne heritage
Architecture: Shotgun houses of New Orleans
Architecture: The Gehry Building at UTS, Sydney; Dr Chau Chak Wing Building | University of Technology
Review – Constructing Worlds: photographs that redefine our cities
Architects realise something is wrong with cities
Paul Costigan comments on the jury of boys for the 2014 World Architecture Festival
Paul Costigan lists three architectural eyesores
Paul Costigan comments on architects and their awards
Paul Costigan seeks the name of the architect for a building behind the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne
Paul Costigan comments on landscape art
Paul Costigan reviews the architecture of The Solomon Islands High Commission in Canberra
Paul Costigan notes the publishing Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment, 2014, Author: Henri Lefebvre
Paul Costigan comments on the archicture of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in South Brisbane, due to open in late 2014
Paul Costigan comments on tA-Mazing Vertical Garden, Da Nang City, Vietnam
Paul Costigan comments on the short listing for the 2014 World Architecture Festival Awards
Paul Costigan comments on Awards for Architecture
Paul Costigan’s review of Canberra Architecture, Andrew Metcalf, Watermark Architectural Guides, 2003
Paul Costigan poses the question: Is architecture is failing contemporary Sydney?
Is architecture is failing contemporary Sydney? Part One There is no doubt that the City of Sydney and its harbour are magnificent to behold. (click on the photo to enlarge). The mix of built structures really makes for a view that demands you take the time to stare, contemplate and to just enjoy … Continue reading Sydney Urbanity & Architecture
Paul Costigan and Architecture Marketing and The Iconic Australian Houses at Museum of Sydney till 17 August 2014
Review: Book The Butt-Ugly Allure of Post-Soviet Architecture The photographs of architecture of the Post-Soviet era. There’s a review in WIRED online of a book. To quote: Frank Herfort moved to Moscow with no intention to make a book. Like all photographers, the German-born artist always keeps one eye open for potential subjects, but making … Continue reading Post-Soviet Architecture
Notice of Exhibition An exhibition at the Getty in LA on the link between photography and architecture. Check it out and note the partly illustrated check list at the bottom of the page. click on the image for the Getty site
A sad tale of not being transparent I refer to what looks at first as if it is another informative article in the Guardian Australia. Click on the image below. Unfortunately this great online newspaper has been infiltrated. The author of this piece has not declared a very close interest in the project.
Opinion Piece on the state of Australian Architecture Awards It was while standing in front of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), that it occurred to me that the extension, which includes the new entrance, had not figured in awards. I am fully aware of the controversies about how these extensions came about. Should any … Continue reading Architecture & Awards
Residents speak but the government interprets In August 2019, Ben Ponton, the ACT’s chief planner, said: “Your feedback plays a key role through your unique ability to communicate useful observations into issues that may affect your neighbourhood…” And the reality?
The Singapore government of the ’70s, led by Lee Kuan Yew, was hell-bent on building a modern and prosperous city/state. It took a close relative to point out that if he wanted tourists to visit, then he needed to stop bulldozing the old stuff.
Thinking about trees at Christmas time It’s Christmas! A time to be jolly. A Christmas tree is such a positive symbol. No matter how crazy or plain, Christmas trees, like the real ones, bring joy. And we could do with a lot more fun in life.
Urgent need for Design in Canberra Canberra has an enviable reputation as a designed and planned city. Unfortunately, the shine has come off this accolade over the last decades.
Plonk and Run as Urban Design The many books available on good urban design seem not to have been delivered to ACT agencies involved with urban renewal. In the last few years there’s been a consistency in approach to upgrading urban places – and it is not about long-term thinking.
ON Wednesday, August 21, ABC TV commenced the fourth series of “Utopia”, starring Rob Sitch as Tony Woodford, the CEO of the fictional National Building Authority. On the same evening, the North Canberra Community Council (NCCC) hosted a presentation by Malcolm Snow, the real CEO of the City Renewal Authority, on the authority’s program for … Continue reading Canberra and the fictional Utopia
The Dickson Parklands is an important site for the inner north of Canberra.
Downtown Singapore. I have just spent three weeks in Singapore.
A new year and already the look, the aesthetics, and the whole nature of what will be the new Northbourne Ave gateway to the National Capital is up for discussion.
Surprising things can happen when you are involved in advocacy with the ACT Government on urban environment issues.
The neighbourhood had their answer. The signs went up – and yet another original style (AV Jennings) house was about to be put on the market.
GANG GANG arrives in Downer Always good to celebrate when a suburban centre rises again.
Sad story from Manchester. Lesson? – watch out for the spin when developments are announced. click here
a story of Architecture, social housing and parklands Local politicians, like our federal friends, love to take a key social issue and link it to another in order to wedge the residents.
Ainslie Shops, planning, heritage, 2017 heritage festival, asbestos
Braddon is cool – well not quite yet Braddon should be cool. I said something similar two years ago.
Following a couple of pieces in the local press, one would think that the ACT Government’s planning was in turmoil because key people are on the move.
Walter Burley Griffin, Marion Mahoney Griffin, planning, ACT Government, The Griffin Legacy, LDA, NCA
Chief Minister, design, green infrastructure, planning, urban development, Paul Costigan
Cities, architecture, urban planning, policy, density, Paul Costigan
Singapore Visual Arts, Tourism, Singapore Biennale, Paul Costigan, festivals
Drive from Canberra along the Hume Highway, north or south.
Government architects, government, planning, design, architects
Bikes, buses and bridges: Boris Johnson’s nine biggest design blunders
2016 ACT Election dilemmas
Why arts schools matter, not just for art’s sake but for urban renewal in Sydney and other cities
Coffee breaks Canberra to Melbourne
Dickson supermarket DA
ACT Planning Minister seeks an idea
Canberra Tales: Parliamentary Gardens
National Gallery Signapore opening
ACT Planning Minister has intent
Green Square Zetland Sydney
Stop the Knights and Dames
Corporate Governance and A voice from behind a pillar
Barangaroo sour grapes
Barangaroo Point Park opens in August 2015
Another Northbourne obscure message by the ACT Government
Wanted: Quality replacements for Currong Apartments
The Speicherstadt given UN World Heritage listing.
Canberra’s Westside debacle
Sir John Soane Museum London
Maidstone – Travel photography
The Venice Pavilion and Australian architecture
Urban Planning: A real Chief Minister