WOOD: art design architecture at JamFactory
Tuesday April 02 2013
Co-curators of WOOD: art design architecture, Elliat Rich and Brian Parkes, have created a little wooden forest of objects for us to float around and get lost in. The insightful duo have collected together the sublime works of 28 talented contemporary Australian artists, designers, and architects and created an engaging celebration of all things wood.
The exhibition of these works is a wonderful exploration of the historical, technological, and social significance of this ancient material.
Even though wood appears to be a simple, static material to work with, it is often not the case. Wood can crack, expand, and warp (I have experienced all three of these occurrences at once), and only the most skilled craftspeople can get the most out of this deceptively problematic substance.
Anupama Kundoo at the Venice Architecture Biennale
Monday August 13 2012
The links between CUSP: Designing for the Next Decade and this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale just seem to keep growing. Object board member and CUSP Curatorial Advisory Group member Anthony Burke, who is the Head of the School of Architecture at UTS, is co-curating the Australian Pavilion. Toko, working with the co-curators, is heavily involved with the development of the Australian Pavilion, and are also developing the visual language for CUSP.
The last connection to come about was discovering that Anupama Kundoo, one of the designers featuring in CUSP, has been selected to feature in the Arsenale — the curated portion of the Biennale incorporating work from architects from around the world. This year, the Arsenale, as curated by David Chipperfield, has the theme ‘Common Ground.’
Object magazine 62 — Healthabitat
Tuesday May 01 2012
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, defines a ‘social business’ as a ‘cause-driven business’ where the ‘investors/owners can gradually recoup the money invested, but cannot take any dividend beyond that point.’ Paul Pholeros AM believes that Healthabitat, an Australian private company of which he is a co-founder and director, perfectly fits that definition.
Healthabitat had its genesis in 1985 when the three directors (Pholeros, Dr Paul Torzillo AM and Stephan Rainow) were working together at the Aboriginal-run Nganampa Health Council. The director of the Council, Yami Lester, had seen health programs rolled out that saw more people attending hospitals and doctors for treatment, but recognised that that didn’t mean the situation was improving — there were no programs aimed at stopping them getting sick in the first place.
Object magazine 62 — Donovan Hill
Monday April 16 2012
An architectural practice established in 1992, Donovan Hill has made its name with work pushing back on the standard convention of ‘architect as service provider.’ Where a service provider will activate a brief and provide the client with a building to specification, Donovan Hill, through their practice, view themselves as professionals tasked with lifting the project into another realm.
This ‘professionalism’ is grounded in their philosophy of moving past the pluralistic concerns of ‘on time and on budget’ — this is the service provider’s concern. Director Timothy Hill sees the practice as most akin to the creative process accompanying a cinematic production — somewhere at the beginning is a kernel of an idea that, over what could be many years, progresses through the minds and fingers of everyone from producers to sound engineers, from directors to costume designers, and comes out as a synthetic approximation of the initial kernel. Donovan Hill’s role is to direct that idea into a viable end product that achieves everything desired, and hopefully more.