Robin Dods: An introduction
Robin Dods is a significant figure in the history of Queensland architecture. In this introduction to a new book on Dods, John Macarthur examines the influences that shaped the architect’s unique approach to sub-tropical architecture.
In profile: Henry Wilson
In a world saturated with globally distributed, mass-manufactured design, Henry Wilson’s bespoke, distinctly Australian reinterpretations of design classics have, ironically, put this young designer on the international map.
The Wired City
In this excerpt from his new book, City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age, PD Smith explores the history of ‘invisible’ urban infrastructure, from the network of subterranean steam pipes synchronising Paris clocks in the 1870s to the ‘organism’ that is Seoul today. The next step: a city that talks back to its citizens?
Design activism: Dilip da Cunha & Anuradha Mathur
Based in Philadelphia and Bangalore, Mathur/da Cunha interrogates cultural and ecological issues arising from critical, contested landscapes, and uses artistic and design modes to visualise how water can offer new interpretations of landscape practice and design.
Week in review
London’s Olympic Stadium named on RIBA’s Stirling shortlist, the athlete’s village as ‘Olympic urbanism’, plus an international design competition for the architectural elite to redesign Japan’s national stadium.
If you want blood, you’ve got it
‘What is the point of architecture criticism?’ Four writers, architects and editors this week participated in a panel exploring the conventions, merits and shortcomings of architecture criticism. AR editor, Simon Sellars – a participant in the discussion – responds.
Interview: Jon Goulder
After relocating to Western Australia six years ago to take up a position at FORM’s Midland Atelier, Jon Goulder – Head of the centre’s Pattern Workshop – is a design force to be reckoned with.
Designed by Andrew Maynard Architects, Nebula is a mobile gallery and workspace allowing artists with disabilities to bring their work into the wider community. Simon Sellars talks to the architect about this portable project.