Alain de Botton: “Don’t let the free market decide”
Philosopher Alain de Botton is controversial in the architecture world for his book The Architecture of Happiness, which aimed to convince that classical notions of beauty should define building design.
In profile: Christina Waterson
Christina Waterson’s multi-disciplinary work spans art, design and architecture, making the Brisbane-based practitioner difficult to label. What is immediate, however, is that her work is an appealing exercise in tactility, highlighting both the artisanship in her methodology and the technology in its execution.
Takeshi Iue: Mastering Minimalism
The spare forms of Takeshi Iue’s furniture are the outcome of a design philosophy that has simplicity at its core. Working in Khai Liew’s studio has served the Adelaide-based designer well, for his expanding portfolio is exacting in concept and refined in appearance.
WOHA: Virtuous Creativity
WOHA, founded by Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell in 1994, has forged a major reputation in Southeast Asia, delivering outstanding architecture that responds creatively to unique climatic and urban conditions.
Craft Australia: End of an Era
The announcement of Craft Australia’s de-funding by the Visual Arts Board spurred a petition of over 1800 names and its eventual closure in April signalled an end in craft advocacy. Adrienne Hughes examines.
In Profile: Evie Group
Following the success of their Spun Lamp at the 2011 Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Awards and after setting up a temporary pop-up shop in Sydney earlier this year, Evie Group’s Alex Gilmour and Dominic Chong are still catching their breath.
Oron Catts: The Aesthetics of Failure
Despite various failures, architecture remains optimistically devoted to technological progress, most recently with the realm of biology. However, as artist and researcher Oron Catts asserts, technology rarely acquiesces to nurture and control.
One to Watch: Rowan Opat
In 2011 Rowan Opat won the AIA’s Victorian Emerging Architect Award, for his sustained engagement with experiential, careful architecture, and a folio of genuinely responsive buildings. Mark Raggatt talks to Opat about his design philosophy.