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.
David Walsh: Inverse Archaeology
David Walsh is near-legendary in his native Hobart for his underground Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). The museum and its collection of dark and frequently disturbing artworks has, against the odds, revitalised the local economy, proving an irresistible tourist magnet.
Milk Carton Extension
According to Simon Thornton, his Milk Carton Extension in Brunswick, Melbourne, is ‘fiction architecture’. Visitors take part in the illusion of entering a giant Tetra Pak, enabling entry into ‘the wider philosophical landscape within which our current set of assumptions about architecture lies’.
Last Word: Lost in Limbo
Mark Dery, reflecting on his recent life as a self-described ‘career patient’, implores hospital architects to collaborate with interior designers, psychologists and neuroscientists in order to eradicate forever the pain of ‘medical incarceration’.