AR 128: New Civic Realms

Jan 9, 2013
  • Article by Online Editor
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Now on sale – AR 128: New Civic Realms

The release of this issue almost coincided with Federation Square’s 10-year anniversary. Fed Square overcame significant opposition to deliver something Melbourne sorely needed: a true civic space – a place to meet, to connect with one another, to relax; something for the community to celebrate and identify with. Fittingly, given that success, civic space is the thread binding this issue.

  • On the cover: Wanangkura Stadium in Port Hedland, by ARM

Project reviews:

  • ‘Solid Mirage’: Wanangkura Stadium in Port Hedland, by ARM Architecture (review: Simon Sellars)
  • ‘Light Energy’: Fai Fah in Bangkok, by Spark Architecture (review: Will Wiles)
  • ‘Filling the Void’: Lime Street in Perth, by Formworks (review: Tahmina Maskinyar)
  • ‘Regerminating the City’: Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Centre in Tokyo, by Kengo Kuma & Associates (review: Christopher Kaltenbach)
  • ‘New Connections’: Waurn Ponds Central Campus Precinct in Geelong, by Six Degrees (review: Maitiu Ward)
  • ‘Pattern Language’: Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne, by H2o (review: Darragh O’Brien)


  • ‘The Case for Fiction Architecture’ by Simon Thornton
  • ‘Intimate Metamorphosis: Film and Architectural Space’ by Adrian Martin
  • ‘Toxic Ruins: The Political and Economic Cost of “Ruin Porn”‘ by Agata Pyzik
  • ‘Manifesto of Urban Cannibalism’ by Wietkse Maas and Matteo Pasquinelli
  • ‘Road Trip: Red-dirt Voodoo’ by Simon Sellars


  • Parlour’s Justine Clark and Karen Burns, interviewed by Anna Tweeddale

Plus: Andrew Burns is ‘One to Watch’; Sibling on DesignWall; Federation Square, by Scott McQuire and Nikos Papastergiadis; and Manhole Covers in Japan

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