Australian architecture: Good, Bad or Ugly?

May 11, 2011
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Melbourne architects Simon Knott and Stuart Harrison will this week launch a new segment on the ABC’s weekly arts program, Art Nation, scrutinising a selection of some of Australia’s more controversial public architecture projects.

Called Good, Bad or Ugly, the segment is described as a ‘warts-and-all’ series examining the more contentious contemporary buildings and spaces. Taking its name from the 1966 film directed by Sergio Leone, the series will pitch Harrison and Knott in a spaghetti western-style showdown with each building to determine whether the designs are good, bad or ugly.

Over the course of eight episodes, Knott and Harrison will provide a critical review of projects including Federation Square and Docklands in Melbourne, Paddington Reservoir Gardens and Sydney Tower in Sydney, the Kurilpa Bridge and GOMA in Brisbane and the National Library in Canberra.

The program will see Harrison, director of Harrison & White Architects, and Knott, director of BKK Architects, move across from radio to TV-based architectural criticism. The pair are currently co-hosts of ‘The Architects’ on Melbourne radio station 3RRR, a program they started in 2004 to provide an engaging weekly discussion of architecture and urban design.

The first episode will be shown on Sunday 15 May, 5pm ABC1 9.30pm ABC2.

*Buildings covered in the series are:*
Docklands, Melbourne
Federation Square, Melbourne (LAB Architecture Studio and Bates Smart)
Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Sydney (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and JMD Design)
Brisbane Girls Grammar, Brisbane (m3architecture)
Sydney Tower, Sydney (Donald Crone and Associates)
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne (Cox Architects and Planners)
Queensland Cultural Precinct, including GOMA (Architectus)
National Library, Canberra (Bunning and Madden)
Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane (Cox Rayner Architects with Arup)
Victorian Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria precinct, Melbourne (Roy Grounds, and Mario Bellini with Metier 3)


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16 May 11 at 1:27 AM • Anna

Their radio show started as a segment on an arts show in Triple R too, it would be great if this segment on Artscape grew into a fully fledged architecture show too… This might be wishful thinking but it would be great to see some more architecture on TV, there is certainly a lot of building, but it has been years since In The Mind of The Architect was on, and Grand Designs Australia is only on pay TV.

Looking forward to it.


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