Australia’s first Gehry

…;Australia’s first Gehry’, with a variety of local commentators arguing that a design competition would have worked better, that Gehry would refocus Sydney on great design and that Melbourne was more deserving of Gehry etc. Gehry himself disarmed by focussing on the practicalities rather than potential controversy. He explained that his design is formed as a cluster of ‘tree houses’ intended to create relatively… Continue reading

Dr Chau Chak Wing

The power of creative spaces: Gehry and UTS integrate business thought in Sydney

…We do this at our u.lab which is modelled on a number of examples from around the world such as Stanford’s, DesignWorks at the University of Toronto, MIT’s Design Lab and Aalto University’s Design Factory. How does Gehry’s architectural design for the school contribute to this? The point of Gehry’s design is that it starts not from the architecture but the functionality of the spaces and the needs of students and other users of the… Continue reading

Nouvel, Photo by Charles Pickett 2013.

Nouvel and Gehry in the Hood

…be distinct in appearance; it’s a fractured design for a fractured locale. Yet local commentators insist on debating Gehry’s design as an aesthetic object detached from its site, the only place it where it makes sense. Frank Gehry and models. Photo by Charles Pickett 2011. I suppose Gehry’s status as the biggest star of the ‘starchitects’ makes this focus inevitable. More than most architects Gehry is believed to own a signature style hence the… Continue reading

DR Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS Designed by Frean Gehry. Photo by Rita Bila

UTS’s Frank Gehry designed School of Business complete

…hak Wing – named after the benefactor of 20 million to the project. The building is still receiving its final touches that will be revealed at the official opening in early February 2015 when both Dr Chau Chak Wing and Gehry will be present. UTS Tower. Photograph by Rita Bila Patrick Woods, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Resources) Alumni Green Beginning the visit at the UTS Alumni Green behind the brutalist UTS Tower, Patrick Woods, Deputy… Continue reading

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building UTS, Frank Gehry architect

Frank Gehry launches Sydney’s UTS Business School

…ruary. The UTS Business school was opened by the Governor General, His Excellency General, The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, to an audience of reporters, the Federal Minister for Education and other dignitaries. Frank Gehry addresses the audience at the opening of the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, 2 February 2015 We were pleased to have a front seat as Frank Gehry was quizzed about the project; how it came about, whether it met the… Continue reading

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Frank Gehry

Chau Chak Wing: Gehry icon in the making

…uality and meticulous attention to detail. Interpreting the artistry of the design, meeting loadbearing and structural features, ensuring corbeling is kept under control, achieving the precision of the design as specified by Gehry is key to the work’s success. Realising the job has tried all the skills of these brickies and they’re proud of their work. This job has asked each bricklayer to be an artist of their trade. To hear the workers… Continue reading

ASPECT Studios with Choi Ropiha Fighera

Backyard blitz: the Ultimo Goods Line makeover

…d interacting along its length. In a city notoriously driven by competing interests, this collective vision to give Sydney something out of the box, is both refreshing and precedent-setting. Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, Frank Gehry The global ‘starchitect’ culture that has defined contemporary architecture has been much derided, but it may be that we have one of the profession’s greatest luminaries to thank for the visionary thinking that is… Continue reading

Living Architectures series – Melbourne Festival

…res Zip, a one-hour, condensed version of their seven-part film series. Living Architectures is series of seven films that examine masterpieces of contemporary architecture – from Rem Koolhaas’s Bordeaux villa to Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – from a unique, humanistic perspective, bringing us into the everyday life of the buildings, experiencing them from the point of view of the people who actually live in, use, or… Continue reading

un Sakaguchi and Jeremy Bishop, Emergency shelter, 2013, © Emergency Shelter Exhibition Pty. Ltd.

2013 Sum up

…ss to a great deal of redevelopment in and around the Ultimo and Broadway area including the installation of a heliostat, the closure of much loved historical pubs and the development of Central Park and Sydney’s first Gehry building. Frank Gehry, Dr Chau Chak Wing model. Throughout 2013 the focus has been strongly on sustainability and responsible design with a feature on jewellery designer Rosanne Bartley who has been working with found… Continue reading

MuCEM by Rudy Ricciotti

Marseille, European Capital of Culture 2013

…ting regional cultural and socio-economic benefits, as well as foster urban regeneration through an unprecedented building program. The world’s leading contemporary architects, including Rudy Ricciotti, Jean Nouvel and Frank Gehry, are working on redesigning the cities’ profiles and transforming heritage sites into modern venues. These cities are developing a new modern appealing look on the foundations of their historical and industrial past…. Continue reading

Goods Line Bridge, Image via

The Goods Line: Sydney’s missing link

…gritty trade and industrial heart to its new role as an evolving cultural, media and educational hub. Starting at the mouth of Central Station’s Devonshire Street tunnel, a stroll along the Line will take you past the Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing (Dr Chau Chak Wing) UTS Business School, the ABC, Sydney TAFE and the Powerhouse Museum before ending at Darling Harbour. The Goods Line North route is approximately 250 metres long. Nods to… Continue reading

Frei Otto

Frei Otto wins the 2015 Pritzker Prize

…Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics 1968–1972 Munich, Germany With Behnisch + Partner and others. Photo © Christine Kanstinger He is remembered by many in the architecture fraternity including Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Shegeru Ban and many more for his use of light fluid structure and his ability to capture ‘air’ through anti gravitational form-finding experiments. Tom Mayne says “…Frei Otto was… Continue reading

The Really Goods Line Day

…pe Aquatic Centre in the morning, to coffee tasting by The Q which will determine the local flavour profile of The Goods Line community, through to the architectural tours of the UTS Chau Chak Wing building designed by Frank Gehry. This truly is a community-oriented event. The day also showcases creativity in its many guises with local musicians providing the sound track: from solo performers, to duos, to surf rock groups, choirs, marching bands… Continue reading

Good Design as Strategy Forum 2016

Good Design as Strategy Forum 2016

…re repositioning themselves, or how a father and son crowd-funded their idea and built a multimillion-dollar global business then, the 2016 Design as Strategy Forum is for you. Proudly presented by Good Design Australia in partnership with UTS and Aurecon, the Design as Strategy Forum has become one of the most respected design and business gatherings in the Asia-Pacific Region. Join us in the new Frank Gehry designed building at UTS Business… Continue reading

Tile detail of RMIT’s Building 8, one of Peter Corrigan’s most famous designs. Rob Deutscher/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Remembering Peter Corrigan: a life of movement, energy and integrity

…me eternal Coventry. As Jennifer Hocking wrote in 1995, there was scarcely a Melbourne architect coming through in the 1970s and 1980s who was not affected in some way by Corrigan’s example. Among overseas friends were Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, Patrick McCaughey and later, after a reconciliation of sorts, Paul Rudolph. All these people, and so many more, I sense will gather, and remember. Peter Corrigan was raised as an… Continue reading

Ai_Weiwei Ai Weiwei during documenta 12 (2007)

It’s Team Weiwei, Herzog & de Meuron again

…8217;s temporary pavilion for the London cultural Olympiad. The Serpentine has commissioned temporary pavilions since 2000. Other starchitects previously commissioned include Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry and the late Oscar Niemeyer. This is not the first time Weiwei has teamed up with Herzog & de Meuron having worked together four years earlier on the now famous Bird’s nest for the Beijing Olympics in 2008…. Continue reading

NORD’s planning designs for new Maggie’s Centre in Forth Valley, Scotland. NORD

Build me up: how architecture can affect emotions

…ivic and spiritual meaning. It is now an industrial mega-structure, which will probably, because of its industrial size, resist an architecture of atmosphere and emotion. Maggie’s Centre, Ninewells, Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry. Alan Pert Yet the emergence of the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres in Edinburgh in 1996 as a counterpoint to these large institutional machines shows a partial alternative. There is now evidence of room for hybrid… Continue reading