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Australia’s major new arts, theatre and ‘culture palaces’ from Canberra to Melbourne to New York, and the architects who designed them, are among major winners at this year’s top architecture awards.
The Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards are the country’s most prestigious annual architecture prizes. The 2009 awards were presented to the nation’s most inspiring recent architectural projects and architects, at a special ceremony tonight (Thursday 29 October) in Melbourne. A total 32 awards and commendations across 12 categories were awarded to projects in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT, NSW, Western Australia, South Australia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Topping the list of winners, is the recipient of Australia’s top annual national architecture award – the 2009 Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture, awarded this year to the National Portrait Gallery in the ACT by Sydney-based practice Johnson Pilton Walker (JPW). In a double win for the firm, the gallery also received a National Architecture Award for Interior Architecture. The gallery is the most recent in a long list of major arts facilities designed by JPW, including the New Asian Galleries at the AGNSW and the Museum of Sydney, and is their first Sir Zelman Cowen Award.
For images of the other award winners and more go to The Age: Gallery gets gong, but could have been ‘grander’
For the full list of winners
Continue reading Australian Institute of Architects 2009 National Architecture Awards announced
Queensland Business Review reports
A rebound in business confidence has not yet translated into investment intentions, with Queensland, Australia relying on a strong pipeline of infrastructure projects to drive the economy to more stable ground.
The latest Access Economics-Arup Investment Monitor shows business investment in Queensland was notably worse in the September quarter, while infrastructure remains dominated by water and transport-related projects.
SOURCE: Queensland Business Review – Biz investment down, focus shifts to infrastructure
The Age reports
FEDERAL Labor MP Kelvin Thomson has savaged the Victorian Government’s handling of urban planning in a blistering newsletter to constituents.
Mr Thomson said the State Government’s planning blueprint Melbourne 2030, which aimed to reduce urban sprawl, had failed badly. He attacked State Government plans to increase Melbourne’s boundary by 41,000 hectares.
SOURCE: The Age – City an ‘obese parody’
The Australian Government is seeking proposals to develop and implement practical projects to help secure urban water supplies in Australian towns and cities with fewer than 50,000 people.
“Funding under this program will support cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 people to improve the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of their urban water resources while reducing demand on potable supplies.
“Projects that could be supported include recycling and reuse, stormwater capture and reuse schemes, desalination and water sensitive urban design initiatives.”
Funding is capped at 50 per cent of total project costs, with the minimum Australian Government contribution of $250,000. While there is no maximum project size, the Australian Government contribution is capped at $10 million per project.
Projects must be completed by 30 June 2012.
Under an earlier stage of the Government’s National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns, more than $100 million is earmarked for projects identified in 2007 election commitments.
Guidelines are available from www.environment.gov.au/water/programs/index.html or by calling 1800 218 478.
SOURCE: Minister for Climate Change and Water – Call for water savings proposals for Australian towns and small cities – 1 October 2009.
Artists Impression - SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria
The draft Urban Design Framework(UDF) for Marysville was released this week for public display and feedback. Maysville was the sub-alpine town that was wiped out during the bushfires that ravage areas of South-East Australia in Febraury this year. The UDF is seen by the consultants as
There is an opportunity to rebuild the town to create a distinct character that complements the beauty of the surrounding environment and secures Marysville’s economic future. Encompassing the values and aspirations of the community, the Marysville and Triangle Urban Design Framework is an important first step in achieving this.
It will guide the rebuilding of Marysville and assist with decision-making about the projects that will help to attract businesses and services back into the town and provide jobs for local people. It will guide how the town can be rebuilt in a way that optimises the natural and economic advantages of the Marysville and Triangle region.
A copy of the Draft UDF is available here
SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria via Architecture & Design