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Brisbane Open House 2014 Picks

This years Brisbane Open house (BOH) is on again for two days: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th October! Below is a list of my recommendations for the weekend.

As there a quite a few new buildings this year, I have focused on these in the list. If you are new to BOH, I'd recommend also looking at my post from last year.

Note that 27 of the 89 of the buildings have a ballot system for access. This closes 9am Monday 6th October!

There is also a speakers series in the weeks leading up to the 11/12th including a retrospective of Robin Gibsons work (the architect behind the Cultural Centre precinct) and a talk by NSW architect Peter Stutchbury.

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We are hosting visits to the JRA Christian Street House on the Saturday & John Railton's amazing 1960s home on the Sunday. Entry to these two is via ballot, so get your name on the list by the 6th October!

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Photo: Toby Scott

Precast time-lapse

A little time-lapse video of a JRA project at Clayfield under construction. Shot over 6 hours between 6:30am and 12:30pm.

The completed precast floor now sits at street level with the main living areas of the house below, all opening onto a north facing courtyard. Up until now the work below street level has looked an archaeological dig in Pompeii!

The trams that ruled Brisbane

Some colour photos of the amazing tram system that existed in Brisbane until they were ripped out in 1969!More info here.

I am not 100% on the source of these all of these images. I suspect the BCC for many of them. The Youtube clip at the end of this post suggest a chap named Richard Jones . They came to me via a friends mother via email. If anyone does know I will add due credit.

[UPDATE 27/04/16] Richard Jones contacted me recently confirming his connection to many of the photos which where taken below. More of his Brisbane photos can be viewed at the Brisbane Tramway Museum. Thank you Richard for sharing your lovely work!

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Map of tram network via @jackbryce

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Top of Queen Street (Corner George Street), 1965

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Corner Queen & Albert Streets, 1958

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Tram Depot Ipswich Road, Dutton Park, 1969

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Trams on Gilchrist Ave with St. Bridgid's Red Hill in the background and Roma Street goods yard in foreground

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South Brisbane Railway Station

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Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, 1965

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Gympie Road, Kedron, 1968

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Stafford Road Terminus, 1968

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Belmont (now Carina) Terminus, 1968

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Grey Street, South Brisbane, 1969

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Kingsford Smith Drive, Hamilton, 1969

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Melbourne Street, South Brisbane, 1969

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Ipswich Road, Annerley, 1969

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Queen Street, North Quay, 1969

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Stones Corner, 1969

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Nursery Road, Mt Gravatt, 1969

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Stanley Street,  Wooloongabba, 1969

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Breakfast Creek

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Possibly Adelaide Street (cnr Albert), 1960s

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Days Road, The Grange, 1968

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Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, 1968

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Dutton Park  or Buranda? (tram depot in back-ground)

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Camp Hill, 1958

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Petrie Bight (Customs House in background), 1965

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Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, 1967

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Milton Road, Milton (XXXX sign in background)

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Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley (Corner. Wickham Street), 1968

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Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley (same corner different angle), 1968

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Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, 1968

Video of above.

Fringe Experience Map
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I put together a map for the the recent national architecture conference 'Experience' held in Brisbane. As the conference hadn't been held here for a couple of decades, a group of us (mainly EmAGN / YAQ members) decided to put together a fringe programme of events for the local and interstate visitors. The Fringe Experience programme was a great success with sore heads all round, after each evening of the 4 day programme!

The map features our recommendations architectural spots to visit, places grab a decent coffee, have a bite to eat, and fantastic drinking spots. It's really a pretty good resource for anyone coming to Brisbane, not just architects.

Download map here.

Triple R The Architects - Queensland Flood Special
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A little segment I organised for Melbourne radio station Triple R.

The Architects - Show 271 - Floods Recovery Special. Hosted by: Simon Knott, Stuart Harrison & Christine Phillips Featuring interviewees: Peter Skinner (AIA/UQ), James Davidson (Emergency Architects Australia) and Michael Rayner (Cox Rayner).

Listen hereor subscribein iTunes...

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A house in Karalee near Ipswich. Flood peak shown in blue.

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Wivenhoe Dam at it's peak. Image source unknown.

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1974 flood map. Source unknown.

Designing the outer city

Last week I was invited to attend a workshop as part of Icograda’s Design Week Brisbane. The workshop focused on using design approaches to make urban areas outside the Central Business District more appealing to visitors and residents.

Workshop participants—including architecture, landscape, arts, and environmental graphics practitioners—used a fast-paced collaborative format to generate ideas for encouraging urban exploration.

Our groups goal was to get visitors here for a conference to move out of the CBD and South Bank and explore what we termed  Brisbane's 'local villages'... areas such as West End, Paddington, Rosalie and Woolloongabba.

To achieve this we proposed communication triggers that the visitor would interact with as they journeyed  into the city from the airport, at their hotel and at public transport stops. This simple and easily identifiable communication system would help visitors overcome the complexity of navigating an unfamiliar public transport system, enabling them to explore many of the the places locals frequent in outer city areas.

More info at the SEGDUAP blogs. Other participants included: Urban Art Projects, Lat27, Jack Bryce Urban DesignFrollop, Kuuki & Place Design.

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