I went to TEDx last weekend (along with 2200 others!) in the Sydney Opera House. Notable was the number of great Australian minds spending their working lives overseas- Simon Jackman, Danny Kennedy,Marc Newson, Andrew Parker, Jennifer Robinson, David Sinclair. It makes me simultaneously depressed and proud.
As is typical, those that held great expectation were the least thrilling (Marc Newson particularly) and those I expected little from blew my mind (all the musical performers, Bill Pritchard, Marita Cheng)
The sheer amount of information starts to overwhelm at points, but the inundation feels good. You come away with the impression that everyone in the world is doing intensely interesting things, and feeling inspired to pick up your own game and join them.
Photo of Dr. Lisa Murray (with me in the fourth row!)
Grace in our office is part of the “Under Construction” team who made it on to the shortlist for the creative director of the Australian Exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Architectural Review have collated a pretty amazing collection of architectural drawings online. A great resource.
Image credit: Smout Allen
In light of much of what is being built in Sydney, it is worth reading this article by Peter St John of Caruso St John Architects in London. Replace London with Sydney and East with West and it is surprisingly and shockingly relevant.
None of these silly sandbag tests, this is how you load test a truss…