New spaces: Australian architects and Asia
Lectures by leading Australian architects
Enjoy the opportunity to hear from leading architects who appreciate Asian spaces and architectural aesthetics.
Practising Australian architects who love and embrace aspects of Asian architecture are expanding and enriching our architectural heritage. This series introduces some of those architects, whose talks will reveal their empathy and respect for Asian architecture and the ways in which it has impacted on their own practice. Different architects have responded to different cultures, so these lectures will double as enticing introductions to a kaleidoscope of Asian architectural aesthetics and insights into personal practice. The lectures will serve to demonstrate the changes occurring in the Australian landscape as the built and garden environment absorbs lessons from the architectural traditions of countries as diverse as Iran, India and Japan.
Image: Andrew Burns Crescent House 2013 (detail), Heide Museum of Modern Art. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation 2013 Relocation to Heide supported by McCorkell Brown Group and International Art Services. Photo: Jeremy Weihrauch
13 February - 12 March 2016
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Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre
The traditions of the Chinese garden
Peter Nowland, senior landscape architect, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, will explain how, in his words, ‘visiting a Chinese garden is a journey through the mind of its creator; spaces are created, scenes unfold…’ He will talk about the Chinese garden of friendship in Darling Harbour, in his words ‘a fine expression of a traditional garden in the ling nam (mountains and southern) style of Guangdong province of China, and a gift from the Australian Chinese community to the people of Australia in celebration of the 1988 bicentenary. The talk will seek to bring alive the design principles that shape and detail this garden in light of a range of gardens from mainland China that are recognised as being the finest expressions of the art and philosophy of Chinese garden making.
Saturday 13 February 2016 2pm – 3pm
The architecture of Hampi and its impact on my work
The distinguished architectural photographer John Gollings has documented many traditional and contemporary buildings across Asia, including the ancient cities of Angkor in Cambodia and Hampi in India. In the 2009 documentary on his work, Eye for architecture, he admits that he was keen to push archaeological photography, and that over his 30 years of visiting Hampi, a significant 14th-16th century village in the state of Karnataka in India, he learnt much about architectural photography.
Saturday 20 February 2016 2pm – 3pm
Japan and my practice
Richard Johnson AO, MBE is founding director of Johnson Pilton Walker P/L, and the admired architect of many cultural buildings, including the National Portrait Gallery and the upper Asian Gallery at the Art Gallery of NSW. The prize-winning architect is a lifetime governor of the Art Gallery of NSW, for which he has also created sensitive environments for diverse temporary exhibitions. Richard has a love and respect for the Japanese aesthetic, and has worked on projects in Japan, including the Australian pavilion at Expo 75.
Saturday 27 February 2016 2pm – 3pm
Landscapes and interiors of Asia and contemporary response
Architect Andrew Burns was the winner of SCAF’s inaugural Fugitive Structures series with the magical Crescent House now permanently installed at Heide Museum of Modern Art, and the recipient of first prize in the Australia House design competition for the Echigo-Tsumari Triennial in Japan. In this lecture, he will explore traditional Asian landscapes and interiors and the translation into contemporary space.
Saturday 5 March 2016 2pm – 3pm
Inspirations from Iran
John Richardson, a director at COX since 1972, has been project director for many major projects in Australia and internationally, which have won more than 30 awards including the Sir Zelman Cowan Award for public buildings and the Sir John Sulman Medal for public architecture. He has also been involved in master planning significant places such as Pyrmont, Victoria Park, CUB Broadway, Royal North Shore Hospital and Macquarie University, and in major transport projects such as the Chatswood Transport Interchange, North West Metro and North West Rail Link. John has a deep interest in Iran and its architecture. In this lecture, he will discuss his recent visits to the country and share photographs of the architecture he admires most.
Saturday 12 March 2016 2pm – 3pm