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Tag: Design and Designers

Suburbia, apartmentia, adapturbia

June 17, 2013

Charles Pickett
Are baby-boomers responsible for Sydney’s unaffordable housing? It’s becoming a common theme of the property media with story headings like 'Boomers put super squeeze on first home buyers’.

The Big Trousers has a new friend

June 3, 2013

Charles Pickett
Thanks to Arup Sydney we acquired a model of the China Central TV headquarters in Beijing. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and OMA, its a sophisticated and controversial attempt to reinvent the office tower.

Lost paintings from the pub wall

May 15, 2013

Charles Pickett
Jim Brown was a former US serviceman who lived in Sydney from 1968 to 1972. Like a lot of people back then he was struck by the oil-on-glass pub advertising paintings which adorned most of Sydney’s pubs.

Sirius on the Rocks

May 8, 2013

Charles Pickett
We have just acquired this watercolour elevation of the Sirius public housing apartments in the Rocks.  Most architects’ elevations use a street level viewpoint – this bird’s eye view is different and striking.

Nouvel and Gehry in the Hood.

April 10, 2013

Charles Pickett
The first new building at the Central Park development on Broadway is making progress. Watching it is a bit different from following the progress of most new buildings – it’s literally growing, not just figuratively so.

Blundstone tapboots

April 3, 2013

Debbie Rudder
These boots were made for dancing. They are Blundstone work boots modified for tap dancing in the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Entering into the quirky, innovative spirit of Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention, I selected them for display alongside the staid historic Wellington boots that came from Britain with the exhibition.

Making it: 20 years of Student Fashion

March 13, 2013

Melanie Pitkin
2013 is an important year for the Museum. Not only are we celebrating our 25th birthday, but we’re also celebrating 20 years of Student Fashion. The Student Fashion display has been held annually at the Powerhouse Museum since 1993.

Architects and photographers

March 11, 2013

Charles Pickett
The careers of architects and photographers are often intertwined. An outstanding case is Max Dupain, Australia’s leading photographer of architecture, whose work was crucial in building the reputations of several architects including Harry Seidler, Sydney Ancher and Glenn Murcutt.

Upcycled – waste not, want not…

March 7, 2013

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
A new display opens at the Powerhouse Museum this week titled 'Upcycled', a word coined by German engineer and upcycler, Reiner Pilz in 1994. ‘Recycling? I call it down-cycling. They smash bricks, they smash everything.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 35 years on

March 2, 2013

Anni Turnbull
As Sydney throws itself into another round of Mardi Gras celebrations, it is 35 years since the initial march. Attitudes have shifted since 1978 where the first marchers attracted the wrath of the police and condemnation from certain parts of society and the media.

Beyond the object: collecting design process material

February 18, 2013

Debbie Rudder
This neat Australian-made Braille note-taker, the Jot a Dot,  is on display in the Powerhouse Museum's version of Wallace & Gromit's World of Invention. I selected it to complement the story of inventor Louis Braille, which came with the exhibition but without any objects.

Demolishing Darling Harbour

February 6, 2013

Charles Pickett
You might have read recently in the Sydney Morning Herald about the planned demolition of Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. The Centre’s architect John Andrews is not surprisingly unimpressed that another of his Australian designs is under threat after a mere 25 years of use.