No More Modular Man!

Carriageworks workshop, Saturday 11 November 2017.

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Who decided how wide to make a door, or how long a mattress should be? Throughout history, from DaVinci’s 1490 Vitruvian Man to Le Corbusier’s 1940s Modular, designers have sought to invent a universal template for measurement. Sadly, the result of such efforts - combined with the dictates of mass-production and bureaucratic codes - was not creative freedom but collective slavery. Today’s architecture is dominated by standard components, typical dimensions and rules-of-thumb. While no two humans are exactly alike, our homes are all now more-or-less the same.

Boasting copious bedrooms, identical floorplans and interchangeable facades, the suburban McMansion is the most successful example of architectural mass-production we’ve ever seen. And nowhere has the McMansion been more popular than in Australia, where average new homes are the largest in the world. It is little coincidence that Australian housing is becoming increasingly unattainable, with Sydney recently ranked as the world’s second least-affordable city.

Could we break the hegemony of expensive and overly large houses by rejecting the Modular? What would a home tailor-made to the individual look like? And when it comes to living space, just how small is too small? Anticipating a near future of individual customisation, the No More Modular Man workshop invites participants to design full-scale micro homes based on their own unique bodies, and not some generic template.

This workshop will be lead by Other Architects directors Grace Mortlock and David Neustein, experts in imagining efficient and unorthodox housing possibilities. Participants are not expected to have prior architectural training but should have creative tendencies and a general interest in design.

Please follow this link for reservations and further information.

On Modernity and Diversity: Ongoing Dialogues

Other Architects lecture 3 November 2017 at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

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On Friday 3 November 2017, David Neustein and Grace Mortlock will deliver the final lecture in Dr Chomchon Fusinpaiboon's series On Modernity and Diversity: Ongoing Dialogues, followed by a discussion with Dr Rachaporn Choochuey. Dr Fusinpaiboon is an expert in non-western modern and contemporary architecture. Dr Choochuey is co-founder of internationally recognised Thai architecture practice all(zone)

The event will take place 6pm-8pm at Do Visual Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Reservations can be made here.

Now hiring!

Other Architects is currently seeking talented full time staff to work on exciting projects at a range of scales.

Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years graduate experience in construction documentation. Applicants with local experience will be preferred and in-person interview attendance may be required.

Ideal candidates will be self-motivated, organised, detail-oriented and collaborative. Candidates should be able to demonstrate capability in coordinating drawings and interrogating construction details. Required competencies include familiarity with Vectorworks, SketchUp and the Adobe Creative Suite, confident written and spoken communication, hand-drawing and model-making skills.

Our practice is dedicated to expressing ideas in built form. We welcome ambitious, passionate and inquisitive minds. We offer a calm, friendly working environment and can provide ample opportunities for professional development and personal growth. 

If you are interested in joining our team please email your CV and portfolio to office@otherarchitects by 6pm Monday 16 October.

2017 NGV Architecture Commission

Retallack Thompson and Other Architects announced as winners of the NGV's annual architecture competition. 

Retallack Thompson and Other Architects have been awarded the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission. Opening to the public in December 2017 as part of the inaugural NGV Triennial, our installation Garden Wall will transform the sculpture garden of the NGV International into a sequence of rooms, doors and passageways. 

Read the competition announcement at ArchitectureAU or click here for more information about the project.

Other Architects Carriageworks residency

OA selected for new Clothing Store Artist Residency

Other Architects is very proud to be the lone architectural practice selected for an exciting new residency program at Sydney's Carriageworks. We are delighted to be joining a remarkable group of fellow residents, all of whom are established Sydney artists: Tony Albert, Tully Arnot, Mikala Dwyer, Samuel Hodge, Nell, Claudia Nicholson and Phaptawan Suwannakudt.

Supported by UrbanGrowth NSW and Carriageworks, the residency provides dedicated studio spaces in the historic Clothing Store, a heritage listed building within the Carriageworks arts precinct which was vacant for 15 years before its recent upgrade.

During our year-long residency we will be participating in a number of public events including design workshops and open days. More information to come.

To learn more about the residency follow this link.

Retallack Thompson and Other Architects shortlisted

2017 NGV Architecture Commission

We are very happy to announce that Other Architects has been shortlisted once again for the NGV Architecture Commission - this time collaborating with the fantastic Retallack Thompson.

We're excited to develop our 2017 proposal and wish all the shortlisted teams the best of luck. 

In the meantime, you can check out our shortlisted and highly commended scheme, Sleeping in Public for the 2016 NGV Architecture Commission.

2016 NGV Architecture Commission proposal revealed!

Melbourne Design Week event at RMIT Design Hub 21.03.2017

As part of Melbourne Design Week, Citylab and the National Gallery of Victoria are staging an event to celebrate entries in the 2016 NGV Summer Architecture Commission competition, and announce the 2017 competition shortlist.

At this event Other Architects will be presenting its shortlisted 2016 proposal, Sleeping in Public, which was awarded second place and received a high commendation from the jury. 

We are excited to finally be able to reveal this previously embargoed project to the world! Please come along to the RMIT Design Hub event or visit Other Spaces from Tuesday to view our proposal and discover more about Sleeping in Public.

Architects: Behind the Scenes

Other Architects present at Archi Team Pecha Kucha night

Tomorrow night at 6:30pm Grace will be presenting as part of Archi Team's Pecha Kucha night. The event is taking place at Fisher & Paykel Experience Centre 90-96 Bourke Road, Alexandria Sydney. 

You can find more information here

Mezzanine: 20 under 40

Other Architects featured as one of 20 under 40 designers to watch

We are delighted to have been nominated by Peter Salhani for the 20 under 40 Australian designers "reshaping the way we live," in this month's Mezzanine magazine. 

The magazine is out now in local newsagents. Be sure to grab a copy! 

Are micro apartments the way of the future?

David Neustein and Grace Mortlock on Talking Lifestyle with Tim Webster

On 2UE Talking Lifestyle at 11:45am, David and Grace discussed micro housing and micro apartments. 

You can listen to the podcast here or on the audio link below. 

Year in review

David Neustein on 702 ABC Radio.

2016

Tune in to digital 702 ABC Radio on Friday 30 December (nationwide from 10am EST) to hear David and host Chris Taylor review the architectural highs and lows of 2016.

Season's greetings!

Best wishes for the festive season and the new year from Other Architects

Murcutt's Mosque

Article for The Monthly

David Neustein's article on Glenn Murcutt and Hakan Elevli's Australian Islamic Centre in Melbourne appears in the November issue of The Monthly. Click here to read the article.

OtherOthers presenting at New Cities, Future Ruins

Mainstage presentation for the Convening in Dallas, Texas

David Neustein and Grace Mortlock are presenting today at the New Cities, Future Ruins Convening in Dallas, Texas. 

New Cities, Future Ruins is a four-year curatorial initiative inviting artists, designers, and thinkers to re-imagine and engage the extreme urbanism of America's Western Sun Belt.

David and Grace will be presenting their project Offset House, originally exhibited at the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015.

Final Reviews at UTS

Architecture Without Occupants, Masters Studio

"Could we regain our architectural initiative by simply embracing abstraction, embracing the lack of inhabitation, and go back to an architecture which is really radical, an architecture which is not beige, an architecture where there is no handicapped access, an architecture that can be really pure, stark, uninhabited and amazing? Sooner or later we will have to establish a relationship with the robotised world."

Rem Koolhaas, Meetings on Architecture, 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Architecture Without Occupants investigates the design of buildings in which human inhabitation is not the primary consideration. The formal, spatial and organisational agendas of these server farms, storage facilities, power stations, seed banks and drone ports prefigure an era of post-human architecture. The students have been challenged to not only consider the design possibilities of such projects, but to see their own work through another pair of eyes. 

 

Saturday 05/11, David Neustein and Grace Mortlock's Master Studio, Architecture Without Occupants will present for their Final Review. There will be 7 projects on display in a student-curated space, with an exhibition followed by Q+A.

 

Talk at Marrickville

Architecture on Show

Grace Mortlock and David Neustein will presenting as part of Architecture on Show at Marrickville's Herb Greedy Hall this Wednesday (02/11). The event is part of a series of talks curated by Michael Zanardo, Casey Bryant and Sam Rigoli. 

The talk looks at, "the value of thoughtful and clever design in making sure our urban streets and parks are safe and vibrant places."

This is a free event with registration and further information to be found here.