Is This the Suburban House 2.0?

"Australian architects make an intriguing discovery when they peel back the layers of a McMansion," writes Zach Mortice for Citylab.

In what may well be the last dispatch from the now completed Chicago Architecture Biennial, writer Zach Mortice draws attention to our Offset House proposal. "In the rarefied air of architecture biennials, like the one that just wrapped up in Chicago," writes Mortice, "suburban architecture is less than an oxymoron—it basically doesn’t exist."

Read the full article and q&a here.

 

 

What to see at the Chicago Architecture Biennial - Whet Moser

 photo by Whet Moser

photo by Whet Moser

Offset House was featured in the Chicago Mag.

"My favorite exhibit comes from the Australian firm otherothers, which starts with the premise, 'hidden within every suburban house is a great work of architecture.'" Whet Moser

You can read the whole article here.

Sibling Nation

Profile in Artichoke Magazine

Grace Mortlock's profile on Melbourne practice Sibling is out now in Issue 53 of Artichoke Magazine.

What is Urgent?

Public Chicago Architecture Biennial event

otherothers was recently invited to participate in What is Urgent, an event convened by Serpentine Gallery curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Chicago Architecture Biennial artistic directors Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima. 99 architects were given 15 seconds each to respond to the apparently straightforward question: What is urgent? 

Thanks to our friend William Feuerman of Office Feuerman for recording David Neustein's response on behalf of otherothers.

Australian Design Review

Interview with Grace Mortlock and David Neustein

Grace and David discuss otherothers, their Sydney InDesign installation with KE-ZU, their upcoming participation in the Chicago Architecture Biennial and a host of other topics in this wide-ranging interview for Australian Design Review.

Chicago Biennial

Final 2015 Participant List Unveiled

Final 2015 Participant List Unveiled

The official Chicago Biennial Participant list has been expanded to a final list of over 100 practices worldwide. Participating practices will convene in Chicago to discuss "The State of the Art of Architecture" and showcase their work from October 3 to January 3, 2016.

Joining this esteemed list of international practitioners, otherothers is the sole Australian practice to be featured in the event. A full list of participants for this years Biennial can be found here.

Islington Square Talk

Public Lecture for UTS

 

On Tuesday 18 August, David Neustein will give a public lecture as part of the UTS 10 Buildings Lecture Series. The series organisers have challenged David to argue, for one hour (a rule of the series), why Islington Square by FAT is one of the ten buildings of the last ten years that you should know about. 

The lecture will commence at 1.00pm in the lobby of the UTS School of Architecture (CB.06.05).

 

The Plan Radio

otherothers interviewed on Radio Adelaide

Grace Mortlock and David Neustein were featured on an episode of The Plan, a weekly radio show that covers architecture, design and planning. The interview can be found here

KE-ZU Installation Opening

The Project, Sydney InDesign 2015

We took the theme of this year’s Sydney InDesign Project, Ritual: The Art of Tradition, to be a provocation. After all, how can one speak of ‘ritual’ or ‘tradition’ when age-old crafts, ceremonies and even entire cultures are on the wane? Our society is increasingly atomised, our dwellings isolated, our possessions manufactured in factories offshore.

Perhaps, in the absence of communal life and collective belief, it is the routines and habits of the home that constitute our remaining engagement with ritual. In our closed and hidden spaces, we harbour secret superstitions and private rites. Far from being inconsequential, these domestic rituals are our way of affirming our place in the world, of instilling meaning amidst the chaos of contemporary life. While personal and intimate, such rituals - from the way we talk to our plants to how we fold our clothes or awaken for work - assume monumental importance at the scale of the city. 

Seen through this lense, every item of furniture embodies the potential for ritual, whether demonstrably - through the tilt of a rocking chair or the sway of a pendant - or less tangibly, concealed within its materials, form and utility. We would like to draw attention to furniture’s place within domestic life through a piece of spatial theatre. A series of small rooms are inverted and magnified, gathering disparate moments into one grand collective ritual.

otherothers' installation for KE-ZU as part of The Project at Sydney InDesign 2015 will be revealed at the KE-ZU showroom on O'Riordan St, Alexandria on 14 August.  It will remain installed in the showroom until mid September.  

 

SIBLING

otherothers hosts talk by SIBLING


Success!

David Neustein hosts panel discussion at Tusculum

KE-ZU Sydney Indesign 2015

otherothers will be creating an installation for KE-ZU as part of Sydney Indesign in August 2015.

The installation focuses on domestic rituals. For most of us, it is the rites, routines and habits of the home that constitute our engagement with ritual. Far from being inconsequential, these domestic rituals are our way of affirming our place in the world, of instilling meaning amidst the chaos of contemporary life. While personal and intimate, such rituals - from the way we talk to our plants to how we fold our clothes or awaken for work - assume monumental importance at the scale of the city. 

Every item of furniture embodies the potential rituals, whether demonstrably - through the action of a rocking chair or the drama of a chandelier - or less tangibly, concealed within its materials, its form, its utility. We would like to draw attention to the place of furniture within domestic ritual through a piece of spatial theatre, a giant angled mirror. 

The concept has been influenced by Jacques Tati's films "Mon Oncle" (1958) and "Playtime" (1967). The subtext for these beautiful, dreamlike films is a confrontation between the traditions of the old world and the trappings of the new. 

Risk Report - AIA National Conference

Review for Architecture AU by otherothers.

Grace Mortlock and David Neustein spent two frenzied days at the 2015 AIA National Conference in Melbourne live reporting on the events. The result: Risk Report day one and Risk Report day two. Non-compliant handrails, black on black or middle aged skateboarder, read on for more risk factors.  

Size matters

Editorial for ArchitectureAU.

Michael Neustein's recent article for ArchitectureAU explains a recent NSW Land and Environment Court ruling and explores its impact on apartment sizes and affordability. Click here to read the article.