Category Archives: architecture

Phantom New York City comes alive.

This amazing new iphone application makes me 1. very happy and 2. at the same time very jealous. Why?

1. It is a remarkably clever idea considering New York must be one of the most redesigned (in theory that is) cities in the world and has had so many projects designed and exhibitions made about this great city just in the last couple of years. Rather than living in the past or the present the application shows user what might have been. Living under a dome or walking in the sky, the designs and projects will be presented as the user walks through the city streets.

2. Why now when I am not in New York?

The iPhone at work, detecting the Phantom City.
Images and research BLDG BLOG.

Museum of the Phantom City by Cheng+Snyder for the Van Alen Institute.
Images and research BLDG BLOG.

Check out full project.


Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Take Your Time’ to come to Sydney

Olafur Eliasson, One-way colour tunnel, 2007 (digital rendering of interior view); site-specific sculpture to be made at SFMOMA on the occasion of Take your time: Olafur Eliasson; stainless steel, color-effect acrylic, and acrylic mirrors; 100 3/4 x 70 7/8 x 413 3/8 in.; Courtesy the artist; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin; © 2007 Olafur Eliasson

This amazing retrospective of Olafur Eliasson’s work ‘Take Your Time’ is coming to Sydney in December. A massive coop for the MCA the exhibition has been shown at the MOMA, NY and MOMA, San Francisco and an unlike the many times I have seen his work as one stand alone installation some of his most inspiring works will now be shown alongside each other. Below is a video that they showed at the media preview last night.

Only in his 40’s Eliasson has created some my favourite public works including the waterfalls he installed in NY last year through the New York Public Art Fund. This is possibly the MCA’s biggest and most expensive exhibition to date and I am personally so excited that an installation of this quality is coming to Sydney. The exhibition is set to include some of his maquettes and models which should be an amazing insight in the way his team of 30-35 staff members work.

Take Your Time, MCA Sydney

10 December 2009 – 11 April 2010

James Angus wins WA’s most expensive public art commission

Images (pdfs of proposal submission to situate prize 2009 by James Angus)

situate an international sculpture prize in Perth, Western Australia announced yesterday that James Angus’ proposal has won a $1 million public art commission. To be located in Perth’s CBD – it is the largest ever public art project in WA and will be produced by some of Australia’s great public art and engineering talents. Although the principal artist and designer is James Angus, Douglas Knox (Principal Engineer), Peter Mclean (Lighting Engineer), Sebastian Adams, (Industrial Designer), Tony Oxley (from Oxley9 Gallery and Angus’ representing gallery and project coordinator) and Jaime Marina, (Fabrication) will help the project to come to fruition and hopefully produce an artwork that the public really enjoy. Both a state and local council venture it is a glimmer of hope that often expendable public art funding is still available and open to new techniques and ideas. Check out the finalists online as the project has attracted some great proposals and concepts well beyond the typical promenade style city art.

McGregor Coxall Ballast Point Park Design

McGregor Coxall is currently involved in some of Australia’s most important and interesting Landscape Architecture projects including the Green Square Town Centre Public Domain, commissioned by the City of Sydney in which the landscaping and urban design will be an essential part of the puzzle in making Green Square a community environment. As well the redesign of the public space and landscaping at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra as part of the general revamp and a new wing.

However possibly their greatest project is the Ballast Point redevelopment which is one of Sydney’s best new Harbour parks. Having grown up near Ballast Point I remember it in its unused and sad state that separated the other great parks surrounding it.

The highly successful Ballast Point Park revamp is being hailed as one of Sydney’s best new public spaces and was an amazingly enjoyable place to visit especially with the great Sydney’s weather of late. This beautiful space both acknowledges and goes beyond the sites original use as a Caltex Oil property.

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Highline Project Update 2

Photos courtesy of Joel Sternfeld

Rendered images courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro


The first Section of the New York Highline project in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan is set to open in a weeks time. I have kept you up to date on this project in previous posts and with the great photos by artist Joel Sternfeld. Check out the new photos out in conjunction with the launch of a documentary about the project which will air this week in America. This project never ceases to make me smile and I look forward to checking it out in person as soon as I can (the project was in very early stages last time I visited).

Broadway Malyan’s Green Heart Centre

This is the kind of building that makes me smile. In the centre of Singapore this Heart Centre will be sustainable not only in terms of materials and structure but they have also responded to the ever changing nature of the medical system by including building modules which can be replaced. Hopefully in the future all buildings will have this attitude as a normal part of the design process.

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Work AC: 49 Cities at the Storefront

Work AC: 49 Cities is a review of the history of urban utopia, for hundreds of years the pursuit of the perfect metropolis has been a central driving force in architectural innovation and this exhibition analyses and demonstrates the differences and similarities between these various projects. You can also download a section of the catalogue online.

Work AC: 49 Cities is on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture until May 30.

Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012