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keepa kenda

Celebrating 6 decades of youthful exuberance this month, "young" Eddie is starring in the World Masters Games in Turin at the moment. More of the swan dive than swan song and remarkably holding off the ravages of time with plenty of exercise followed by his tonic of choice, bourbon and diet cola. He's always loved his sports, and he's been good at all of them. All the best EK.


queen street gallery

On the eastern fringe of Glebe is an open air sculpture gallery of a different kind.

Hilik Mirankar has used most of the Queen Street frontage as a gallery for his various carved timber installations. Being Glebe they are all suitably chained down to prevent theft. You can check out his web site at

It's a real joy on a clear day to walk the narrow street and view the imaginative sculptures that are located on the front porches of all his neighbours. They are at once primitive but modern, primal and tactile.

You can view them on the way to a refreshment and cheap meal at The Friend in Hand hotel at the western end or the Australian Youth Hotel (not so cheap), not far from the eastern end.

It's a good street to add into a larger walk through the back streets of Glebe.



I recently sat on a design jury for end of semester year 3 UNSW architecture students for my friend and design wunderkind/tutor Mark Szczerbicki (Polish right!!!)

Every time I do this it brings back many nerve racking memories of presenting my own designs back in the dim, foggy past at SU. And it's something I get to experience all over again when I front up to regular SEPP65 design review panels for my medium density projects.... so it really is good training for these future architects. We looove being citicised.

Generally this group were pretty good and they scrubbed up alright seeing as how they probably only had a few hours of sleep between them for the previous four or five days.

Anyhoo... here's a snapshot of what our education system is producing now...

Their brief was to create a medium density (small) project with off street parking and some commercial at street level on an interesting site in North Bondi.

Just like in real life....   if you have 14 architects workin…

maroubra medium density

Here's a neat little medium density project (20 units) currently being prepared for DA approval.

Double block layout, linked basement with landscaped common outdoor area in the middle. More common decks at the upper level allow views to the city. The rear block looks over the front one.

Simple, low maintenance finishes of "blue steel" face bricks for the bottom two levels and shiny/happy Alucobond for the upper floor. Also using our current medium density aesthetic of expressed balcony pods, slit style highlights and integrated indoor/outdoor, open plan living areas. Lots of simple but effective sun screens on East, North and West sides.

WIll probably change a bit post DRP comments (they always change something...) but hopefully will retain the bulk of the ideas.  


pumpkin dreaming

Just finished a drawing for my favourite girls birthday.

I took a series of scans to document the production process and thought you might be interested in how it was created.

Starting point was to take a pic of the cat (called ... you guessed it... Pumpkin) and then goggle up some pumpkin pics.

Tom Groggin logo

Here's a little logo we've been working on for our friends at Tom Groggin Station.

Located in God's own country in Victoria just on the southern side of the upper reaches of the Murray, Tom Groggin is an idyllic relic of past days when cattle stations were carved out of natural alpine areas. It's reportedly where the Banjo created The Man From Snowy River and is iconic in horse culture. The mighty Murray is just a 20ft wide creek of crystal clear snow fed mountain water at this point.

It was only last decade that the Bracks government took away the stations right to have cattle graze in the Victorian Alps region and it became a tough place to run a business. It's been a popular place for a country stay but is now offering more in the way of accommodation.

If you want to travel south via one of the most scenic routes in Australia, then head down through Jindabyne and past Thredbo on the snow gum lined Alpine Way, which doubles back northwards to Khancobin. Just near…

glebe graffiti #1

Can't leave out that other groovy inner city suburb... Glebe.

Here's some great graffiti pics submitted by our guest bloggette, Deborah B. She has  a keen eye for quality and certainly takes a mean snap or two. Looking forward to more blog entries on some of her favourite topics.

Enjoy...      J