Friday, 14 June 2013

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.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013


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 working on the same design you will end up with 14 completely different schemes... ahh.. the wonders of the designing mind in action.

Not bad at all from these guys. Most of them produced reasonable and thoughtful designs, belying their brief design experience, a couple were close to inspired. It also gave me a chance to try out my panorama setting on my phone camera.


not bad Jonathon...  good modern shapes and the car park worked.

Pia Ming did some good modelling... a bit low scale and the dark fill didn't help

wow... lots of drawings Jessica... layout is pretty good
shadow diagrams were back the front but that can happen at 3am in the morning.

Alyse was well on top of an adventurous plan with some good concepts
just  a bit undercooked on the drawing side
I like the "hands on" presentation shown here... many hands... or the right one many times

Filomena went all out for a structured/disciplined block design around a public courtyard
very european.....    but where are the decks for the people living in the units??

Bojan presented a well laid out design with good scale and forms

ok Tamara... you win... great presentation.....looking real good
presented a fantastic 3d fly through movie with a kick ass sound track (not shown here)

Gilbert presented with a nicely scaled bulk and well laid out plan
a nice, safe design

a HD for Hugo as the snappiest dresser to present
the plan was a little less exciting but generally pretty good

Zhiyuan had a neat design with an interesting layout
elevations were underdone...  another week would help

Christine was well organised and had excellent models

Frank had an honest design that generally worked well

Ara had a complete change in direction with her design half way through the term
it resulted a geometric design that was very interesting and suited the site.
potentially brilliant

Ridley, Ridley, Ridely..... saving the best till last with a well executed and presented design
subtle, hand coloured drawings, minimal reliance on 3D screen grabs, sensitive design...
better than a lot of year 5 presentations I've seen over the years