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New Additions to the AAA's Extended Family

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Congratulations to Jo and Michael MacCormick on the birth of their baby boy Archie, born on 27th October 2012, weighing in at 3.19kg.

Michael is one of our founding AAA Volunteer Tour leaders and currently serves as a AAA Board member. Michael is an architect who has worked both overseas and in Australia and now works in private practice in the firm MacCormick & Associates Architects .

We wish them all the happiness and joy with their newest family member Archie.  Archie is Michael and Jo’s 4th child.

  • Images: provided by Michael MacCormick and Vanessa Couzens

AAA Member Bark Design Featured on the ABC

Over two days in August 2011 the Australian Architecture Association explored a series of residential projects in the Noosa region designed by five contemporary architectural practices. One of the featured practices on the Noosa Residential Tour was the award winning architects, Bark Design, a small practice who operate out of Timbeerwah QLD.

Tour participants explored five of their projects; the Noosa Visitor Information Centre , Bark Designs' Studio, the Timbeerwah Residence (Art Studio) , the Sunshine Beach Residence and as a bonus self drive visit, the 'Glass House Mountain House' built near Maleny.

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Towards the end of 2012 the ABC produced a series called 'Dream Build' and featured Bark Designs' 'Glass House Mountain House' in Episode 5 .

Designed for a family of Australian expatriates returning from Romania. This residence is a project that combines the stylistic influences of Japanese traditional architecture with modern ideas about transparency and the utilization of technology.

Located on the busy road into Maleny, thick stone walls muffle noise from the street and create a private central courtyard. The house is pushed up against the property boundary along the ridge of the hill and provides panoramic views towards the Glass House Mountains and coast beyond.

Functions of the house are divided into a series of pavilions linked by transparent walkways that open to take advantage of cooling breezes or close to protect interiors, yet allow light into the spaces. A separate guest house / music studio, showcases the architect’s experiment with standardization and modularization of components, creating an area guests would be reluctant to leave.

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Visit the AAA e-news archives to read the September 2011 'All About Architecture' article about the Noosa Residential Tour.

  • Article: Vanessa Couzens
  • Photographer: Vanessa Couzens

'Formworks' Exhibition Opening at SOHO Galleries

From Saturday 9 February until March 15, AAA supporter SOHO Galleries will be staging their latest exhibition 'Formworks'.The group show will feature innovative contemporary wall relief sculptures and mixed media assemblages.

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The exhibiting artists include: Jerzy W Michalski, Andrew  Bartosz, Tracy Dods, Conchita Carambano, Jonathon Hayde,  Andrew Mangelsdorf, Annette Lodge, Paul Battams, Neville Pilven,  Miertje  Skidmore,  James Willebrant, Marshall Williams, Walangari Karntawarra, Nicholas Broughton, Ross Wilsmore,  Alison Coulthurst,  Bruce Earles, Michelle Breton, Alexandra Spyratos, John  Santucci, Tiffany Calder Kingston, Suzanna Lang,  Joanne Villani, Krista Stewart, Elizabeth Gray,Tony Colangelo,  Wendie McCaffley,  Todd Stuart,  Andrew Kasper, Main  Artery Studios, Michael Vaynman, Robin Holliday, Zygmunt Libucha, Emad Dhahir, Alan Warner, Michael Jenkins, Trevor, Berry, Andrew Rogers, John Gardner, Phillip Hay, Matt Carney, Erik Werkhoven.

Plan your visit the gallery at the corner of Crown & Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo, by visiting their website.

  • Image: provided by SOHO Galleries.

Anish Kapoor - MCA Special Offer for AAA Members

From the 20 December, through to the 1 April 2013, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is presenting the first major exhibition in Australia of Mumbai-born, London-based artist Anish Kapoor.

In celebration of this unique exhibition, the MCA is offering to Australian Architecture Association members the opportunity to win one of two double passes. To enter into the running register your details here.

This unique exhibition includes works from the early stages of Kapoor’s career to the present day. It explores the artist’s continual experimentation across a variety of materials including clay, plastic, pigment, steel and wax to create works of great visual power and emotional impact.

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Highlights include one of the artist’s most ambitious works for a gallery, Memory (2008), commissioned by Deutsche Bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim. In the work’s first presentation in the Southern Hemisphere, Memory completely fills the MCA’s sizable Level 3 Gallery as if squeezed between the white walls. Viewers experience the rust-coloured bulbous structure from several angles including a window that looks into the cavernous interior space. By restricting the ability to view the whole work from a single point, Kapoor challenges the public to imagine the object in its entirety by piecing together memories of the work from different locations.

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The exhibition also comprises a selection of the early works that first brought Anish Kapoor to prominence. Created following a short trip to India, 1000 Names (1979–80) consists of primary coloured geometric forms produced using brightly coloured powdered pigments placed on the floor or situated on the wall.

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Another highlight is Void (1989), a large concave shape coated in a deep blue pigment that toys with perception. The shape changes from a convex to a concave form depending on where the viewer is situated, whilst the colour of the piece disrupts the ability to determine the object’s true proportions.

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The MCA’s spacious Level 1 North Gallery is the ideal setting for the enormous wax sculpture My Red Homeland (2003). In this monumental circular sculpture, a large motorised steel blade slowly cuts a course through 25 tons of wax and Vaseline mixed with a deep red pigment. Over the period of an hour the blade traces the circumference of the structure, which measures 12 metres in diameter, endlessly dissecting and re-shaping the wax into new forms. Drawing associations with organic material such as blood, My Red Homeland stimulates not only an emotional but also a physical response.

The opportunity to experience Anish Kapoor's work is one you won't want to miss! Plan your visit to the MCA by visiting their website.

  • Article Copy: Provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
  • Images: Provided by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
    - Anish Kapoor Memory, 2008 installation view, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin 2009 Cor-ten steel. Image courtesy the artist and Deutsche Guggenheim © the artist. Photograph: Mathias Schormann
    - Anish Kapoor 1000 Names, 1979-80 wood, gesso, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist
    - Anish Kapoor Void, 1989 fibreglass, pigment. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Dave Morgan
    - Anish Kapoor My Red Homeland, 2003 installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2003 wax and oil-based paint, steel arm, motor. Image courtesy and © the artist. Photograph: Nic Tenwiggenhorn

Published Art Bookshop discount

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Published Art bookshop is proud to support the Australian Architecture Association, by offering AAA members, volunteers and free e-news 'All About Architecture' subscribers, a 10% discount on their extensive range of publications on art, design, photography and architecture.

One of their latest offerings is the recent edition of El Croquis 163-164: Glenn Murcutt Feathers of Metal, a monograph on one of the AAA's founding members, architect and 2002 Pritzker Prize winner, Glenn Murcutt. At a retail cost of $130.00 ($117 for AAA subscribers), the 400 plus pages publication, details over 30 years of Glenn's architectural projects and is sure to be a fascinating read.

1212f2Home design enthusiasts may also want to take a look at 100 Contemporary Houses. This superbly edited hard cover two volume set of books in a slipcase, features beautiful houses from around the world. It is great value at $85.00 ($76.50 for AAA subscribers).

Visit and browse their in store range at: Shop 2, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010. Or you can check out their website.

With Christmas fast approaching a book is the perfect gift for that design enthusiast in your life. Published Art offers complimentary gift wrapping and a handmade gift tag with each christmas gift purchased.

To redeem your discount, when buying in-store, don't forget to tell them you are an Australian Architecture Association subscriber. If you plan to buy online, you will also need to email Published Art: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and outline the details of your purchase so that the 10% discount can be redeemed during the billing process. Again tell the helpful staff that you are an Australian Architecture Association subscriber.