It was indeed a privilege to speak with Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten at the opening of MPavilion 2017 in Melbourne earlier this month. As a special interview for Architel.tv, this was an opportunity to explore the ideas of both Rem and David and their juggernaut practice, as well as the ideas behind the design of this year's MPavilion, an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation. Below are two iterations of the interview a short and a long version.
in this series for Architel.tv in 2018, I continue meeting and talking to Deans and Heads of Architecture and Design faculties at our best universities and tertiary institutions. Here, I chat with Professor Julie Willis, Dean of Architecture at the University of Melbourne, about her role, the changing face of education and expectations for future.
The inaugural Melbourne Design Week has come and gone however it will be back in 2018. As an initiative of the NGV and the Victorian Government the 10-day program explored and celebrated design in Victoria and was a great success. For Architel.tv I speak to Timothy Moore, Satellite program Curator, about the first iteration and discuss the thinking behind the festival, the highlights, challenges and the future.
In this new series, Architecture and Education, for Architel.tv I speak with Professor John Redmond Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney about his role educating the next generation of architects at his university. It was a pleasure to talk with John who is engaging, passionate and articulate.
This is the first of many interviews with Heads of Architecture and Design faculties from around the country and each offers an in-depth perspective of the role their institution plays within today's education landscape.
It was a pleasure to interview Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for Architel.tv when he visited the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) to open his exhibition. He has become known for his innovative shelter designs for disaster relief victims creating homes from recycled materials, in particular cardboard and talking to the architect was enlightening.
In the last of the interviews with Architects Working Oversea for Architel.tv I speak with Donald Bates, director of LAB Architecture Studio and we discuss the work that the practice has engaged in and how to actually operate a practice outside Australia. This prolific Studio has designed multiple projects in many countries and the insight Donald brings to our conversation is illuminating.
Speaking with Karl Fender from Fender Katsalidis for Architel.tv for the series Architects Working Overseas was enlightening. With so much experience under his belt, Karl was well placed to talk about working abroad and all that this entails. A wealth of knowledge and happy to share his experiences, the interview became a most enjoyable chat, discussing life, work and travel.
Speaking with Dylan Brady from deciBel in the series Architects Working Overseas for Architel.tv was a roller coaster road of information, anecdotes and great stories. Dylan formerly of Studio505 has established his new practice deciBel and hasn't missed a minute to design, construct and propel his new practice forward. His down to earth advice is something any architect thinking of working abroad should hear.
The Justin Art House Museum (JAHM) was a fabulous place to visit for Architel.tv and talking with Elisa Justin from Justin Architecture and her father Charles Justin about JAHM was a privilege and a pleasure. It takes a special type of person to open his or her home to the public to share an art collection and Charles spoke of JAHM with such passion for the sharing that I was truly impressed. JAHM offers all of us an opportunity to see a wide variety of modern art in a fabulous setting and if you are in Melbourne you must pay a visit.
It was a pleasure to speak with Hakan Elevli for Architel.tv regarding his work with Glenn Murcutt and the new mosque for the The Australian Islamic Centre. His high regard and respect for Glenn is obvious and together the two architects have achieved something powerful with the new design. I spoke with Hakan at the launch of the exhibition Architecture of Faith at the National Gallery of Victoria
It was a pleasure and a privilege to talk with Glenn Murcutt for Architel.tv when he was in Melbourne for the opening of The Australian Islamic Centre exhibition, Architecture of Faith at the National Gallery of Victoria. He was passionate about this project that has been some 10 years in the making and spoke with great respect about his colleague and collaborator Hakin Elivli, the journey of the project and the people in the Islamic community that he has worked with during the process. Glenn Murcutt is a man of passion and through his inimitable style he has made an indelible print on the architectural landscape within Australia and beyond.
In the series The Developers for Architel.tv I speak with Lance Chu and Chenghan Tan who together established SC Land in 2000. Their high-end developments are boutique and detailed with each project more successful than the last. They have a passion for design and great respect for architecture and it was a pleasure to talk with them to discover what it takes to be a successful developer.
It was so good to talk with Gijs Bakker for Architel.tv when he visited Australia last year to talk at the National Gallery of Victoria. Gijs has always been a bit of a hero to me, a real maverick, and as co-founder of Droog Design (with Renny Ramakers), he revolutionised Dutch design in the late 1990s. His pragmatic view of life and design was evident as we talked and I wish the interview could have gone on for hours!