Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation founded through a partnership between Indigenous educationalist Mr Waverley Stanley and investment banker Mr Philip Latham.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I couldn't help myself- tonight I was alerted to a documentary on SBS - 'Helvetica' - my favourite font. I have an almost obsessive love for the font, and it's one I try to use on all bricks + cartwheels correspondence- much to the ridicule of the others! Loved and hated alike by graphic designers, it's been used for American Airlines, American Apparel, the EPA, The Beatles album covers amongst millions of others. As I say, if I could marry a font- it would be Helvetica! Don't you love its 'cool slickness' too?!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Ubirr at sunset is a sight to behold. Located in the East Alligator region of Kakadu National Park, it is famous for its rock art. The panoramic views are breathtaking, not to mention the exquisite art which in some places is a mind blowing 40 000yrs old… hard to comprehend.
Injalak Arts + Craft Centre at Oenpelli aims to promote and preserve the indigenous art and culture of Western Arnhem Land. Located at Gunbalanya, a small Aboriginal township the centre was opened in 1989. As a non-profit enterprise any income stays within the community and assists in its development. It is managed by an incorporated Association whose members are the artists and community. The Associations major emphasis is on cultural maintenance and economic self-determination. Such a fantastic initiative and with no doubt the best place to purchase bark paintings and woven pandanas baskets – it is chock a block full of beautiful artwork.
Architecture viewing is always a part of the itinerary and the Bowali Visitor’s Centre didn’t disappoint! If you can believe it the gutters were one of the outstanding features… Designed by Glenn Murcutt and Troppo Architects this building is a long 168m. In true Troppo style the building offers a close relationship with the bush setting through its wide verandahs, rammed earth walls, ironwood floors and natural stone features. The roof line and east west orientation encourage airflow – in temperatures of +30degree heat and 90% humidity it is amazing you feel comfortable under its eaves.
What is so important is that they worked very closely with the traditional land owners. Local contractors were employed and local Aboriginal associations sourced all the materials including the extensive display items that you can explore and learn of the country and its people. It is so pleasing to witness the results of a building which has originated from a community consultation process - and it is a success!
The lovely Pia, from the wonderful blog Enhance the Everyday has recently written a lovely blog about us here at bricks + cartwheels and our talented friend Felicity. We love Pia's blog and its high on our list of must reads everyday. We're so overwhelmed she reads our blog let alone mentioned us on hers, so thanks Pia! We hope you enjoy Sydney, shame about the dreary weather....
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here's my favourite called fenestration...
Monday, August 18, 2008
City Farm is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association. This means the farm will belong to all its members in the community and any income generated is required to be reinvested in the ongoing work for the community. It will be an organic farm and environmental management showcase, modelled on city farm projects in New York, London and Melbourne.
Visit here to read more about the future plans for Callan Park - become a member and show your support for this future sustainable centre!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
So we LOVE Table for 20. The space is beautiful, the food is excellent and the concept is just so cool. All the staff are lovely AND a percentage of their profits go to the Hope Street mission, which is around the corner in Surry Hills. $80,000.00 so far.... we will definitely be going back. It's the most understated restaurant/bar i've ever been to so don't tell too many people!
Photos above were taken by the lovely Flea during our dinner.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
A few of us (the not so sick ones) are trying out this restaurant tonight for a friends birthday. It sounds pretty interesting and cool. One table for 20 people only. They say they don't do trendy, or restaurant reviews or promotion. Just feeds for locals.... the owners think it's important for people to share a meal together. I think it sounds great and we'll be sure to report back. Although with only 20 places each night it might be better to keep this one a bit quiet.... shhhhh!
These photos show the space needed to transport the same number of people. By car, bus or bike...... very cool huh? Something that should be shared around for all to see. Found this at A Cup Of Jo, the images are from Germany. Smart Germans.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Chipperfield - Royal Collections Museum, Madrid 1999
I'm not sure where these images are from, I think Georgia scanned them from a book a few years ago, maybe an El Croqui? Architecture books are always better than anything you find on the internet.... so as G labelled them for me a few years ago, these models really do kickass.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Today is jeans for genes day! This girl is wearing awesome jeans. I forgot to wear jeans today, but i bought a lovely gold badge at the station to make up for it. Check out the website to see how you can donate or help. Its a very worthwhile cause.