Petition to Woollahra Municipal Council
Save GADEN HOUSE, Neville Gruzman's modernist masterpiece in Sydney's east
Gaden House, 24-26 Bay Street Double Bay NSW is a unique modernist office building designed by Neville Gruzman and completed in 1968. It is a largely intact example of Gruzman's sophisticated output and is one of the finest surviving mid century modernist buildings in Sydney. The building is the subject of current Development Application DA589/2017 and is under threat of being irrevocably changed and its significance erased. We, the undersigned, believe this building to be an important surviving part of Sydney's architectural history. We believe the current proposal should be refused to protect Gaden House's value as a rare example of 1960's Sydney commercial architecture. We believe an alternative approach to developing the site could preserve the building, restore its facades and interiors and enhance the building as an asset to both the owner and the community. The advertising period ends this Wednesday January 10th. If you share our concerns about the proposal, please add your support to this petition. We also urge you to email firstname.lastname@example.org referencing the DA number above and stating your objections to the proposed changes. You can also ask council to allow for additional time to review the proposal. Image by David Moore from Philip Goad & Neville Gruzman, Gruzman, an architect and his city, pub 2006. Gaden House in its original form featured many purpose designed elements that represent Gruzman's architectural flair and celebrated talent for detailing. Bounded by public roads on three sides (N, E + W) each facade addresses its orientation perfectly by employing sunshading fins, vertical to the east and west and horizontal to the north. These give the building its distinctive form and complete each corner of the facade carefully, achieving a visually cohesive composition from every angle The internal cantilevered helical stair (still intact) is beautifully detailed featuring glass treads set in concrete frames; it allows light (from the circular skylight above) deep into the interior A custom glass sculpture by Michael Kitching commissioned for the project connected the stair and entrance lobby through a combination of vertical and horizontal installations. A new sculpture by a suitable artist, purpose designed for the space, would be an appropriate requirement of any approval to alter the building. The office ceiling system (since altered but able to be reinstated/restored), designed by Gruzman, integrated all mechanical ventilation and air distribution plus lighting within a visually cohesive array of circular apertures set within a square grid. This is an unusual and ingenious solution to services resolution in a building of this type with critical vertical set outs and concrete slab floor construction. Gruzman's significance to Sydney's and Australia's architectural history is described here by historian Philip Goad, from NG's Obituary published in Architecture Australia – July 2005 (Vol 94 No 4): In the published histories of Australian architecture, Gruzman makes only a limited appearance. Robin Boyd and J. M. Freeland don’t mention him or his work. Jennifer Taylor discusses Gruzman only as a name among what could be loosely described as a Wrightian school in Sydney, and also in terms of the career of Glenn Murcutt. This is surprising but perhaps not unusual, as these histories track “movements” rather than the individualist architects who began their practices in earnest in the 1950s – architects like James Birrell, Peter Burns, Alex Jelinek, Stuart McIntosh, and, of course, Neville Gruzman. As a consequence, these architects sit outside any current architectural canon. At the same time, Gruzman and his works are well known. His houses were consistently published in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Then there was a gap in exposure until 1983, when a commemorative exhibition devoted to Gruzman’s work was held at the RAIA NSW Chapter, and another retrospective in 1992 at the Rex Irwin Gallery in Sydney. These drew considerable and intense interest.
Petition to Help save this beautiful theatre from destruction by developers - STOP THE HOTEL DA
Revive the Regent Theatre Mudgee - STOP DA0081/2018
Currently there is a proposed development application (DA) to partly demolish the building to construct a hotel which would see the loss of Mudgee's Regent Theatre. We oppose this development. We believe that a hotel can be built anywhere and it should not be done to compromise such a significant Art Deco theatre. Prominent Sydney architect George Newton Kenworthy, completed extensive theatre designs including The Regent Theatre; demonstrating aesthetic characteristics and a high degree of creative achievement in NSW. The Regent has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of NSW’s cultural history.
Petition to Auckland City Council, The Buchan Group, Kit Parkinson, Ōrākei Local Board, Urban Partners, Jonathan Haydn Staples, Nigel Vincent Staples, Desley Simpson
Preserve Mission Bay's Art Deco architecture
Mission Bay has Art Deco buildings which cities outside Auckland preserve with great care and details. For example Napier, and Miami Beach are cities with wonderful Art Deco buildings and a large amount of tourism just because of this architecture. The Mission Bay Cinema and DeFontaine buildings are beautiful examples of Art Deco architecture and need to be preserved. Unfortunately Auckland City Council does not deem Art Deco historic like it does Victorian villas. The unitary plan allows for several story buildings which is great progress for Mission Bay, however the facade of the architecture can be preserved without destroying these fine pieces of architecture. This petition is to consider a redevelopment that preserves the art deco architecture and keeps the front (facades) of the buildings. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12104254
Petition to KiwiBuild , Jacinda Adern
Make Kiwi Build Visually Appropriate
New Zealanders should vote for house building planning BEFORE construction starts. There is a great opportunity to create beauty. Learning from countries that have been building beauty for decades, we need not be a copy of another country but can be unique by gaining insights & inspiration from European newly built housing (they have learned from their classic origins & combine this well with modern interiors). 100,000 new houses is a lot.New Zealand, particularly the Auckland region - has discouraging housing developments, that create stress & leave no room to relax & de stress from daily living. We need development that promotes well-being. Most local & non local walks are interrupted by boxed housing that scars the landscape. Ensure KiwiBuild is visually appropriate. This petition asks that:1. NZ votes for house building planning BEFORE construction starts.Voting from a range of plan choices. (For large developments & new suburbs). 2. Architects are hired that are skilled in the brief & are thoughtful. 3. Development is overseen with thought in mind for the land surrounds. 4. Classic Walkway's are a priority.5. Housing numbers allowed per region/suburb are voted on by the public, before construction. (So housing can be spread thoughtfully to multiple suburbs in a thoughtful way).6. Ugly boxed housing is not allowed. 7. Beauty & inspirational living is a priority. 8. Beach front coastal areas are not allowed for ugly mass development. 9. Rural areas are not to be mass produced without beauty in mind & mind for keeping rolling hills with houses nestled & grouped well rather than - the land scarred & made to be filled with houses in an unthoughtful way.10. That thoughtful town & residential planning become better for all future buildings. With a plan going in place to accommodate this. Starting with KiwiBuildVote & following on from there, to ensure our land is preserved with surrounds in mind, to have lasting beauty & well-being.11. Spacial awareness is a priority. The positioning of houses must be a planning consideration, for example large tightly grouped houses in a straight line block the views of the sky & land surrounds for everyone, where as houses on angles are better, whether in a line or individually grouped - angled housing shows the sky & land surrounds for more beauty & a sense of space.