19 petitions

Update posted 4 months ago

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 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.

Rory Toomey
2,401 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Stephan Knoll

Reverse John Rau's Legislation to stop Destruction of Adelaide's most beautiful Buildings

Adelaide is the world's 5th most liveable city, and much of it is due to our enviable built-up environment:  a healthy mix of beautiful heritage buildings, parklands as well as the modern.This balance between our heritage and modernity was developed successfully for over a century by the community working together: local residents and local councils deciding collectively.This was changed suddenly by former Minister John Rau who stripped residents and even councils from having a say in what is built with his new draconian legislation.  For major projects, now only a tick from bureaucrats in state government and their consultants - many of whom do not even live in Adelaide - is needed.Many fine buildings and parks have already been destroyed, and now Calvary Hospital in North Adelaide wants to demolish a grand 1850 heritage-listed home and gardens at 306 Ward Street, and replace them with mostly just a car park.This is a test case for 'Large Institutions' having free reign in the city or not.  If this is not stopped, there is nothing to hold back Calvary and other major institutions from spreading like a plague, gobbling up neighbouring homes and shops, and turning loved suburbs in to barren acres of high rises and desolate car parks.This petition asks Minister Stephan Knoll, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government, and Minister for Planning to IMMEDIATELY reverse the John Rau's legislation and allow us citizens and councils to again have a say in what is built in our communities.More information is at and

Fans and Residents of North Adelaide
542 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Mick Gentleman

Campbell, ACT historical ‘neighbourhood’ concept lost to rezoning

Please sign this petition if you are willing to support my appeal for reconsideration of suburban rezoning regulations in Campbell to protect Australia's first designed ‘neighbourhood-style’ suburb THE SUBURB CAMPBELL, ACT: home to a diverse community, a situation brought about by its urban design, links to with the military (Duntroon), proximity to the city centre and multi-purpose residential accommodation.  Campbell, designed in 1951 by Trevor Gibson and Constance Jackson is the first neighbourhood-style planned suburb in Australia.  Current residential rezoning is threatening its historic character.  THE ‘NEIGHBOURHOOD CONCEPT’ STARTED IN CAMPBELL:  Campbell was a little renegade for its time.  Town planners were implementing a more orderly suburb design.  Campbell, however, took a new turn and adopted urban planning principles from the British and US.  The vision was to create a neighbourhood to accommodate a diverse community with: 1.      Major arterial roads and through traffic that do not pass through residential areas. Instead these streets provide boundaries of the neighbourhood. 2.      Interior streets use curvilinear layout, culs-de-sac and light duty surfaces patterns to encourage quiet, safe, low-volume traffic movement and preserve residential atmosphere 3.      The population of the neighbourhood to support about 4000 people (currently >10,000 people) THE HISTORY:  Mr Alan Foskett has captured the depth of Campbell’s history in two books, “The Campbell Community” and “The Campbell community revisited”.  His dedicated research takes us back when the suburb of Campbell was named.  Foskett’s research share photos of residents, houses, businesses and schools. He recounts memoirs spanning over sixty years.  He describes how in 1951, town planner Trevor Gibson designed Campbell making it Australia's first neighbourhood-style suburb.   WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW:  The revised residential zoning in Campbell allows a maximum of four dwellings to be built per block.  In the past two years, the number of single home demolitions nearly tripled making way for the construction of multiple dwellings on a single block.  Campbell was designed to host about 4000-5000 residents.  This community has spilled to more than 10,000 people.  This petition is to support the conservation of this historical suburb by switching the residential zoning code from allowing four dwellings to maximum of two dwellings per block.    A BALANCE HAS BEEN REACHED:  An adequate mix of single to multi-development dwellings has been achieved in Campbell.  With the addition of six major apartment blocks on Campbell5 and constitutional avenue, Campbell’s ratio of single dwellings to apartments and townhouses is now approximately 50:50. These new developments complement our existing public housing located near the Campbell shops, enabling low to medium density to co-exist.  Further infilling, allowed by the current residential zoning only serves the purpose of over-developing the area and further compromising the intended neighbourhood characteristics of the suburbs.  AN EXAMPLE, JACKA CRESCENT: A 180 meter stretch of Jacka Crescent has eleven blocks of which three are already multiple dwelling the rest are single dwelling but approval has been given to four of these blocks to be filled with a total of 14 dwellings, thereby completely changing the intended character of the street.   MY APPEAL TO PRESERVE THE HISTORIC SUBURB OF CAMPBELL AND SUSTAIN THE INTENTED NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARM: by signing this petition you will be supporting my appeal to Yvette Berry, Minister for suburban Development and Mick Gentleman, Minister for Environment and Heritage requesting the zoning in Campbell be reduced to allow a maximum of two dwellings to ensure further change and transformation of the street is minimised, the intended neighbourhood characteristics of the suburb are maintained and public safety is prioritised.   

Luisa Capezio
416 supporters