21 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks 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
2,463 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Moonee Valley City Council

Moonee Valley Council, save this historic 1880s property from demolition

This large, visually impressive Victorian-era weatherboard home at 81 Charles Street, Ascot Vale dating to around 1885 faces demolition after Moonee Valley Council removed heritage protection from the property in 2010. This is exactly the type of highly valuable heritage property that the community expects our Councils to protect. The building is a sizeable triple fronted weatherboard with an impressive wraparound front verandah featuring original Victorian lattice and large front bay window, and it is remarkably well preserved for a building of this period. It’s on a large block that also boasts significant vegetation, and it contributes enormously to the overall heritage value of the streetscape. The properties in Charles Street have not then been properly assessed by Council for significance in their own right after being removed from the precinct overlay. The building at number 65 Charles Street, that is younger, smaller, and clearly less significant than the property now facing demolition is currently awaiting approval by the Planning Minister for a heritage overlay. All we ask for is some consistency and certainty in the way heritage rules are actually being applied in Moonee Valley. If 65 Charles Street deserves protection, then so does number 81. We call on Moonee Valley Council to take the urgent action necessary to protect this property, or face the community’s outrage at the next round of Council elections.

Moonee Valley Heritage Action
3,266 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Tammy Falvell, Luke Donald, Auckland Transport, Tarun Ahuja, Connie Clarkson, Ian Wheeler, Roger Macdonald, Angelika Cutler, Shane Ellis, Paul Majurey, Katelyn Orton, Matthew Twose, Allan Young, Imogen Scoots

Keep the Auckland Dockline Tram Running

The tram has not run a loop since May 2015. The earliest indication is the end of 2019, and this is only an indication. How do I explain this to my 2 1/2 year old son? Children, Visitors, local workers and adults alike all love the 92 year old, lovingly restored Auckland Dockline Tram. It runs a 1.5 km loop round the Wynard Quarter. You see their faces light up with the largest smiles as they enjoy this age old method of transport. The drivers double as exceptional tour guides pointing out both historical and contemporary facts about this local quarter.  ALL OF THIS IS BEING LOST Local Kiwis' love the tram - and it has only operated the loop for 6 months since 2013. Local commuters, children and tourists are missing out on this wonderful asset which is lying almost dormant. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH This does not have to be the case. With your help we can lobby Panuku and Auckland transport to Keep the Auckland Dockline Tram Running its full loop as of today. Thanks you for taking the time to listen to us.....please do support us... Your Sincerely, from the local Auckland residents and their children who love and wish to KEEP THE AUCKLAND DOCKLINE TRAM RUNNING

Keep the Auckland Dockline Tram Running
1,735 supporters