Article first published Architecture Bulletin Vol 75 No 4 March 2019
My four-person practice Redshift Architecture & Art loses far more jobs than we win. No doubt it’s a common story.
Redshift chooses not to do requests for quotations, expressions of interests and design competitions. But we have prepared RFQs and EOIs in the past. Preparing submissions cost thousands of dollars – often going into five figures – and the cost of winning small projects represents a significant proportion of the final fee. From a business sense, it’s hard to justify.Read more →
Deliberately burning anything as a ritual act is a beautiful and powerful experience. The power comes from the realisation of impermanence, the allure of the event and the literal transformation that takes place. When the ritual is further overlaid with the desire for release from the past, from pain or from the wretched, it takes on a more spiritual meaning. To think of this as an endpoint for whatever was burnt, is to underestimate its power.Read more →
At Redshift we hate complacency! It assumes you’ve reached potential without testing that there is greater possibility. It’s unproductive and undermines the best of human ambition.
If you value the world around you, the environment you live in, work in, play in, meet in; and how it affects your well being, and that of others then there is no room for complacency, and yet we are surrounded by complacency and a reluctance to challenge norms.
When I think about what drives us at Redshift; it is a reaction against complacency. Our first project was a housing project. We couldn’t understand why housing was produced with eyes firmly set on the lowest common denominator; lowest cost, lowest risk, lowest ambition and a (false) pretence for the highest value.
I was privileged to be selected as a juror for the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards, judging the multiple housing category. It is an honor to be recognised by your peers as the expert you have aspired to become but it is also an extraordinary opportunity to visit so many great projects which you would not ordinarily get the opportunity to see, and be offered insights (and there were many!) directly from another Architect’s perspective. It is also a great opportunity to consolidate your own thinking about your own work, the principles you apply, and what it takes to make a truly great project. Read more →
Why are our politicians, city planners and our city’s legislation still pandering to the perceived needs of private car owners, at the absolute cost to the city? This has been embodied in the recent refusal by VCAT of the proposed Nightingale development in Melbourne, which lead to a frisson and broad condemnation within the architectural, urban design professions and not to mention the wider press. The negative attention that this decision received was not unwarranted and it lead me to consider that we really need to now be thinking beyond our current considerations, regardless of the specifics of this decision. Read more →
If you take the time to consider what it is to be an Architect (under the Australian Architect’s Act), what being an Architect entails in day to day practice and what buildings require an Architect to design them, in my opinion you’ll enter a warren of contradictions and illogic. Read more →