It’s been five years since the Black Saturday bushfires caused devastation in Victoria, Australia. In Mark #52, we look back at what has been achieved by the Bushfires Home Service, an intiative for coordinating the efforts of volunteer architects who were offering help.
Architects from the country’s foremost practices such as Architects EAT, John Wardle Architects, Clare Cousins Architects, Irons McDuff Architecture, Julie Firkins Architects and BVN Donoval Hill share their experiences and memories, while discussing the ramifications of living in the Australian bush and the various challenges of the reconstruction process.
In the Long Section, we review Estudio Barozzi Veiga’s glacial concert hall in Szczecin, Poland; two houses by Tham & Videgård in the peaceful Swedish countryside and the contextually-driven approach of Stuttgart-based Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei. Architecture BRIO gives us a tour of a one-of-a-kind doll house, after which we catch up with the up-and-coming Canadian firm 5468796.
Jochen Specht shows us around his new home in rural Austria, after which we enter the graphic and urban world of Lisbon-based artist Vhils. We take one last look at Zaha Hadid’s Design Centre in Seoul before asking blogger, critic and curator Ethel Baraona Pohl to recommend us her favourite books.
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