Community

When we were part of a humanitarian expedition in 2014 to help improve a local primary school in remote Nepal as architects, led by a community development veteran, we spent more than a few nights musing on what community really meant.

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Steven Chu
A Page, A Brush, A Match...

Because it is easy to muster a powerful response to moral stimuli, but for them to retain their effect requires the development of a consciousness in which there is a new priority of values.

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Steven Chu
We are too few to be divided.

If we remain insular and voluntarily oblivious to what other professions can bring to the table, we are doomed. Architects will not be able to produce innovative solutions no matter how many constraints we remove.

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Steven Chu
Rhythm and Repetition

Simon Cottrell’s pieces evoke a sense of movement, rhythm, and repetition. Each piece has no beginning or an end in itself but might prove to be the start of another path or an end to an existing one. 

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Steven Chu
Method in the Mad Heart of Darkness

“Horror and moral terror are your friends...men who are moral and at the same time are able to utilise their primordial instinct to kill without feeling without passion, without judgement. It is the judgement that defeats us.”

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Steven Chu
The Art of Existence

At first glance it might seem like Mr. Kossatz is exploring the notion of sacrifice, with his sheep positioned to give animal rights activists a heart attack. The sheep, with its relationship to the shepherd, always had a biblical association. But if one is in suburban Australia, there is definitely more to sheep than Jesus.

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Steven Chu
A Great Beginning

"The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light."

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Steven Chu
Communal Architecture

Today, every industry, including architecture, whether it has local or national aspirations, must engage with the world. Communal Architecture must engage with the world.

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Steven ChuArt
Dreamtime

The art of the first Australians is often likened to child-like wonderment, but we do not hear the same narrative about modernism or cubism. I can't help but think that this is because white artists are considered genius, no matter how simple their work might be, whereas native artists struggle to find a place in a gallery let alone in the serious discourse of art critiques.

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Steven ChuArt, Indigenous
X-Branen

One will find it easy to think of the words ‘Syntax’ and ‘Contingency’ in Svenja John’s latest pieces at the Gallery Funaki titled ‘X-Branen’. The complex but sturdy structural ‘skeletons’ have an obvious syntactic relationship while the intricate composition of individual pieces into a singular expressive form takes it one step further by revealing an architectural idea.

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Steven ChuArt
John Brack

Ten years after his death, John Brack’s paintings remain distinctively his. Few artists can say the same. Few artists can say they care about people too.

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Steven ChuArt