'the architecture of Edmond and Corrigan is the appropriate self-defining aesthetic alternative to the Club of Europe.' This is how French critic Pierre Restany describes the Australian architectural practice of Maggie Edmond and Peter Corrigan.Writing in the Milan journal Domus, the New York architecture critic, Kenneth Frampton, wrote at length on the aesthetics of the coming decade and significance of 'edge' or 'regional centres'. 'Living and creating in today's international cities', he argued, 'precludes an opportunity for pause orintrospection. Profound examination of cultural issues now occurs outside the traditional intellectual centres. The great cities of our time are simply unable to provide the ambience for new thought'. He then cited four cities: Toronto, Glasgow, Madrid and Melbourne as prototypes and harbours forcentres of new thought.In architecture and theatre, the firm of Edmond and Corrigan Pty Ltd has practised its own form of regional art for twenty years in Melbourne. The firm has been invited to exhibit at the Paris Biennale 1982, Harvard University 1984, the Venice Biennale 1991 and the Belgrade Triennial 1991. Theirwork has been widely published in Italy, Britain, Denmark, Japan, Yugoslavia and the United States. Dr Corrigan was Guest Professor at Harvard University in 1984 and Turin Polytechnic in 1991. For the past twenty years, Edmond and Corrigan's work has drawn an intense reaction and interest that only has an Australian counterpart in the reception of Walter Burley Griffin in the 1920s. Their work is a search for the means to express ideas about life in Australia through the medium of builtform. qModest means, pedestrian imagery and bush details are employed in an attempt to make public statements within tight budgets.' (Peter Corrigan) The buildings designed by Edmond and Corrigan are discussed within the context of Australian and international architecture.Sustained critiques that venture beyond the descriptive are rare in Australian architecture. Conrad Hamann has started to redress the balance in this lively, original and well-informed analysis.a#39; This is how French critic Pierre Restany describes the Australian architectural practice of Maggie Edmond and Peter Corrigan.Writing in the Milan journal Domus, the New York architecture critic, Kenneth Frampton, wrote at length on the ...
|Title||:||Cities of hope|
|Author||:||Conrad Hamann, Michael Anderson, Winsome Callister|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press, USA - 1993|