Category Archives: Other Projects / Collaborations

Moral Rights PART II

The purpose of the previous post was not to say ‘Oh well, missed out this time around, I’ve learned my lesson, next time I’ll make sure I talk to my client about moral rights, it won’t happen again’.

While I was composing the post I was also in contact with my client and Alice Blackwood, the writer of the article.

To Alice it began with a tweet reply to a photo she had posted of the space:

@aliceblackwood bit slow on the pick up but unhappy not to be credited for my design work here ūüė¶

A bit lame in retrospect, but I was treading cautiously and nervously – unsure how best to approach her, unsure about whether I was over-reacting or not.

However once it was put out there my concerns were almost immediately addressed by Alice.

We ended the day of back and forth messages and emails with a phone call discussing issues of attribution and how this is particular rife in the more fickle retail design sector, how we could explore the topic in more detail in a further article, online vs print publication and when we could meet for a coffee to talk about all of this and my work as well.

Oh and with regard to the article, it was an oversight that can easily be amended.

It’s funny, I have spoken with many architect friends about this. They often have their own story to tell, how they were pissed off but didn’t do anything about it.¬† Or they retell the story of someone they know and how they can’t believe it happened.¬† Or they just complain about us being ‘too polite’ not ‘fierce’ enough as individuals and as a profession.

It could also be that not being credited makes us feel like we have failed, and no one wants to talk about that, right?

Moral of the story of Moral Rights:
Question the omission Рit is more than likely an oversight or error.  The beauty of on-line content is that it can be easily fixed.
And remember to have that conversation with your client!

Share your story and/or follow up on that incident that’s been eating away at you and let me know how you go.

Will Work For Shoes PART V – Moral rights

I didn’t know about this article from last year until a friend came across it and sent me the link.

http://www.habitusliving.com/desire/wilfredandenric

Sure I can publish this project on my blog and website (if I had one), tweet about it, instagram photos until the cows come home but how great it is to actually be published by someone else!?¬† I just wish I was mentioned in it…

So over the past fortnight I have agonised over how to write about this in a productive and fair way.  It is not about blaming anyone or seeking pity for poor ole me not getting my name in lights.  It is a question of Moral Rights, our relationships with our clients and our ability to empower our clients to not only contribute and collaborate during the design process but take ownership of their design without losing our own connection to it.  This last part is critical to my practice, but clearly I am yet to work out how to achieve this balance.

For any readers unfamiliar with Moral Rights, as part of the Copyright Act  Moral Rights protect the rights of artists (including architects), our reputation and the integrity of our work.  Key to this is our right to be attributed as the designer of a project when it is constructed, publicised or represented in print. (Definition courtesy of Acumen)

The Australian Institute of Architects Client and Architect Agreement has a clause for Moral Rights:

The architect must be attributed in any Public Information about the project promulgated by, or on behalf of, the client or architect, whether the project is complete or not.

If you do not use the standard Client Architect Agreement or DIA Design Agreement make sure your own version includes a clause on this.  More importantly (as we all know most clients will never read the contract) ensure to have a conversation with your client with regard to Moral Rights,  attribution and how mutually beneficial this is Рactually maybe have a couple of conversations with them about it.

For an excellent article on Moral rights and architects

 

Archi-Tour of Berlin

Well…not really…

But this coming Friday could be close(ish) – An exhibition of Gerrit Engel’s BERLIN PHOTOGRAPHS will be opening at the Academy of Design in Port Melbourne. Courtesy of the Goethe Institute, 42 of a series that numbers more than 200 of his photos will be on display.

The subject matter:
buildings
buildings as objects
buildings as objects against a grey sky

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The selected images cross time, geography, history, style and form. Some buildings are iconic, many others are more obscure, but they are all buildings as objects against a grey sky.

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Gerrit specifically takes the photos with an overcast sky so that all objects are equal, presented objectively. This also gives them a stillness and neutrality that makes them very accessible. You can allow yourself to be absorbed by them like Mike TeeVee in Charlie and Chocolate Factory.

You are (I am) there.

The exhibition is on until September 6 – For more information http://www.goethe.de/ins/au/lp/ver/vme/de11213266v.htm
(please RSVP if you can make it to the opening – I will be delivering the floor talk)

Find information on Gerrit Engel’s Berlin and more  http://www.gerritengel.com/_en/projects/berlin/

And don’t forget the local (Melbourne) tangible version of the Architour can be found right here http://www.architours.com.au/

Will work for Shoes Part IV – Wilfred and Enric

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The Wilfred and Enric Shoe Gallery is an example of a truly collaborative process between architect and client.
The design process was rich with brainstorming. We tried many design options before settling on the final concept for construction.
The care and rigour with which Vel Tasevski, the Director of Wilfred and Enric shoe gallery curates her shoe and accessories collection and her background in film production is evident in the final outcome.
The flexible retail space has a clear design intent + vision, careful detail and material resolution and a great feel…and the shoes are AMAZING!

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Wilfred and Enric is found in the basement at 1B Stanley St, Collingwood

http://www.wilfredandenric.com.au

Will work for shoes PART II

First site visit this morning at Wilfred and Enric Shoe Gallery. 
Originally a basement gallery space off Smith St Collingwood, we are playing with the idea of displaying the stock as pieces of art.

Existing main gallery (1024x765)Existing gallery space (1024x804)In Progress

The elements of the space are:
1. the entry – an internal shop front, signage and mannequins STAY TUNED
2. the light box
3. the long wall – a low shelf for shoes along the entire length of the wall STAY TUNED
4. the jewellery box
5. the bluestone wall
6. the main gallery
7. the lounge – for trying on shoes and relaxing STAY TUNED
8. the stockroom – hidden behind the bluestone wall
You can see the PLAN here W&E PLAN

2. THE LIGHT BOX
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Rick Owens http://www.someslashthings.com/blog/tag/rick-owens
This 15m long light box will BLOW THE SPACE OUT

4. THE JEWELLERY BOX
JEWELLERY BOX (1024x765)Existing
This will be a perforated metal clad moody black room in the centre of the space containing precious objects within.

5. THE BLUESTONE WALL
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This has been revealed through demolition, it adds texture + depth to the space.

6. THE MAIN GALLERY
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Rachel Whiteread http://pictify.com/5/rachel-whiteread-untitled-one-hundred-spaces
Here the stock will be displayed on custom designed and made plaster and 2pac plinths.
The unfixed nature of these display units means the shop gallery can be rearranged to showcase the latest stock or even stripped right away for a minimal space.

Heritage, Collaboration and Poo

I am not going to write about collaborating on an architectural project with a built outcome. I think most design professionals understand the benefits of not only working as part of a team but how exciting it is when people from different disciplines get together.

Earlier this month I was one of 3 guides on an Architours ‘architecture and heritage’ tour. We had designed the tour for the current National Trust Heritage Festival which officially runs from 18th April – 19th May.

Architours has always prided itself on having architects, an urban designer and a landscape architect as guides offering opinions and information from different backgrounds. For this tour though we also invited a heritage architect, Janet Beeston, along to join the team.

As luck would have it there was an archaeologist as a guest on the tour. But it got even better as she had excavated the Casselden¬†Place site where the Urban Workshop was built. The Urban Workshop was a joint venture between John Wardle, NH Architecture and Hassel completed in 2006 and the last stop on our tour – couldn’t have planned it better!

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I really like this project. The way the new and old built form, remnants, artifacts and memory layer – from my own many nights in the late 90’s spent waiting in Little Leichhardt Lane to get into Club 44 to fantastical visions of a walled garden at the rear of Madame Brussels brothel housing politicians, prostitutes and peacocks on a warm February evening…

But no amount of research could have unearthed this classic story from Katherine, the archaeologist. A couple of 14-year-old girls were on the dig one day, unenthusiastic about being there and less than interested in the amazing circular pits (some timber barrels and other deeper bluestone circles) that were being revealed. They decided instead to spend the afternoon making face masks from the mud.

Yes, the circular pits were the old cesspits…

Sign up for the architecture + heritage tour on Saturday April 27th here:
http://architours.eventbrite.com/
Find out more about the National Trust festival here:
http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/nsw/Heritage-Festival
An article on the Urban Workshop by Dr Karen Burns can be read here:
http://architectureau.com/articles/the-urban-workshop/

(AND if ever you need to top up your wine glass collection it appears the resident pub does not clear its tables at the end of Friday night)