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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 – actually maybe have a couple of conversations with them about it.

For an excellent article on Moral rights and architects

 

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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)