Category Archives: Architecture (excluding A.W. Purnell)

Barber Shops in Melbourne

Preface   One of the areas that my Master of Architecture history/theory course, Popular Architecture and Design, which I teach at the University of Melbourne, looks at is “everyday architecture”. In previous years the students who did this course have … Continue reading

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Chicago and Los Angeles 2014

CHICAGO The Jay Pritzker Pavilion by Frank Gehry, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect. No conflict of interest there. S.R. Crown Hall (the Architecture Department building) by Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The McCormick Tribune Campus … Continue reading

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Melbourne’s White Night Festival

On Saturday night, Ping and I went to Melbourne’s White Night Festival. I can’t recall seeing such a big crowd in Melbourne. It was a bit scary. Being an old postmodernist, the lighting up of the buildings reminded me of … Continue reading

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China 2013

Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai, and some Chinese movie star. Shanghai Grand Theatre designed by Jean-Marie Charpentier. Ningpo Museum designed by Wang Shu. Hangzhou Grand Theatre designed by Carlos Ott. International Convention Centre, Hangzhou, designed by Xia Bangjie. Brick mountain sculpture, … Continue reading

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From West to East Across America: In Quest of William Boyd/Hopalong Cassidy

Los Angeles, California The star of William Boyd/Hopalong Cassidy on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The grave of Topper, Hoppy’s beautiful white horse, in the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery. The grave of Andy Clyde, Hoppy’s loveable sidekick, California Carlson, at … Continue reading

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Launderettes in Melbourne

Last year (2011) the students who did my Popular Architecture and Design course at the University of Melbourne examined kebab shops in Melbourne. This year they looked at another similarly “invisible” and seemingly banal building type — launderettes (the English … Continue reading

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OUT OF THE ORDINARY: POPULAR ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

My latest book titled, Out of the Ordinary: Popular Art, Architecture and Design, is due to be published in September this year by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The book’s blurb by Andrew Chrystall: Out of the Ordinary is one part unembellished … Continue reading

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Los Angeles, Boston, and Hartford, Posted on the Run

  Anna May Wong’s ashes and also her sister Mary’s ashes were buried with their mother, Lee Toy Wong, at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles. It’s a Small World, Disneyland, Anaheim. Toon Town in Disneyland, Anaheim. More Disneyland, Anaheim. Clifton’s … Continue reading

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Designing with Bricks, Student Workshop, College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India, 2012

Samples of Laurie Baker’s architecture: (1) The Laurie Baker Centre, Trivandrum Ms. Shailaja Nair talking to the first-year students about Laurie Baker and his architecture. (2) The Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum (3) The Indian Coffee House, Trivandrum (4) The … Continue reading

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Images of Trivandrum, Munnar, Cochin, and Kanniyakumari, India, Posted on the Run

After testing the tarpaulin’s strength, Wally needed a jar of “Pileless — Wonder Relief for Piles” … Joseph Stalin — Still a hero in Kerala!  

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