I CAN ALWAYS RELY ON RMIT’S BOWEN STREET WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING FRIENDLY FACES. I CAN ALSO COUNT ON IT TO FUCK UP HALF MY PICTURES WITH ALL THE BUILDING SIGNS IN THE BACKGROUND (THAT NUMBER 10 IS KILLING ME). APOLOGIES TO WIRI FOR TAKING SO LONG TO GET THIS PHOTO UP. I WAS BUSY. SORT OF.
Building 8, RMIT Melbourne, 1993, Edmond & Corrigan Pty Ltd (Design Architects) in association with The Demaine Partnership Pty Ltd
“The new Building 8 is a multi level education exchange. It is a fragment of the University that nonetheless stands for the whole. It contains the University Library, an enlarged Student Union, the Faculty of the Constructed Environment (the Schools of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape, Building, Planning & Policy, and a Centre for Design) and the Departments of Fashion and Mathematics. The character of the building had to be a positive educational influence.
The aim was to delight and break down the dominant and seamless city-wall ‘mood’ RMIT presented on Swanston Street. The building’s front, side and rear elevations create a whole from fragments and a collage of design 'ideas’. It presents itself to the city on its own terms.
The building engages the idea of uniting opposites. It demurs to Melbourne’s built past: memories of Walter Burley Griffin, the Manchester Unity, the Block Arcade, the Shrine et alia are fleetingly seen in its aesthetic.
It was described by a national architectural commentator as a building that `thinks it’s a city’. The building is widely recognised nationally as being distinctively Melbourne in character and idea. This strong sense of regional identity and pride is no small achievement in this 'international’ era.”
In response to Cloe’s post about Annie Leibovitz, it reminded me of when I was younger and worshipping the only photographer I knew simply because she had taken that image of the mermaid. Now that my opinions have matured I have found so has her work. With a bankruptcy and millions of debt, Annie has taken a step back from the usual cliental and has started to shoot things closer to her heart. The publication of this series, Pilgrimage was published on November 8th, 2011. Below is a small overview of the book published on Amazon:
Pilgrimage took Annie Leibovitz to places that she could explore with no agenda. She wasn’t on assignment. She chose the subjects simply because they meant something to her. The first place was Emily Dickinson’s house in Amherst, Massachusetts, which Leibovitz visited with a small digital camera. A few months later, she went with her three young children to Niagara Falls. “That’s when I started making lists,” she says. She added the houses of Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin in the English countryside and Sigmund Freud’s final home, in London, but most of the places on the lists were American. The work became more ambitious as Leibovitz discovered that she wanted to photograph objects as well as rooms and landscapes. She began to use more sophisticated cameras and a tripod and to travel with an assistant, but the project remained personal.
“From the beginning, when I was watching my children stand mesmerized over Niagara Falls, it was an exercise in renewal,” she says. “It taught me to see again.”
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Hey! I’m a Canadian student and I want to go to Australia on a foreign exchange in 2015 for a semester (February to June, I believe). My school offers three different options for host schools in three different cities - could anybody give me any info/opinions/whatever on any of the locations and/or the schools? weather/climate, cost of living, school reputations, music scene, general likability of the place and the people, etc. etc. etc. Anything helps!