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Awards, panels, exhibitions and a long overdue update by Julian Rutt

Once again, it's been too long between posts. With two projects due to begin on site shortly, its been a busy time of late.

The Billabong Houses are once again (most likely for the last time ever) being opened to the public on Sunday the 23rd of October as part of the Space Open House tours, a national day. Bookings are essential: Eventbrite link

The AIA awards were held back in July, and once again I had the honour of being a juror for the sustainability category, entailing a full day of presentations from architects and clients on the design philosophy and sustainability merits of their projects, followed by a day of site visits of those shortlisted and interesting discussions. All up an interesting, thought-provoking process celebrating excellence in architecture. You can see the results and winners of the various categories here with beautiful images and jury citations: AIA SA Awards

 

As a precursor to the 2016 Sustainable House Day, I recently had the opportunity to speak on a panel in a forum hosted by the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network (ASBN) regarding zero energy homes along with representatives from Sustainability House and Solar Quotes for the ASBN's mini-expo. A podcast of the discussion is online HERE.

For the first time in 20 years, April saw the AIA National Conference held in Adelaide, curated by the former State Government Architect Ben Hewitt, Sam Spurr & Cameron Bruhn. Another fantastic event with a myriad of intriguing global speakers, well attended by delegates from all around the country.

And the Billabong Houses picked up another award in the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Excellence in Urban Design Awards 2016. Held once every 4 years or so, the award aims to foster excellence in the public realm through design and thoughtful regeneration, other award winners included Troppo for their Maylands House and Williams Burton Leopardi for Base 64 in Kent Town. NPSP EIUDA

On the photography front, I've had the pleasure of exhibiting again with Skrambled Eggs, this time being run as part of the Shimmer Photography Biennale held by the City of Onkaparinga in September. Skrambled Eggs is the brainchild of photographer Ben Liew, having established photographers exhibit works taken purely by smart phones - my contributions being typically architectural in nature. For something a little different I was asked to document various Indonesian batiks and fabrics for an exhibition run in conjunction with Flinder University and the Oz Asia festival and held recently at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Talk for the ASBN available for streaming + download by Julian Rutt

The Adelaide Sustainable Building Network have uploaded both the talks from the recent 'Eco Build Experience' spotlight event where I got to talk more about the building & philosophy side of the Billabong Houses, with Terry Dollman, a lecturer at TAFE in sustainable design & building talking about his own experiences designing and building a sustainable residence. The event was capacity and completely sold out, so if you were one of those turned away at the door, you are in luck!

Unfortunately my voice was a little worse for wear (recovering from laryngitis) but thankfully I avoided having to cancel at the last minute and managed to squeak my way through the lively and often humourous Q&A session afterwards, sounding a bit like a teenage boy. Terry's talk and a host of other informative talks are hosted on the ASBN page of vimeo, located here: http://vimeo.com/adelaidesbn

Also a reminder that the second installment of Sustainable House Day 2014 is up this coming Sunday afternoon and this will be the last time the Billabong House will be open to the public for tours (having been open for SHD '13 and several award juries in the past 12 months). The tours begin from 10am and leave regularly throughout the day. Please check the Sustainable House Day website for details and other houses open to the public, or the Billabong House page for a brief summary.


Adelaide Sustainable Building Network talk + SHD '14 by Julian Rutt

I have the honour of presenting at the next of the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network's 'Spotlight' series events; The Eco Build Experience, specifically regarding my experience during the design process and build of the Billabong Houses. Co presenting will be Terry Dolman who is a lecturer at TAFE in the school of Building, Design & Drafting and has his own project underway.

Registration, presenter & event details here:  https://guestlistapp.com/events/275943

It's being held at the Institute of Architects SA office, 100 Flinders Street, Adelaide, from 6:30 pm on Wednesday 27th August, with a Q&A session following the presentations.
 

The ASBN on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adelaide-Sustainable-Building-Network/219452251408780

And a video archive of many previous ASBN talks can be found here:  https://vimeo.com/adelaidesbn

 

In related news, one of the Billabong Houses will again be open for tours on Sustainable House Day, in early September. A quick link is here, though there will be another post about this closer to the date(s):  http://sustainablehouseday.com/item/julians-house/

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