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by tipo49 Online Now Mar 4, 2003 at 10:10 PM

I am preparing a these about canberra architecture and all the plannification of the city.So anything about it interrested me.

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    by billus Online Now Mar 5, 2003 at 11:37 AM

    When the new Parliament House in Canberra was completed in 1988 it graced the covers of architecture magazines from coast to coast across the globe. The semi-symmetrical modern megastructure superimposed on the neo-classical city plan seemed to represent a synthesis between the dialectic posed by a soulless, technology-worshipping modernism and the shallow historicism of post-modernism. The design hasn't aged badly considering it was conceived during the taste and style-vortex of twenty-years-ago. The earth berms that surround Parliament House not only insulate the building and lower the heating and cooling loads, but help anchor the building firmly to the earth amid the weak, sporadic gravitational forces exerted downunder. Architect Aldo Giurgola left for Australia after winning the competition and retired there, now the leading proponent of post-neo-late-modernism. He gave this lecture: nationalcapital.gov.au/EVENT... And check out Progressive Architecture, +/- April-May-June 1982 for Canberra history and design competition.

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    by zig001 Online Now Mar 5, 2003 at 3:42 PM

    It’s not the gravity that’s the problem, it’s the huge volume of hot air that’s generated in some of the chambers of the building that require it to be securely anchored to the planet. Otherwise, it might easily float up off into the cosmos and become and additional satellite to the earth, eclipsing both the sun and the moon in its brightness (or so the pollies fear).

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