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October, 2018

Inspect House of the Year 2018

Inspect House of the Year 2018 TweetFacebook House of the Year 2018Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture. Photos: Michael NicholsonA cave-like home leaning into a rocky hillside in Sydney’s northern beaches has been named the 2018 Australian House of the Year.
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Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture, was selected by a panel of leading industry experts for its innovative approach to sustainability and its restraint.

The design is landscape-drivenand features geometric and material simplicity, including exposed concrete, steel and brickwork.It was lauded not only as an impressive piece of architecture, but also as a functional and welcoming home that will withstand the test of time.

The panel of judges included Kerry Clare (director, Clare Design), Albert Mo (director, Architects EAT), Jennie Officer (director, Officer Woods Architects), and Katelin Butler (editor,Housesmagazine) and Stuart Vokes (director, Vokes and Peters).

“Cabbage Tree House is wonderfully aspirational, beautifully madeand a joyful expression of landscape and one’s place in nature,” said Vokes.

“It was a reminder that often the critique of great architecture isn’t measured by what one does, but by what one chooses not to do. It’s an epic landscape setting that one could have responded to by doing too much. In this case, I found this act of doing less quite profound.”

Cabbage Tree House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture. Photo: Michael Nicholson

Now in its eighth year, the prestigious competitionrecognises the most outstanding examples of Australian residential architecture and design.

It acknowledges established and emerging professionals with the capability of embracing outstanding design and architectural challenges, while encapsulating the true authenticity of home.

This year 477 entries were submitted, an increase of sixper centfrom last year, with a total of 29 entries and two emerging firms receiving commendations in nine categories.

Project sizes rangedfrom residential homes over and under 200 square metres, apartments, as well as sustainable practice and garden and landscaping.

“We are seeing the emergence of the next generation of architects who are satisfying the market really well,” said Vokes.

“We’ve seen a huge expansion of the number of practices ready to lead the profession, which is great for news for clients. As the population expands, so is the number of architects ready to meet the design challenges of our cities.”

Cabbage Tree House, which also picked up the award for New House Over 200 Square Metres, shares honours with a collection of outstanding architectural works by firms including Breathe Architecture, Panov Scott Architects and emerging firm Brad Swartz Architects.

“Australia is witnessing a growing diversity of housing product as a consequence of changing social and economic forces,” said Vokes. “Architects are responding with exciting examples of innovative typologies, diverse spatial scales and socially responsible models evident amongst this year’s awarded projects and practices.”

 

Horoscopes: Week beginning 5 August

ARIES: Your mind is being shaped and moulded by significant external forces during early August to late September, with career interests playing a pivotal role in your considerations. Following delays since April 19, you are gearing up to further career and education plans. You can expect action on these matters following September 7.
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TAURUS: September 7 brings an about-turn on financial issues that have been delayed since mid-April, particularly on such matters as taxation, loans, insurance, superannuation and inheritance. Legal aspects, travel plans, or educational matters are reliant on the underlying financial connection. Preparations for action are being made from here on.

GEMINI: There have been significant pressures placed upon you by other people in the form of responsibilities, with January 2-20 highlighting the issues set to unfold in the next two months. These pressures eased somewhat since mid-April, but from September 7 you’ll need to deal directly with these matters, which may involve a financial aspect.

CANCER: With heavier work responsibilities being carried and weaknesses in your health being exposed, you have been feeling a little vulnerable of late. Issues that first arose January 2-20 will become more important during the next two months. Whilst there may have been some respite since mid-April, September 7 brings a reversal of these trends.

LEO: Children, romance, recreational interests, and work-related creativity are currently important to you, regardless of any associated problems. Mid-April brought conditions that slowed progress. However, during the next two months increasing pressure will see the reversal of these trends from September 7, particularly revitalising issues from January 2-20.

VIRGO: January 2-20 raised an interest in a family, domestic or property matter that required time to bring to fruition. Since mid-April these matters temporarily lost momentum and slipped down your list of priorities. During the next two months you will find that impediments will gradually fall away, regaining a more prominent role on your agenda early September.

LIBRA: Since mid-April, you may have had to put many of your plans on the back burner. The time since has been characterised by delays in the delivery of communications, increased travel times, and slow negotiations. From September 7, that all changes, allowing you to push ahead with your plans. Of particular importance are those from January 2-20.

SCORPIO: Mid-April brought many pressures to bear on matters of income and possessions: issues that you felt you were powerless to control. Whether looking for a job, fixing a car, or securing a better pay packet, efforts have been frustrated and marred by delays. However, all that changes from September 7. Between now and then, start prepping for action.

SAGITTARIUS: September 7 enables you to use your energies more effectively than you have done in the past few months, particularly when it comes to reshaping important facets of your life. Money and education are priorities during this time, with events over the coming two months highlighting those issues that were important to you January 2-20.

CAPRICORN: You may not have felt you could do anything about certain problematic issues in your life in the past two months. That may have been so but you will soon be in a better position to handle these matters, particularly from September 7. There is no shame in seeking assistance. Given the naturally slow maturation rate of these matters, start putting plans into action now.

AQUARIUS: With your sights set firmly on personal goals, Aquarius is well aware of potential flaws in their plans. During the next few months you need to revisit and review these issues if you want to take full advantage of opportunities that will emerge from September 7. Of particular importance are those goals that were emerging or of priority January 2-20.

PISCES: Your career interests or a chosen direction in life is shaping up nicely now, after years of hard work: goals are within reach. In particular, those matters of consideration January 2-20 that been delayed since mid-April are maturing and the time is ripe for action. Over the next two months start working towards these goals. Breakthroughs occur from September 7.

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Aussie maths whizz clinches top prize

Maths whizz Professor Akshay Venkatesh has become only the second Australian to ever be awarded the world’s most prestigious mathematical award, the Fields Medal.
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The 36-year-old, who grew up in Perth and specialises in pure mathematics and number theory, was among four mathematicians from around the world to be awarded this year’s Fields Medal, which is often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

Prof Venkatesh, who works at Stanford University in the US, received the medal overnight during an awards ceremony at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro.

After winning prestigious international maths prizes as a schoolboy, he began a science degree at the University of Western Australia when he was just 13 years old.

Three years later he became one of the university’s youngest graduates after completing his degree, with first class honours, 12 months earlier than expected.

His mother Svetha Venkatesh, a professor of computer science at Deakin University, says her son was always a “normal, happy child growing up in a normal family” who was good at maths but also loved sport, music and reading.

“I am thrilled he has got this award, it’s the pinnacle of what he can achieve in this field,” she told ABC radio.

“And I’m actually very proud of the person he is.”

Prof Venkatesh won a Hackett Scholarship from UWA to undertake a PhD at Princeton in 2002.

He is currently working as a professor of mathematics at Stanford, and plans to return to Princeton University this year.

The Fields Medal is only awarded once every four years to between two and four researchers under the age of 40 in recognition of their mathematical achievement.

Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute director Professor Geoff Prince said Prof Venkatesh was a worthy recipient of the award given his contribution to improving mathematicians’ understanding of analytic number theory, algebraic number theory, and representation theory.

“Akshay is an exciting and innovative leader in his field whose work will continue to have wide-ranging implications for mathematics,” Prof Prince said.

The only other Australian to have been awarded the Fields Medal was Professor Terrence Tao in 2006.

 

Summons hails Provan’s Immortals entry

Norm Provan (left) was named a rugby league Immortal in Sydney on Wednesday night.Norm Provan wouldn’t say it himself as he watched Wednesday night’s rugby league Immortals ceremony from home, but those closest to the 85-year-old will say it for him.
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It’s about time.

Overlooked for so long, Provan was inducted as the latest member of rugby league’s most elite group on Wednesday night, alongside Mal Meninga, Dally Messenger, Frank Burge and Dave Brown.

There, he joined former St George teammates John Raper, and the late Reg Gasnier and Graeme Langlands.

And as a club player, Provan the most successful of them all.

The rangy second-rower won a record 10 premierships with the Dragons, including the final five of those as captain coach.

He also played 18 Tests for Australia and 25 games for NSW in a career that spanned 15 seasons.

Spinal issues from a fall a few years ago has stopped him from travelling down to Sydney from Queensland for events in recent years, but his image carries on in the game.

He and Western Suburbs captain Arthur Summons’ embrace after the 1963 grand final remains the most famous photo in rugby league and on the trophy all teams play for at the end of the season.

Summons was also unable to be at the SCG on Wednesday night, but the pair remain close and talk regularly.

“It’s long overdue,” Summons said of his old mate’s elevation.

“To be a part of 10 grand final wins, and captain-coach in four of them is amazing.

“You can’t even win them back-to-back these days. They were a great club side. he was a player of great stature, and he certainly warrants inclusion in the Immortals.

“I’ve been blessed in life to have an association and a friendship with him … I’m sorry I can’t be there tonight to share this with Norm’s family but I am so happy for him.”

And Provan’s family couldn’t disagree.

“We just thought it was about time,” Provan’s daughter Sue McCloud said.

“We thought Dad deserved it and we were really happy that he’s got it at this later stage in his life as well.

“He still knows what’s going on. He’s so eager with football he still watches it all the time, but of course with the sound down because he has to commentate.

“He’s always been very humble so it’s never worried him these sort of accolades. but he’s very proud.

“I’ve been on the phone already to my mum and he’s very proud and grateful of the honour he’s received because football was everything.”