CFP: Special issue of Fabrications

Special issue of Fabrications – Call for papers
Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand

Volume 23 number 1 will be a themed issue, ‘Competitions and Capitals’, in recognition of Canberra’s centenary in 2013.

Announcement: Call for Papers for Fabrications 23:1 closes 1 November 2012.

The international design competition for Canberra was widely advertised and generated international interest in 2011-12. It was of course won by the Americans, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, and the city was built from 2013. The competition and particularly the winning design, with its strong axes and geometries, helped to popularise the idea of town planning, in Australia and elsewhere. In recognition of the centenary, Fabrications 23:1 invites papers exploring themes of relevance to the design of Canberra, from competitions and capitals to the use of geometry in city design. Papers might be specifically focused on Canberra and/or the Griffins. Equally, they might address other competitions (for buildings, cities or parts of cities); the design of other capital cities; town or cities utilising geometric systems in their design; or architects connected with the Griffins. For papers not explicitly concerned with Canberra, some reference or comparison to it is welcome but not essential.

Papers are due in with Deborah van der Plaat ( and Julia Gatley ( by the due dates identified above.

Fabrications: Guidelines for Authors


Gold Coast City Gallery

Virginia Rigney, who presented a paper at the Caloundra conference in 2008 (‘Streets of gold: Finding the past in a changing city’), notes the following forthcoming exhibitions at the Gold Coast City Gallery:

For Sept 2012

Sexualising the City About the gendered image of the Gold Coast 1920 to the present – art, design, popular culture, fashion

For May 2013

Independent project for the 100 year Canberra Festival
Imprint (working title) An exhibition that seeks to explore the impact of growing up in the planned city of Canberra in the ‘heroic’ era of the NCDC 1953-1972. Curator Virginia Rigney has selected 8 artists, architects and designers who were all born in Canberra during this period and no longer live there but who have developed significant practice across these areas – includes Tony Clark, David Brand, Bruce Reynolds, Jonathan Nichols , Daniel Flood, David. They will all be making new work in response the exhibition theme.

For June 2013
John Gollings Then and Now the Surfers Paradise Rephotography Project  This will be on at the same time as the Architectural Historians Conference being convened by Associate Professor Andrew Leach at Griffith University.

For Feb 2014
Fibro Coast (working title) looking at the beach house experience of the Gold and Sunshine coast in the period 1930-1970 through art, design, architecture popular and social history with new work in response to this area by contemporary artists and architects.