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Hello Peter:peterm wrote:IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thinking about architect Laurie Virr, his houses, and other Australian architectural masterworks. Is Laurie ok? Any word?
I hope you are well.
Thank you for your inquiry regarding my wellbeing in relation to the fires engulfing Australia at this time.
To date Canberra has been spared the inferno, but the resulting fires on the East Coast of New South Wales and Queensland have resulted in thick, toxic smoke being blown into this area, where it is predicted it will linger for months, or even longer. This city is in a bowl, at altitude by Australian standards, and completely surrounded by hills. When the maximum safe level of smoke inhalation is considered to be 200, this area has had a recent reading of 5000 [Five Thousand]. It is imperative to stay indoors as much as possible.
Years of neglect of infrastructure, the promotion of coal and oil as major energy sources, discouragement of the use of solar and wind power, together with absolute denial of climate change by this extreme right wing government has resulted in the current situation.
In April 2019, 23 former bushfire fighting leaders, some with more than 40 years experience, predicted that this season would be catastrophic. In that month, and again in July, they requested a meeting with the Australian Prime Minister to discuss the situation and mitigating strategy. So in thrall to the coal corporations is the Federal Government, that he refused to meet them.
Just one of the buildings I have designed, a beach house, has been razed by the fires.
At this time I have no architectural commissions.
My Best Wishes to you.
Take care, Laurie. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m so sorry to hear that one of your designs is lost. And please donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be a stranger. We miss your keen insight!
Describing his own house, Ã¢â‚¬Å“RivendellÃ¢â‚¬Â�:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The aim was to design a house in which the siting, exploitation of space, the massing, the concern for the environment, and the details, expressed in unequivocal terms what I considered to be Architecture.Ã¢â‚¬Â�
- Laurie Virr