60 seconds with Peter Bleus
by Kian West
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW PETER. HE IS ONE OF THE UNSUNG HEROES OF MIRAGE. A MAN OF GREAT IMPORTANCE AT THE NM OFFICE BECAUSE HE HELPS US EVERY MONTH TO ENSURE THAT IT DOESN’T TAKE ALL MONTH TO DELIVER COPIES BY BEING A STREET TEAM MEMBER AND ALL ROUND GREAT GUY. WE WERE STOKED TO HAVE A QUICK CHAT TO HIM ABOUT WHAT HE DOES AND, AS USUAL, ALL THINGS NEWCASTLE.
1. So Peter, you aren’t originally a Novocastrian, what drew you in to stay in our fine city?
I came to Newcastle to complete my Masters of Architecture and decided to stay. It's a beautiful place and there's not many places where you can sit and have a beer whilst watching dolphins play in the surf.
2. Architecturally, is there anything unique about Newcastle structures or stand out buildings?
One of the things that struck me when I came to Newcastle is that it's really rich in older buildings and interesting spaces within the CBD. I think this texture really makes Newcastle unique and I hope that we can keep this feeling as it evolves and renews.
3. Why did you study Architecture? Is there a history behind this passion?
Like just about everyone who studies architecture, I loved playing with Lego and somehow I got it into my head that this is what it would be all about. Wasn't I surprised when it was nothing like it. As I studied I realised that Architecture has a long history of social responsibility and that's what really drew me in. A lot of the modernist architects were investigating ideas of how architecture could provide high quality, safe and beautiful housing at low cost to the poor. The idea that Architecture can change the world for the better. This idea continues to be explored by a number of practices around the world and its something that I'm really interested in and exploring in my own work.
4. Tell us something else about yourself, what do you like doing, hobbies, etc?
I've just started playing football again after two years, where I didn't have the time because of uni and have started to reach the Danny Glover moment when I realise that I'm too old for this shit.
5. Where is your favourite Newcastle Hang?
Well I've pretty much mapped the city by walking distance to my favourite coffee places, Glee on Darby, The Tufty Hidey Hole on Parry St, The Press and The Social on Hunter St. But when friends come up from Sydney it's usually the Surfhouse or Beach Hotel.
6. What is next on the horizon?
Fatherhood. We have a child due in November and we're unbelievably excited about it.