Brisbane could get another building that “breathes”, with plans lodged with the city’s council for a six-star Green Star commercial tower in the CBD. The 46 storey BVN-designed tower at 25 Mary Street will be accessed from a state heritage-listed synagogue, which will be retained and revitalised for ongoing use by the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation. A […]
The Fifth Estate asked architect Shaun Carter and Australian Institute of Architects chief executive Julia Cambage what 2021 is likely to bring.
News from the front desk, Issue 508: You just know when a piece of news is going to have a big impact. Last week it was that two global giants of the architectural world had resigned from Architects Declare in the UK. The reason? That both, Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects, work on […]
What’s good enough action when the planet is facing a climate emergency?
It may seem unthinkably soon, but last weekend’s heat wave ushered in the start of Australia’s next bushfire season. It’s time to ask if we are keeping our homes, businesses and loved ones safe.
And thus, the illustrious Dominic Perrottet came swinging in on a wrecking ball, invoking perhaps Miley Cyrus and her infamous 2013 music video, out to erase a hit list of buildings which he has declared blemishes blighting the beauty of Sydney – from the MLC Centre to the Cahill Expressway, from Sydney Aquarium to every Brutalist Building, ever.
A new hotel sitting atop six storeys of commercial office space in Melbourne’s CBD may not look that different from the neighbouring glass-encased development, but is in fact hailed one of the largest timber projects in the world.
The approach at Monash University’s latest Passive House building is about “embracing rather defending” the sun, allowing for a more circadian experience. “Passive House is typically about keeping the sun out. We were doing the opposite”, the architects say.
We Zoomed into New Zealand yesterday to chat to Sjoerd Post the chief executive of Jasmax, one of the top two architectural firms in the country, who will be taking the virtual lectern and be beamed into our Building Circularity symposium on 24 November on embodied carbon and waste in buildings.
The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, could soon be to home to an all-electric carbon neutral bunker for coral species under threat from climate change.
Beyond concern for preserving such rich heritage, the proposed demolition of the MLC Building in North Sydney poses deep environmental concerns. History is the story of who we are. A wise society will take lessons from that history – both good and bad – and critically engage with the present to proactively shape a better future. We […]
In an impressive engineering exercise, two office buildings in Brisbane were recently stitched together, maintaining much of the existing fabric while creating expansive floor plates for prospective tenants. It was challenging for the architects, Fender Katsalidis, and for the engineers Inertia Engineering. But the results will be a more sustainable product.
An inner-city suburb on the Brisbane River could be home to the “greenest residential building in the world” with ambitious plans currently under review by the city’s council.
The state chapter of the institute has included for the first time a “people’s choice” category its annual awards that are now open and will close on 18 June.
As more people flock to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland for the temperate climate and breathtaking views, the Sunshine Coast Council is looking for ways to accommodate growth without compromising sustainability, liveability and affordability. The council has launched a new design guide specific to the region, complete with 10 guiding principles specific to the unique […]
The Australian Institute of Architects is today recognising the outstanding efforts of both architectural practitioners and advocates for the profession with the awarding of its 2020 National Prizes.
With the need for human contact more apparent than ever, Make Architects is reimagining the built environment as a way to reunite societies and restore human connections in the post COVID-19 world.
Michael Sorkin, an architect and pioneer in sustainable urban design, died last Thursday due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 71.
As global average temperatures continue to rise with increasingly disastrous effects, Sydney-based architect Don Albert considers where and how Australians will work in the future, by re-examining the past.
The manmade world tends to dominate the natural one but it’s possible for architecture and ecology to coexist in harmony. In fact, it urgently has to, as Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship recipient Eleanor Peres discovered as she travelled the world last year to write a research report on this very subject.
Built environment professionals are starting to recognise the importance of accounting for the carbon footprint of building materials but decisions about this are typically left last minute or slip off the planning agenda entirely. A new platform created by Sydney startup Giraffe could see embodied carbon elevated to the early stages of the design process, […]
OXYGEN FILES: The fact that project homes in Cairns look very much like houses in Craigieburn – plus or minus a palm tree – highlights just how hit-and-miss the building industry is when it comes to sustainable design for Australia’s tropics.
Every Australian (and many people beyond) are now feeling the fear that Greta enunciated just one year ago in her speech at Davos. Much to the surprise of the hopeful, hope has not delivered so let’s assume we need to actually do something now. After all, if not now, then when?
There seems to be an “innovation precinct” going into every suburb in a bid to attract the best and brightest minds.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Fred Holt, partner in charge of 3XN, one of the most exciting architectural studios in the world, explained some of his firm’s sustainability philosophy in relation to AMP Capital’s Quay Quarter Tower.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: “But it is more obvious now than ever that the architect can’t make a building on their own,” Peter Poulet says.
New York-based Ethan Kent has a unique overarching viewpoint of the global placemaking movement, and he says that Australia is at the forefront of the placemaking conversation, but things could be better.
What if architects and green builders were to write their own political manifestos – their own wish lists for “if I ruled the country”? What would you put in yours?
A submerged library gives way to urban green space, and a stunning annexe ducks under heritage and physical constraints to provide offices to 102 members of parliament and their support staff – here are the winners of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) National Awards 2019.
Warehouse conversions for apartments have been popular for decades but the rising appetite for co-working and shared office space is seeing a new wave of conversions.