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.
Urban design projects that connect cities to their “best assets” – their waterways – dominated the 2019 Australian Urban Design Awards in Melbourne on Wednesday evening.
Leading Indigenous architect and academic Jefa Greenaway of Greenaway Architects has been selected alongside SJB Architects director Tristan Wong as creative directors for the Australian pavilion at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale.
A modest Passivehaus social housing estate has scooped up the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize, one of the most important architectural prizes in the UK.
OPINION: Australia needs a different way of thinking about construction industry reform and systems thinking could hold the key.
You might not have picked it but an old hospital actually makes for a great library. The new Marrickville Library in the inner west of Sydney combines the old with the new in a way that leverages the best of existing assets while meeting the vast and varied needs of modern library-goers.
Many of us exercise and relax at aquatic centres but keeping these places comfortable and safe takes time and energy.
Hundreds of architects have joined a new movement to declare that we have a climate emergency. But what does the declaration mean? Will they turn away work that damages the environment? Will they try to change the views of their clients?
A Melbourne home that’s gone heavy on the biophilic features and bucked the trend on dark roofing has won a suite of awards at Building Design Awards, including the Best Environmentally Sustainable award.
Industry superannuation fund dedicated to the health and community services sectors, HESTA, has committed $20 million to the Nightingale Village sustainable housing project in Melbourne.
HY William Chan has done some inspiring work in the built environment and beyond that hasn’t gone unnoticed. So what drives this young urbanist?