Architects, together with engineers and other building professionals, are uniquely placed to make a difference in the fight to save the planet. That’s why it’s important for them to step up and declare a climate emergency.
Last Friday’s New South Wales Architecture Awards highlighted the role of buildings in improving lives; the importance of quality over speed and cost; and designing for longevity rather than spectacle.
The recent State Chapter awards in the Australian Institute of Architects National Awards program show an interesting trend compared to prior years.
The movement to declaring a climate emergency is growing. The latest declaration is from 17 Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize-winning architects who last month launched an “Architects Declare” manifesto, following the UK government’s declaration – the first in the world – of a climate emergency. But is what they’re designing sustainable? Check out […]
Brief: The Australian Institute of Architects NSW chapter president Ms Kathlyn Loseby has released a statement pointing to poor procurement processes, a failing regulatory system and the diminished role of architects as having created a “perfect storm” that threatens the quality and safety of multi residential developments.
The wellbeing of modern workers is the focus of recently unveiled designs for GPT’s new engineered timber office and retail development that will sit above the Melbourne Central shopping centre in the city’s CBD. Project architect ARM Architecture’s design director Neil Masterton said the choice of timber as a primary material for the 10-level tower […]
How are the highly sustainable buildings and special features first trialled at a range of universities around the country faring 10 years later?
The hotel industry has traditionally taken a back seat in the sustainability arena – and that’s troubling given it accounts for 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions – but now there are signs some of the big players are moving in a greener direction.
Melbourne-based architecture firm Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects has joined a trickle of peers migrating north to Sydney, bringing along its campaign against car-dependant suburbia and a preference for intergenerational living.
Last week news broke that New York City’s mayor Bill de Blasio would be banning glass and steel buildings on the basis that they contribute a lot to climate change.
Justine Clark has observed a huge shift in the way the architectural profession approaches gender equality since she cofounded Parlour seven years ago.
Mirvac’s EY Centre in Sydney has taken out the top award at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards this year.
It may not be intentional, but both the feng shui uninitiated and experts of the theory seem to agree that the Chau Chak Wing Museum building will have a negative impact on the energy of the iconic Sydney university campus.
Opinion: Beauty still trumps sustainability for many critics of the built environment, despite the looming threat of climate change outlined in the latest IPCC report. Michael Mobbs reminds us that it’s very possible, and preferable, to do both at once.
Architect Simon Cookes says 2D land maps used by most architects preclude most of the market from quality.
When highly acclaimed Melbourne-based architect John Wardle opens his new studio in Sydney on 14 January next year it will mark the start, he thinks, of one of the most interesting and exciting decades for architecture, sustainability and the built environment.
Brisbane based architect Mark Thomson has just come back from judging a segment in the World Architecture Festival in Europe. While he was there he also gave two presentations to the UN General Assembly in Geneva and had a big look around at what countries on the far side of sustainability are doing on the ground. He’s feeling humbled.
Inside the thinking of the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects awards jury, especially about what’s meant by sustainability.
The increasingly demanding working week is taking its toll on people. For residential architects and designers, this means creating spaces for workers to come home to places that genuinely promote wellness and social connection.
A robotic room that morphs and shifts to accommodate more people and changes in temperature is being designed by the University of New South Wales students and Arup.
Daniel Kress of Smart Plus Homes is offering readers of The Fifth Estate $200 off his Certified Passive House Designer full course package running in Perth from 26 November and in Sydney from 11 March.
This week, a Danish architect handed Sydney a beautiful new design for the Fish Market, complete with a dramatic roof to suggest movement of water and fish scales.
Architect Michael Heenan, co-principal of Allen Jack+Cottier says he and his team saw the change in market demand for residential property coming a few years ago, and carefully adjusted their strategy to prepare.
It looks like change is underway for architects
Our cities are growing massively but we don’t need tall towers to cope with a rapid rise in housing. Try gentle urbanism instead. A view from Sydney but applicable everywhere.
It’s possible to design apartments of all shapes and sizes to promote health and wellbeing. Architects and designers say they just need the right conditions to do so.
The debate on the role of architects just ramped up another notch this week, first with a thought piece by Philip Graus, and now Clare Cousins, national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, has her say.
Should architect stick to buildings or is their remit much broader, extending to strategic influence over the city itself?
Leading Indigenous architect and academic Jefa Greenaway has a strong message he hopes Tomorrowland attendees will take away: how Indigenous knowledge can inform the conversation about shaping spaces, places, towns and cities.
The sudden departure of Jennifer Cunich, CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects, may or may not have been triggered by a clash of strategies in media presence or advocacy.