Why the MLC Building in North Sydney should be saved

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 […]

Architecture and construction can create a better world, WSU students say

Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Today’s architecture, engineering and construction students are tomorrow’s builders. Tomorrowland 2019 heard from two Western Sydney University students – Manuel Hankoo and Lavender Liu – whose passion for the built environment promises hope for the future.

Peter Poulet on the new role of the architect

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.

5 reasons re-loving old buildings makes dollars and sense

The stone, brick, timber, tiling and cast-iron elements of old buildings have already proven their durability and suitability for purpose. The same can’t be said of some of the more modern materials such as aluminium composite cladding, high-formaldehyde composite boards and asbestos fibro.

Architects declare and what it really means

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?

How to design your house for fire resistance and sustainability

If anyone is any doubt this is a climate emergency, last week’s announcement by the NSW Rural Fire Service that bushfire season has been declared two months ahead of the usual date should sound the alarm bell.

NSW Architecture Awards recognise places with positive impacts

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.

Construction industry failures due in part to declining role of architects, says Australian Institute of Architects NSW president

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.

New registrar for NSW Architects Registration Board

Dr Kirsten Orr has been appointed as registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board. She was previously professor of architecture and dean of school in the School of Technology, Environments & Design at the University of Tasmania. Before UTAS, she was associate head of the School of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney. A registered […]

How designers are ignoring climate with their concrete, glass and steel

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.

BVN has a new lineup

Architects BVN has announced new co-chief executive office team appointing Neil Logan who will be based in Brisbane and Ninotschka Titchkosky who will be based in Sydney to the shared roles. James Grose will complete his 12-year tenure as CEO in January 2019 and will now focus on continuing his leadership of award winning architecture […]

John Wardle and why there’s room for optimism 

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.

The Centaur Pod will morph and change shape

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.

The architecture challenge: we can make the city we want

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.

2018 BDAV awards dominated by green design

Sustainable designs cleaned up at the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) awards held in Melbourne over the weekend. The big Building Design of the Year award went to Melbourne Design Studios (MDS) for its sevenstar NatHERS-rated townhouses in Richmond, Melbourne. The sustainable brief led to an emphasis on natural light and ventilation and the inclusion […]

NZ architect brings Maori beliefs into new law school design

In the design of the new University of Waikato law school New Zealand architect Eqo Leung, who recently opened a new architectural practice called ArchitectureRepublic, decided to keep the building’s courtyard open.

Why I want to live in a passive house

Architect Kylie Mills on why she wants to live in a passive house in Sydney that she “would not have to heat or cool pretty much year-round”.

SAHMRI 2.0 strives for LEED Gold

The same architects behind the striking pinecone-inspired facade of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) building are on track to deliver a neighbouring facility that also puts energy efficiency at the heart of its design.