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 […]
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.
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.
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.
The fast growing Darebin City Council has appointed its first city architect to ensure new developments are up to scratch.
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.
The VR technology means clients can make rapid updates to plans or trial a variety of plans in quick succession, leading to better building outcomes without incurring the costs usually associated with these sorts of updates.
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.
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?
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.
We may not be able to address national social discord directly but we might have an indirect shot by making our cities more civilised.
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.
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.
Justine Clark has observed a huge shift in the way the architectural profession approaches gender equality since she cofounded Parlour seven years ago.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Inside the thinking of the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects awards jury, especially about what’s meant by sustainability.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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”.
It can take a bit of work, says architect Raffaello Rosselli, but builders can be “quite all right” about working with unconventional and quirky ideas.
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.
Well-designed public buildings are sustainable buildings, and I’m not solely referring to this in an environmental sense.
If you have a lovely timber table, people will admire it and sit around it, but if it’s laminate or glass, it’s not so likely, says architect James Fitzpatrick. It’s like the dents and scratches of an antique chair, prized because of the character they create.