Render of Baugruppen at WGV, Perth, designed by Spaceagency Architects. A “live project,” it will allow the design and construction of apartments to be initiated by buyers – a participatory process that is unprecedented in the Australian marketplace.

Housing Diversity: Opportunities for Transformation

14 Feb 2020, Shane Murray

To address contemporary housing challenges, architects will need to take n an “all-of-system” approach to the delivery of the built environment. Shane Murray examines national progress in housing diversity.

Devaluing care: The issue of unpaid hours

Devaluing care: The issue of unpaid hours

31 Jan 2020, Lynda Simmons

Lynda Simmons discusses how the hours spent ‘working’ and ‘caring’ are divided and how that might affect architecture practices.

Bushfire haze over Sydney.

‘We have a responsibility’: architects make carbon neutral pledge

23 Jan 2020, Linda Cheng

A new initiative has seen a number of Australian architecture practices commit to becoming carbon neutral businesses by the end of 2020.

Aerial photograph of Darwin’s CBD.

Ethical and scientifically sound architectural solutions to the climate crisis

14 Jan 2020, Mattheos Santamouris

Can architecture and construction science influence the regional and global climate crisis and provide credible, scientifically sound and ethical solutions?

Our buildings aren't made to keep out bushfire smoke. Here's what you can do

Our buildings aren’t made to keep out bushfire smoke

14 Jan 2020, Geoff Hanmer

If smoke is particularly thick or goes on for more than a few days, the ventilaton systems in Australian homes are overwhelmed.

Collective action will be needed for truly regenerative bushfire recovery

Collective action will be needed for truly regenerative bushfire recovery

10 Jan 2020, Caroline Pidcock

Architects Declare’s Caroline Pidcock argues that the bushfire crisis is a reminder of the built environment’s role in contributing to, and addressing, the climate crisis.

Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge.

Population and urban infrastructure in the century of cities

10 Jan 2020, Philip Oldfield, Philip Vivian

As the population of Australian cities increases and the earth’s climate shifts as a result of human activity, the way we design our cities must change.

‘It’s not about architects having solutions’: Kim Irons on architecture after the fires

‘It’s not about architects having solutions’: Kim Irons on architecture after the fires

8 Jan 2020, Patrick Hunn

Kim Irons, an architect and former CFA member, cautions patience to those looking to offer aid to those affected by the bushfires.

The Narbethong Community Hall, by BVN and Arup and a number of consultants working pro bono, replaced a centre that was destroyed in the Black Saturday fires in 2009. The hall is wrapped in a bronze mesh fire-resistant screen

Can architects help bushfire-ravaged communities rebuild?

7 Jan 2020, Patrick Hunn

Architects are scrambling to offer their services to bushfire affected communities around Australia. But what role can they realistically play?

Melbourne's temporary concrete bollards quickly turned into a canvas for street art.

Contested public spaces in the age of ‘bollart’

12 Dec 2019, Steve Mintern

Are security bollards an innocuous public safety device, or do they inocculate the public from the contesting interests and forces that govern public space?

Gray Puksand’s five-storey design for Prahran High School accommodates 650 students on a relatively small site.

Vertical schools on the rise

6 Dec 2019, Clare Newton

Growing inner-urban residential populations and land scarcity have created a new typology: the vertical school. How do these schools change the way education is delivered?

Woods Bagot’s 300-metre-long Wynyard Walk reduces the time taken to walk from Sydney’s Wynyard Station to the Barangaroo waterfront from fifteen minutes to six.

Australia’s urban infrastructure: a role for architect design professionals

4 Dec 2019, Kim Crestani

Infrastructure – roads, rail and power supplies – is the lifeblood of our urban existence. Kim Crestani explores the expanding role of the architect in the physical, organizational structures and facilities that support our way of life.

The north-facing steps at 1 Bligh Street (Architectus and Ingenhoven Architects) in Sydney open up the building to the street and provide a public seating area that is warm in winter but cool in summer. Artwork: James Angus, Day In, Day Out, 2011.

Toward a generous skyscraper

3 Dec 2019, Philip Oldfield, Philip Vivian

How can we accommodate our nation’s burgeoning urban population while also responding to the climate crisis?

Aerial photograph of Darwin’s CBD.

Facing the problem of overheating in Australian cities

2 Dec 2019, Mattheos Santamouris

The many causes of temperature increase in cities result in just as many problems, but mitigation techniques are available but are not enough to counterbalance the impacts.

The population densities of most Australian cities are among the lowest in the world.

GOD save us: greenspace-oriented development could make higher density attractive

27 Nov 2019, Julian Bolleter, Cristina Ramalho

To address issues with sprawl, we need to increase urban density in a way that resonates with the green qualities of suburbia that residents value.

An example of a low-density suburb before GOD (greenspace-oriented development), with large amounts of underutilized public open space.

What ever happened to (Australian) urbanism?

25 Nov 2019, Richard Weller

With Australia’s population set to almost double by 2066, the handwringing over increased density and sprawl will only increase. Yet these circumstances offer architects and urban planners an opportunity for courageous creativity.

Quandamooka Art, Museum and Performance Institute by Cox Architecture.

Reimagining a museum of our First Nations

18 Nov 2019, Kieran Wong

The Quandamooka Art, Museum and Performance Institute (QUAMPI), designed by Cox Architecture, has received $4.5 million in funding from the state government.

Holy Trinity Memorial Church in Canberra, ACT, by Frederick Romberg of Grounds, Romberg and Boyd (1961). The square-planned, “tent-roofed” Lutheran church was designed as a dual-purpose space combining worship and social functions.

Constructing faith: Postwar religious buildings in Australia

4 Nov 2019, Lisa Marie Daunt, Philip Goad

This guest-edited Dossier examines how new ideas in ecclesiastical architecture helped to establish culture and community in Australia’s fledgling suburbs.

Fr Mauro Enjuanes showing the model of the cathedral to a group of local residents, c. 1959. Accession number 74893P.

The ambition of Pier Luigi Nervi’s unbuilt country cathedral

4 Nov 2019, Annette Condello, Isabel Rouset

An ambitious yet ultimately unrealized design for a cathedral in a monastic town in Western Australia by influential engineer-architect Pier Luigi Nervi reveals the growing modernist vocabulary for church buildings during the postwar period.

Speakers at the 2019 Australasian Student Architecture Congress in Christchurch.

‘The martyrdom of the individual is irrelevant’: Contemplating Dissent at ASAC

4 Nov 2019, Jacques Chevrant-Breton

At this year’s instalment of the 35th Australasian Student Architecture Congress, students from both sides of the Tasman gathered to “explore, cultivate and interpret all things contrary to our industry’s status quo.”

The Church of the Incarnation in Lindisfarne, Tasmania, designed by Lindsay Wallace Johnston, was a radical attempt to realize a liturgically driven, non-monumental modern church architecture that aimed to build community.

A church that projected progressivist ideals in Tasmanian suburbia

30 Oct 2019, Stuart King

Now painted white and carpeted in blue, this church in Tasmania is a rare example of brutalism allied to postwar liturgical reform.

The house in Cardigan Street, Carlton shared by Hank, Julie, Steve Ashton and Peter Craig, 1975.

Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg: Made in Melbourne

29 Oct 2019, Ian McDougall

Ian McDougall reflects on the currents of change in Melbourne during the 1970s and considers how Hank and Julie’s commitment to a social agenda has its roots in their activist student days.

The western street approach of the Holy Family Catholic Church.

Divine inspiration: Holy Family Catholic Church, Indooroopilly

28 Oct 2019, Lisa Marie Daunt

Deserving of more care and attention, this Indooroopilly Church is an expressive and memorable example of Australian modernist ecclesiastic architecture.

Indicative render of the University of Melbourne's Fishermans Bend campus by Grimshaw.

Learning environments that go beyond the ordinary

23 Oct 2019, Natalia Krysiak

Natalia Krysiak reviews the 2019 Old School / New School conference, which tackled issues around environments for innovation and entrepreneurship, student health and wellbeing.

The Australian Institute of Architects at the Global Climate Strike on 20 September.

Climate emergency: It’s time for architects to act

30 Sep 2019, Ken Maher

Ken Maher argues the time has come for all architects to raise their voices and lead on the issue of climate emergency.

The proposed Acacia Remembrance Sanctuary, masterplanned in 2013 by McGregor Coxall and Chrofi, is a concept for a natural burial and ash interment cemetery in Bringelly, New South Wales.

Death by design

26 Sep 2019, David Neustein

How can architects comprehensively rethink the cemetery paradigm in the face of a looming burial crisis and environmental consequences of cremation?

Can we build big and still be carbon neutral and sustainable?

Can we build big and still be carbon neutral and sustainable?

25 Sep 2019, David Ness

The building and construction sector bears more responsibility for global emissions than any other sector. Can we lift our sights from green window dressing to make the strong and fundamental changes needed to deal with the climate crisis?

Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

23 Sep 2019, Michael Ambrose, Stephen Berry

New analysis finds that four in five new houses are being built to the minimum standard and a negligible proportion to an optimal performance standard.

Parliament of Victoria Members' Annexe by Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design, winner of the Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture at the 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards.

Our country is burning, our buildings are hemorrhaging, but architecture could save us

20 Sep 2019, Linda Cheng

Australia is not equipped to deal with the climate crisis. Architects need to rediscover their collective voice and agency.

Melbourne’s Southbank.

We have the blueprint for liveable, low-carbon cities. We just need to use it

20 Sep 2019, Deo Prasad

How do we build future cities that are sustainable, liveable and affordable in the age of the climate crisis?

A winning entry in the NSW government's missing middle design competition by Madigan Architecture / University of South Australia.

People want and need more housing choice. It’s about time governments stood up to deliver it

16 Sep 2019, Roberta Ryan

Governments need to challenge the vested interests that argue against policies to deliver more diverse housing and seek to preserve Australians’ suburban way of life.

Hogg and Lamb’s design for the Kenmore Presbyterian Church in Brisbane’s Pullenvale will work to offer a grand spatial experience within a modest scale that is respectful of its residential setting.

Designing Australia’s sacred spaces and religious buildings: past, present and future

9 Sep 2019, Ursula de Jong

For people of faith, religious buildings are tangible places in which to contemplate a transcendent being. Ursula de Jong examines how universal ideas of divinity, togetherness and worship are expressed in historic and contemporary architecture.

Research shows that climate change is contributing to increasing bushfire risk.

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects declares climate emergency

28 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency.

The under construction Crown Resorts casino at Barangaroo by Wilkinson Eyre.

Protocol failure: Sydney’s public urbanity is disappearing behind aggressive, private individualism

21 Aug 2019, Laura Harding

Laura Harding argues that Sydney’s planning regulatory framework is putting the city at risk of trading its public landmarks for monuments to gambling and real estate.

The graphic used on the Architects Declare website.

Institute endorses architects’ declaration of climate emergency

29 Jul 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The Australian Institute of Architects has endorsed a declaration of a climate and biodiversity made by Australian architects.

The graphic used on the Architects Declare website.

Australian architects join global movement to declare climate emergency

26 Jul 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Thirty architects and practices have become Australia’s founding signatories in a declaration stating “a climate and biodiversity emergency.”

The amphitheatre and plaza in Hassell and Herzog & de Meuron’s competition-winning scheme for Flinders Street Station, Melbourne (2013). No funding for the project had been secured by the Victorian government at the time of the competition.

Regaining a competitive edge

24 Jul 2019, Michael Keniger

The proliferation of architectural design competitions risks devaluing the real merits of a fair and well-ordered process. Michael Keniger surveys a suite of initiatives.

Boyd House, Walsh Street, South Yarra 1958. Architect: Robin Boyd.

Why old is new again: The mid-century homes made famous by Don’s Party and Dame Edna

23 Jul 2019, Kirsty Volz

From Robin Boyd to Barry Humphries, the connection between Australia’s mid-century modern houses and popular culture demonstrates their cultural and heritage value.

Opal Tower.

Ministers fiddle while buildings crack and burn

19 Jul 2019, Geoff Hanmer

Urgent action is needed to stop defective buildings being built, and building ministers should instructed the Australian Building Codes Board to dump its focus on self-regulation, writes Geoff Hanmer.

Opal Tower.

Bring back the Clerk of Works

17 Jul 2019, Michael Hegarty

In light of a number of prominent building failures in Australia, Michael Hegarty explores the role of the Clerk of Works, and the need to return this key project role to Australian construction sites to rectify the shortcomings of quality control in today’s industry.

Baudish House (1964) by Ken Woolley.

How the ‘Sydney School’ changed postwar Australian architecture

2 Jul 2019, Davina Jackson

Davina Jackson explores the genesis of the Sydney School of architecture that emerged in the 1960s – and attempts to locate it in the broader modernist movement.