Energy rating tools are not enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by buildings, experts say.

Buildings produce 25% of Australia’s emissions. What will it take to make them ‘green’ – and who’ll pay?

17 Jan 2019, M. Reza Hosseini, Igor Martek

With 25% of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the construction, operation and maintenance of buildings, what must be done to generate a working strategy to improve Australia’s chances of keeping the carbon-neutral promise by 2050?

There are lessons to be drawn from the cracks that appeared in Sydney's Opal Tower, but they extend beyond building certification

There are lessons to be drawn from the cracks that appeared in Sydney’s Opal Tower

10 Jan 2019, Geoff Hanmer

Building certification might be a contributing factor, but what went wrong at Opal Tower is is much more complex than that. Making certification a government responsibility again won’t solve it.

Anzac Hall by Denton Corker Marshall.

Hands off Anzac Hall

28 Nov 2018, Philip Leeson

Philip Leeson, ACT Chapter President of the Australian Institute of Architects, argues that the federal government’s plans to demolish and replace the Denton Corker Marshall-designed Anzac Hall in Canberra at a cost of $498 million are “unnecessary and wasteful.”

Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Opera House: Celebrating and protecting an Australian icon

22 Oct 2018, Clare Cousins, Andrew Nimmo

The national and NSW chapter presidents of the Australian Institute of Architects jointly argue that the use of the Sydney Opera House as an advertising platform “highlights the complete lack of respect” government has for public architecture.

Four Points by Sheraton Docklands, designed by DKO.

Experience is key for the hotels of the future

18 Oct 2018, Cameron Bruhn

Cameron Bruhn discusses hotel design over lunch with Koos de Keijzer, DKO principal, and Michael Drescher, DKO interior design director.

Estia House by Candalepas Associates.

Housing Diversity: Adapting 1.0 Infrastructure for 3.0 Lives

2 Oct 2018, Alysia Bennett

With the onset of new technology, expanded living arrangements, procurement models and financial structure, Alysia Bennett assesses the options for citizens living 3.0 lifestyles in cities designed for a 1.0 world.

A live broadcast of an episode of Workaround at RMIT Design Hub.

Women leading change: The potential for doing things differently

27 Sep 2018, Pia Ednie-Brown

After attending an event marking an extraordinary moment in which women are leading every architecture school in Victoria, Pia Ednie-Brown asks if there is unseen value in diversity.

Two Pavilion House (2014) was designed by Kirsty Volz and David Toussaint.

We need more flexible housing for 21st-century lives

19 Sep 2018, Kirsty Volz

Kirsty Volz, a PhD Candidate in architectural history at the University of Queensland, writes that the “Australian Dream” of private home ownership has fundamentally shifted, and that housing design needs to change with it.

Kraftwerk 2 (2011), designed by Adrian Streich Architekten AG, was developed by the Kraftwerk1 collective – one of the youngest housing cooperatives in Zurich.

Housing cooperatives: Domesticity’s challenge, a call to arms

12 Sep 2018, Tarsha Finney

Reflecting on her encounter with Kraftwerk 2 in Zurich and the people who live there, Tarsha Finney considers the ownership and governance model of the cooperative – the entrenched domestic norms that it challenges and its capacity to facilitate care and connection beyond the single family unit.

Melbourne’s Southbank.

Melbourne or Sydney? This is how our two biggest cities compare for liveability

11 Sep 2018, Melanie Davern, Billie Giles-Corti

Melbourne or Sydney? This is how our two biggest cities compare for liveability

Getting more out of ‘lazy’ land, such as this community housing built over a Port Phillip City Council-owned car park by MGS Architects, is a key strategy to reduce the shortage of affordable housing.

Put unused and ‘lazy’ land to work to ease the affordable housing crisis

10 Sep 2018, Matthew Palm, Katrina Raynor

New research suggests that Australian cities have the opportunity to gain much more social benefit from public land assets.

The one-hundred-square-metre house is designed to accommodate various configurations, including a small family, an intergenerational household and an Airbnb host and guest.

Disruptive domesticity: Housing futures and the sharing economy

5 Sep 2018, Jacqui Alexander

Jacqui Alexander’s speculative design research project investigates the large-scale effects of Airbnb on housing and, with a vacant site in Melbourne’s western suburbs as a test case, experiments with a new domestic prototype to support home-sharing in the broadest sense.

The project aims to foster meaningful connections between its residents by providing diverse common spaces, including bars, kitchens, lounges and laundries.

Cohousing: Driving housing innovation by changing the way we live

4 Sep 2018, Adam Haddow

A shared desire to live more communally could encourage greater housing diversity, according to Adam Haddow. Here, he looks to student housing, “build-to-rent” models, and the new WeLive project in the USA for cues on how to conjure an alternative, more versatile Australian housing market.

A new focus on the preparation, presentation and consumption of food in Australian culture can be read in tandem with the resurgence of the butler’s pantry in residential design. At Hogg and Lamb’s B&B Residence (2017) in Brisbane, the kitchen and its ancillary spaces are celebrated with a barrel-vaulted ceiling.

The shrinking dream: Household diversity and changing house designs

4 Sep 2018, Louise Johnson

Louise Johnson takes a look inside the Australian home and examines the changing character of the suburban idyll that maintains a hold on our national psyche, as the composition of its domestic spaces continues to evolve in response to the rising density of our major cities and growing ethnic and cultural diversity.

Carrie Lu.

Take a break: Beyond the design studio

24 Aug 2018, Carrie Lu

Carrie Lu draws on her personal experience as an architecture student to make the case for taking a break.

Federation Square by Lab Architecture Studio and Bates Smart.

Heritage value is in the eye of the beholder: why Fed Square deserves protection

10 Aug 2018, James Lesh

Fed Square opened in 2002, following a 1996 design competition. This leads many to wonder whether it’s too new to be heritage-listed. But the idea of heritage only exists in relation to people, communities and social movements.

Speculative street view of Established Manors in Canterbury, Sydney. Each existing house is split down its central hallway to create an additional dwelling. In lieu of an ensuite pod and garage between the existing houses, an entrance and kitchen trigger the new dwelling.

Reshaping the suburbs: Designing for the ‘missing middle’

17 Jul 2018, Damian Madigan

Damian Madigan presents his winning entry in the NSW government’s Missing Middle Design Competition, which posits an alternative model for density.

The Sirius building by Tao Gofers, 1979.

Tao Gofers on Sirius and the fight for a more inclusive Sydney

9 Jul 2018, Tao Gofers

In this speech, delivered at the 2018 NSW Architecture Awards, Tao Gofers, architect of the Sirius building in Sydney, reflects on the building’s past and its imperilled future in the wake of it receiving the Enduring Architecture Award.

Corps à Corps, Céline Condorelli with architect Dirk Yates and landscape designer Pete Shields for the Institute of Modern Art.

Looking Back, Seeing Through: Contemporary Australian Pavilions

29 Jun 2018, Susan Holden, Ashley Paine

Susan Holden and Ashley Paine examine Australia’s suite of high-profile pavilion programs through the lens of shifting global practices in art and architecture.

Concept design for Yarra Pool by Studio Octopi.

Community pool projects show how citizens are helping to build cities

28 Jun 2018, Timothy Moore

Swimming is central to Australian identity, whether at the beach, in a river or a backyard pool or creek. Timothy Moore considers a growing trend of individual and organisational interests leading Australian community pool construction proposals.

Frank Gehry’s experimental, exploded bungalow in Santa Monica (1978/1991) is considered to be one of the first deconstructivist buildings.

The activist potential of the architect’s own home

20 Jun 2018, Isabelle Doucet, Janina Gosseye

Janina Gosseye and Isabelle Doucet expound on residential architecture’s activist potential and the tensions navigated by architects who design their own domestic projects.

Render of Baugruppen at WGV, Perth. 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.

Australia’s First Baugruppe

19 Jun 2018, Jennie Officer

Geoffrey London speaks to Jennie Officer about Baugruppen at WGV, discussing the potential of the Baugruppen process to adapt to the Australian context.

Initially a collaborative endeavour between The Age newspaper and the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects, the Small Homes Service sought to make well-designed modern homes accessible to a broader public.

What Would Boyd Do? A Small Homes Service for Today

19 Jun 2018, Rory Hyde

Robin Boyd’s resolve to do “better with less” still remains as relevant today. Rory Hyde evaluates the RVIA Small Homes Service’s legacy and its potential application to today’s increasingly diffused cities.

Princes Park Carlton North.

To design safer parks for women, city planners must listen to their stories

19 Jun 2018, Nicole Kalms

Planners, architects, the police and politicians need to put aside the traditional expert perspective to learn from – and design for – women’s experiences.

The Australian Institute of Architects’ 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition, Repair by Baracco and Wright Architects and Linda Tegg.

Cross-pollination, migration, adaptation: Australia’s fragile grasslands at the Venice Biennale

12 Jun 2018, William Feuerman

UTS School of Architecture’s William Feuerman takes a look at the highlights of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, including Baracco and Wright Architects’ Repair and John Wardle Architects’ Somewhere Other.

A house at Little Paradise on Groote Eylandt, East Arnhem Land.

We need to stop innovating in Indigenous housing and get on with Closing the Gap

31 May 2018, Kieran Wong

Kieran Wong reflects on some of the wins and losses for architects in the realm of Indigenous housing, which underpins many of the Closing the Gap goals.

The Whale House (2016), Kingscliff, northern New South Wales, by Paul Uhlmann Architects.

What’s next for the Gold Coast?

29 May 2018, Leah Lang

The Gold Coast’s City Architect Leah Lang looks at the benefits of the Gold Coast being a young and aspirational city entering the next phase of its life with a sense of daring and innovation. As the population booms, she urges an architectural focus on infill development and the “missing middle.”

Parliament House by Mitchell Giurgola and Thorp.

How to fix Parliament House - what about some neighbours?

24 May 2018, Kim Dovey

In the wake of the 30th anniversary of the opening of Parliament House, Kim Dovey uses the building to examine the “relations of architecture to power.”

BDA Architecture’s Capri on Via Roma (2013) has created a popular waterside hub in Surfers Paradise. It won Regional Project of the Year at the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Coast and Northern Rivers regional awards.

The search for an authentic architecture and city form on the Gold Coast

23 May 2018, Philip Follent

The Gold Coast’s DNA is one of change. Here, Philip Follent chronicles the political and cultural forces that have shaped this “remarkable urban experiment,” citing projects that speak to its ongoing metamorphosis and inspiring built form.

The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Masterplan by ARM Architecture and Topotek1.

Do Indigenous cultural landscapes matter?

22 May 2018, Carroll Go-Sam

The growth in infrastructure overseen by the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Masterplan, has missed an opportunity engage with significant Indigenous placemaking. Carroll Go-Sam takes a long-term perspective.

Melbourne skyline.

Building for the future: National energy strategy needs to consider energy use

15 May 2018, Richard Kirk

Outgoing national president of the Australian Institute of Architects Richard Kirk argues that in the national energy policy debate, the energy efficiency of our built environment must not be overlooked.

Melbourne’s Hosier Lane.

Sexism and the city: how urban planning has failed women

18 Apr 2018, Kerry Brown, Dorina Pojani

The proportion of women to men in architecture and associated professions is low. Can cities not designed by women really meet their needs?

The Uniting Church in Mareeba by Eddie Oribin, photographed by Sarah Scragg in 2014.

Uneasy heritage: Australia’s modern church buildings are disappearing

16 Apr 2018, Lisa Marie Daunt

In the post-war decades, Australian communities invested heavily in church buildings. Today, dwindling congregation numbers place many post-war church buildings at risk.

Aerial view of Robb College.

University of New England: criticism of Robb College demolition based on ‘incorrect assumptions’

13 Mar 2018, The University of New England

The University of New England explains why it is proceeding with the demolition of the mid-century modernist Robb College, designed by Michael Dysart, and argues that some of the objections to its plan are based on “incorrect assumptions.

Amy Muir and Shelley Penn at Parlour’s Melbourne Autumn Salon 2017.

Parlour and gender equity in Australian architecture: Where to from here?

7 Mar 2018, Justine Clark

Parlour editor Justine Clark reflects on the organization’s development since the publication of research in 2014 that laid bare the state of gender inequity in Australian architecture, turns an eye to the future, and explains how you can help.

Federation Square designed by Lab Architecture Studio and Bates Smart, completed in 2002.

For what shall it profit a city if it loses its civic soul? A plea to preserve Melbourne’s Fed Square

21 Feb 2018, Graeme Davison

Monash University’s professor of history Graeme Davison considers Melbourne’s long-held dreams for a civic square, and cautions against the proposed Apple store “may be a first perilous step down the slippery slope towards full commercialisation.”

The proposed Apple Federation Square store by Foster and Partners.

Design of Apple Fed Square requires a fundamental rethink

16 Feb 2018, Ron Jones

Landscape architect and urban designer Ron Jones considers the concept proposal for an Apple store at Federation Square.

The proposed Queens Wharf Brisbane casino resort masterplanned by Jerde Partnership.

Queen’s Wharf and the spectre of ‘hostile architecture’

2 Feb 2018, Josh Harris

References to design features that would minimize “anti-social behaviour” at Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf casino development have raised concerns about “hostile architecture” creeping into public spaces.

The proposed Apple Federations Square store by Foster and Partners.

Vanessa Bird: Federation Square needs a masterplan

30 Jan 2018, Vanessa Bird

Vanessa Bird, president of the Victorian chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, argues that a detailed masterplan is sorely needed to ensure proposed changes to Melbourne’s Federation Square are successful.

Melbourne CBD.

Praising squareness: The heritage of skyscrapers

29 Jan 2018, Giorgio Marfella

Architectural historian Giorgio Marfella argues that Melbourne’s boxy towers are unfairly maligned and that “there is a risk that by not fully understanding their histories, some tall buildings may be unfairly dismissed.”

Prefabricated Carbon Positive House by Archiblox installed temporarily in Melbourne's City Square in 2015.

The future is prefabricated

17 Jan 2018, Greta Harrison

Prefabricated construction is in its infancy but with increasing demand on tradition construction and speed and the sustainability benefits of prefabrication, could this new manufacturing industry change the way Australia builds?