View of Hobart’s CBD.

Regional case studies: community engagement in Hobart

19 Jun 2019, Helen Norrie

In the third in a series of essays on architecture in Regional Australia, Helen Norrie turns her eye to Hobart, one of Australia’s most rapidly changing regional cities.

The graphic used on the Architects Declare website.

UK architecture firms declare climate and biodiversity emergency

11 Jun 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Some of the UK’s biggest and best-known architecture firms have declared a “climate and biodiversity emergency” and pledged to strengthen working practices to help tackle it.

The world
Geelong waterfront.

Regional initiatives: betting on collaboration

5 Jun 2019, Helen Norrie

In the third in a series of essays that pick apart regional architecture in Australia, Helen Norrie turns her eye to a number of initiatives that hope to transform perceptions of regional life.

The Globe, Barcaldine by Brian Hooper Architect, M3 Architecture, architects in association (2015)

Reframing the regional conversation

28 May 2019, Helen Norrie

Regional towns and cities have historically been the backbone of Australia, yet they currently represent a blindspot in urban thinking. In a series of essays to be published on ArchitectureAU over the coming weeks, guest editor Helen Norrie examines the initiatives that are reframing the perceived limitations of smaller populations and geographical dislocation to present compelling alternatives to life in major urban centres.

Community consultation during the design development of Wanarn Clinic.

Architecture for Indigenous healthcare in the regions

27 May 2019, Timothy O’Rourke

Timothy O’Rourke reports on a current study investigating Indigenous perceptions and experiences of healthcare design in order to increase the efficacy of cross-cultural design in healthcare architects.

New residential towers along Melbourne’s Elizabeth Street as viewed from Queen Victoria Market.

Taming wild cities: the tall buildings of Australia show why we need strong design guidelines

24 May 2019, Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore looks at Melbourne’s “unruly and wild” crop of towers, and asks why there exists such a “gulf between what the centres of Australian cities look like […] and community expectations”

The MG/GT administration building in Kununurra, Western Australia by CODA Studio and Mark Phillips Architect (2013) services two Indigenous organizations in the wider Kimberley Region.

Working in Indigenous communities: Fourth World problems

24 May 2019, Kieran Wong

Kieran Wong laments the failings inherent in procuring essential work for Indigenous communities, a process in which politics, bureaucracy and a misguided push for innovation inhibit empowerment and reconciliation.

Large, angular sunhoods ameliorate the visual experience of an otherwise typical industrial shed in the design of MPH HQ (1018), enhancing the public value of a commercial building.

Alice Springs: On edge in the centre

22 May 2019, Sue Dugdale

Architect Sue Dugdale, who works and lives in Mparntwe, or Alice Springs, describes a “ a town with edges” with “multiple levels and types of anxiety” that define the town’s built and social fabric.

UN Secretariat building by Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier, Wallace Harrison, and others.

Glass skyscrapers: an avoidable environmental folly

21 May 2019, Henrik Schoenefeldt

Henrik Schoenefeldt argues that if architects “had paid more attention to the difficulties of building with glass, the great environmental damage wrought by modern glass skyscrapers could have been avoided.”

TPG Architects' extensions to and heritage adaptation of the School of Arts, Cairns Museum building (2017) restore the city's oldest public building while also adding a new chapter to the building's story.

A portrait of regional practice

20 May 2019, Shaneen Fantin

Shaneen Fantin speaks with practitioners in far north Queensland to discuss flexible practice models, working with government and the profits and pitfalls of collaboration.

The Sirius building by Tao Gofers, 1979.

An ‘era of disposable public buildings’: Philip Thalis on Sydney’s past and future heritage

15 May 2019, Philip Thalis

In a speech given at the 2019 National Trust Heritage Awards in Sydney, architect and City of Sydney councillor Philip Thalis railed against what he described as the “most voracious of booms.”

Daily life on Footscray’s Paisley Street.

Don’t forget the footpath – it’s vital public space

8 May 2019, Yvonne Meng

Using Melbourne’s Footscray as a case study, Yvonne Meng argues that the humble footpath is overlooked, although it is an equally if not more important public space for urban social life.

The 2019 National Architecture Conference captains’ lunch. L–R: Clare Cousins, Andy Fergus, Monique Woodward, Timothy Moore, Kerstin Thompson, Stephen Choi, Tania Davidge, Shelley Penn, and Julia Cambage. Absent: Nic Brunsdon and Kieran Wong.

Call to action: Defining the ‘Collective Agency’ of Australian architects

1 May 2019, Katelin Butler, Gemma Savio

The 2019 National Architecture Conference curators have enlisted eight industry thought leaders who will steer conversations around advocacy and activism in architecture.

Aerial view of Centennial Park, Sydney.

New minister for public spaces is welcome – now here are ten priorities for action

26 Apr 2019, Kurt Iveson

The re-elected NSW government has appointed Rob Stokes as minister for public spaces. Kurt Iveson pens a 10-point plan to make public spaces more plentiful and accessible for all.

The EY Centre by FJMT.

Reshaping Sydney by design – few know about the mandatory competitions, but we all see the results

23 Apr 2019, Gethin Davidson, Robert Freestone

The City of Sydney’s design competition policy has resulted in 26 completed projects and 46 approved proposals. Researchers consider the benefits and drawbacks of this now two-decade-old policy.

Richmond Hektik Kebab and HSP is located at a petrol station on a busy intersection in Richmond. Access by car is imperative – hence it faces the street and has flashing signage.

Kebab urbanism: Melbourne’s ‘other’ cafe makes the city a more human place

25 Mar 2019, Tahj Rosmarin, Sidh Sintusingha

The ubiquitous kebab van, which has become part of the urban character of Melbourne over the past three decades, can teach policymakers and planners a lot about placemaking.

Research in large practice

Research in large practice

18 Mar 2019, Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead and Sandra Kaji O’Grady introduce their guest-edited dossier for Architecture Australia, which looks at the state of research in large architecture practices in Australia.

A scene from the Practice in Research/Research in Practice symposium in 
Brisbane in 2017, which explored the diverse forms practice-based research may take and its value both within academia and the architectural profession.

Arrested development

13 Mar 2019, Peter Raisbeck

Peter Raisbeck argues that the lack of formalized research and development in Australian architecture practice is stymieing innovation.

Murray Fraser.

A British perspective on practice-based architectural research

8 Mar 2019, Murray Fraster

Murray Fraser, vice-dean of research at the Bartlett School of Architecture and as chair of the Research and Innovation Group at RIBA, explores practice-based research.

Nitotschka Titchkosky, now co-CEO of BVN.

Research in large Australian practices: A roundtable discussion

4 Mar 2019, Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, Naomi Stead

A frank and revealing discussion about how and why large Australian practices organize and fund research, and how they disseminate its findings.

The Lacrosse building in Melbourne's Docklands.

Cladding fire risks have been known for years. Lives depend on acting now

12 Feb 2019, Geoff Hanmer

While property sector seems to be offering its version of “thoughts and prayers” following the Neo200 fire the we have known of the risk for years and the problem can be rectified.

The Sirius building by Tao Gofers, 1979.

Selling Sirius would be a ‘grave mistake’

25 Jan 2019, Shaun Carter, Alex Greenwich

Clover Moore, Shaun Carter, Alex Greenwich and Jamie Parker have penned an open letter asking the NSW premier to reconsider the sale of the Sirius building in this open letter.

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.