If architecture is the canary in the coalmine, the outlook for construction is appalling

If architecture is the canary in the coalmine, the outlook for construction is appalling

9 Jul 2020, Geoff Hanmer

Geoff Hanmer argues the federal government should learn from the global financial crisis and provide funding for a long list of school, health, community and social housing projects to overcome the valley of death.

Sydney CBD.

A sustainable future starts now

7 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

We asked 10 industry leaders about how the architecture industry can and should respond to the climate crisis.

Stephen Choi.

So, we’ve declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. Where to from here?

6 Jul 2020, Stephen Choi

Stephen Choi outlines how architects – at the most practical level – can save the earth, from deepening our understanding of human behaviour to uniting disconnected habitats and building in resilience.

Lessons from the global financial crisis

Lessons from the global financial crisis

2 Jul 2020, Howard Tanner

Howard Tanner, former national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, reflects on his experience running a practice through financial crises.

The Dubai Pearl by Caulfield Krivanek in association with Shweger Associates (Hamburg).

Recession survival: How to secure overseas commissions

25 Jun 2020, Robert Caulfield

After Australia’s last recession of the 1990s, former Australian Institute of Architects national president Robert Caulfield saw an opportunity in procuring international work. He shares his experiences.

Robert Caulfield.

How to survive a recession

18 Jun 2020, Robert Caulfield

Former Australian Institute of Architects national president Robert Caulfield reflects on his experience from the 1990s recession and outlines a 10-point checklist for survival and recovery.

Melanie Dodd.

Is architectural education outmoded, overpriced and increasingly irrelevant?

9 Jun 2020, Melanie Dodd

Architectural educators are inventing and trialling new education models to meet the challenges brought on the ‘marketization’ of higher education.

The economic bite from the sudden onset of the coronavirus pandemic has already started to take a toll on architects.

How architects fared in the last recession

4 Jun 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

With a recession upon us, we dig through the Architecture Australia archives to find a state by state breakdown of how architects fared in the last recession of the early 1990s.

Our voices places the reader in the time/space of Indigeneity across the globe.

Our voices: Indigeneity and architecture

2 Jun 2020, Karamia Müller

Indigenous knowledge systems will be vital in managing our planet’s complex future challenges and Indigenous voices are critical to flourishing built environments. It is urgent and necessary to hear them.

Wilcannia Hospital Redevelopment.

Addressing Indigenous heritage through design

1 Jun 2020, Carroll Go-Sam, Dillon Kombumerri

Connecting to Country, rather than being overwhelmed by thousands of years of culture and history, is the first step to an architectural future more enriched by Indigeneity, says Dillon Kombumerri.

It is time to get the facts straight on mental health in architecture

Work-related mental wellbeing in architecture

28 May 2020, Maryam Gusheh, Naomi Stead

In an age in which mental illness is so common, it is time to get the facts straight on mental health in architecture so that we can act accordingly.

Inside the geometric exterior of Blak Box, an asymmetrical round – a “place for sound” – reflects Kevin O’Brien’s preoccupation with opposing conditions.

A space for storytelling: Blak Box

28 May 2020, Kevin O'Brien

A mobile pavilion designed by Kevin O’Brien rejects stereotypes and positions Indigeneity as “an interdependent condition with global connections.”

Deep listening and what it means for the built environment were the subject of a discussion during the 2019/2020 Blakitecture series.

Blakitecture: Beyond acknowledgement and into action

28 May 2020, Sarah Lynn Rees

Normalizing Indigenous processes in architecture for all practitioners is the long game. In the meantime though, the profession needs to simply get on with implementing the lessons we have already learnt, writes Sarah Lynn Rees.

The proposed plaza and building on Sydney's George Street designed by David Adjaye and Daniel Boyd.

Future Indigeneity: Shared values in the built environment

26 May 2020, Carroll Go-Sam

In recognition of National Reconciliation Week, Carroll Go-Sam outlines how new approaches to design, agency and participation are securing the future of Indigeneity and reshaping architecture.

Those arguing that cities with higher densities can be less vulnerable to pandemics point to Hong Kong as an example.

As coronavirus forces us to keep our distance, city density matters less than internal density

14 May 2020, Elek Pafka

As coronavirus forces us to keep our distance, city density matters less than internal density

Nik Karalis, CEO of Woods Bagot, working from home.

Negotiating an ‘undefined and uncontained’ crisis

6 May 2020, Linda Cheng

Woods Bagot CEO Nik Karalis speaks with ArchitectureAU editor Linda Cheng about his global firm’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Liam Young.

‘Storytelling is a critical act of architecture’: Liam Young

28 Apr 2020, Liam Young

In widening the scope of architecture beyond buildings alone, could architects design the next Hollywood blockbuster or video game landscape?

A proposed social housing demonstration project in Southport, Queensland by Anna O'Gorman.

Why the focus of stimulus plans has to be construction that puts social housing first

27 Apr 2020, Geoff Hanmer

While the response so far has been to focus on “fast-tracking” infrastructure, the current crisis has highlighted a number of pressing social needs, writes Geoff Hanmer.

Federation Square is a major gathering place and locus of public life in Melbourne.

Valuing the civic: the future of Federation Square

23 Apr 2020, Tania Davidge

As the city around Melbourne’s Federation Square continues to evolve, the fundamental value of the square, as the city’s main public, civic and cultural gathering place, must be maintained.

Francis Kéré talking on video.

Panic is not on the agenda: Deerubbin 2020

3 Apr 2020, Rohan Bodman

As COVID-19 began to bite in the middle of March, the Deerubbin architecture conference on a secluded island took on an air of urgency.

Led by Australian designers, Gossamer is proposing projects like the Jing River waterfront that celebrate the site’s history while also emphasizing the vitality of good design.

Australian architects and the future of Chinese cities

2 Apr 2020, Silvia Micheli, Paul Violet

The rapid urbanization of China is opening up significant opportunities for Australian architectural practices.

Architect Richard Harris is a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

Managing in uncertain times

2 Apr 2020, Richard Harris

Experienced architect and practice leader Richard Harris shares his thoughts on weathering economic hardship.

Prahran Square by Lyons Architecture and Aspect Studios.

Car park to plaza conversion fails to square with locals

1 Apr 2020, Dom Cerantonio

The redevelopment of a supermarket car park in Melbourne’s Prahran promised an inviting and welcoming open space. But local architect Domenic Cerantonio says the result is the exact opposite.

Aerial view of Centennial Park, Sydney.

Public spaces bind cities together. What happens when coronavirus forces us apart?

26 Mar 2020, Tahj Rosmarin

The outbreak of coronavirus and its immediate impacts, such as social distancing, have raised many questions about the role of public space in such times.

Landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom, from Landprocess, shared lessons from Bangkok.

Defiant and spirited: The Architecture Symposium, Brisbane

25 Mar 2020, Laura Harding

At The Architecture Symposium, Brisbane, held on 13 March 2020, eight speakers reflected on the theme of water, refracting their architectural output through its unifying, yet mutable, lens.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s structure in Sensing Spaces enabled visitors to climb, via hidden spiral staircases, to the gallery’s ornate ceiling to experience a different perspective.

Curating as a spatial practice

25 Mar 2020, Kate Goodwin, Rory Hyde

London-based designers and exhibition curators Rory Hyde and Kate Goodwin converse on the value of spaces where architecture can be recognized as an integral part of culture.

A double-layer roof at Harivillu 1, completed in 2019 in a rural village in Andhra Pradesh, reduces heat penetration and encourages passive ventilation to mitigage the hot, dry climate.

The Anganwadi Project: From little things, big things grow…

25 Mar 2020, Esther Charlesworth

Esther Charlesworth explores the work of an Australian NGO that recruits skilled architects to volunteer their time to work on preschool centres in India.

Outbreaks like coronavirus start in and spread from the edges of cities

Outbreaks like coronavirus start in and spread from the edges of cities

19 Mar 2020, S. Harris Ali, Creighton Connolly

The ongoing coronavirus is an example of the close relationships between urban development and new or re-emerging infectious diseases.

Te Pae, Christchurch Convention Centre by Woods Bagot with Warren and Mahoney.

In it to win it: procuring projects abroad

17 Mar 2020, Ross Donaldson

What are the challenges and opportunities for Australian architecture practices working internationally? Ross Donaldson, who led the global growth of Woods Bagot, shares his insights.

NSW building certification bill still lets developers off the hook

NSW building certification bill still lets developers off the hook

6 Mar 2020, Geoff Hanmer

The News South Wales government is struggling to implement building industry reforms recommended by the Shergold-Weir report over two years ago.

Nightingale Village by Kennedy Nolan.

Equality, diversity and global challenges

6 Mar 2020, Katelin Butler

The 2020 International Women’s Day gives pause to reflect on what an “equal, enabled” world means in the face of global challenges.

Aureate features small-scale models that make up seven shimmering cityscapes.

All that glitters: Architect creates shimmering miniature cityscapes

28 Feb 2020, Alice Francis

Australian artist and architect John Gatip has created a series of intricate, gilded cityscapes, provoking reflections on the monetary and aesthetic value of our cities.

In the main gallery, the vessels are displayed on a surface composed of forty-five tables designed by John Wardle Architects.

Dialogues and dichotomies of vessels

25 Feb 2020, Cassie Hansen

Cassie Hansen reviews An Idea Needing to be Made, an exhibition of ceramic art that explores the dichotomous still life of the ubiquitous vessel.

House in Country NSW by Virginia Kerridge Architect. Australian House of the Year 2011.

A decade of Australian residential architecture

24 Feb 2020, Marcus Baumgart

Marcus Baumgart reflects on the past decade of Australian House of the Year winners from the Houses Awards, offering an insight into the changing nature of how we live.

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.

Harry Seidler and fellow students at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, USA, 1946.

Thistleblowers: Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond

12 Feb 2020, Caroline Montague

Caroline Montague explores a new publication that celebrates this iconic movement and the spread of its influence.

The Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre in North East Arnhem Land (2014), built on the land of the Yolngu people and designed by Build Up Design, is an example of a project that combines Indigenous customs with introduced ways to negotiate a creative synthesis.

The Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture

4 Feb 2020, Julie Willis

Julie Willis reviews this hefty volume which provides a significant snapshot of our understanding of Indigenous architectures throughout the world.

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.