Discussion

The three-metre “Foreverhome” tower, produced during the 2020 Abedian School of Architecture Design Charrette (led by invited practitioners Rodney Eggleston and Anne-Laure Cavigneaux of March Studio), was produced collectively by the students to explore construction for high-density living.

Designing hope: The role of architecture education in the climate crisis

10 Aug 2020, Chris Knapp, Philip Oldfield

What do students need to learn now in order to ameliorate the climate crisis and bring sustainable techniques to the profession in a radically different future.

Discussion
Gillies Hall at Monash University's Peninsula campus by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects demonstrates that Passive House is a viable option for large residential projects in Australia.

Passive House: Analyzing design’s fourth dimension

6 Aug 2020, Kate Nason

Travelling to Vancouver, New York and Brussels, Kate Nason found that the Passive House standard was central to emission-reduction efforts in all three cities.

Discussion
University of Wollongong's Sustainable Buildings Research Centre by Cox Richardson (now Cox Architecture).

Decarbonizing the construction sector: The role of certification

4 Aug 2020, Davina Rooney

The CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia explains how the organization aims to take advantage of the construction sector’s ability to decarbonize in order to create the change required for a sustainable future.

Discussion
Ellen Buttrose.

Climate and politics in the tropics

3 Aug 2020, Linda Cheng

Two members of People Oriented Design explain how the challenging climatic and political environments of Far North Queensland impact their approach to sustainable practice.

Discussion
Emma Williamson.

If we want to make the biggest impact, we can’t just be obsessed with the building

30 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

Emma Williamson, CEO and co-founder of The Fulcrum Agency explains how her practice is “working invisibly behind the scenes” to influence better outcomes.

Discussion
Neil Logan.

Knowledge, advocacy and design: how BVN is tackling the climate crisis

28 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

Neil Logan, co-CEO of BVN, shares how the practice he’s leading is development an action plan to tackle the climate crisis.

Discussion
Kerry Clare (left) and Lindsay Clare (right).

Super highrise is not the answer

27 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

In the fight against the effects of climate change, Clare Design directors Kerry and Lindsay Clare argue the challenge extends beyond our buildings and into the urban realm.

Discussion
Ken Maher.

Minimum standards must be lifted significantly

23 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

Ken Maher, president of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) says regulations need to be lifted and more incentives introduced to meet the climate challenge.

Discourse
Helen Lochhead.

Educating clients is the responsibility of every architect

21 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

Helen Lochhead, immediate past national president of the Australian Institute of Architects outlines the steps the Institute is taking to support its members in the climate challenge.

Discussion
Jefa Greenaway.

Indigenous people were the first ecologists

20 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

Jefa Greenaway, director of Greenaway Architects, says the built environment professions have a lot to learn from Indigenous knowledge systems in the effort to combat the effects of climate change.

Discussion
Paul Toyne.

Achieving net zero is just a start

16 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

Paul Toyne, Grimshaw’s practice sustainability leader says that achieving net-zero carbon emissions won’t enough and more action is needed.

Discussion
Jeremy McLeod.

Simple steps towards a sustainable future

14 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

Jeremy McLeod, founder and director of Breathe Architecture outlines some actionable steps for a more sustainable future.

Discussion
Caroline Pidcock.

‘Build less, build smaller,’ says Caroline Pidcock

13 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

Caroline Pidcock, spokesperson for Architects Declare Australia, says designing efficient building envelopes plays a big part in reducing carbon emissions.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
The AA Roundtable 01 event took place on 21 July 2009 at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre as part of the State of Design Festival.

‘It takes a catastrophe to refocus people’

11 Jun 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

As the economic crisis deepens we continue our project of looking back at the architecture industry in past crises.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.”

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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?

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion
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.

Discussion