‘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?


A decade in Australian architecture

31 Dec 2019, Linda Cheng

We recount the defining issues, perennial talking points and the most impactful buildings in this review of the past decade.

Blott House (1956) by Robin Boyd.

Celebration, collaboration and conservation: 2019 in review

24 Dec 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The final year of the decade was a testing one for architects, with a number of urgent issues – building standards, the climate crisis, and the industry’s relationship to Indigenous knowledge – all brought to the fore.

Cloister House by MORQ Architecture.

ArchitectureAU’s most popular houses of 2019

24 Dec 2019, Patrick Hunn

ArchitectureAU looks back at a year of Australian residential architecture and count down the top 10 most clicked-on stories.

What we've been reading in 2019

What we’ve been reading in 2019

20 Dec 2019, Josh Harris

Each year, dozens of books come across the editorial desk at ArchitectureAU, on subjects as varied as modernist houses, indoor plants and eccentric suburban interiors. Here are some of our favourites from 2019.


Australian firms pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2030

13 Dec 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Two Melbourne practices have signed on to the Net Zero 2030 pledge, pointing to a global certification process as “a roadmap for change.”

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.

Aerial image of Sydney.

Planning Greater Sydney

26 Nov 2019, Benjamin Driver, Philip Thalis

Philip Thalis and Benjamin Driver consider the latest planning strategy for Sydney, and ask do our conventional planning methods meet the needs of our evolving cities?

Esther Stam presents at Eat Drink Design Talks.

Combatting complacency in hospitality design

26 Nov 2019, Phillip Schemnitz

The inaugural Eat Drink Design Talks unpacked the challenges of hospitality design and speculated about its future.

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.

Adelaide Festival Centre by Hassell.

South Australian modernism exhibition a study in modesty

20 Nov 2019, Stuart Harrison

A survey of modernism in South Australia offers a chance to contemplate the qualities inherent to the modern movement that are missing from today’s projects.

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.

2018 MPavilion by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós.

A spectacle of pavilions

11 Nov 2019, Rachel Hurst

Ahead of a new set of pavilions set to open this summer, Rachel Hurst considers the burgeoning form. What is to be made of the pavilion phenomenon?

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.

At 500 Broadway, a mixed-use development in Santa Monica, California, an innovative prefabricated steel moment-frame facilitates the plasticity desired to strengthen the connection between home and street. Collaborator: Large Architecture (architect of record).

Coming soon: Koning Eizenberg’s upcoming projects

28 Oct 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Part of our ongoing review of the work of 2019 Gold Medallists Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg, we turn our attention to the architects’ future projects, with a collection of responses from peers and colleagues.

Distinctive solar chimneys in additions to
the John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica,California (2014) provide assisted passive cooling and offer students an
empirical lesson in differential air pressure.
Collaborator: Osborne Architects (executive

Excelsior Koning Eizenberg Architecture!

25 Oct 2019, Carey Lyon, Patricia Patkau

Peers and colleagues of 2019 Gold Medallists Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg reflect on their formidable combination, a take-no-prisoners approach to their architectural ambition, and a life’s work founded on conviviality.

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 Belmar Apartments in Santa Monica, California (2014) contributes 160 units of affordable housing to the Ocean Avenue South Development on one side of a public walk. Collaborators: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners (masterplan partner), KTGY Architecture and Planning (architect of record).

The housing projects of Koning Eizenberg Architecture

21 Oct 2019, Philip Goad, Brian Lane

Architecture Australia reflects on Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s pragmatic yet ambitious housing projects.

A new entry and exhibition space for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2004) connects an 1890s post office with a 1939 planetarium. A distinctive sunshade flutters in the wind and shades the glass. Collaborators: Perkins Eastman (architect of record), Ned Kahn (environmental artist).

The architecture of the everyday

18 Oct 2019, Frances Anderton, Nathan Bishop

Koning Eizenberg’s colleagues, peers and collaborators to speak to the practice’s diverse portfolio of sensitive and thoughtful public projects.

The space between architecture

The space between architecture

15 Oct 2019, Russell Fortmeyer

Russell Fortmeyer reflects on Koning Eizenberg Architecture’s decades-long transformation of the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles.

Hank and Julie's own home, 25th Street House in Santa Monica, California, features many moving parts that open it up to the outside. Obscured by landscape, the house only offers glimpses of itself.

At home in LA: Koning Eizenberg

14 Oct 2019, Aaron Besky

Aaron Betsky surveys the private and public work of Koning Eizenberg Architecture and identifies a distinctive expression suited to the messy vitality of Southern California.

Footpath Library by Jonathan Goh.

Modernist pools and a micro library: 2019 Brisbane Open House editor’s picks

11 Oct 2019, Gemma Savio

While it’s tricky to narrow down a must-see itinerary for Brisbane Open House from the 99 buildings on the program, the following sites are a good place to start.

At the summit.

Resilience in architecture

8 Oct 2019, Michael Gay

Architecture is a profession struggling to achieve balance and equity, and it can take a toll on all of us. Michael Gay gives advice on how to maintain balance and build resilience.

Crossing the street: a routinely paralysing experience for the author.

‘There are more of us than you may realise’: Severe mental illness in the workplace

7 Oct 2019, Kerwin Datu

Architect Kerwin Datu shares how his experience with a mental illness in the workplace has changed for the better since embarking “upon a … long-term process of trust-building and communication.”

Suzannah Waldron, Searle x Waldron Architecture, presenting University of Melbourne, End of Trip Facilities at The Architecture Symposium, Sydney.

The city-making potential of architecture

3 Oct 2019, Andrew Burges

Andrew Burges explores four key strategies to enhance architecture’s power in collective city-making, as demonstrated by the 16 inspiring projects presented at the 2019 Architecture Symposium, Sydney.

Muir and Shepherd’s design features distinctive triangular roof forms constructed using a series of prefabricated steel portal A-frames.

A ‘grand collective effort’ in a regional Victorian church

1 Oct 2019, Elizabeth Richardson

Muir and Shepherd’s church for a small community at Katamatite in northern Victoria represents a remarkable period of architectural experimentation.

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 plethora of iconic chairs, tables, light fittings and fabrics exhibited in the collection reflects Clement Meadmore’s prolific career.

Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design

30 Sep 2019, Philip Goad

The first major retrospective on the oeuvre of one of Australia’s pre-eminent designers and sculptors, Clement Meadmore: The art of mid-century design, makes a convincing argument that industrial design is an art form in its own right.

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?