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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, ArchitectureAU Editorial

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.

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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
architect).

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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Having worked with architects, Jon felt confident in the design sensibilities of Dock4 Architects.

Working with an architect: Apollo Bay House

24 Sep 2019, Katelin Butler

When a close friend recommended Dock4 Architects to Jon Swann, he felt immediately confident that the studio would work wonders on his shack in Tasmania’s Apollo Bay. Sitting down with Katelin Butler, he recounts that his trust in the design team made for a delightfully unexpected architectural solution.

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Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

23 Sep 2019, Michael Ambrose, Stephen Berry

New analysis finds that four in five new houses are being built to the minimum standard and a negligible proportion to an optimal performance standard.

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The Paddock, an “eco-village” of 26 homes designed by Crosby Architects being built in Castlemaine in Victoria.

Actions for sustainable architecture

20 Sep 2019, Josh Harris

Designing sustainable buildings and cities is key to reducing emissions. ArchitectureAU asks three experts what is going right, what’s going wrong and what needs to happen next.

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Parliament of Victoria Members' Annexe by Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design, winner of the Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture at the 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards.

Our country is burning, our buildings are hemorrhaging, but architecture could save us

20 Sep 2019, Linda Cheng

Australia is not equipped to deal with the climate crisis. Architects need to rediscover their collective voice and agency.

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Melbourne’s Southbank.

We have the blueprint for liveable, low-carbon cities. We just need to use it

20 Sep 2019, Deo Prasad

How do we build future cities that are sustainable, liveable and affordable in the age of the climate crisis?

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La casa telematica by Ugo La Pietra (1983).

How does the future affect today’s domestic architecture?

17 Sep 2019, Colin Martin

Through six themes and a meandering series of dreamlike passages, the Home Futures exhibition revisits predictions made by twentieth-century designers to explore how our understanding of “home” is changing over time.

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Super Tight at RMIT Design Hub.

Making a mess: Life and liveliness in the urban extreme

17 Sep 2019, Patrick Hunn

Could the messiness of life be the key to living in extremely dense spaces? An exhibition at RMIT Design Hub Gallery explores urbanism in Asian cities.

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A winning entry in the NSW government's missing middle design competition by Madigan Architecture / University of South Australia.

People want and need more housing choice. It’s about time governments stood up to deliver it

16 Sep 2019, Roberta Ryan

Governments need to challenge the vested interests that argue against policies to deliver more diverse housing and seek to preserve Australians’ suburban way of life.

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Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez, Bloom, Victoria Park, London (2012).

Designing Women

13 Sep 2019, Nicole Kalms

An exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria highlighted the dynamic and critical force of female designers in shaping contemporary design culture.

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Hauntingly bare, the black and white photographs depict only brief glimpses of suburban habitation.

Home: A Suburban Obsession

10 Sep 2019, Alice Hampson

Home: A Suburban Obsession was held in March as part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum and continued at the State Library of Queensland until July.

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Hogg and Lamb’s design for the Kenmore Presbyterian Church in Brisbane’s Pullenvale will work to offer a grand spatial experience within a modest scale that is respectful of its residential setting.

Designing Australia’s sacred spaces and religious buildings: past, present and future

9 Sep 2019, Ursula de Jong

For people of faith, religious buildings are tangible places in which to contemplate a transcendent being. Ursula de Jong examines how universal ideas of divinity, togetherness and worship are expressed in historic and contemporary architecture.

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Serpentine Pavilion 2019 designed by Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery, London.

The architecture of exploitation

9 Sep 2019, Warwick Mihaly

Architecture practices that employ unpaid interns are benefiting from their exploitation and personal sacrifice. Warwick Mihaly argues that it’s time to redefine success.

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The Bauhaus school in Dessau, Germany.

Bauhaus centenary: Designing the modern world

5 Sep 2019, Colin Martin

While it was open for only 14 years, the Bauhaus school of art and design had a huge impact on design and architecture internationally. To mark its centenary, Colin Martin looks back at some of its key players and their influence.

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Amerika Square office hub in Copenhagen by PLH Arkitekter.

Designing the disrupted workplace: 2019 Work Place/Work Life conference

2 Sep 2019, Sing d'Arcy

Each year the Work Place / Work Life forum explores the seismic shifts happening in workplace design throughout Australia and abroad – from technological disruption to the rise of the sharing economy.

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Research shows that climate change is contributing to increasing bushfire risk.

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects declares climate emergency

28 Aug 2019, ArchitectureAU Editorial

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency.

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The under construction Crown Resorts casino at Barangaroo by Wilkinson Eyre.

Protocol failure: Sydney’s public urbanity is disappearing behind aggressive, private individualism

21 Aug 2019, Laura Harding

Laura Harding argues that Sydney’s planning regulatory framework is putting the city at risk of trading its public landmarks for monuments to gambling and real estate.

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Sydney Park Road by DKO Architecture and Breathe Architecture.

Making a more scalable impact in housing: 2019 Housing Futures conference

12 Aug 2019, Alysia Bennett

In her review of the 2019 Housing Futures conference in Melbourne, Alysia Bennett finds a forum that “provides a concrete and acute understanding of the implications of possibilities and barriers to delivery and scalability of best practice housing.”

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The graphic used on the Architects Declare website.

Institute endorses architects’ declaration of climate emergency

29 Jul 2019, ArchitectureAU Editorial

The Australian Institute of Architects has endorsed a declaration of a climate and biodiversity made by Australian architects.

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The graphic used on the Architects Declare website.

Australian architects join global movement to declare climate emergency

26 Jul 2019, ArchitectureAU Editorial

Thirty architects and practices have become Australia’s founding signatories in a declaration stating “a climate and biodiversity emergency.”

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The amphitheatre and plaza in Hassell and Herzog & de Meuron’s competition-winning scheme for Flinders Street Station, Melbourne (2013). No funding for the project had been secured by the Victorian government at the time of the competition.

Regaining a competitive edge

24 Jul 2019, Michael Keniger

The proliferation of architectural design competitions risks devaluing the real merits of a fair and well-ordered process. Michael Keniger surveys a suite of initiatives.

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Boyd House, Walsh Street, South Yarra 1958. Architect: Robin Boyd.

Why old is new again: The mid-century homes made famous by Don’s Party and Dame Edna

23 Jul 2019, Kirsty Volz

From Robin Boyd to Barry Humphries, the connection between Australia’s mid-century modern houses and popular culture demonstrates their cultural and heritage value.

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