Architecture Australia, May 2012

Architecture Australia, May 2012

Architecture Australia

Provocative, informative and engaging discussion of the best built works and the issues and events that matter.


2011–2012 national president of the Australian Institute of Architects Brian Zulaikha.
Archive | Brian Zulaikha | 25 Jul 2012


Brian Zulaikha’s foreword to the May 2012 issue of Architecture Australia.


Timothy Moore, editor, Architecture Australia.
Archive | Timothy Moore | 25 Jul 2012


Timothy Moore’s introduction to the May 2012 issue of Architecture Australia.


Johnson Pilton Walker – National Workers’ Memorial.
Archive | 2 May 2012

Screenshot: proposed and unbuilt projects

A selection of up-and-coming and unbuilt projects from Australian architects.

Denton Corker Marshall's proposal for a new Australia Pavilion in Venice.
News | 2 May 2012

A new Australia Pavilion for Venice

Denton Corker Marshall has been selected to design a permanent Australia Pavilion in Venice’s Giardini della Biennale.

Participants created 1:1 prototype inhabitable, floatable spaces.
Discussion | 2 Aug 2012

In brief: InFloatables

A Sydney workshop held in conjunction with London’s Architectural Association explores inflatable buildings.

Pictured here are some of the staff at Bates Smart.
Discussion | 6 Aug 2012

Snapshot: women in architecture

Provocative thoughts and comment about women architects, from 1975 to today.


An oversized off-form concrete portal marks the entry.
Projects | Philip Follent | 19 Jul 2012

Hinze Dam Visitor Centre and Parkland

Malcolm Middleton Architects and AECOM add a human dimension to civic infrastructure.

Opposing lines: a curved brick wall offsets the sharply angular roof.
Projects | Brett Seakins | 25 Jul 2012

Laurimar Community Activity Centre

A new centre by Croxon Ramsay in Laurimar, Victoria, is a fulcrum for a new Melbourne housing estate.

Laurimar is a new subdivision in Melbourne’s outer-northern City of Whittlesea.
Archive | 4 Aug 2012

Expectant Lots

Croxon Ramsay’s Laurimar Community Activity Centre is located in one of Melbourne’s fastest-growing municipalities.

The two-storey polycarbonate-clad volume containing a learning centre cantilevers over a manganese brick base.
Projects | John de Manincor | 3 Aug 2012

Ravenswood School for Girls

The aspirations of a private school on Sydney’s North Shore are articulated by Bligh Voller Nield.

The Women’s Health and Family Services building (left) and Foundation Housing (right) are located in Northbridge, on the edge of the Perth CBD.
Projects | Philip Goldswain | 30 Jul 2012

Foundation Housing and Women’s Health, Perth

A diverse public project in Perth combines domestic and institutional qualities.

A swooping form conceals exposed concrete beams at the ceiling-edge perimeter of the living space.
Projects | Jessica Niles DeHoff | 31 Jul 2012

Hong Kong high

The undulating lines of Affect-T take form inside a Hong Kong high-rise apartment.


The office of AECOM Brisbane is an amalgam of several existing companies, including EDAW, Maunsell and Davis Langdon.
Discussion | 14 Jul 2012

The advantage of size

A downturn in economic activity offers a moment to take stock and to reassess the future in the face of changing expectations.

Pro bono publico
Discussion | Ceridwen Owen | 17 Jul 2012

Pro bono publico

The service of architecture for the public good can be a gift without expectation of reward.

In 2010, women architecture graduates started on salaries that were, on average, 88% of men’s starting salaries. Pictured here are some of the staff at Bates Smart.
Discussion | Justine Clark | 24 May 2012

Engendering architecture

Women’s involvement in architecture is not only about social justice, it’s an economic imperative.

Director of Elenberg Fraser, Callum Fraser.
People | Timothy Moore and Callum Fraser | 16 Jul 2012

Interview: Callum Fraser

Finding a balance between economics and design: how architects can shape market forces.

New escalators in Comuna, Medellín, reduce commuting time for 12,000 residents from thirty to about five minutes.
Discussion | Anna Tweeddale | 7 Aug 2012

The value of agency

Anna Tweeddale asks ‘can experimentation be given a higher value in the lexicon of Australian cities?’

Evidence of the hasty retreat from this Spanish construction site office after projects went bankrupt and were abandoned is still visible three years later.
The World | Mario Ballesteros | 15 Sep 2012

Bye bye Barcelona

As he flees Barcelona for Mexico, architect Mario Ballesteros pens a flurried postcard.


Bianca Hester’s a world, fully accessible by no living being combined a temporary wall with a series of actions by the artist.
Discussion | Helen Walter | 13 Jul 2012

Wall/wall, chimney/chimney

Artists Bianca Hester and Tom Nicholson explored and interrogated chimneys and walls at Federation Square during November 2011.

A disability day centre by Architects Without Frontiers in Dien Ban, Vietnam.
Projects | Andrew Mackenzie | 1 May 2012

Architects without frontiers

AWF avoids uninformed knee-jerk responses in its not-for-profit work by ensuring the local community plays a central role.


Detail and manner
Discussion | Stuart Vokes and Paul Owen | 6 Aug 2012

Detail and manner

The austere Queenslander aesthetic can be a template for measuring detail, write Owen and Vokes.