Architecture Australia, September 2012

Architecture Australia, September 2012

Architecture Australia

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


Climbing plants create a vertical green backdrop to the skate park.
Projects | Olivia Hyde | 20 Nov 2012

Waterloo Youth Family Community Centre

The conversion of a community centre by Collins and Turner in inner Sydney redefines the green roof.

Swanston Academic Building is a new addition to RMIT University’s collection of buildings along Melbourne’s  Swanston street, which form “a city within a city.”
Projects | Des Smith | 9 Nov 2012

Swanston Academic Building

Swanston Academic Building by Lyons raises questions larger than architecture says Professor Des Smith.

Looking south along Swanston St.
Discussion | Paul Walker | 9 Nov 2012

Swanston Street precinct

Swanston Academic Building is right at home among the canopies, chaos and pockets of calm on this pivotal thoroughfare writes Paul Walker.

White brickwork sharply defines the form.
Projects | Sheona Thomson | 17 Dec 2012

Nineteen James

As part of a larger renewal program, Richards and Spence revitalizes a building on Brisbane’s James Street retail precinct.

Caritas College Junior School External Covered Area.
Projects | Stephen Ward | 7 Jan 2013

Three schools

The notion of place is the starting point for three South Australian schools by Tridente Architects.

The living room contains the esoterica of John Wardle, including toy farm animals and board games.
Projects | Stephen Loo | 9 Oct 2012

Shearer’s Quarters, Bruny Island

On Tasmania’s Bruny Island, Shearer’s Quarters by John Wardle Architects makes a transformational link from past to future.


AA Roundtable (May 2012) delegates (from left): Hal Guida, Catherine Townsend, Stuart Candy, Ben Hewitt, Timothy Moore.
People | Timothy Moore | 18 Feb 2013

Stuart Candy: The corroboration

An AA Roundtable interview with Foresight Leader Stuart Candy.

Hewett talks about the importance of an integrated design strategy for shaping the future of cities at AA Roundtable 07. (L–R): Harold Guida, Catherine Townsend, Stuart Candy, Ben Hewett and Timothy Moore.
People | Timothy Moore and Ben Hewett | 6 Feb 2013

Ben Hewett: The corroboration

Ben Hewett talks to Timothy Moore about solving big-picture problems of the built environment.

Rachel Smith: The corroboration
People | Timothy Moore | 11 Feb 2013

Rachel Smith: The corroboration

Rachel Smith talks with Timothy Moore about solving big-picture problems of the built environment.

South Australia’s capital, Adelaide.
Discussion | Michelle Tabet | 22 Jan 2013

The scale of tomorrow: architects as agents of change

As collaborators in city-making, architects bring invaluable multi-scalar thinking to the table.

111 Eagle Street by Cox Rayner Architects is an example of BIM efficiency. The building was developed with Arup through parametric modelling based on seed germination theory.
Discussion | Chris Knapp | 5 Apr 2013

Forward history: Practice beyond BIM

Architectural practice can be expanded through a fine control of the toolset.

Hylozoic Series, 2010 (detail) installation, 1500×1500×1500 cm.
People | Timothy Moore and Philip Beesley | 4 Feb 2013

Philip Beesley: Being responsive

Canadian architect and artist Philip Beesley talks to Timothy Moore about architecture that responds to setting.

This panel is one of 1010 unique panels that now line the surface of the UTS Great Hall mantle by DRAW. The 1.2 million panel perforations were determined via a Rhino grasshopper script that considered both global and local conditions of transparency for acoustic performance.
Discussion | Robert Beson | 17 Jan 2013

Manufacturing difference: the case for customisation

The convergence of construction and manufacturing technology gives architects greater control.

Architectural-computing workshops have become increasingly important to developing innovation in design and practice. Pictured: SmartGeometry 2011 at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen.

Frontier land: the future of architectural education

How should architects learn? In an age of frontier technologies, the future of architecture is a dynamic system of relationships.


Wang Shu talks with Helen Norrie at Brisbane’s artificial beach.
People | Helen Norrie and Wang Shu | 6 Nov 2012

Wang Shu: Cultural shift

Pritzker Prize-winner Wang Shu talks to Helen Norrie about his quiet revolution in China.

Over 1,500 people attended the 2012 conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, with over half the delegates being from Queensland.
Discussion | John Choi and Tai Ropiha | 21 Dec 2012

North of the border: National Conference review

The 2012 National Architecture Conference allowed architects to step outside their daily practice and drink in some inspiration.

Renata Sentkiewicz (right) remarks that while she and Iñaki Ábalos (left) are not a typical architectural partnership, their ”differences completely disappear at the moment of creation.”
People | Rachel Hurst | 21 Nov 2012

Ábalos+Sentkiewicz: Keep it simple

Madrid-based architecture duo Iñaki Ábalos and Renata Sentkiewicz talk to Rachel Hurst.

We don’t need another hero

We don’t need another hero

Monash University masters students critique the use — or misuse — of the hero shot in selling architecture.

Brian Klopper: Improbable architecture
People | Marcus Collins | 13 Dec 2012

Brian Klopper: Improbable architecture

A review of the Brian Klopper Architectural Projects exhibition held in Perth, 2012 tells us much about the man.


Virginia Kerridge Architect’s House in Country NSW takes inspiration from Katsura Imperial Villa where every detail is devoted to the experience of the landscape.
Discussion | Virginia Kerridge | 7 Nov 2012

Past occupation

When considering detail, attention to human scale is key, writes Virginia Kerridge.