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Italian design practice Formafantasma was commissioned by the NGV in 2017 to conduct a new body of research that investigated the impacts of the global trade in rare earth materials for consumer electronic products.

$20k design challenge for e-waste

19 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Urgent, real-world problems need creative ideas. The NGV and Creative Victoria has set designers a challenge.

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The coral greenhouse be installed by the John Brewer Reef.

Architects visualize greenhouse for imperilled Great Barrier Reef

18 Sep 2019, Josh Harris

An architecture practice has been commissioned to create a virtual reality animated video of an underwater sculpture showcasing reef science.

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Pitt Street north building.

Build-to-rent and Sydney metro combine in integrated development

18 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Sydney’s first build to rent project will be part of an integrated development above a proposed metro station in the central city.

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A previous climate march in Melbourne.

Stand up and strike for climate action

18 Sep 2019, Patrick Hunn

A Global Climate Strike is organized for 20 September and Australian architects are urged to take a stand on the climate crisis.

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Jordan Domjahn, winner of the 2019 Australian Design Graduate of the Year, Madeline Lester Excellence Award.

Nominations open for DIA Graduate of the Year Awards program

17 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The Design Institute of Australia’s Graduate of the Year Awards celebrate and support exceptional young Australian designers.

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627 Chapel St. by Cox Architecture.

Forrest Hill urban ‘island’ set for transformation

17 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Cox Architecture’s design of a corporate tower in South Yarra is influenced by the local council’s 20-year-old vision for the surrounding precinct.

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Beaconsfield housing for WPI by Studio Bright.

Studio Bright’s affordable homes for vulnerable women approved

16 Sep 2019, Patrick Hunn

A proposed four-unit housing project designed by Studio Bright will provide vulnerable older women permanent, secure homes.

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University of Melbourne, End of Trip Facilities by Searle x Waldron Architecture.

‘Making the city is a collective act’

13 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

A one-day symposium will see 16 Australian projects presented in pairs, which will highlight the architect’s role as a negotiate within an existing environment.

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Gibbons Street by DKO Architecture.

Social housing tower approved as Sydney faces ‘critical shortage’

13 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

A DKO-designed social housing tower will provide “an important piece of social infrastructure” in Sydney’s Redfern.

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The winning design for Parramatta Aquatic Centre by Grimshaw, Andrew Burges Architects and McGregor Coxall.

Ring-shaped aquatic centre design revealed after year of secrecy

11 Sep 2019, Linda Cheng

A funding dispute kept the winning design for Parramatta Aquatic Centre under wraps for more than a year.

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WA's first CLT office building by Harris Jenkins Architects.

WA’s first timber-framed office tower approved

11 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The six-storey building, designed by Harris Jenkins Architects, will comprise five office floors above a bar and restaurant.

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Helen Lochhead.

Institute president makes Women of Influence list

11 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Helen Lochhead has been recognized for helping to change the status quo to a “more equal, more diverse and vibrant society.”

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The Sydney Olympic Stadium by Populous and Bligh Lobb Sports Architecture will be refurbished.

Design competition launched for the Sydney stadium that survived demolition

11 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The $200,000-prize-pool competition calls for designs for the public precinct surrounding Sydney Olympic Park.

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Nightingale 2.0 by Six Degrees Architects and Hip V. Hype.

Second apartment development joins Nightingale family

10 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Designed by Six Degrees Architects, this Fairfield apartment building is the second in a long line of sustainable, architect-led housing developments.

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Transoccupation by March Studio.

March Studio’s plywood ‘beauty’ in Tallinn

10 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The curators of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale challenged each invited participant to create “a conduit for the emotional experience of beauty.”

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Kampung Admiralty by WOHA, the 2018 WAF Building of the Year. WOHA's co-founder Richard Hassell is on the Asia Pacific jury.

Panel of sustainability experts to judge $2m sustainable architecture competition

9 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Billed as “the word’s most significant” competition of its kind, the Lafarge Holcim Awards, will accept entries until February 2020.

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895 Ann Street by John Wardle Architects.

‘Subtropical’ Brisbane office tower on its way

9 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Designed by John Wardle Architects, the spaces of this office tower “aspire to be both fundamental and common to the future workplace.”

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Camp Hill Cottage by Owen Architecture.

Four ‘outstanding’ kitchen designs net architects trip to Italy

6 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

A kitchen for “serious cooking” and “the perfect holiday kitchen” are among the winners of the 2020 Smeg Tour Competiton.

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The Fern by Steele Associates.

Australia’s first Passivhaus apartment block a ‘sign of what’s possible’

6 Sep 2019, Patrick Hunn

The architect behind a block of highly airtight apartments in Sydney’s Redfern says the Passivhaus building principles might seem onerous, but are “worth taking seriously.”

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QT Hotel expansion proposal by Candalepas Associates [cropped].

Candalepas Associates designs expansion to QT Hotel in Sydney

4 Sep 2019, Linda Cheng

A proposal for a 13-storey extension of the QT hotel in Sydney by Candalepas Associates has been submitted to the City of Sydney.

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The Great Hall at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra (2001) by ARM Architecture.

National Museum of Australia names inaugural fellow in Australian design

4 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

A new initiative will see a design expert head a program celebrating and promoting Australian design at the National Museum of Australia (NMA).

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The view of Fender Katsalidis Architects’ Republic – set to become Canberra's tallest building – from Lake Ginninderra.

Canberra buildings of five or more storeys to go before design review panel

4 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The remit of the National Capital Design Review Panel, which begins permanent operation on October 1, has been expanded to include buildings all across Canberra.

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Hotel exterior.

Construction begins on Fender Katsalidis, Woods Bagot-design hotel at Melbourne Airport

3 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Construction has begun on a 10-storey, 464-room hotel at Melbourne Airport designed by Fender Katsalidis, with interior design by Woods Bagot.

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International Towers by Roger Stirk Harbor and Partners.

New and old favourites in Sydney Open 2019 program

3 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Now in its 22nd year, the 2019 Sydney Open festival will see a collection of modern and historical buildings open to the public on 2 and 3 November.

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"Connect and Celebrate" by Tract.

Five ‘visionary ideas’ for Brisbane golf course transformation

3 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Brisbane City Council has published five speculative plans for the transformation of a golf course north of Brisbane’s CBD into a public park.

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The proposed Sydney Modern expansion project for the Art Gallery of NSW by SANAA.

Contractor appointed for SANAA’s Sydney Modern expansion project

2 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The NSW government has appointed Richard Crookes Constructions to build the the $344 million Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) expansion project, Sydney Modern.

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The proposed development at the former Sands and McDougall manufactory and warehouse in West Melbourne, designed by Hachem.

Hachem designs terracotta-hued tower for historic West Melbourne factory site

2 Sep 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The City of Melbourne will consider a proposal for a mixed-use tower at the site of the former Sands and McDougall Manufactory and Warehouse in West Melbourne on 3 September.

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"Flinders Street Station - beyond the clocks" by Zarah Noriel.

Sweet success: Winners crowned in architectural bake-off

2 Sep 2019, Linda Cheng

Twenty-five baked representations of Melbourne’s architectural icons battled each other in the University of Melbourne’s “Bake, Batter, Build” competition.

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505-523 George Street by Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus.

DA submitted for Ingehoven and Architectus’ George St skyscraper

30 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

A development application for an 80-storey tower on Sydney’s George Street designed by Ingehoven and Architectus has been submitted for consideration by the City of Sydney.

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Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre by Carter Williamson Architects.

Ashes to arches: Carter Williamson resurrects Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre after fire

29 Aug 2019, Linda Cheng

Characterized by an undulating roof, the new Woodcroft Neighbourhood Centre by Carter Williamson Architects is set to become a civic landmark for the local area.

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Kerstin Thompson Architects' recently completed Northcote High School Performing Arts & VCE Centre is shortlisted for the 2019 World Architecture Festival Awards.

Architects appointed to design eight new schools in Victoria

28 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The Victorian government has appointed four local architecture firms to design eight new schools around the state.

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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, Editorial Desk AAU

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

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Auchenflower House by Vokes and Peters, 2017 Houses Awards Australian House of the Year.

Brisbane council developing strategy for a ‘design-led city’

28 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Brisbane City Council is seeking feedback on two draft documents to guide quality design across the city.

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Parramatta Park Cafe by Sam Crawford Architects.

Construction begins on Sam Crawford Architects’ replacement for fire-damaged Parramatta Park café

28 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Construction has begun on a new café within Parramatta Park in Western Sydney, replacing a café that was damaged beyond repair by a fire on Boxing Day in 2016.

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The fifth Festival of Urbanism will explore the intersection of housing, urban planning and health.

Festival of Urbanism to ask how housing and city planning affect our health

28 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The Festival of Urbanism 2019, taking place across Sydney and Melbourne from 2 September until 12 September, has the theme “cities, housing and health.”

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Grant House by Peter McIntyre (1956).

Peter McIntyre Beaumaris house heritage listed

28 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

A mid-century modernist house in Melbourne, one of Peter McIntyre’s innovative and experimental bowstring truss designs, has been recommended for state heritage listing.

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Australia Square Tower by Harry Seidler and Associates.

Experts name Australia’s best public concrete buildings

27 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

A panel of prominent architects and built environment practitioners has assembled a list of the ten “most outstanding” public buildings in Australia fashioned from concrete.

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Federation Square by Lab Architecture Studio and Bates Smart.

Federation Square earns heritage status for cultural significance

27 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

The Heritage Council of Victoria has determined that Federation Square is to be added to the Victorian Heritage Register.

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Adelaide micro-hotel by Woods Bagot.

Woods Bagot designs ‘micro hotel’ on site of Adelaide car park

27 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Woods Bagot has designed a 15-storey “micro-hotel,” to be constructed on the site of an existing car park on Adelaide’s North Terrace.

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The Australian Institute of Architects' survey found that "novation is no longer working optimally" and that "the principle allocating risk to the best person to manage it appears to be eroded."

Novation ‘can lead to serious unintended consequences,’ Institute survey finds

26 Aug 2019, Linda Cheng

The Australian Institute of Architects’ survey found that “novation is no longer working optimally” and that “the principle allocating risk to the best person to manage it appears to be eroded.”

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Bourke & Bowden Alexandria indicative design by Bates Smart.

Bates Smart designs concept for office complex for Sydney’s Alexandria

26 Aug 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Bates Smart has produced a design for a hospitality and office complex in a cluster of industrial buildings in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria.

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