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The 338 Pitt Street development, with lead design by FJMT.

Transformative, city-making proposal for central Sydney

6 Aug 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A team led by FJMT has won a design excellence competition to transform half a city block in Sydney with a proposal that will make its mark in the city skyline.

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Lake Macquarie council will consider building the winning project on a vacant block on Ocean Street in Dudley.

Competition to design ‘innovative’ housing in Lake Macquarie

6 Aug 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Lake Macquarie City Council has launched a $40,000 nationwide design competition seeking the “next-generation of urban housing in Australia.”

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A sketch of proposed alterations to the eastern boardwalk at the Sydney Opera House in Alex Popov's inaugural prize winning scheme.

A simple and obvious idea to transform the Sydney Opera House

6 Aug 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

We revisit the inaugural winner of the AA Prize for Unbuilt Work, awarded in 1993 to a scheme that proposed to transform and enhance “the most significant urban site in the country.”

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Victorian construction industry put on ‘pilot light’ setting as part of stage 4 lockdown

Victorian construction industry put on ‘pilot light’ setting

4 Aug 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Victorian government will partially shut down the state’s construction sites as part of stage four COVID-19 restrictions.

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Melbourne in 1838, shaped by surveyor Robert Hoddle's grid design.

More than 100 Melbourne buildings to be heritage protected

4 Aug 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Following an extensive heritage review commissioned by the City of Melbourne, 137 buildings and 5 precincts have been recommended for heritage protection.

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The Greenhouse by Blight Rayner.

Verdant office tower proposed for Brisbane’s West End

4 Aug 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Known as the Greenhouse, the building designed by Blight Rayner will “epitomize the south-east Queensland relaxed lifestyle.”

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The late Alastair Swayn was a Canberra architect and a director of Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn.

Alastair Swayn research grants on offer

4 Aug 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Alastair Swayn Foundation has launched a second round of research grants for 2020, with more than $20,000 on offer.

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Star Casino’s 51-storey tower by FJMT.

‘Zombie’ Star casino tower could be resurrected

3 Aug 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The NSW government’s draft strategy for the Pyrmont precinct has sparked fears the rejected Star casino tower proposal could return.

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The 49-storey tower to be built above  Sydney’s City Tattersalls Club, designed by BVN.

BVN wins competition for City Tattersalls Club redevelopment

3 Aug 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

BVN impressed the judging panel with an efficient floor plan and “elegant” and “calm” facade for the redevelopment of Sydney’s City Tattersalls Club.

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The north tower of Sydney’s Pitt Street over-station development, designed by Foster and Partners with Cox Architecture.

Foster and Partners, Cox Architecture design central Sydney tower

30 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The north tower of Sydney’s Pitt Street over-station development is designed by Foster and Partners with Cox Architecture.

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The existing North Sydney MLC building by Bates Smart and McCutcheon, completed in 1956.

Petition launched to save ‘seminal’ North Sydney MLC

30 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The petition calls for North Sydney Council to refuse the application for the proposed North Sydney MLC development.

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Sarah Abudareb is the inaugural recipient of a $60,000 scholarship encouraging women’s participation in architecture.

First recipient of WSU’s $60k scholarship for women announced

30 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Western Sydney University has named the inaugural recipient of a $60,000 scholarship for women studying architecture.

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600 Lonsdale Street by Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) and Fender Katsalidis.

Chicago’s SOM leads design of Melbourne office and hotel tower

28 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A 40-storey office and hotel tower designed by the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) and Fender Katsalidis will be built in central Melbourne’s legal precinct

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Tony Giannone is director of Tectvs and industry professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide.

Tony Giannone to be Institute’s next national president

27 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Australian Institute of Architects has appointed Tony Giannone as its 2021–22 national president.

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Will neighbourhood office hubs replace swathes of central-city office space, and short walks replace crowded commutes?

A new world: surviving a crisis

27 Jul 2020, Rory Hyde

Rory Hyde asks what sort of world we want to re-enter when we emerge from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bendigo Law Courts by John Wardle Architects.

John Wardle Architects’ designs ‘vibrant, contemporary’ law courts

27 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Designed by John Wardle Architects, the new Bendigo Law Courts “will be modern, efficient, calming, safe and connected to the rich cultural and architectural heritage of the region.”

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17-31 Cowper Street and 2A-2D Wentworth Park Road, Glebe, designed by Johnson Pilton Walker.

Social housing complex inspired by woolstores and terraces

23 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A Johnson Pilton Walker-designed scheme for social housing complex in Sydney’s Glebe is inspired by historic brick woolstore buildings and rendered terrace houses.

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14 to 30 Lee Street Tech Centre by SOM, Hassell and Woods Bagot.

Tech hub, towers and town centres to be fast tracked in NSW

23 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The NSW government’s latest tranche of fast tracked projects include a “city shaping” tech hub, a cricket centre, and a billion-dollar renewal of a city centre.

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Some  64.87 percent of survey respondents have had projects stalled.

Uncertainty hurting architecture industry as more jobs lost

23 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

An Australian Institute of Architects survey finds widespread cessation of projects and rising unemployment among architects.

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The proposed Little Lane Early Learning centre at the Drummoyne Reservoir by Milton Architects.

Heritage water reservoir to become childcare centre

21 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The state heritage listed Drummoyne Reservoir will be transformed into a childcare centre under a proposal designed by Milton Architects.

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Rooftop development at the Art Gallery of WA by TAG Architects and FJMT.

Largest rooftop venue in Perth planned for Art Gallery of WA

21 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Designed by TAG Architects and FJMT, the Elevate gallery space will be the largest rooftop venue in Perth.

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The Fiveways Junction development designed by Turner and Silvester Fuller.

Turner, Silvester Fuller design ‘significant’ Crows Nest tower

20 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A 36-storey tower development in Sydney’s north will amalgamate 19 allotments to form a “vibrant and welcoming gateway to Crows Nest Village.”

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Aerial view of Centennial Park, Sydney.

Ideas competition to reimagine Sydney’s public spaces

20 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The competition seeks ideas that could enhance the way public spaces bring people together and encourage inclusivity.

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UNSW is reducing its workforce by 493 full-time-equivalent positions.

UNSW Faculty of Built Environment to merge; staff cuts loom

16 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The University of NSW’s Faculty of Built Environment will merge with two other faculties as a response to financial hardship.

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Jewish Arts Quarter by Mclldowie Partners.

Cultural hub for Melbourne’s Jewish community proposed

16 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Key Jewish institutions in Melbourne have revealed ambitious plans for a new cultural hub designed by Mclldowie Partners.

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Meadowbank Education Precinct by Woods Bagot.

Major education precinct underway in Sydney’s north west

16 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

In Sydney’s Meadowbank, construction has begun on a primary and secondary school precinct, and the design for the revitalization of an adjacent TAFE campus is under consideration.

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Melbourne's public housing towers.

‘Vertical cruise ships’? Here’s how we can remake housing towers to be safer and better places to live

16 Jul 2020, Alan Pert, Katrina Raynor

There is a long international history of vilifying public housing estates. But high density is not the problem, say academics from the University of Melbourne. It is the way such buildings are designed, maintained and funded.

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The proposed expansion of the Australian War Memorial will be most significant investment since its establishment after World War One.

‘Wasteful’ war memorial project should be abandoned

14 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

The Institute said the the Australian War Memorial project has had “clear and numerous failures of due process.”

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The Victoria Cross integrated station development.

North Sydney’s tallest tower approved

14 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The NSW government has approved the proposed Victoria Cross integrated station development, paving the way for North Sydney’s tallest tower.

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The Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade development at 64 Goodwin Terrace by Conrad Gargett.

Historic Gold Coast theatre saved from demolition

14 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The historic facade of the Old Burleigh Theatre Arcade on the Gold Coast will be preserved under a plan to construct a 14-storey tower on the site.

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Proposed North Sydney tower designed by Bates Smart.

Mid-century North Sydney MLC building to be replaced

13 Jul 2020, Linda Cheng

North Sydney’s first high-rise office building is set to be demolished and replaced by the first net zero carbon ready building in the area.

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205 North Quay by Hassell, New York’s Rex and Brisbane firm Richards and Spence.

Winning design for Brisbane waterfront tower unveiled

9 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

An international design team comprising Hassell, New York’s Rex and Brisbane firm Richards and Spence has taken out a design competition for a 37-storey tower on the Brisbane river.

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Urban Forest tower in South Brisbane by Koichi Takada Architects.

Brisbane tower sprouting 1,000 trees proposed

7 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Koichi Takada Architects has designed a 30-storey tower for South Brisbane that will be home to five times more trees than the nearby park.

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The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo.

Backflip on Powerhouse Ultimo ‘a wonderful outcome’

7 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The NSW Government will keep the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo open as well as build a new museum in Parramatta.

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Preliminary concept render for the University of Melbourne's Fishermans Bend campus.

University of Melbourne’s $2b campus plan progresses

6 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The University of Melbourne has progressed its plans for a $2 billion campus at Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend, after a stage one planning application was submitted to the Victorian government.

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Moreau Kusunoki and Genton's winning design for Powerhouse Parramatta.

Green ban threatens new Powerhouse Parramatta

2 Jul 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The construction union has placed a green ban on the demolition of two heritage buildings which could put the proposed Powerhouse Parramatta project in jeopardy.

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Bondi memorial proposal by Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture and McGregor Westlake Architecture.

A memorial to Sydney’s victims of hate

30 Jun 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Waverley Council in Sydney has released shortlisted designs for a memorial in Bondi.

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Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills.

Draft NSW green space strategy released

30 Jun 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Government Architect NSW’s draft design framework outlines ambitious targets for for access to public open space across the state.

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Waterfront Brisbane by FJMT and Arkhefield.

Two ‘city shaping’ towers for Brisbane’s waterfront

30 Jun 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A $2.1 billion office development designed by FJMT and Arkhefield will comprise two tower at the edge of Brisbane’s city grid and the river.

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In 2014, the small Austrian village of Krumbach invited seven international architects to design bus stops for the town, including Bränden stop by Sou Fujimoto.

Hobart council calls for ‘playful’ bus shelter designs

30 Jun 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The City of Hobart has launched a competition to design innovative bus shelters for the city.

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Geelong Civic Precinct by Cox Architecture.

Victoria approves more than $1b worth of projects

29 Jun 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Victorian Government has approved more than $1 billion worth of projects in its latest tranche of fast-tracked approvals including major apartment projects, offices and Cox Architecture’s $150 million Geelong Civic Precinct.

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