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Victorian gov’t to boost building and development during COVID-19 crisis

Victorian gov’t to boost building and development during COVID-19 crisis

27 Apr 2020, Linda Cheng

Fast-tracking planning approvals and supporting Victoria’s infrastructure and housing are some of the measures the state government will use to stimulate the building and development industry.

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The architects' union is launching a drive to attract new members as the coronavirus crisis wreaks havoc on the industry, leaving workers vulnerable.

Architects’ union launches COVID-19 survey

24 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The union representing architectural workers in Australia has launched a survey to better understand the effect COVID-19 is having on their levels of employment.

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Green Spine by UN Studio and Cox Architecture.

Development approval blitz in Victoria

24 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Four large scale projects in Melbourne have been approved by Victorian government, as it announces a new taskforce to boost the building and development industry during the coronavirus crisis.

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Old Geelong Post Office City of Dreams illustration by Peter Campbell.

Retired architect creates colouring-in drawings of ‘City of Dreams’

23 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The “City of Dreams” colouring-in series includes drawings of Geelong’s historic and contemporary architectural landmarks.

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A reference design for the 2 O’Connell Street tower prepared by PTI Architecture and Interiors.

Parramatta tower to soar after height restriction lifted

23 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A Parramatta council planning panel has laid the ground work for the development of the tallest building in the city after it voted to allow are more than six-fold increate of the allowable height on the site.

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Concept design for the transformation of the former East Perth Power Station by Kerry Hill Architects.

Historic Perth power station to be transformed

23 Apr 2020, Linda Cheng

Billionaires Kerry Stokes and Andrew Forrest are backing a $218 million development of the historic East Perth Power Station, with Kerry Hill Architects leading the design.

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The proposed Levantine Hill Estate by Fender Katsalidis.

Fender Katsalidis designs barrel-vault winery for Yarra Valley

21 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Fender Katsalidis has designed a $20 million winery development for Levantine Hill Estate in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

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Mixed-use development at 614–632 High Street, Penrith, designed by DKO with landscape architect Turf Design Studio.

DKO designs Penrith tower influenced by cityscape

21 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A development application has been lodged for a 46-storey mixed-use development in Penrith designed by DKO Architecture.

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

Alastair Swayn Foundation offers research grants

21 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Applications are open for $2,000 and $5,000 architecture and design research grants offered by the Alastair Swayn Foundation.

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The Design Institute of Australia has released a survey on COVID-19 impacts.

DIA survey reveals COVID-19 pain

20 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A survey of professionals working in the design industry identified some of the key challenges facing respondents while also illuminating priorities going forward.

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The design of the testing centre is based on a shipping container, which doubles as the packaging for transport.

Hospital beds and coronavirus test centres are needed fast. Here’s an Australian-designed solution

20 Apr 2020, Deborah Ascher Barnstone

Architect Robert Barnstone is working on designs for hospital intensive care units and COVID-19 testing centres that use recycled shipping containers as the core structure. The units are to be self-contained and easy to distribute anywhere in the world.

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

Green light for much-anticipated Parramatta pool

20 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The much-anticipated Parramatta Aquatic and Leisure Centre project is a step close to fruition, with council approving the lodgement of a main works development application.

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The apartment building at 550 Epsom Road, Flemington by ARM Architecture.

Horseshoe apartment building at Flemington Racecourse

16 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

City of Melbourne councillors have unanimously supported a proposal to construct a 15-storey, horse-shoe-shaped apartment building on a “postcard” site adjacent to Flemington Racecourse.

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The Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct designed and masterplanned by Hassell.

WA’s first ‘medihotel’ on its way

15 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A hotel with the capacity to accommodate patients undergoing treatment and recovery is underway in Western Australia.

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Australia's exhibition proposal for the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale In Between by creative directors Jefa Greenaway and Tristan Long.

Australia pulls out of the 2020 Venice Biennale

14 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced it will no longer participate in the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale, scheduled to begin in August.

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The Queensland government has relaxed heavy vehicle lock out restrictions at the site of the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf project as a way of helping the project move forward.

Planning rules amended to support construction sector

14 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

State governments around the country have amended their respective planning regulations in an effort to keep the construction industry ticking over during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Fort Street Public School by FJMT.

FJMT design revamp of a unique school campus in Sydney

14 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

FJMT has designed the redevelopment of a historic public school located on a unique hilltop site in central Sydney.

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Glenn Murcutt inside the Australian Islamic Centre during construction.

Glenn Murcutt doc features in online film festival

14 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The 2020 Architecture and Design Film Festival has gone online, with Catherine Hunter’s “Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place” to headline.

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The winning proposal for the Cascades Female Factory History and Interpretation Centre by Liminal Studio, Snøhetta and Rush Wright Associates.

Cascades Female Factory project progresses

9 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A development application has been submitted for the long-awaited development at the World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart.

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Beaumaris House by Clare Cousins Architects.

Shortlist revealed: 2020 Houses Awards

9 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Across nine categories, 159 entries and three emerging practices have been shortlisted in the 2020 Houses Awards.

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Sandringham Primary School

Peter Elliott Architecture to design rebuilding of historic school destroyed by fire

7 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Victorian government has appointed Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design to design the rebuild of a historic school in Melbourne’s south after it was razed by fire.

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Gary Cleveland.

Founder of Design Tasmania Gary Cleveland dies

7 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Tasmanian designer and founder of Design Tasmania Gary Ogle Cleveland has passed away following a short illness.

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Chatswood High School redevelopment by Architectus.

‘School on a hill’ and ‘school in the trees’ planned for Chatswood

7 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Architectus has unveiled designs for a major overhaul of the public high school and primary school at Chatswood, a high-growth suburb on Sydney’s lower north shore.

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Oscar Seppeltsfield by Intro Architects.

‘Grand vision’ for Barossa Valley hotel revealed

7 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A South Australian winery aspires to create “the most desirable epicurean destination” in the world, unveiling a hotel design described as “the Sydney Opera House of the Barossa.”

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Haberfield Library and Community Hall by Lahznimmo.

Lahznimmo designs revamp of Haberfield library and community hall

6 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Construction is set to begin on the renewal of a heritage library and civic centre in Sydney’s Haberfield, designed by Lahznimmo.

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More than $5 billion of work cancelled, survey reveals

More than $5 billion of work cancelled, survey reveals

3 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Association of Consulting Architects’ second “pulse check” survey reveals architecture practices have “serious concerns” about workflow, financial damage, and sustaining employment due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Harbourside Shopping Centre Redevelopment concept proposal by FJMT and Aspect Studios.

Major Darling Harbour redevelopment revised

2 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

A new concept proposal for the redevelopment of Harbourside Shopping Centre in Sydney’s Darling Harbour has been submitted to the NSW government.

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Should construction sites be shut down in a pandemic?

Should construction sites be shut down in a pandemic?

1 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

In Australia construction is deemed an essential activity and work is continuing. But a group of young architects in the UK are calling for construction sites to be shut down to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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Pyrmont peninsula.

Pyrmont planning strategy released

31 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The NSW government has released a 10-point strategy for the planning of Pyrmont peninsula following a controversial review of the planning framework for the area.

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Second survey of COVID-19 effects on architecture practices launched

Second survey of COVID-19 effects on architecture practices launched

30 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Association of Consulting Architects has launched a second survey of architecture practices as the economic bite of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to deepen.

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Michael Sorkin

Michael Sorkin, ‘supremely gifted’ theorist and architect, dies from COVID-19

27 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

American architect, theorist and urbanist Michael Sorkin has died in New York after contracting COVID-19.

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Gabriel Poole, Awaroa 2016.

Gold Medalist Gabriel Poole dies

26 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Once described as “an unsung hero,” Gabriel Poole is one of the most significant architects to have emerged from Queensland.

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Institute calls for more stimulus for design and construction industries

Institute calls for more stimulus for design and construction industries

25 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

In an open letter to the prime minister, the Australian Institute of Architects has called for the government to implement more stimulus measures to support the design and construction industries.

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Crossman House by Kevin Borland.

Pleas for ‘significant’ Kevin Borland house to be saved

25 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The family of Kevin Borland has lodged an application to heritage list the Crossman House – “a modernist piece of architecture that’s significant in this country.”

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Amy Muir of Muir Architecture.

Jury announced, entries open for 2020 Think Brick Awards

24 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Think Brick Awards will be announced on 13 August 2020, and will be judged on craftsmanship and the innovative use of brick.

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The hotel development proposed for central Launceston designed by Scanlan Architects.

New hotels proposed for Launceston heritage precinct

24 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Two new interconnected hotels designed by Perth-based Scanlan Architects form an ambitious proposal that would transform Launceston’s heritage precinct.

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The house at the Cedars.

Snøhetta to design South Australian art gallery

24 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Hans Heysen Foundation has selected the Adelaide studio of Norwegian practice Snøhetta to design an art gallery and cultural precinct at The Cedars, the Adelaide Hills home of renowned father and daughter artists Hans Heysen and Nora Heysen.

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Malop Street Green Spine by Outlines Landscape Architecture

State government overrules ‘reckless’ council to save Geelong green spine

24 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The Victorian government has moved to protect the award-winning Geelong Green Spine from the local council’s wrecking ball, declaring Mercer and Garden streets a designated State Road Project.

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Ruckers Hill House by Studio Bright, a finalist in the Residential Interior category.

‘Original and masterful’: 2020 Dulux Colour Awards finalists

23 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The finalists of the 2020 Dulux Colour Awards “have set a new precedent” in the innovative use of colour, and texture, in the built environment.

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Small and medium architecture firms can apply for cash payments of up to $100,000.

Help for architects in COVID-19 stimulus package

23 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The federal government has announced up to $100,000 of income support will be made available to businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Indicative render of the proposed Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide. Not a true reflection of the final design.

Design consortium appointed for major new Adelaide hospital

21 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

The South Australian government has appointed a multi-practice consortium to design a major new hospital in Adelaide.

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