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Exhibition image of Yayoi Kusama’s Flower Obsession 2017 on display in NGV Triennial at NGV International 2017.

‘High art’ and entertainment: NGV Triennial

11 Apr 2018, Rachel Hurst

Rachel Hurst reviews the National Gallery of Victoria’s “blockbuster” inaugural NGV Triennial exhibition, with works from more than 100 contributors from 32 countries.

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Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre by BVN.

Game on: The architecture of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

4 Apr 2018, Linda Cheng

ArchitectureAU takes a look at the new and significantly redeveloped sporting facilities playing host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

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Sketch portraits of The Architecture Symposium speakers.

‘Eating the whole pig’: Highlights from the 2018 Asia-Pacific Architecture Forum

21 Mar 2018, Phillip Nielsen

Phillip Nielsen reviews the 2018 Asia Pacific Architecture Forum, which took place at venues across Brisbane from 10 to 23 March.

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Charles House garden: Scleranthus biflorus (cushion bush) grows around granite boulders and clumps of grasses capture the golden morning light.

Living landscapes: Five residential gardens

14 Mar 2018, LandscapeAustralia Editorial Desk

From the conscious chaos of the Towers Road Residence garden to the restrained elegance of Fairfield House, Landscape Australia editor Emily Wong rounds up five recent projects that explore landscapes as spaces for living.

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A render of the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre by Peter Stutchbury Architecture.

The women behind Australia’s built future

7 Mar 2018, Linda Cheng

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, ArchitectureAU speaks to the women at the helm of five highly anticipated architectural projects, from a new model of housing to vast and complex educational and healthcare facilities.

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‘A gracious and elegant lady doing a man's job’: Australia's first woman architect

‘A gracious and elegant lady doing a man’s job’: Australia’s first woman architect

7 Mar 2018, Linda Cheng

ArchitectureAU revisits Robert Freestone and Bronwyn Hanna’s 2008 book Florence Taylor’s Hats, which chronicles the extraordinary achievements of Australia’s first woman architect.

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Mrs M: a story of architectural and romantic alliances in a bold new world

Mrs M: a story of architectural and romantic alliances in a bold new world

27 Feb 2018, Stella de Vulder

Stella de Vulder reviews Mrs M, a historical fiction told through the eyes of Elizabeth Macquarie, widow of Governor Lachlan Macquarie and her alliance with convict architect Francis Greenway.

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John Gollings: The history of the built world at Monash Art Gallery.

John Gollings: The history of the built world

22 Feb 2018, Paul Walker

Paul Walker visits a major retrospective exhibition of John Gollings’ work and finds the photographer “an explorer of the architectural image’s possibilities.”

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M+, a museum of visual culture, by Herzog and de Meuron.

Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week to partner with Melbourne in 2018

16 Feb 2018, Editorial Desk AAU

Melbourne has been selected as the partner for Business of Design Week 2018, ArchitectureAU reports on the 2017 program in anticipation of the focus on Melbourne’s creative sector in 2018.

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Artichoke Night School session twenty-four speakers (from left) Ronnen Goren, Tracey Wiles, Michael Drescher and Ben Kluger.

Artichoke Night School No. 24: The value of hotel design

1 Feb 2018, Hannah Wolter

Four designers discussed the value of hotel design at the recent Artichoke Night School session in Melbourne.

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Green Square Library and Plaza by Stewart Hollenstein and Colin Stewart Architects.

Five architecture competitions coming to fruition in 2018

17 Jan 2018, Linda Cheng

ArchitectureAU rounds up five of the most anticipated projects that originated from design competitions and are nearing completion.

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Sirius building in The Rocks, Sydney, designed by Tao Gofers, 1979.

The hottest issues of 2017

27 Dec 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

From architects behaving badly to fighting to save our public assets, we round up the top events of the year that were most resoundingly decried by our readers.

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Bardon House by Bureau Proberts.

Back to nature: Most popular houses of 2017

27 Dec 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

The top five most popular houses published on ArchitectureAU in 2017 are deeply concerned with their place in the Australian landscape.

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The MONA Hotel, HOMO, designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects.

Top future projects of 2017

27 Dec 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

These are the as-yet unbuilt projects that most captured the attention of ArchitectureAU readers this year.

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One-Storey House, Nelson by Irving Smith Architects.

New Zealand’s most popular houses of 2017

20 Dec 2017, Amelia Melbourne-Hayward

From a relaxed holiday home on Waiheke Island, to a suspended glazed box in Wanaka, we turn our eyes across the ditch to take a look at some of New Zealand’s most eye-catching houses in 2017.

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Moments of Place by Simon Pendal, Robyn Creagh and Shannon Lyons.

Moments of Place: ‘A Tri-polar investigation into Einstein’s spacetime’

4 Dec 2017, Leon van Schaik

A collaboration between an architect, researcher and artist, Moments of Place at Perth’s Paper Mountain gallery dealt with ideas of place and the imagined audience.

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The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital by Conrad Gargett Lyons is one of several projects by the practice that has had a significant impact on Brisbane.

An ‘impossible task’: 125 years of practice collected in Conrad Gargett: 1890–2015

27 Nov 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

A new history of the 125-year old Conrad Gargett lays out the ways the practice has shaped Queensland’s architectural fabric.

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The Sydney box set.

From convict architects to radical modernists: Footpath Guides’ architectural history of Sydney

24 Nov 2017

A recently published box set of Sydney architectural walking guides includes three books: Sydney The Rocks, Sydney Inter-War, and Sydney Modern.

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The Sirius social housing complex designed by Tao Gofers, 1979.

‘On the rocks’: The story of Sirius and the fight to save it

3 Nov 2017, Josh Harris

Three members of the Save Our Serious foundation have created a book that tells the history of Sirius, from the 1970s green ban-era to the court battle for its heritage protection.

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Robin Boyd: Spatial Continuity

Robin Boyd: Spatial Continuity

2 Nov 2017, Janina Gosseye

Janina Gosseye reviews a new book by Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright which examines the work of Robin Boyd through the lens of German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s theory of spatial continuity.

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The Rocks, aerial view of 1967 scheme.

The House that Jack Built: Jack Mundey, Green Bans Hero

2 Nov 2017, Peter Tonkin

Written by Sydney-based architect and planner James Colman, The House that Jack Built chronicles Jack Mundey’s life as a “heritage activist” and celebrates his pivotal role in the movement behind Sydney’s green bans.

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Harry Seidler (left) and Pier Luigi Nervi (right) in Rome, 1972.

Pier Luigi Nervi and Australia: Outback Modernism

2 Nov 2017, Alberto Pugnale

The cultural legacy of Pier Luigi Nervi, one of Italy’s most influential modern architect-engineers, was the subject of the Pier Luigi Nervi and Australia: Outback Modernism Exhibition.

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Exhibition stands at Dickson and Platten Architects: 1950-2000.

Exhibition brings attention to Adelaide’s champions of modernist architecture

20 Oct 2017, Stuart Harrison

Stuart Harrison reviews Dickson and Platten Architects: 1950-2000, an exhibition covering the life and work of two of Adelaide’s most significant contributors to Australian modernism.

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Children draw with light at Glow: Monarch Lane.

Glow: Shedding light on the urban realm

18 Oct 2017, Josh Harris

Presented by Openhaus as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Glow: Monarch Lane framed the urban realm in new light.

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A map of Australia defining its states and territories by its primary economic output. "A big part of your country is actually supplying, out of the countryside, the liveability of the eastern side," said David Gianotten.

A failed manifesto: OMA and the Australian countryside

12 Oct 2017, Jillian Walliss

Landscape architect Jillian Walliss found OMA’s lecture on their new research direction, the countryside, failed to understand complex ecological and physical conditions and led to naive propositions.

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The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House

The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House

6 Oct 2017, Linda Cheng

Architectural historian Anne Watson’s new book is a carefully researched study into the often misunderstood story of architect Peter Hall’s role in the completion of the Sydney Opera House.

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Day one of the DAPr Symposium at the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University.

‘How do you do?’: The value of practice-based research

19 Sep 2017, Nicholas Skepper

Nicholas Skepper reviews the 2017 Practice in Research/Research in Practice symposium in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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Small in scale but big in ideas, A Small Exhibition documents twenty projects by twenty architecture studios (many emerging) that raise just as many questions as answers.

A Small Exhibition: How scaling down can offer more joyful ways of living

6 Sep 2017, Heidi Dokulil

Curated by Anita Panov and Andrew Scott of Panovscott, A Small Exhibition, currently on show at the Tin Sheds Gallery at The University of Sydney, asks us to question how much space we really need to live comfortably.

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Rooftop garden of 10 Fenchurch Avenue by Eric Parry Architects.

‘The workplace as a service’: 2017 Work Place / Work Life forum

4 Sep 2017, Rebecca Gross

The workplaces of the future will need to cater for a higher degree of mobility, flexibility and adaptability to remain environmentally, socially and economically sustainable and attractive to a new talent.

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North Bondi Amenities by Sam Crawford Architects with Lymesmith.

Designer public dunnies: Civic dignity in small public architecture

23 Aug 2017, Andy Fergus

Three recently completed public amenities blocks represent the importance of small projects in the discourse of public architecture. Andy Fergus considers the phenomenon of the architect-designed public toilet.

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The Innovation Centre for the Universidad Católica de Chile by Elemental.

Alejandro Aravena: public intellectual, social agent and skilful form-maker

22 Aug 2017, Anthony Burke

Charismatic global architect Alejandro Aravena took to the stage in Sydney and presented three projects that demonstrate the power of architecture as an agent for creating social impact.

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The Malings, Newcastle upon Tyne by Ash Sakula Architects, completed in 2016. In her keynote presentation, Cany Ash of Ash Sakula Architects explained that for this site the developer initially considered typical apartment buildings, but instead her team teased out a village of stepped houses.

Toward post-speculative housing: 2017 Housing Futures

15 Aug 2017, Katherine Sundermann

How can architects design spaces that create community and reshape the way we engage with finance and procurement to improve housing quality and affordability?

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Penelope Seidler at the Killara House, 
1967.

A modernist abroad: Harry Seidler – The Exhibition

7 Aug 2017, Patrick Hunn

In a new book, author and curator Vladimir Belogolovsky documents in aggressive detail the duration, production and design of a Harry Seidler exhibition that travelled to 16 countries.

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The 2016 Gold Medal recipients, ARM Architecture founding directors (from left) Ian McDougall, Howard Raggatt and Stephen Ashton.

Asking the big questions: reflections on the work of ARM Architecture

28 Jun 2017, Ian McDougall, Howard Raggatt

In a summary of their A. S. Hook Address, Ian McDougall and Howard Raggatt reflect on the work of ARM Architecture, the possibilities in an “architecture of genuine questioning” and their late friend and colleague Stephen Ashton, who passed away in mid-2016.

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The 2017 National Architecture Conference was held at ICC Sydney.

‘Architectural channel surfing’: 2017 National Architecture Conference

6 Jun 2017, Rachel Hurst

Dr. Rachel Hurst reviews the 2017 National Architecture Conference that took place in Sydney at the International Convention Centre.

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The Rocks, George Street North as it might have been under the 1970 scheme.

Jack Mundey, the fight for The Rocks and Australia’s urban heritage

9 May 2017, James Colman

The ongoing battle to save the Sirius building is only the latest skirmish in Sydney’s The Rocks, as James Colman describes in this excerpt from The House That Jack Built, which tells the story of conservationist Jack Mundey.

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A spread from Episodic Urbanism: RMIT Urban Spaces Project 1996–2015.

Episodic Urbanism: RMIT Urban Spaces Project 1996–2015

6 May 2017, Perry Lethlean

Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design’s remaking of RMIT University’s city campus is a celebrated in the book Episodic Urbanism.

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The Sunshine Coast University Hospital by Architectus and HDR Rice Daubney.

Bill of health: Reflections on contemporary healthcare design

24 Apr 2017, Stefano Scalzo

How are demographic shifts and technological changes affecting the design of healthcare facilities? Stefano Scalzo considers the evolution of healthcare design.

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Out of Hand: Materialising the Digital installed at the Powerhouse Museum. Works shown: Untitled #5 by Richard Dupont (left) and Perfect Forms by Barry X Ball (right).

Out of Hand: Expressing data, exposing nature and extending time

19 Apr 2017, Jesse Adams Stein, Alexandra Crosby

An exhibition at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum looks beyond the gimmicks of 3D printing to investigate how various types of digital manufacturing will shape future design possibilities.

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Cover detail from Intimate: A Private World of Interiors by David Hicks

Bookshelf: Australian design

19 Apr 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

Shacks, dirt roads and luxury interiors: a selection of books that takes in the breadth of Australian architecture and design.

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Open and Closed House by OBBA in Seoul.

Principles of effective housing: 2017 Asia Pacific Architecture Forum

4 Apr 2017, Peter Edwards

Anecdotes about a practice’s humble beginnings in small-scale housing are common, but does this downplay the significance of residential architecture?

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