Tag: COVID-19

Victorian construction industry put on ‘pilot light’ setting as part of stage 4 lockdown
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 4 Aug 2020

Victorian construction industry put on ‘pilot light’ setting

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

Will neighbourhood office hubs replace swathes of central-city office space, and short walks replace crowded commutes?
News | Rory Hyde | 27 Jul 2020

A new world: surviving a crisis

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

Some  64.87 percent of survey respondents have had projects stalled.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 23 Jul 2020

Uncertainty hurting architecture industry as more jobs lost

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

UNSW is reducing its workforce by 493 full-time-equivalent positions.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 16 Jul 2020

UNSW Faculty of Built Environment to merge; staff cuts loom

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

Lessons from the global financial crisis
Discussion | Howard Tanner | 2 Jul 2020

Lessons from the global financial crisis

Howard Tanner, former national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, reflects on his experience running a practice through financial crises.

Geelong Civic Precinct by Cox Architecture.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 29 Jun 2020

Victoria approves more than $1b worth of projects

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.

Victoria Cross over-station tower by Bates Smart.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 25 Jun 2020

More NSW major projects to be fast-tracked

The NSW government has announced a further 19 state significant projects to be fast-tracked for assessment as part of the third tranche of its Planning System Acceleration Program.

Parlour office holders (L–R): Naomi Stead, Alison Cleary, Gill Matthewson, Susie Ashworth, Justine Clark, Julie Willis, Sarah Lynn Rees.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 23 Jun 2020

Parlour launches work and wellbeing survey

Parlour’s survey seeks to understand the demographics, work place environments and wellbeing of people in the profession.

Robert Caulfield.
Discussion | Robert Caulfield | 18 Jun 2020

How to survive a recession

Former Australian Institute of Architects national president Robert Caulfield reflects on his experience from the 1990s recession and outlines a 10-point checklist for survival and recovery.

More than 70 percent of survey respondents say the federal government's wage subsidy prevented staff from being made redundant or stood down.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 11 Jun 2020

Job Keeper saves architects but stimulus package not enough

More than 70 percent of survey respondents say the federal government’s wage subsidy prevented staff from being made redundant or stood down.

The AA Roundtable 01 event took place on 21 July 2009 at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre as part of the State of Design Festival.
Discussion | Editorial Desk AAU | 11 Jun 2020

‘It takes a catastrophe to refocus people’

As the economic crisis deepens we continue our project of looking back at the architecture industry in past crises.

A proposed social housing demonstration project in Southport by Anna O’Gorman.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 4 Jun 2020

Home building and renovation grant scheme ‘a missed opportunity’

The Australian Institute of Architects says the federal government’s $680 million “Home Builder” stimulus package is a missed opportunity for social housing and sustainable homes.

The economic bite from the sudden onset of the coronavirus pandemic has already started to take a toll on architects.

How architects fared in the last recession

With a recession upon us, we dig through the Architecture Australia archives to find a state by state breakdown of how architects fared in the last recession of the early 1990s.

The Association of Consulting Architects' third “pulse check” survey seeks to further gauge the changes to employment arrangements, including the level of reduced hours and/or pay.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 1 Jun 2020

Survey seeks updated ‘pulse check’ of architecture industry

The Association of Consulting Architects is conducting a third “pulse check” survey of how architectural practices are faring with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indicative image of the redeveloped Stadium Australia by Cox Architecture, a project now dropped.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 1 Jun 2020

Sydney stadium refurb scrapped, but Parramatta Powerhouse pushes ahead

The NSW government has abandoned plans to refurbish Stadium Australia but will push ahead with Parramatta Powerhouse.

Sydney Fish Market by 3XN in partnership with BVN and Aspect Studios.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 25 May 2020

$6.5 billion of projects fast tracked

The New South Wales and Victorian governments have each announced a raft of major building projects to be fast tracked through the planning assessment system to boost the economy.

South Australian graduate Matthew Alfred.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 19 May 2020

Graduate wins travelling fellowship to research ‘radical practice’

Matthew Alfred is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and is currently working at ARM Architecture’s Adelaide office.

Somewhere Other by John Wardle Architects at the 2018 main exhibition.
The World | Editorial Desk AAU | 19 May 2020

Venice Architecture Biennale postponed until 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has once again cause the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale to be postponed.

The new three-storey Docklands Primary School by Cox Architecture with McGregor Coxall. Education infrastructure is at the heart of the government's stimulus package.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 18 May 2020

Government boost for Victoria’s construction industry

The Victorian government has promised $2.7 billion to boost the construction sector, with the bulk of the money going towards education infrastructure and public and community housing.

Those arguing that cities with higher densities can be less vulnerable to pandemics point to Hong Kong as an example.
Discussion | Elek Pafka | 14 May 2020

As coronavirus forces us to keep our distance, city density matters less than internal density

As coronavirus forces us to keep our distance, city density matters less than internal density

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