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Somewhere Other by John Wardle Architects at the 2018 main exhibition.

Venice Architecture Biennale postponed until 2021

19 May 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

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

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Rifat Chadirji was born in Baghdad in 1926.

Father of modern Iraqi architecture dies of COVID-19

16 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Rifat Chadirji, the prominent Iraqi architect, photographer and author, has died in London at the age of 93 after contracting COVID-19.

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Can Lis by Jørn Utzon.

Desktop destinations: visit some faraway architectural gems

9 Apr 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

We round up some of ArchitectureAU’s most memorable “postcards,” where architects and writers report back on their visits to architectural wonders around the world.

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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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Vittorio Gregotti.

Forefather of Venice Architecture Biennale dies of coronavirus

17 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Vittorio Gregotti, an Italian architect who curated the first architecture show at the Venice Art Biennale in 1975, has passed away in Milan.

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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

Pritzker Prize awarded to all-female partnership

4 Mar 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Architecture’s highest honour has been awarded to two women for the first time in its history.

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Duomo di Milano.

Milan Furniture Fair postponed due to coronavirus

26 Feb 2020, Patrick Hunn

One of the world’s most design trade events has been postponed due to the largest outbreak of coronavirus outside of Asia.

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Serpentine Pavilion 2020 designed by Counterspace, Design Render, Exterior View.

All female, youngest ever team commissioned for 2020 Serpentine Pavilion

11 Feb 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

In its 20th year, the popular temporary architecture installation at London’s Serpentine Galleries will be designed by a South African practice headed by three women all born in 1990.

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Pakistan’s first woman architect Yasmeen Lari.

Humanitarian architect wins global women in architecture award

22 Jan 2020, Editorial Desk AAU

Pakistan’s first female architect, who’s had a decades-long career in humanitarian architecture, has been honoured in the 2020 W Awards.

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LocHal Architects by Civic Architects, Braaksma and Roos Architectenbureau and Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse.

‘Social condenser’ public library wins World Building of the Year

11 Dec 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

A Dutch library has been named the World Building of the Year at the 2019 World Architecture Festival.

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The view from the top of Pinnacle at Duxton.

A tale of two cities: Dulux DIAlogue on Tour, Singapore

15 Oct 2019, Felicia Toh

From socially conscious community projects to the Crazy Rich Asians side of design, Singapore is a city with two distinct identities.

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Matt Liggins inside the Vitruvian Tunnel.

Vitruvian Tunnel asks: ‘Is charm underrated?’

9 Oct 2019, Andrew Barrie

An installation in Auckland “remind us just how public-spirited and engaging architecture can be.”

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Split bamboo arched trusses were used for the community training centre, near Dawei; this solution was adopted because the local bamboo species is prone to splitting.

The bamboo frontier

9 Jul 2019, Richard Morris

Kiwi architect Richard Morris reflects on the trials, challenges and rewards of working with bamboo construction in Myanmar.

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Serpentine Pavilion 2019 Designed by Junya Ishigami, Serpentine Gallery, London

Meditation on a roof: Junya Ishigami completes slate-topped Serpentine Pavilion

21 Jun 2019, Patrick Hunn

The construction of the 2019 edition of the annual Serpentine Pavilion comission in London’s Kensington Gardens has been completed.

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Hill House Box by Carmody Groarke.

Carmody Groarke preserves Charles Rennie Mackintosh house in chainmail box

17 Jun 2019, Josh Harris

Carmody Groarke’s Hill House Box has been completed in Helensburgh, west of Glasgow.

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The graphic used on the Architects Declare website.

UK architecture firms declare climate and biodiversity emergency

11 Jun 2019, Editorial Desk AAU

Some of the UK’s biggest and best-known architecture firms have declared a “climate and biodiversity emergency” and pledged to strengthen working practices to help tackle it.

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The 2019 Dulux Study Tour winners at the top of MAAT. L–R: Carly McMahon, Alix Smith, Jennifer McMaster, Phillip Nielsen and Ben Peake.

Sense and sensitivity: 2019 Dulux Study Tour, Lisbon

23 May 2019, Linda Cheng

On the final leg of the 2019 Dulux Study Tour, the group visits Lisbon, a vibrant, bright and textured city with a history of adversity.

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The 2019 Dulux Study Tour group at the National Theatre by Denys Lasdun and Partners. L–R: Phillip Nielsen, Carly McMahon, Ben Peake, Alix Smith, Jennifer McMaster and tour guide David Garrard.

Par excellence: 2019 Dulux Study Tour, London

20 May 2019, Linda Cheng

In London, the 2019 Dulux Study Tour group found a city in constant pursuit of its next achievement, where the drive for excellence and innovation is motivating practices across the city to pursue niche passions.

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Safdie Architects’ proposed new design for Jewel Changi Airport, based on a torus.

Urban laboratories: Can airports teach us about cities?

20 May 2019, Andrés Ramirez

Executive director of Aerial Futures, Andrés Ramirez, ponders the significance of the airport typology.

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The 2019 Dulux Study Tour group at Nordhavn by Cobe Architects, L–R: Carly McMahon, Ben Peake, Alix Smith, Phillip Nielsen, and Jennifer McMaster.

Democratic (re)-public: 2019 Dulux Study Tour, Copenhagen

17 May 2019, Linda Cheng

On the first leg of the 2019 Dulux Study Tour, the group found a city willing to embrace openness and experimentation for the public good as it undergoes major urban redevelopment.

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Institute president has ‘every confidence’ in Notre Dame rebuild

Institute president has ‘every confidence’ in Notre Dame rebuild

17 Apr 2019, Patrick Hunn

Architectural organizations in France and abroad have mourned the loss of an architectural and historic landmark and pledged support for a rebuild.

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Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, designed by Carmody Groarke.

Carmody Groarke’s Windermere Jetty Museum opens in England’s Lake District

15 Apr 2019, Josh Harris

Carmody Groarke, the London architecture practice founded by Australian architect Kevin Carmody together with Andy Groarke, has designed a new museum in north-west England.

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A protest held in support of Assange in Sydney in 2010.

Forensic Architecture expresses its ‘grave concern’ following Julian Assange arrest

12 Apr 2019, Josh Harris

Forensic Architecture has released a statement in support of arrested Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

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Shackleton’s historic base at Cape Royds, Ross Island.

Extreme Conservation: Antarctic Huts

14 Jan 2019, Bill McKay

Bill McKay discovers the historic huts left behind from previous Antarctic explorers’ efforts to reach the South Pole.

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FAU-USP features a vast atrium illuminated from above through a sublime textile of interlocking concrete elements.

Politics and brutalism in Brazil

7 Jan 2019, Marnie Morieson

Marnie Morieson visits some of São Paulo’s best-known examples of radical brutalism and ruminates on the role architecture can play in fostering a fairer, more equal society.

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Virginia admires the detail in the translucent modulated ceiling of Frank Lloyd Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Store.

The streets of San Francisco

3 Jan 2019, Virginia Waller

In this postcard from San Francisco, Sydney architect Virginia Waller reflects on the “heroic modernism” of the city’s striking cathedral, the towering Transamerica pyramid and a famous gift store designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Largent House by Richard Neutra before demolition.

Illegally demolished Richard Neutra house ordered to be rebuilt

20 Dec 2018, Patrick Hunn

The owner of a Richard Neutra-designed house in San Fransisco, which was illegally demolished, has been ordered to reconstruct an exact replica.

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The Dune Art Museum by Open.

Open Architecture’s ‘primal’ Dune Art Museum completed

28 Nov 2018, Editorial Desk AAU

New York-founded architecture firm Open has designed a contemporary art museum that is carved into a dune along a beach in Qinhuangdao, north-eastern China.

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Crematorium Siesegem by KAAN Architecten.

Belgian crematorium an ‘ode to verticality’

26 Nov 2018, Editorial Desk AAU

Dutch and Brazilian practice Kaan Architecture has designed a crematorium in Belgium intended to comfort and soothe.

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The proposal for an Apple flagship store at Kungsträdgården in Stockholm.

Stockholm council dumps controversial Apple flagship proposal

26 Oct 2018, Linda Cheng

A newly elected governing alliance for the Swedish capital has signed an agreement to drop plans for an Apple retail outlet at a prominent park in central Stockholm.

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The 2018 Dulux Study Tour winners at the Prada Foundation by OMA. L–R: Jason Licht, Dirk Yates, Leah Gallagher, Joseph O’Meara and Kim Bridgland.

2018 Dulux Study Tour, Milan: Why is “style” a dirty word in architecture?

28 May 2018, Katelin Butler

In the design and fashion capital of Italy, the participants of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2018 Dulux Study Tour found Milan is a city that embraces the idea of “style” and how it shapes architecture.

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The 2018 Dulux Study Tour group. L–R: Jason Licht, Joseph O’Meara, Kim Bridgland, Leah Gallagher and Dirk Yates.

2018 Dulux Study Tour, Berlin: Architecture as an agent for social change

21 May 2018, Katelin Butler

On the Berlin leg of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2018 Dulux Study Tour, the group visited a number of projects that demonstrated how architecture could be used as a tool for social change.

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The 2018 Dulux Study Tour winners at the Tin House by Henning Stummel. L-R: Joseph O’Meara, Leah Gallagher, Kim Bridgland, Dirk Yates and Jason Licht.

2018 Dulux Study Tour, London: Does studio culture equate to the architecture produced?

18 May 2018, Katelin Butler

The winners of the 2018 Dulux Study Tour visited a number of world renowned architectural practices in London and got an inside look at what drives their culture.

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View of mighty Ama Dablam en route to Portse Tenga (3600m).

On a high: the Everest circuit

15 Dec 2017, Virginia Waller

In this postcard from Nepal, architect Virginia Waller reflects on the relationship between the country’s alpine architecture and its remarkable natural setting.

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Government building in Apia, Samoa.

A field guide to the architecture of the South Pacific

9 Nov 2017, Bill McKay

Architectural historian Bill McKay and photographer Jason Mann investigate the long-neglected architecture of the South Pacific.

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(W)ego, by Winy Maas in collaboration with MVRDV, The Why Factory and TU Delft.

Eindhoven’s ‘future city products’: Winy Maas leads series of architectural interventions

19 Oct 2017, Editorial Desk AAU

MVRDV’s Winy Maas has led the creation of a program of architectural interventions and events across the Dutch city of Eindhoven as part of Dutch Design Week.

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Arch, 2017, by Ai Weiwei.

Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

18 Oct 2017, Linda Cheng

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s latest project includes large-scale, site-specific sculptures intended to draw attention to borders, xenophobia and the plight of refugees.

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Arriving at Walden 7 there is a real sense of what van Eyck often referred to as “homecoming” – experienced from the moment you enter the ground-floor communal spaces.

Utopian housing schemes: Success or failure?

28 Jul 2017, Katelin Butler

Visits to two iconic utopian housing schemes – Walden 7 in Barcelona and the Barbican in London – prompted the 2017 Dulux Study Tour group to question the role architecture plays in forging communities and how this has changed over time.

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The House of the Black Madonna, a cubist building in the Old Town area of Prague.

Bohemian and nationalist narratives: The passageways of Prague

7 Jun 2017, Katelin Butler

The 2017 Dulux Study Tour group discovers how Prague’s history has been recorded in its architecture, creating a layering of distinct styles and movements.

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Dutch studio MVRDV has converted a former overpass into a plant-covered walkway in Seoul, South Korea.

Circular motions: Seoullo 7017

31 May 2017, Ricky Ray Ricardo

Is MVRDV’s“sky garden” Seoul’s answer to New York’s High Line or a “giant marketing stunt” derived from a process of “shape throwing”? Landscape Australia editor Ricky Ray Ricardo paid a visit.

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The brick of Tate Modern Switch House by Herzog and de Meuron is a recognizable element of scale.

Finding the human scale in high-rise London

29 May 2017, Katelin Butler

In London for the second leg of the 2017 Dulux Study Tour, the group find themselves searching for “authentic moments of connection where [they] could feel the human scale.”

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