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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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Casa Mila by Antoni Gaudi.

Barcelona: a city of ‘irrationality and whimsy’

25 May 2017, Katelin Butler

The 2017 Dulux Study Tour group explores how a 19th century city plan has influenced Barcelona’s contemporary architecture.

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The Marsyangdi River between the village of Pisang and the town Manang, with the mountain peak Annapurna III in the background.

Annapurna Circuit

25 May 2017, Anton Malishev

Exploring the natural and cultural landscapes along one of Nepal’s most popular hiking trails.

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URBN DRY DOCK NO. 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2009). As part of a former Navy yard revitalisation, DIRT Studio expanded retailer Urban Outfitters' Philadelphia campus around a submerged historic dry dock to create public parks and promenades.

The Navy Yard, Philadelphia

25 May 2017, Jillian Walliss

Jillian Walliss visits Philadelphia’s 1,200-acre urban development that is committed to smart energy innovation and sustainability.

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The Mojave Rock Ranch, just north of Joshua Tree National Park in the USA, is the project of Troy Williams and Gino Dreese, landscape architects and garden builders.

Mojave Rock Ranch: An arid zone jewel

25 May 2017, Catherine Rush, Michael Wright

Michael Wright and Catherine Rush visit a spectacular high-altitude, dry-climate garden in the south-west of the USA.

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The Floating Piers by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Lake Iseo, Italy, 2014-16.

‘Power of the aesthetic’: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Floating Piers

22 May 2017, Mauro Baracco, Louise Wright

Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright visited Christo and Jeanne-Claude latest work that stretched across Italy’s picturesque Lake Iseo for two weeks in June 2016.

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A street view of Rocinha, an informal settlement in Rio de Janeiro and one of four visited as part of the Weaving the Urban Fabric study tour.

Weaving the Urban Fabric: postcard from Rio

7 Feb 2017, Abel Feleke

How can an understanding of the strong social connections forged in informal slum settlements shape future architectural interventions? Abel Feleke reports from Rio de Janeiro.

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Utzon pilgrimage: Bagsvaerd Church

Utzon pilgrimage: Bagsvaerd Church

23 Jun 2016, Katelin Butler

The Dulux Study Tour visits the Bagsvaerd Church in Copenhagen –Jørn Utzon’s first commission on his return to Denmark, having withdrawn from his work on the Sydney Opera House.

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Brick facade of the Apartmentos Girasol by Jose Antonio Coderch (1966) with inspiration from Alvar Aalto.

The many facades of Madrid

31 May 2016, Katelin Butler

The 2016 Dulux Study Tour group visits Madrid on the last leg of the trip, exploring the city’s many decorated facades and how they contribute to the vibrancy of its spaces.

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In the City of London, the forms of many buildings have been determined by planning restrictions that aim to protect views to St Paul's Cathedral. Shown here are the Cheesegrater, the Gherkin and the Walkie-Talkie.

Culture or commerce: the battle for London’s skyline

24 May 2016, Katelin Butler

From the Cheesegrater to the Scalpel, the built legacy of London’s planning restrictions is plain to see. On the second stop of the 2016 Dulux Study Tour, the group explores the friction between the city’s commercial and cultural objectives.

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The Dulux Study Tour participants in Ørestad, Copenhagen.

Life, and the absence of it, between buildings

18 May 2016, Katelin Butler

In Copenhagen, a city often saluted for its urban planning successes, the Dulux Study Tour team finds the city is grappling with complex challenges in the development of new urban precincts.

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