Knowledge

Plunder our brains and the brains of global experts in our Knowledge section. Find out the latest news, trends and ideas across every area of design thinking and practice including interiors, buildings, precincts and cities.


Read the article Retrofitting, Refurbishing and Repositioning: How Older Buildings Can Become Relevant Again from Hames Sharley City Vision
23 Aug 2017

Retrofitting, Refurbishing and Repositioning: How Older Buildings Can Become Relevant Again

By Darren Bilsborough

All buildings age and what was once an A grade building is eventually downgraded until its inevitable slide into obsolescence. That is unless it is retrofitted, refurbished and repositioned back to its former glory - and that’s where Building Upgrade Finance comes in…

Read the article The Seven Deadly Sins of Stakeholder Engagement from Hames Sharley Work, Learn, Heal
14 Aug 2017

The Seven Deadly Sins of Stakeholder Engagement

By Michael Cooper

Our checklist of seven deadly sins that should be avoided in the consultation process…

Read the article The Changing Landscape of Stakeholder Engagement from Hames Sharley Work, Learn, Heal
14 Aug 2017

The Changing Landscape of Stakeholder Engagement

By Naden Scarfone

While community consultation has long been part of many regulatory frameworks, the way it is conducted often leaves a lot to be desired…

Read the article The Open House Phenomenon: Opening the Door on Architecture from Hames Sharley Place Creation
24 Jul 2017

The Open House Phenomenon: Opening the Door on Architecture

By Vanessa McDaid

Fancy an adventure exploring your city? Open House is an event in which buildings across a city throw open their doors to the public for one weekend each year, to enjoy the best architecture on offer.

Read the article What makes a BiodiverCity? from Hames Sharley City Vision
12 Jul 2017

What makes a BiodiverCity?

By Michael Cooper

Each of the most biodiverse countries around the globe shares a common trait – rapid urbanisation. In a recent piece The Guardian have attempted calculate which city is the world’s most biodiverse and found some interesting results…

Read the article Colouring your judgment from Hames Sharley Architexture
12 Jul 2017

Colouring your judgment

By Pete Kempshall

According to colour psychologists, green has the ability to put us at ease, and not just for its natural connotations…

Read the article Scenery, not greenery? from Hames Sharley Work, Learn, Heal
12 Jul 2017

Scenery, not greenery?

By Pete Kempshall with Rachel Seal

It’s common knowledge that if you want to rediscover your calm you head back to nature. But could it be that we’re too narrow in our view of what we experience as uplifting, and could architecture have the same effect on our mood as parkland?

Read the article Breathing space from Hames Sharley City Vision
12 Jul 2017

Breathing space

By Matt Seddon

Creating ‘buildings that breathe’ is an ideal for designing in the subtropics – but it’s also a worthwhile goal in any climate.