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.


Architexture
20 Apr 2017

The Language of Architecture

By Jack Belfer

Writing about language is not for the faint of heart.

To start with, we need to engage philosophers, anthropologists, linguists and psychologists, and even with this multi-disciplinary group of specialists, it is not an easy task. However, I will attempt to articulate how the language of architecture is ‘designed’...

Architexture
19 Apr 2017

Yeah, Nah – Aussie Slang at Work

By Vanessa McDaid

Australians are known all over the world for being straight shooters. Ask an Aussie their opinion and you normally get a straight answer, right?

Not anymore.

Architexture
19 Apr 2017

Mental Illnesses described through architecture

By Michael Cooper

Mental disorders are something that will affect most of us at some point in our lives and Spanish-based, digital artist Federico Babina has created a new project which attempts to illustrate a number of conditions through architecture.

Work, Learn, Heal
19 Apr 2017

Building Cultural Diversity Through the Language We Speak

By Vanessa McDaid

It is proven that cultural diversity adds to the bottom line. The benefits of cultural diversity are many: improved decision-making, increased collaboration, better problem-solving, enhanced well-being and knowledge sharing, to name a few. But what does it look like in a real workplace?

Work, Learn, Heal
19 Apr 2017

You’ve got to laugh, right?

By Pete Kempshall

While there’s no denying that having a conversation with someone who spouts jargon at you can be irritating and frustrating, you can still make the best of it if you don’t take it seriously…

Architexture
19 Apr 2017

The perils of periphrastic pontification

By Pete Kempshall

Why do people resort to jargon as a means to look knowledgable and authoritative when a simple answer would have done the job. These days, few people are fooled by five-dollar words when ten-cent ones will do, and jargon is all about big spending for slight return.

Place Creation
20 Mar 2017

From the ‘Food Court’ to the ‘Foodie and Fun’ Café Court

By Vanessa McDaid

We are a nation obsessed with food. We’re also getting more particular about it. We talk about whether it’s organic or home-grown, whether it’s slow cooked or triple smoked, whether it was inspired by Jamie or Bill. That’s right, Oliver and Grainger. We’re on a first name basis these days. What does this mean for the food court?

Work, Learn, Heal
16 Mar 2017

Feel Good Shopping: How Retail Architecture and Interior Design can improve Wellness.

By Vanessa McDaid with Jane Sorby and Iain Stewart

When was the last time you went to a beautifully designed building and felt drawn to your surroundings in a way that made you feel better? Because the space spoke to you, ushered in relief, engaged your senses, enhanced within you a sense of… wellness? We investigate ‘The Architecture of Happiness’...