24 May 2017

Maximizing workforce engagement: the corporate conundrum

By Michael Cooper

Countless surveys indicate that an engaged workforce is more productive and profitable. Yet maximising employee engagement has become one of the 21st century’s biggest corporate conundrums, with alarming statistics showing far more than 80 per cent of staff lack workplace engagement.

20 May 2017

Those who don’t learn from history…

By Michael Cooper

Following a year of Hames Sharley’s 40th anniversary celebrations we investigate a handful of methods on how best to use the lessons of the past to influence future projects…

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’...

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.

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.

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.

11 Feb 2017

That’s no moon – that’s a failed design approval!

By Michael Cooper

Next week sees all eyes on the great and the good of Hollywood as Tinsel Town brings us the 89th Academy Awards. But as this multi-billion dollar industry gets together to pat itself on the back I have a bone to pick.

13 Jan 2017

Divisive architecture is nothing new

By Sally Raphael

During his candidacy Donald Trump proposed the idea of building a wall along America’s southern border with Mexico.

While his proposition triggered intense debate, not only about the Trump wall itself, but also about the modern challenges of migration, it gave us pause to consider the role of architecture, and how it can divide or unite us.