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.

13 Jan 2017

Inside Donald Trump’s Tower

By Lauren Bobrige

Donald Trump moves into the White House on Friday January 20, leaving behind his beloved $100 million penthouse condo in Trump Tower.

Monocle’s New York bureau chief Ed Stocker took a stroll down 5th Avenue to examine the 58-storey building and share his view on Trump’s home and its place within American society.

13 Dec 2016

The MONA effect – how an iconic building can transform a city

By Sally Raphael

Hobart can now lay serious claim to being the Australian capital of counter-culture - and this is partially down to one building.

Since opening in 2011 the MONA has welcomed 1.7m visitors, hosted an array of thought provoking exhibitions and introduced the MOFO and Dark MOFO festivals.