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
17 May 2016

The Modern Master Builder

What was once the sole responsibility of a Master Builder has over the decades slowly morphed into a multitude of roles from the dynamic “architect and engineer” duo, to the ever growing list of fields responsible for the strategy, design and construction of the buildings, spaces, and places we inhabit.

Work, Learn, Heal
16 May 2016

The Hames Sharley valet

By Kate Fuller with Des Robertson

When he moved from his small practice in the seaside town of Richards Bay, on South Africa’s East Coast, to Perth in 2007, the last thing on Desmond Robertson’s mind was car parks.

Architexture
16 May 2016

Creating a sense of place in retail design

By Rachel Seal

We all agree on the desirable attributes of place – vibrant, beautiful, memorable, authentic, interesting, alive, safe, clean, inclusive, accessible, human scale, adaptable, convenient, sustainable, green…. and with minimal lifecycle and maintenance costs.

City Vision
16 May 2016

From hippies to hipsters – New York’s gentrification surge

In a recently released report from New York University’s (NYU) Furman Center, more than a quarter of New York’s neighbourhoods have been gentrified over the past two decades.

City Vision
16 May 2016

How diverse is your suburb?

SBS recently revealed an interactive online portal, providing users with a tool to search over 8,500 Australian suburbs by diversity.

Architexture
21 Apr 2016

The birth of Zaha Hadid’s buildings

By Kate Fuller

Her mentor, Rem Koolhaas, once said that she was “a planet in her own inimitable orbit,” and while she’s a woman who divided opinion, one thing is certain, the late, great, Dame Zaha Hadid’s buildings are some of the modern world’s most iconic.

Place Creation
21 Apr 2016

The architects of remembrance

By Lauren Bobrige

War memorials are an essential part of the Australian landscape – their beauty, symbolism and the quality of materials and craftsmanship illustrates the respect communities have towards those who have paid the ultimate price.

To mark the ANZAC day commemorations this month, we look at the story behind three examples from around the country.

Place Creation
21 Apr 2016

A regal refurbishment

By Dustin Brade

The Regal Theatre is a much loved West Australian icon, so when we were appointed to undertake its extensive refurbishment we quickly realised that it was essential for us to absorb ourselves in its rich history. A cheeky ghost, backstage superstitions and sensitive colour schemes are just some of the intricacies that we faced while working on this 1930s picture house…