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.


City Vision
14 Feb 2017

Moral machines

By Sally Raphael

New technology raises a myriad of questions about how the design of our cities will change to accommodate them. But what is of increasing interest is how machines will be programmed to make difficult, even moral, decisions…

Place Creation
14 Feb 2017

The question of ethics in architecture

By Lauren Bobrige

In a recent article from Owen Hopkins, at the Architectural Review he asks why is ethics such an important issue for architects?

Reflecting on the Architecture and Freedom season at the Royal Academy, which tackled the question of architectural ethics head on, Hopkins discusses why ethics has become such an important and recurring issue for architects.

City Vision
14 Feb 2017

From off grid homes to high-rises

By Kate Fuller

Move over driverless cars, Tesla are ready to make an even bigger impact on our lives, our cities and our homes, with their recently announced off grid solar technology offer.

But how will this accessible new solar technology impact our lives, economy, environment and our architecture?

Work, Learn, Heal
14 Feb 2017

New designs for aged care

By Sally Raphael

The old model for residential aged and dementia care comprised of a sombre, hospital style facility, a sterile environment scented of disinfectant, and lacking in vibrancy and inspiration.

The future, however, is looking different. Instead of taking cues from hospitals, architects and aged care providers are drawing inspiration from villages, farms and exclusive hotels.

City Vision
12 Feb 2017

Driverless cities – preparing for a transport revolution

By Kate Fuller

With driverless cars already taking to the roads in Pittsburg, San Francisco and even on trial in Adelaide, the autonomous vehicle revolution is upon us – whether we like it or not.

But as Managing Director of one of Australia’s leading urban planning and architecture firms, Hames Sharley, Caillin Howard asks – how will this revolution impact our cities and our societies?

Architexture
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.

ArchitextureCity Vision
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.

Architexture
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.