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
13 Sep 2016

Moscow redevelopment putting soviet architecture ‘at risk’

The redevelopment of old Soviet sites in Moscow, has been met with controversy in the Russian capital according to a recent report from Alec Luhn in The Guardian.

Campaigners say unique Soviet architecture will be lost with the building of upscale apartment blocks, boutique shops and a branch of St Petersburg’s famous Hermitage Museum, as part of the 65-hectare ZiLArt project in the heart of Russia’s capital city.

City Vision
13 Sep 2016

Australia’s urban planning opportunity

Australia’s ever-increasing urban population is a major focus for designers and planners looking to create sustainable, smart, liveable cities for the future. According to the World Bank 89% of Australia’s population currently lives in urban areas, which poses as many urban design opportunities as it does challenges.

And while Australia is leading the way in planning for the liveable, affordable, connected cities of the future, a recent article published in The Conversation highlights the Australian government’s absence from discussions about urbanisation on a global scale.

Place Creation
13 Sep 2016

Finding a sense of place in a disconnected world

By Kate Fuller with Jess Hames

While business deals were once struck on the promise of a handshake, the introduction of email and project management technology has meant that even a phone call to a client or business associate is a rarity these days.

So how do businesses looking to stay ahead in this technology-savvy, hyper-connected, yet physically disconnected world, still provide good old fashioned service?

Architexture
13 Sep 2016

Opening Up Architecture

By Kate Fuller

There’s no doubting the most important aspect of a successful building or design project is communication, but a number of recent reports have shown that ineffective communication with clients, and each other, is plaguing the architectural world.

Architexture
12 Sep 2016

How “checking-in” could revolutionise Urban Planning

We’ve all seen it, or contributed to it, the not-so-elusive social media “check-in” that allows you to share where you are, who you’re with, and what you’re doing, with everyone in your social network – including the powers that be at Facebook and Google.

Whether you’re brunching with a friend at a local cafe, working out at the gym or working late in the city, your social check-in is creating a mountain of user-generated data, which according to a recent study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University could be utilised for improved urban planning.

Work, Learn, Heal
25 Aug 2016

Effective workplace design for a roaming workforce

By Yvonne Rantzen

Over the past decade we have witnessed a fundamental shift in the way work is conducted – facilitated by technology, the global workforce has become increasingly mobile, presenting a unique challenge for workplace designers.

Work, Learn, Heal
24 Aug 2016

Inspired design for learning environments

By Sam Parsons

As a mother and Interior Designer Sam Parsons is fascinated by the relationship between pedagogy and learning environments and how the two come together for the best educational outcomes.

City Vision
24 Aug 2016

Building upgrades to improve commercial vibrancy of the city

By Darren Bilsborough

A major opportunity for commercial property owners and property developers will be launched in Adelaide next week, with the aim of improving the commercial and environmental sustainability of the city.