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Powering along the road

By Jacinta Houzer

A new solar highway in China will allow electric cars to recharge while on the move.

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A Bright Future Ahead…

By Jacinta Houzer

The Pantone colour of 2018 is here, and it’s not what you’d expect. Welcome Ultra Violet.

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The evolution of activity-based workplaces

By Ben Hurley

Activity-based working has revolutionised the open-plan office, but the pressure is on to keep up innovation and deliver on the promises of flexibility and freedom at work.

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Byron’s new railway a shining example

By Jacinta Houzer

The town of Byron Bay has launched Australia’s first entirely solar-powered train, turning a heritage engine that has sat idle for the past 25 years into an important transport solution for the area.

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Countering the counter-measures

By Pete Kempshall

When unsightly concrete blocks were placed on the streets of Melbourne and Sydney, intended to provide security against terror attacks, the public outcry was vociferous and immediate. But never mind the bollards, because safety measures shouldn’t have to spoil the streetscape…

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It’s a shore thing

By Michael Cooper

Approximately 85% of our population live within 50km of the ocean and our climate has facilitated a deeply embedded culture of life at the water’s edge. Therefore it is natural that our nation has become leaders in the field of waterfront urban design. But what are the factors that make a truly great waterfront? We present ten key considerations when for planning the perfect place at the water’s edge.

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The shape of Things to come

By Jacinta Houzer with Michael Cooper

By connecting devices to the internet – and to each other – The Internet of Things has the potential to revolutionise the way we live and do business. And the architecture industry is no exception.

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Bigger Adelaide, Better Lifestyles

By Andrew Russell

Hames Sharley has been a proud contributor to Deloitte’s recent ‘Make it a plan Adelaide’ report. We share their view that a key strategy in transforming and growing South Australia’s economy is to grow its population.

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Drones to take on choppers?

By Michael Cooper

Each year, 15 billion trees are chopped down. The rate at which they are felled currently makes it difficult to keep up with replenishing them. Fortunately, drones are now available to help…

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Disrupting the retail hierarchy – It’s always been about the people…

By Rachel Seal

During the mid 20th century Australian shopping centres were developed within a retail hierarchy that was based on modern suburban family life. Today people live in apartments in the city and inner urban areas and seek their daily needs and convenience goods and services in the city.

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Scenery, not greenery?

By Pete Kempshall with Rachel Seal

It’s common knowledge that if you want to rediscover your calm you head back to nature. But could it be that we’re too narrow in our view of what we experience as uplifting, and could architecture have the same effect on our mood as parkland?

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Arty Facts

By Michael Cooper

No matter the size of the project, over the past twelve months we have applied the same set of guidelines in our approach to designing buildings and spaces in the public & culture sector. Here we present our 12 key considerations when designing for museums and galleries.

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What makes a BiodiverCity?

By Michael Cooper

Each of the most biodiverse countries around the globe shares a common trait – rapid urbanisation. In a recent piece The Guardian have attempted calculate which city is the world’s most biodiverse and found some interesting results…

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A Future Family Day at their Local Shopping Destination

By Michael Cooper

At Hames Sharley we like to invest in the latest technology, which allows us to provide a better service for our clients and partners. In recent years we’ve found great benefits in using 3D printers and virtual reality hardware, but it’s our investment in a time machine that’s really allowed us to experience what life is like for communities in the future.

Here we follow the Mancio family as they set out for a day at their local shopping centre…

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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.

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Artificial constructs

In the 21st century, automation is a fact of life, with robots having a metallic hand in the production of everything from cars to toys, but when it comes to the construction industry, the automated workforce is conspicuous by its absence. In a recent address to Consult Australia, Valentina Sansbury asked why construction has been so slow to build on automated assistance, and offered a vision of how robotics can be an asset to increase productivity within the industry.

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The Changing Landscape of Stakeholder Engagement

By Naden Scarfone

While community consultation has long been part of many regulatory frameworks, the way it is conducted often leaves a lot to be desired…

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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…

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Surf Life Saving Clubs – The True Spirit of Australia

By Michael Cooper

We investigate why Surf Life Saving Clubs are surely among the greatest architectural symbols of Australian society.

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The power of attraction

By Darren Bilsborough

With certain employment areas suffering from a well-documented skills shortage, it’s more important than ever to attract and retain good staff. One of the key ways to do this – clearly – is to make your office as appealing a space as possible. But where do you start?

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Encyclopedia of Man-Made Plants and Animals Released

By Vanessa McDaid

From tuskless elephants and hornless rhinos to glow in the dark fish and square apples, the modification of flora and fauna has been going on for eons, both by design and accident.

A Singapore artist by the name of Robert Zhao Renhui has just released A Guide to the Flora and Fauna of the World, a striking photographic collection of living things that have been affected by human intervention in nature.

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Is Architecture Falling Behind Sustainability Aspirations?

By Vanessa McDaid

It would appear that sustainability in architecture and great design are still largely mutually exclusive, according to a recent stoush between the American Institute of Architects and Aaron Bestky…

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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.

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The Location Equation

By Darren Bilborough

Why the daily commute should be a key factor in office decision making…

When selecting an office, after questioning size and cost the next biggest issue often relates to concerns around commuting.

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Save My Soul: Refurbishing a Heritage Listed Building

By Vanessa McDaid with Melissa Hughes

Architectural character is created by the aesthetic components of the building, such as unity, composition, contract and scale.

But what gives it soul? And how do buildings retain their soul throughout decades of use and multiple refurbishments?

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Creating brighter futures for Indigenous Australians

On Friday the 10th of November the Adelaide wing of Yalari hosted their Fundraising Dinner, with Hames Sharley director, Darren Bilsborough, in attendance.

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Geography Students learn from Subiaco Case Study

By Jacinta Houzer

Hames Sharley’s collaborative initiative to educate Year 7 students about Transport Orientated Developments (TOD) and interconnected communities.

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Top honours at Newcombe Medal for Hames Sharley Director

Hames Sharley Director, James Edwards received the Volunteer Achievement Award on Monday night at the prestigious Newcombe Medal, Australia Tennis Awards.

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Prince Alfred College visualisations released

Hames Sharley’s design for the Prince Alfred College boarding houses have reached the point of commencement on site, and with this comes the release of an animated visualisation of how the project will look upon completion.

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Planning Institute Success for SJ 2050

Crown Perth played host to the annual WA Planning Institute of Australia awards on Friday afternoon, and a Hames Sharley project was among the events major winners.

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Six advantages of VR

By Michael Cooper

Hames Sharley has known for some time that VR technology would become a real game-changer within our sector, but since we initially invested in the hardware we’ve been surprised by some of the advantages that augmented reality can offer our designers and clients.

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The future is (virtually) here

By Michael Cooper

Over the years futurists have predicted many innovations that have failed to come to fruition, from flying cars to hoverboards, but when you consider the cost implications and logistics of these inventions, it’s understandable that technology might fail to keep pace with our aspirations for the world of tomorrow. That said, one exciting and long-anticipated innovation is so close you can… well, you can almost touch it.

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Feel Good Shopping: How Retail Architecture and Interior Design can improve Wellness.

By Vanessa McDaid with Jane Sorby and Iain Stewart

When was the last time you went to a beautifully designed building and felt drawn to your surroundings in a way that made you feel better? Because the space spoke to you, ushered in relief, engaged your senses, enhanced within you a sense of… wellness? We investigate ‘The Architecture of Happiness’...

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Postal survey

By Pete Kempshall

Andrew Choate’s Instagram page is a celebration of bollards that features dozens of examples from the very basic to the impossibly ornate. Check them out – the account already has 49,000 followers.

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Office buildings and the work spaces within…

By Darren Bilsborough

Can one overcome the limitations of the other?

People have been talking about the demise of the office for years now. But personally, I have yet to find an acceptable substitution for face-to-face communication.

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Breathing space

By Matt Seddon

Creating ‘buildings that breathe’ is an ideal for designing in the subtropics – but it’s also a worthwhile goal in any climate.

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The Legacy of World Expos: What’s Left After the Fair?

By Vanessa McDaid

Hosting a major world event is in many ways seen as a coming of age for host countries. Seen as a way of putting a city on the map, World Expo organisers attempt to showcase their city to the world in an extravaganza of cutting edge technology, sustainability, design and architecture. But what happens when the fair leaves town?

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Cities Taking Great Strides Towards Walkability

By Vanessa McDaid

Walkable cities are, quite simply, better for everyone.

Walking requires low technology, it is cheap, and it combines flexibly with other modes of transport, at the same time resolving acute environmental, economic and social issues in cities.

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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’...

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Answering Australia’s infrastructure procurement puzzle

By Kath Walters

The pressure to build Australia’s critical infrastructure is reaching crisis point.

Yet deep uncertainty and division remains over how to reform the process of procuring the architecture, engineering, and related professional services needed to build the slated projects.

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Hames Sharley collaborates with Australian Museum on $285 million master plan

Hames Sharley have presented the detailed master plan proposal to make Sydney's Australian Museum the premier museum in the Southern Hemisphere and place millions of previously hidden treasures on display.

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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.

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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.