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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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Bigger Adelaide, Better Lifestyles

By Andrew Russell

Hames Sharley has been a proud contributor to Deloitte’s recent ‘Make it a plan Adelaide’ report released last week. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Dear Santa…

Christmas is just around the corner and we are all left scratching our heads wondering what presents to buy. Here’s a guide to a handful of options for the creatives in your life…

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Designing Communities That Flourish

By Vanessa McDaid

Hames Sharley’s Associate, Shannon O’Shea, and Manager Planning for WA, Malcolm Somers, explain why their disciplines play a key role in the resurgence of urban neighbourhoods.

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Hames Sharley Appointed to deliver Museums Master Plan

In another step forward for the Northern Territory Government’s cultural investment program, Hames Sharley has been appointed to lead a stakeholder engagement program for the 10-Year Museums Master Plan for Darwin and Palmerston.

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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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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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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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Grand Openings in Retail

Hames Sharley’s latest neighbourhood shopping centre projects had their grand unveilings on Wednesday morning as Woolworths Banksia Grove and Coles Vasse opened their doors to the public in Western Australia.

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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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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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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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The Changing Landscape of Stakeholder Engagement

An artist was tasked with creating a sculpture for his community. It was to be grand, made from local materials and reflective of local history, a sculpture that the people could be proud of. Understanding the requirements, the artist crafted the piece, and when it was presented to the decision-makers,…

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Brookvale Structure Plan released for public approval

Hames Sharley project Brookvale Structure Plan has recently been in the news, with the release of the proposed draft Structure Plan to go before Northern Beaches Council for public exhibition approval.

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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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Another major success for the West Australian Studio at the MBA Awards

Hames Sharley's West Australian studio were the recipients of a major award on Saturday evening. Studio Director, Brook McGowan took to the stage at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre to receive the Peter Hunt Memorial Award for the State's leading architectural practice at the Master Builders Association's annual gala event.

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Wholly cow!?!

By Pete Kempshall

Its composition is the same as the stuff you’d carve off cattle, but is the world ready to eat meat created entirely in a laboratory? And if we could all be persuaded to chow down on faux-flesh, what would the effect be on the environment, both natural and built?

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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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When Apple’s chief designer meets a Christmas tree

Stepping away from the Apple workshop for a moment, Jony Ive has created this year’s Christmas tree installation at famed London hotel – Claridge’s.

Jony, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, his colleague, industrial designer Marc Newson, and British set designer Michael Howells, have delivered a faux snow-covered forest to the hotel’s lobby and unornamented trees along its grand staircase.

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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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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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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 most iconic architectural cities in the world

We’ve spoken to our architects and designers, searched our favourite blogs, and scrutinised the digital landscape, for a definitive list of the most iconic architectural cities in the world.

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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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Designing collaboration

By Brigid Salter

Creating a team environment where every stakeholder is able to contribute the maximum value to a project is no easy task.

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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 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 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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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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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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Asia-inspired Laneway in Surfers Paradise Revealed

Hames Sharley project 8 Street has been in the news this week, with the public release of the ambitious designs that will revitalise an iconic part of Surfers Paradise.

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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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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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MBA Excellence Awards success in South Australia

It was a night of celebration in Adelaide on Friday evening as the city's Convention Centre hosted the South Australian Master Builders Association Building Excellence Awards.

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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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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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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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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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Function and form in protecting buildings from earthquakes

By Michael Cooper

As Mexico recovers from the devastating effects of its recent earthquake, The Malay Mail has reported on a Japanese innovation that looks to add protective functionality to buildings while introducing an aesthetically pleasing, sleek design motif.

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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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Urban growth creates a perfect storm for flooding

By Michael Cooper

Extreme weather conditions have made news headlines in the past month, with major hurricanes making landfall in large parts of America. As floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey receded, The New York Times reported that much of the damage to infrastructure could have been avoided.

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What’s New in Home Automation

By Vanessa McDaid

Home automation is getting a whole lot closer for the average family. Currently the domain of top end residential builds and the tech savvy, the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming soon to a neighbourhood near you…

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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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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 Seven Deadly Sins of Stakeholder Engagement

Our checklist of seven deadly sins that should be avoided in the consultation process…

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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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Mercedes-Benz Continues its Assault on Tesla’s Energy Storage Solutions

By Vanessa McDaid

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has made its promised entry into the home energy storage market in the UK, taking on Tesla and its Powerwall, according to a recent article in Road Show.

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The Roadmap to Power – Solar Panels and Battery Storage to Lead the Way

By Vanessa McDaid

The CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia have just released a new plan to secure Australia’s energy supply, reduce our bills and reduce our emissions to zero by the middle of the century. Their roadmap relies upon a coordinated approach by the states in order to potentially save Australians AUD$1 billion by 2050 and cut residential power bills by an average of $414 annually.

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The Price Ain’t Right

By Pete Kempshall

Affordable housing has become a major issue in recent years. Last week’s budget did little to alleviate the problem for first-home buyers, amounting to not much more than tinkering to provide the illusion of change…

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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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Driving sales

By Harold Perks

Imagine this: you walk into your local retail centre, aiming to pick-out an evening gown and shoes, grab a quick chef-prepared meal for lunch, and organise your grocery drop-off to your house. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you spot the plush lounge of a major auto brand…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Shaping safer cities

By Rachel Seal, Cara Westerman and Shannon O’Shea

Architect and author Oscar Newman argued in his theory of ‘defensible space’ that an area is safer when people feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for that piece of a community. Furthermore, a successful defensible space will have both physical and social ingredients.

In the 1980s, a group of Danish architects drew up recommendations to shape the physical environment to minimise violence and vandalism on the basis that “Denmark should continue to be an open society with a minimum of physical barring and formal surveillance.”

Almost 40 years on, most architects, planners, landscape architects, urban and interior designers understand and apply similar principles.

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Are we over-planning our cities?

‘Accidental cities’ has become a derogatory term used by those who see benefit in increased planning control over public and privately-held land.

Often messy, sometimes disorganised and invariably hectic, they are nonetheless the places that tend to feature in tourist brochures.

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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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A love that won’t die: Living in the suburbs

Australians aren’t the only ones who have a love affair with the suburbs. Americans living in the suburbs are happier than those living in the inner city, according to new research by American website, CityLab.

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Technology brings people together in public spaces after all

Watching time-lapse films of New York’s Bryant Park in the early 1980s, associate professor Keith Hampton realised he’d just found precisely the baseline he needed to examine how behaviour in public spaces has changed in our contemporary digital world.