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08 November 2019

Gender neutrality becoming bog standard

Gender neutrality is becoming a topic that is garnering a great deal of attention lately. And with inclusivity an important consideration in all modes of design, it’s worth celebrating the milestones when we reach them.

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08 November 2019

Open House opens doors to architectural icons in Perth

Members of the public will have the opportunity to tour a number of Hames Sharley-designed buildings this month as Open House returns to Perth for a weekend of architectural tours, talks and events.

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22 October 2019

Going loopy – the ups and downs of creativity

​Why is the creative process a bit like riding a roller coaster?

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16 October 2019

Two good to miss

This year marks the second Fremantle Biennale, but while this local festival is comparatively new, the idea of hosting an art festival every two years dates back more than a century.

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12 October 2019

Surf Life Saving Clubs – the true spirit of Australia

Michael Cooper

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

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02 October 2019

Flying cars and sustainable design…

The shopping centre of 2100

Harold Perks

If we can trace the idea of a shopping centre as far back as the Roman Empire then it’s safe to imagine shopping centres will continue to exist in 2100. But what they might look like, that’s another question entirely.

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27 September 2019

It’s World Architecture Day (or is it?)

World Architecture Day is a celebration of both great architecture and the people who produce it. The brainchild of the Union International des Architects (UIA), its aim is to bring together architects, designers, planners and more to share their experiences and viewpoints.

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27 September 2019

A Designed Directorship

After two decades with Hames Sharley, Derek Hays has amassed an extensive resume of projects but it has been his establishment and leadership of the National Design Forum that has predominantly led to his recent elevation to the role of Director.

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23 September 2019

The voice of experience

Hames Sharley was well represented at this year’s Good Design Week Symposium – we talk to Derek Hays and Brook McGowan about their roles as keynote speakers, and how participation in similar events can influence the next generation of architects.

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11 September 2019

Architects and engineers, R U OK?

Architects and engineers rate worryingly high for risk of suicide. As part of RU OK Day on 12 September, we look at the factors behind this trend and what can be done to mitigate them.

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22 July 2019

Small wonder

With Mason Harrison

When it comes to designing retail and town centre projects, the grander the scheme, the more attention it inevitably gets. But it’s important to acknowledge the contribution of smaller, local developments and the unique challenges and delights they present.

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22 July 2019

Sustainability: why there’s more to it than you might think

By the National Sustainability Forum

It’s no big secret that one of the greatest problems facing the world in the 21st century is stemming the decline in the environment. Everyone can – and indeed should – do their part to ensure that future generations need not contend with climate change and a collapsing ecosystem.