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18 Apr 2018

Staging a comeback

By Jacinta Houzer

Building infrastructure for global events can make or break a city – so what’s the best strategy for using these structures once the show’s over?

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13 Apr 2018

When design comes naturally

By Peter Schwerzel

Architects and designers can learn a lot from Mother Nature – Peter Schwerzel looks at biomimetics and how taking cues from the world around us can produce outstanding results.

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12 Apr 2018

The Café Phalanstère

By Iain Stewart

An essay about creativity, architecture, cultural innovation and coffee.

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26 Mar 2018

Fad or Future? The Worth of Amazon Go

By Caillin Howard

In light of the interest around America’s new Amazon Go store since its opening late last year, we consider what this could mean for the future of the retail experience…

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12 Mar 2018

The Architecture of Education

By Jacinta Houzer

With the 21st century well underway, the way in which students receive education nowadays is vastly different from the pre-internet age.

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09 Mar 2018

The Constructs of Colour Selection – An Interior Designer’s Perspective

By Jacinta Houzer with Charlotte Kennedy and Giordana Vizzari

We are often oblivious to the many factors which are involved in creating successful internal spaces. Particularly in terms of the colour palette specified. Interior Designers have many influences, both obvious and complex, which play a key role when deciding on colour.

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09 Mar 2018

Are microtowns the new high streets?

By Jacinta Houzer

They’re the traditional locations for shops, banks and other businesses, but high streets could be facing new disruption from an unexpected area.

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09 Mar 2018

Buying Power

By Jacinta Houzer

How department stores played a vital role in the empowerment of women.

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08 Mar 2018

The world’s best-planned cities

By Jacinta Houzer

With a recent article naming five cities that rank among the best-designed in the world, we look at what links these destinations, and what lessons others can learn from them.

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08 Mar 2018

Un-forgetting Female Architects

By Jacinta Houzer

In the last decade, roughly 40 per cent of all architecture graduates have been women – but when it comes to representation in the industry, there’s still a gender bias towards men.

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07 Mar 2018

12 Australian Women in Architecture You Should Know About

By Jacinta Houzer

They’ve been influential in the history of Australian architecture but chances are you don’t know their names. We look at twelve women whose work has made a difference to the way our country was built.

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19 Feb 2018

Digital Era Calls for New Style of Placemaking

By Jacinta Houzer with Rachel Seal

Today, people are increasingly communicating online rather than face-to-face, replacing social spaces with social networks. So, what does this mean for physical communities? Are they diminishing in value?

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16 Feb 2018

A (very brief) History of Cities

By Jacinta Houzer

Cities are centres of population, commerce and culture, yet it is not widely known how this way of life came about. Looking to the past, however, enables us not only to decipher how cities came to be, but also how they are defined and what they mean for the future of our societies.

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16 Feb 2018

Pup-ular Architecture

By Jacinta Houzer

It’s Chinese New Year, and 2018 is the year of the dog. To recognise the focus on man’s best friend, we’ve delved into the weird wide web to bring you designs from leading architects, made especially for dogs.

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12 Feb 2018

A Future Family Day at their Local Library

By Michael Cooper

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 library…