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12 Oct 2019

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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11 Sep 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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20 Sep 2018

Experiences vs ‘Stuff'

By David McCarroll and Jason Preston

Fear of missing out (FOMO) is the new keeping up with the Joneses. Here, some of Hames Sharley’s thought leaders discuss whether minimalism is making us richer, and the impact this is having on the built environment.

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12 Sep 2018

Stable designs

Not only can design help settle your mind through creative pursuits, it can also result in products that enhance mental health in other ways. Here are five ideas that employ good design to improve mental wellbeing – from the very simple to the more complex and innovative.

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12 Sep 2018

A blessing or a curse?

We read about them with alarming regularity – from comedians and actors to writers, artists, architects and designers, lost to us by their own hand. Is there a greater risk of mental illness in creative people? And does new research have the answer?

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20 Aug 2018

Reusing materials for LEED certification

Many building designers have started prioritising LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in their projects over the past decade, as the industry has caught up with the need for better long-term design solutions. As a result, the reuse of building materials has increased.

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26 Jul 2018

Architecture; art vs science

In August each year, the nation celebrates Science Week. It’s a government initiative to fuel society’s interest and understanding of importance in the subject.

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19 Jun 2018

Inspiring research and philanthropy through art at the Perkins

By The Tertiary, Education, Science & Research portfolio

Five Western Australian artists express their support for medical research by decorating lab coats for the Harry Perkins Institute.