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Plunder our brains and the brains of global experts in our Knowledge section. Find out the latest news, trends and ideas across every area of design thinking and practice including interiors, buildings, precincts and cities.


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07 December 2018

Main street fever

Rachel Seal

​Built form controls alone don’t deliver vibrancy and good coffee…

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07 December 2018

The adjudicator rater

What qualities do you need to become a respected judge of design awards? An eye for aesthetics is only the start…

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19 November 2018

Spotlight on the future of urban hubs

The future of urban hubs and transit oriented developments have been a hot topic in Queensland this month, with a number of panel events and media outlets reporting on the subject.

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16 November 2018

Respecting your elders

Gary Mackintosh

Design for aged-care requires a very specific skill set. We take a look at the architectural, interior and urban design elements that need to be considered for a successful project.

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16 November 2018

Hubs of activity, fonts of knowledge

Bridie O'Toole

Brisbane Open House includes talks and seminars on all manner of architecture and design topics. As part of this year’s event Hames Sharley’s Queensland studio opened its doors to the public and hosted a panel event that covered the subject of urban hubs. We asked one of our recent Architectural Graduates to report on the proceedings, while broadening her own knowledge.

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15 November 2018

The bee-all and end all

Why architects and planners are designing bee friendly cities

It is estimated that around a third of the food we eat relies on bee pollination. In light of the sharp decline in bee populations, we sat down with Urban Designer and Biophilia Enthusiast, Hayley Edwards to discuss what can be done to reverse this alarming trend.

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12 November 2018

Why architecture hasn’t changed in more than 2,000 years…

The National Design Forum with Derek Hays

Hames Sharley’s National Design Forum Leader, Derek Hays, considers why the three fundamentals of architecture have remained unchanged for 2,000 years.

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12 October 2018

Why bigger BIM is not always better

Cameron Mack

BIM – or Building Information Modelling – has been one of the most significant technological advances in our industry in the past twenty years. But how much BIM do projects actually need?

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12 October 2018

Devaluing the role of iconic public architecture

Andrew Russell

The appalling misjudgment in allowing commercial advertising on the ‘sails’ of the Sydney Opera House calls into question the special custodial role of our public buildings, major public artworks and iconic infrastructure as symbols of shared community and cultural values.

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01 October 2018

A Celebration of Global Architecture

Created in 2005 by the Union International des Architects, World Architecture Day is a day to show appreciation for the work architects do and to celebrate some of the great global architectural works. This year the event takes place on October 1st with a series of events and publications.

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27 September 2018

Finding the way to better wayfinding

Michael Cooper

Wayfinding in the architectural realm has evolved to encompass a combination of elements including visual graphics, tactility and materiality, interactivity, and animated and audio-visual installations. With technology advancing apace, how best should major wayfinding and signage projects be approached and what does the future hold in store…

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20 September 2018

Experiences vs ‘Stuff’

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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15 September 2018

Harnessing VR to attract retail tenants in a first for South Australia

Attracting retail tenants with virtual reality tours in South Australia.

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14 September 2018

Reopening the door on architecture: The Open House phenomenon

Fancy an adventure exploring your city? Open House is an event in which buildings across a city throw open their doors to the public for one weekend each year, to enjoy the best architecture on offer.

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12 September 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.