Knowledge

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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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15 Sep 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 Sep 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 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

Architects and engineers, R U OK?

Architects and engineers rate worryingly high for risk of suicide. As part of RU OK Day on 13 September, we look at the factors behind this trend and what can be done to mitigate them.

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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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10 Sep 2018

Enhancing health and wellbeing through urban design

By Chris Maher, Jason Preston and David McCarroll

Human behaviour is intrinsically influenced by our surroundings, and as a nation predominantly made up of city-dwellers, our urban environment contributes a major part to making us who we are. Here Chris Maher, David McCarroll and Jason Preston uncover some of the tools used by designers of the built environment to enhance health and wellbeing.

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02 Sep 2018

Scraping the sky

September 3rd marks World Skyscraper Day, a day to recognise the architectural and engineering feat that encompass some of the worlds tallest and most magnificent buildings.

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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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10 Aug 2018

Here we grow

Earlier this month, the population of Australia hit the 25 million mark, with the number of migrants outpacing the number of births at a rate of almost two to one - a figure reminiscent of gold-rush days…

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06 Aug 2018

The notion of nodes

By Chris Maher, Jason Preston and David McCarroll

What is a city node? What are its benefits? And what is its place in the Australian urban environment?

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06 Aug 2018

From little things, great things grow: Shaping the future of Adelaide

By Andrew Russell, Principal Urban Designer

Adelaide has great bones. Its founding fathers planned a city which not only looks beautiful, but is highly functional and extremely liveable, but we need to be bold and seize the opportunity to create an even more vibrant and innovative place to live that is proudly local and yet globally connected…

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06 Aug 2018

Space consumption

By Chris Maher

Hames Sharley’s National leader of the Urban Development portfolio, Chris Maher, discusses the societal pressures of vanity-driven space wastage and how millennials are here to save the day.

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06 Aug 2018

Reach for the sky

Some of Western Australia’s key thinkers and influencers recently tackled the subject of urban sprawl in the book Drawing The Line – Deliberations on Density, released through Urban Design Forum WA.

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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.