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The physical, social, psychological and ecological impacts of architectural, urban and interior design combine to enable communities to flourish. We understand the economic growth of both our company and our clients is linked to the social and economic wellbeing of our employees and the wider community.

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16 Nov 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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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

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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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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21 May 2018

Why cultural diversity is vital in design

Michael Cooper

Cultural diversity is a critical consideration in the design sector. As our industry looks inward in an attempt to close the diversity gap, we recognise a number of advantages that a more multicultural workforce provides in enabling communities to flourish.

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21 May 2018

Mitigating the potential threats of Artificial Intelligence on our cities

Jacinta Houzer

It’s predicted that robots and Artificial Intelligence will play a large part in our lives by 2025, but as anyone who’s seen a Terminator movie knows, these are exactly the kinds of technology prone to misuse or mishap. Here we investigate a report highlighting the potential use of Artificial Intelligence for malicious means.

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21 Apr 2018

The architects of remembrance

War memorials are an essential part of the Australian landscape – their beauty, symbolism and the quality of materials and craftsmanship illustrates the respect that communities have towards those who have paid the ultimate price.

To mark the ANZAC day commemorations this month, we look at the story behind three examples from around the country.

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13 Apr 2018

When design comes naturally

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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19 Apr 2017

Mental illnesses described through architecture

Michael Cooper

Mental disorders are something that will affect most of us at some point in our lives and Spanish-based, digital artist Federico Babina has created a new project which attempts to illustrate a number of conditions through architecture.

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19 Apr 2017

Building cultural diversity through the language we speak

Vanessa McDaid

It is proven that cultural diversity adds to the bottom line. The benefits of cultural diversity are many: improved decision-making, increased collaboration, better problem-solving, enhanced well-being and knowledge sharing, to name a few. But what does it look like in a real workplace?

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16 Mar 2017

Feel good shopping: How retail architecture and interior design can improve wellness

Vanessa McDaid with Jane Sorby and Iain Stewart

When was the last time you went to a beautifully designed building and felt drawn to your surroundings in a way that made you feel better? Because the space spoke to you, ushered in relief, engaged your senses, enhanced within you a sense of… wellness? We investigate ‘The Architecture of Happiness’...

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13 Jan 2017

Begging for a better solution

Kate Fuller

The increase in homelessness has led to a rise in begging leaving cities asking the question, what is the best solution to street begging?