The price for public artwork is often high, but if a council, investor or developer makes the right decision, it can be the drawcard that leads to significant economic gains. In AR144, Fenella Kernebone investigates the role that public art plays and how it can become a destination in its own right.
Last year, a fire tore through Victoria’s Great Ocean Road region, destroying 116 homes. One home that escaped the blaze, however, was a construction built by Modscape. Almost six months on from the blaze, ADR chats to Modscape’s Director, Jan Gyrn, on the design of the home, its successes, and what has been learnt.
Green shoots: the evolution of high-rise gardens
Until recently, the Great Australian Dream meant life in a suburban house and garden. Dense new towers in Australian cities beg the question – how can we reconcile high-rise apartment living with suburban life? Graham Crist looks at inventive methods of incorporating greenery within the city for AR.
Architecture and the Internet of Things
Architects revel in design, pushing the bounds of the discipline through their pursuit of innovation. With the advent of connective technologies like cloud-based working, we are squarely in the sharing age – and the architecture and design industries are evolving to keep up with the rapid pace of change.
The contentious role of public art
The built legacy of Romaldo Giurgola
This week, the architectural community lost Italian academic and architect Romaldo Giurgola at 95 years of age. Internationally-renouned for his work on Parliament House in Canberra, Giurgola was also behind a number of other significant works across the country. ADR takes a look at the architect’s built legacy on Australian shores.
Abode318′s shifting façade
“From a distance the building appears to ripple and bulge, while close-up the individual apartments become legible. The undulating form has a performative effect by minimising the wind downdraft at street level.” AR magazine talks to Caleb Smith of Elenberg Fraser about the studio’s golden tower, Abode318.
Landscaping our cities with Matthew Mackay
“Most clients are now starting to see the value of landscape, and see their responsibility to create healthier and more sustainable projects and cities.” Matthew Mackay of HASSELL discusses the challenges, changes, and excitement surrounding the creation of green spaces within our rapidly growing cities.
Sustainability and the city with Richard Hassell
Richard Hassell, director of Singapore-based practice, WOHA – pioneer of sustainable, tall buildings – talks to AR magazine about liveability, high-rise in the tropics and a new book that explores both.
Paper chapel: finding beauty in death
Renowned paper engineer Benja (Paperform), has created the chapel, which he describes as a “cross between architecture and poetry”, for Australia’s first art and design led funeral home.
How soon is now?
Will future architects be called upon to provide design thinking consultancy as their primary output? Michael Smith, director of Atelier Red + Black, gives his insight on the thought-provoking conversations held at the National Conference in Adelaide.