Jacquie Banks joins Arcadis as Melbourne City Executive

Arcadis has announced the appointment of Jacqui Banks to its Global Cities Team as city executive Melbourne.  Banks is an experienced leader in urban renewal, precincts, place-making, planning, urban design, and building and infrastructure delivery. Most recently Banks played a leading role in the planning and development of the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area, Australia’s largest […]

Introducing the Business of Architecture and Design conference

The Business of Architecture and Design (BoAD) is a brand new one-day conference created to prepare practice leaders for success. Brought to you by the publisher of Australian Design Review (ADR) and Architectural Review (AR), BoAD is all about looking to the future. The A&D industry is evolving quickly and this conference has been designed to provide […]

Australia’s first Passive House apartment building completed

Australia’s first Passive House (Passivhaus) Certified apartment building, located 300m from Redfern station, will be officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Sydney on 17 September. Called The Fern, the 11 one-bedroom serviced apartments are the first in the country to be built using the German approach to home design that uses a combination of high-performance […]

Digital media is changing the face of buildings, and urban policy needs to change with it

As the buildings in our cities become ever brighter thanks to the lights of digital media, Niels Wouters academic specialist, Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces, University of Melbourne, says that councils need to set out specific guidelines on design and decision criteria to promote long-term sustainability and acceptance. Looking over the Melbourne skyline […]

What ROI can taking part in competitions provide?

Rather than seeing them as a waste of time and resources that rarely pay dividends, you could regard competitions as a way to grow your practice’s reputation and experience. They have much more to offer in the way of rewards than simply prizes for winning them. You are participating in one of the many open […]