Cranbourne-Pakenham sky rail: a high or low for Melbourne planning?

Nine kilometres of the Cranbourne-Pakenham train line will be raised above ground to form a sky rail in a new plan by the Andrews’ Government, set to begin this year. Many are upset by the proposal - but will a sky rail be a positive or a negative for Melbourne’s south east?

Are these Australia’s worst planning decisions?

Melbourne’s former planning minister Matthew Guy – aptly dubbed 'Mr Skyscraper' – approved some debatable planning decisions for the city. Regrettably however, issues stemming from the development of poorly planned high-rises are an Australia-wide concern.

Tiny houses, big queues

With popular TV series Tiny House Nation now onto season four, and dedicated small space living festivals in Quebec and the US attracting many thousands of visitors, tiny houses are big overseas. But what potential do they have for Australian neighbourhoods?

Tiny houses: how living small can mean living big

Following an American trend, the tiny house movement is a social push towards downsized living. Hundreds of Australians – families included – are joining the movement, and their reasons are varied: environmental, financial, ease of construction.

The Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre

The recently completed Garma Cultural Knowledge Centre at Gulkula expresses Yolngu knowledge, power, and identity through the medium of contemporary architectural design.

Q+A ASPECT Studios: Mud pies and wild play

The proposed Ian Potter Wild Play Garden will see renowned landscape architects ASPECT Studios work with Centennial Parklands to bring back 'wild play' for children and their carers within Sydney's most loved park.

The machine that makes land pay

'The skyscraper is a machine that makes land pay,’ according to Cass Gilbert, the architect of the Woolworth Building in 1913 – an early New York City skyscraper. Clare Snowden investigates this theory and how all types of buildings are devices for generating revenue from once idle plots of pasture.

Navigating nationality: Australia’s multicultural built landscape

How do our cultural values manifest in the built environment? ADR questions the role of race, and the subconscious motivations influencing our appreciation of foreign architecture in a local context.

Shelter and sanctuary: design inspired by disaster

ADR takes a look at architectural design that is both inspired by, and responsive to, the realities of an increasingly volatile natural environment.

Changes on the home front: Australia’s evolving front yard

ADR takes a look at how the front yard can be interpreted as a meeting place between home and city.

Patriotic architecture: Australia’s built identity

A pavilion, an arboretum and a shrine. How does our national identity manifest itself in a building? In light of recent Australia Day festivities, ADR reflects on three major public design projects embodying patriotic pride.