Sound Advice addresses inequality in architecture in Now You Know

UK-based architecture discussion platform Sound Advice has gathered the thoughts and reflections of more than 50 architects and urbanists of colour in a new compendium titled Now You Know. The book, which is available for international order online, features diverse practitioners ranging from MBES to architecture students, artists to urban policymakers, each addressing spatial inequality […]

MAP studio designs geometric “lighthouse” for MPavilion 2021

Venice’s MAP studio has envisioned a geometric, kaleidoscopic “urban lighthouse” for Melbourne’s MPavilion 2021. The pavilion has been dubbed The Light Catcher and will feature a reticular steel structure in galvanised and painted “tubular profiles”. Inside, mirror-finished panels will reflect the “lights, colours, activities and people” who use the space, while also providing shade. “[The […]

Hassell’s Moon habitats geared towards “thriving, over surviving”

Hassell has teamed up Cranfield University for a study that could see teams of people not just surviving on the Moon, but thriving in as early as the next few decades. Part of two new research projects, supported by the European Space Agency’s Discovery & Preparation Programme, the masterplan builds upon exisiting space habitation programmes, […]

Fox Johnston Architecture seeks “urban travellers rest” in upcoming Surry Hills Hotel

Set in the heart of the cultural district around Paramount House, the new Surry Hills Hotel designed by Fox Johnston Architecture is set to provide “welcome green relief” to the dense urban context. The hotel will be located right on the south-east fringe of the Sydney CBD, providing clients with 121-rooms of contemporary design that […]

New Sydney practice EM BE CE sets out to “dissolve barriers”

Mladen Prnjatovic, Ben Green and Chi Melhem have joined forces to make good design more accessible through their new Sydney practice EM BE CE. The former Tzannes directors have set up shop in Chippendale, combining their collective experience in residential design, planning and urbanism. A phonetic rendering of the founders first name initials, EM BE […]

Diversity in Design to grow the representation of Black creatives

Herman Miller has teamed up with 19 other US organisations to increase career opportunities for Black creatives in a new initiative. The Diversity in Design (DID) Collaborative was launched this month by the furniture company alongside brands like Adobe, 2×4, Dropbox, Levi Strauss & Co, COLLINS and Pentagram to acknowledge the critical role that diversity […]

Sue Carr awarded 2021 Order of Australia

Sue Carr has been awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of her service to “interior design, education, and women in business” in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The Order of Australia recognises Australians who have displayed outstanding service or exceptional achievement in the community, acting as an opportunity to celebrate professional excellence. The […]

2021 Serpentine Pavilion captures London’s “past and present places”

Designed by Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace, this year’s Serpentine Pavilion is inspired by places that are “particularly significant to the diasporic and cross-cultural communities” of London. Set to open on 11 June 2021, the temporary pavilion in the city’s Kensington Gardens features “abstracting, superimposing and splicing” elements that vary in “scales of intimacy” and reference the architecture of markets, restaurants, […]

Holcim Australia unveils low carbon ECOPact concrete

Global building materials and aggregates company Holcim has just released its new low carbon ECOPact concrete onto the Australian market. Unveiled in April 2021, ECOPact reduces embodied carbon by 30 to 60 per cent, using “upcycled waste by-products” in place of natural resources. Holcim designed the product after pledging to achieve net zero carbon emissions […]

Fifth ACA pulse check “fairly positive” about COVID-19 rebound

The fifth pulse check survey from the Association of Consulting Architects Australia (ACA) reveals practices are “fairly confident” about how they are rebounding from COVID-19, even finding “unexpected benefits”. The ACA’s first pulse check conducted in mid-March 2020 showed practices were preparing to feel the pain of COVID-19’s impact on economic and work arrangements. Subsequent […]

“Indigenous architecture is not a style, but a culturally appropriate process” – Alison Page

All architecture in Australia should be an act of co-creation with Indigenous Australians and Indigenous design principles, says interior designer and Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman Alison Page. In her new book, Design: Building on Country, cowritten with Paul Memmott, Page outlines how all buildings, no matter their use, should be an extension of Country. […]