ABC to premiere documentary on Richard Leplastrier

ABC is set to premiere a documentary on the Australian architect Richard Leplastrier, filmed over the course of 15 years. Richard Leplastrier – Framing the View premieres on 12 May and is the work of documentarian Anna Cater, who is known for the 2010 documentary Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle, which also aired on ABC. The […]

Cloud software stress-tested during COVID-19

COVID-19 has prompted a high-stakes stress-test of the architecture and design industry’s cloud infrastructure and remote working capacity.  Cloud-based software has become the backbone of COVID-19’s global virtual collaboration experiment on a scale never previously experienced, with Microsoft reporting a 775% spike in demand for cloud services. The A&D industry has been historically reluctant to […]

Zaha Hadid Architects ransomed by cyber hackers

Zaha Hadid Architects has warned other architecture and design practices to be alert for cyber hackers during the coronavirus pandemic after its servers were hacked and ransomed. The firm discovered that a computer in its London office had been remotely accessed last week. It later received a message on its server saying internal company data […]

How the post-viral city can “bounce-forward” in urban greenery

Constant through the escalation, peaks and stagnations of COVID-19 has been a society-wide rumour mill about what a post-viral world might look like.  Predictions and questions have ranged from the logistical to the philosophical. Will remote work become commonplace, having been stress-tested by the pandemic? Will our healthcare infrastructure learn this period’s tough lessons? How […]

Architects and designers make masks for post-coronavirus reality

Architects and designers around the world are responding to global mask shortages caused by the coronavirus outbreak by sharing the designs for DIY, 3D-printed and CNC-cut masks. The Federal Government has predicted lockdown measures will remain in place for another three weeks, but even after restrictions are eased, social distancing and masks are likely to […]

Asite predicts 2020 global construction trends post-COVID-19

Asite launch their Building Resilience report revealing how 2020 global construction trends will be veered off course by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The snapshot report aims to provide the construction industry with a clear view of its future and determines what needs to be done to  overcome the current pandemic and build on the progress that […]

Australia pulls out of the 2020 Venice Biennale

Australia will no longer be presenting its exhibition at the 2020 Venice Biennale in August, citing the coronavirus outbreak as the reason for its decision. In a statement published yesterday, the Australian Institute of Architects cited concerns about the health of organisers. “The rapidly changing and escalating situation regarding COVID-19 has made it impossible for […]

Hames Sharley designs zero waste holiday for the long weekend

With family catchups and face-to-face socialising off the cards this long weekend, Hames Sharley has devised a guide for having a more meaningful and ethical, zero waste holiday while we’re all stuck inside. The Australia-wide team of architects, planners and interior designers put together a fun infographic with three environmentally and socially friendly tips that we […]

Make Architects combats loneliness in design

Research from Make Architects into the relationship between our built environment and loneliness achieves new salience in the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2013, Sydney-based studio Make Architects founded its Future Spaces Foundation (FSF) – a think tank dedicated to researching the socioeconomic, demographic and technological factors that impact our built environment. Delving deeply into transport networks, […]

The A&D community on the challenges of working from home

In putting together our new video series, Working from Home, we asked architects and interior designers to film short clips of their home offices and share some tips. While chatting about the series, a few challenges kept popping up – at home distractions, concerns about the economy, worries about productivity and staying connected to colleagues. […]

Second ACA ‘pulse check’ exposes COVID-19’s workflow disruptions

The second pulse check survey from the Association of Consulting Architects Australia’s (ACA) reveals COVID-19’s profound impact on architecture practice workflow and employment arrangements.  The Association of Consulting Architects Australia (ACA) first plus-check conducted in mid-March showed where architecture practices were preparing to feel the pain of COVID-19’s impact on economic and work arrangements. In […]