Porta releases new engineered timber cladding solution

Australian-owned and operated timber supplier Porta has released a new exterior timber cladding solution called Endure, created by combining durable Porta Cumaru hardwood with an engineered design. The new product has evolved from the research and development by Prof. Perry Forsythe, Professor of Construction Management, at the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building at University of Technology […]

Are bricks made from human urine the future of architecture?

A ‘bio-brick’ made from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) researcher Suzanne Lambert as an environmentally friendly alternative to kiln-fired bricks.  The zero waste bricks are made from recovered human waste and can be produced in any shape and strength. Lambert’s supervisor Dr Dyllon Randall, a senior lecturer in water quality engineering, said that […]

How to make time for more architecture and less ‘clerkitecture’

Project and information management is a key part of architecture. It may appear to have little connection with creating inspiring designs and ideas, but it is one of the most valuable processes in both the timely realisation of great buildings and the sustainable existence of an architecture practice. It’s even more important now that projects […]

Designing Melbourne Knowledge Week 2018

The Meat Market in North Melbourne has been transformed into a giant installation for Melbourne Knowledge Week (MKW18), the City of Melbourne’s annual festival that explores the future of Australia’s fastest growing city.  Designed by Grimshaw, the installation comprises approximately one square kilometre of fruit netting. The tensile structure has been manipulated to provide an […]

How virtual reality is impacting the built environment

The prefab behind Darling Exchange