Integrating architecture and light

As a practice and product, architecture is constantly evolving. Shifting trends and new technologies evoke changing priorities, perhaps in the form of a smarter building, one that measures and manages energy-efficiency, or an exterior mostly made up of a human-friendly material such as timber. Despite the many shifts occurring within the realms of the architectural […]

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 […]

Baby boomer expectations drive innovative aged care design

“We are creating homes and pushing institutionalisation to the background. We’re designing for residents, not patients, who want to be treated as such,” says James Kelly, associate at ClarkeHopkinsClarke.

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 […]

Margot Krasojević’s latest project is a positive energy hotel

Experimental architect and psychologist Margot Krasojević is known for designing structures that engage smart materials and sustainability and her latest project doesn’t disappoint: she is currently working on ‘the first renewable resource positive energy hotel’. The Harmonic Turbine Tidal hotel, located on Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan in the South China seas, has been designed […]

How virtual reality is impacting the built environment

No longer just clever toys to thrill users in ‘show and tell’ situations, virtual and augmented realities can now have significant impacts on a business’ bottom line, reports Vanessa Choi. As AR has reported previously, “the commercialisation of virtual reality technology has brought a complex technology into the hands of almost anyone with a smartphone […]

“Nintendo for adults”: Villawood Properties launches VR display village

Homebuyers will soon be able to experience walking around their new property before it’s even been built thanks to a new virtual reality experience. Residential land developer Villawood Properties has created the world’s first virtual reality (VR) display village, replicating its vision for its Rathdowne community in Melbourne’s Wollert suburb. Using an Oculus Rift headset […]

Biophilic design built into new Melbourne Metro stations

Melbourne’s new underground railway stations are set to be the first piece of Australian public infrastructure to include “biophilic design” – a ground-breaking method that takes green architecture far beyond landscaping and solar panels. The design approach is a labour of love for Dr Phillip Roös, a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Deakin University, who […]

Prefabrication and the role it has to play in Australia’s built environment

Recently, industry leaders from Australia’s built environment came together at the prefabAUS 2017 conference to discuss the role prefabrication should play in the future of architectural design and construction. Convened by prefabAUS, the peak body for Australia’s prefabricated building industry, the 2017 conference brought together industry heavyweights to discuss far-reaching trends affecting the built environment […]