Designing for disaster with Genton

Mission critical describes any system that contributes to the successful operation of a business or organisation, and buildings are now playing a role.

The dawn of the microfactory

UNSW has invented a way to make small-scale recycling cost-effective, even for the most problematic and complex wastes, as Veena Sahajwalla writes.

The digital tech behind McBride Charles Ryan’s architecture

The journey from a set of problems presented by a client to the architects’ final solution can take many different roads. Debbie-Lyn Ryan from McBride Charles Ryan (MCR) says this road requires a combination of a flexible approach and using the right tools for the job. “Normally the client will give us a brief of […]

Up, up and away: sustainable skyscrapers

With inner-city space at an increasing premium, many believe the only solution is to reach for the skies. But how do we ensure these tall and super-tall skyscrapers are truly sustainable?

How architects can take advantage of virtual reality

The rise of virtual reality presents a number of opportunities to architects, including huge advantages when presenting your ideas to builders and clients. Meanwhile, the commercialisation of this technology has brought it into the hands of almost anyone with a smartphone and as little as $50.

A touching solution: access control solutions for sufferers of dementia

Access control for people with dementia and related conditions is a significant issue for those creating the infrastructure where sufferers will live, reports Shayne Bamford. Lateral thinking has led to the development of a product and system that makes it all that much easier.

Big World Home: like IKEA for houses

“We’re excited to be launching one of the most progressive, socially oriented, community driven housing projects that Australia has ever seen, at a time when new options in affordable housing have never been more vital,” says architect Alexander Symes. The Big World Homes can be built in days using only a hammer and a drill.

The Smile puts timber to the test

"I wanted to create something that uses tulipwood CLT in its largest format possible." The AHEC has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a giant, cross-laminated tulipwood structure that showcases the true strengths of timber.

Mirvac sets the scene for a smart building future

The building housing Mirvac and Ernst & Young’s (EY) new Sydney headquarters was constructed to embrace industry-leading design, technology and sustainability features. So what does it take to be part of the new breed of smart buildings in Australia?

Innovative composites: Shapeshift Design Technologies

“We’ve done funky shapes, and we can do that forever, but I think there are some real gains to be made in finding and developing the right materials for the job.” In 2001, Toby Whitfield and Jaime Marina founded the composites manufacturing company, mouldCAM.

Lyons and m3architecture design UQ Sustainable Futures Building

Lyons and m3architecture have won a competition to design the Sustainable Futures Building at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus.