8 essential design books every interiors lover should read

Whether it’s encyclopaedia on the basic principles or an envy-inducing font of eye-candy inspiration, a good design book is something no designer can resist. One of the things I’ve noticed in chatting to Australian interior designers over the last couple of months, is that they never had the time to actually read those design books… […]

“We’re here to live, not to defy death. Our architecture should do the same” – Koichi Takada

Architects and designers need to seize the moment post-COVID-19 to wind back the clock and “protect architecture as a sanctuary for human beings” says architect Koichi Takada. “We try to sit on a bench and it says, ‘Please do not sit.’ Or, ‘Make sure you keep a 1.5-metre distance’. The rule completely destroys the idea […]

Don’t miss Studio Tate’s workplace design webinar

Studio Tate will be hosting a webinar to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted workplace design on Wednesday 19 August 2020. Titled The Future of Workplace Design – Challenges and Opportunities, it will be held at 1pm AEST and will be moderated by Australian Design Review editor Elisa Scarton. Panelists will be discussing changes they anticipate […]

RIBA announces winners of post-COVID design competition

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the Rethink: 2025 international design competition. Inviting architects and students from across the globe to consider what life and our built environment would look like post-COVID-19, the competition settled on three joint winners. Almost 150 entries were submitted from 18 countries with entrants given seven […]

What not to miss at this weekend’s Open House

Open House returns to Melbourne on 25 and 26 July with a range of live events available to stream from the comfort of your home anywhere in Australia. After COVID-19 forced this year’s edition online, the annual architecture event teamed up with Melbourne-based immersive tech studio PHORIA. Together they compiled Australia’s largest collection of virtual […]

Unispace predicts hybrid ‘Hub and Home’ workplace

Is the traditional office obsolete? Is working from home the new norm? Is there a generational shift at play propelling us forwards? Global design and workplace strategy firm Unispace weighs in. With Australia now ahead of the COVID-19 curve and other nations looking to our Trans-Tasman bubble for benchmark business solutions, Unispace is currently working […]

Workplaces will not go “back to normal” after COVID-19 says Ray Brown

The rows of workstations where employees sit at the same desk year after year will be “less in demand” post COVID-19, says Architectus CEO Ray Brown. Instead, Brown says companies should be drawing inspiration from the university “sticky campus” model if they want their employees to return to their office following the pandemic. “A few […]

Rise of the 20-minute neighbourhood

The ability to work, live and play all within 20 minutes’ reach is the new gold standard. In planning circles, it’s a concept known as the 20-minute neighbourhood, and it has surged in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The rise of the 20-minute neighbourhood has come from people’s desire to return to living locally and […]

Woods Bagot designs office layouts for workplaces post-coronavirus

Woods Bagot has designed four workplace templates that merge working from home and office life during and post coronavirus restrictions. The Working from Home, Working from Work project was designed to “help clients restore business productivity with long term, sustainable solutions”. The templates move beyond health and safety to encourage collaboration and creativity during and […]

ACA’s third pulse check reveals “widespread concern about the pipeline of work”

The Association of Consulting Architects Australia’s (ACA) third pulse check reveals architecture practices’ continuing concerns about the work pipeline disruptions caused by COVID-19 and uncertainty about transitioning back to offices. Pulse check No. 3 builds on the knowledge developed through the pulse check surveys No. 1 and No. 2 to inform the ACA’s advocacy and […]

Take the ACA’s third ‘pulse check’

The Association of Consulting Architects Australia’s (ACA) third ‘pulse check’ continues to track the impact of COVID-19 on the architecture industry,  increasing knowledge of what is needed to ensure a robust future for architectural practices. The ACA’s second ‘pulse check’, conducted at the end of March, revealed that 89 per cent of respondents had had […]