In profile: Kate Stokes
Heralding a thoughtful and considered approach to product design, Melbourne-based designer Kate Stokes’ recently established practice Coco Flip is characterised by extensive research and a penchant for travel.
What is and What Should Be: Soviet Constructivism on Film
Owen Hatherley looks back to the 1920s and 1930s, a period when a kind of mutant architecture appeared in Russian film – constructivism meets Cecil B. DeMille.
Spotlight on Supercyclers
Creating sophisticated designs made out of cigarette butts and recycled solar panels is quite the accomplishment. For Supercyclers founders Sarah K and Liane Rossler, it’s just another day in the studio.
Robin Dods: An introduction
Robin Dods is a significant figure in the history of Queensland architecture. In this introduction to a new book on Dods, John Macarthur examines the influences that shaped the architect’s unique approach to sub-tropical architecture.
In profile: Henry Wilson
In a world saturated with globally distributed, mass-manufactured design, Henry Wilson’s bespoke, distinctly Australian reinterpretations of design classics have, ironically, put this young designer on the international map.
The Wired City
In this excerpt from his new book, City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age, PD Smith explores the history of ‘invisible’ urban infrastructure, from the network of subterranean steam pipes synchronising Paris clocks in the 1870s to the ‘organism’ that is Seoul today. The next step: a city that talks back to its citizens?
Design activism: Dilip da Cunha & Anuradha Mathur
Based in Philadelphia and Bangalore, Mathur/da Cunha interrogates cultural and ecological issues arising from critical, contested landscapes, and uses artistic and design modes to visualise how water can offer new interpretations of landscape practice and design.
Week in review
London’s Olympic Stadium named on RIBA’s Stirling shortlist, the athlete’s village as ‘Olympic urbanism’, plus an international design competition for the architectural elite to redesign Japan’s national stadium.