Letter from Tokyo
One year on from the March 11 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Christian Dimmer asks: Is it possible for post-traumatic Japan to overcome institutionalised problems with infrastructure and architecture in order to become more ‘resilient’?
Under the guidance of ‘garbage warrior’ Mike Reynolds, Earthship Biotecture is a radical, and often experimental, approach to sustainable design. Jo Leeder headed to the Earthship Biotecture seminar in Melbourne to learn more about Reynolds and his vision for self-sufficient housing.
Swinburne’s Design Factory
As Swinburne University looks to the design education of Helsinki’s Aalto University, Dean of Design, Ken Friedman, makes a concerted effort with his department not to mimic the ‘living lab’ but rather to create awareness of a new path in design.
We meet the team behind Broadsheet, a new breed of street press celebrating Melbourne and Sydney’s hospitality, retail and fashion venues and their creative collaborations with local designers.
Inside magazine 70: Working for Solutions
As savvy employers realise that ‘happy’ offices make for happy employees, is it any wonder that today’s newly designed work spaces are a marvel within themselves? This issue showcases some outstanding examples of new work spaces and discusses issues relevant to finding better workplace design solutions.
Interview: Stuart Harrison on adaptive re-use
With just over a week left until the close of the Boral Design Award competition, juror Stuart Harrison talks to us about what makes for a good adaptive re-use project, and good medium density housing.
Resilient: the evolving terminology of ecological development
‘Resilience’ is a buzzword in today’s architectural discourse. Like ‘sustainability’ before it, is it destined to become a cliché stripped of all practical efficacy?
Life Cycle: Dumas House
Built in the 1960s as part of an ambitious, and ultimately unrealised, masterplan for the government precinct in Perth, Dumas House now stands as a proud example of international modernism.