Cranbourne-Pakenham sky rail: a high or low for Melbourne planning?
Nine kilometres of the Cranbourne-Pakenham train line will be raised above ground to form a sky rail in a new plan by the Andrews’ Government, set to begin this year. Many are upset by the proposal – but will a sky rail be a positive or a negative for Melbourne’s south east?
What happens at WAF
Chris Bosse, principal of LAVA, and Eva Krane, cultural attaché at bleux design studio, share their notes from this year’s World Architecture Festival in Singapore.
Are these Australia’s worst planning decisions?
Melbourne’s former planning minister Matthew Guy – aptly dubbed ‘Mr Skyscraper’ – approved some debatable planning decisions for the city. Regrettably however, issues stemming from the development of poorly planned high-rises are an Australia-wide concern.
Tiny houses, big queues
With popular TV series Tiny House Nation now onto season four, and dedicated small space living festivals in Quebec and the US attracting many thousands of visitors, tiny houses are big overseas. But what potential do they have for Australian neighbourhoods?
Tiny houses: how living small can mean living big
Following an American trend, the tiny house movement is a social push towards downsized living. Hundreds of Australians – families included – are joining the movement, and their reasons are varied: environmental, financial, ease of construction.
The side-effects of pro bono architecture
Pro bono work in the building profession has largely been defined by its effects, however the side effects of pro bono project procurement on architecture are rarely discussed. Amelyn Ng investigates.
Inspiration and aspiration at the ‘People’ Student Congress
Amid dynamic commentary and activity, including Sean Godsell’s deeply personal oration on his life and work, emerging architect Amelyn Ng gives her detailed insight into the highlights and revelations of this year’s student congress.
Productivity and the creative workplace
Productivity and efficiency are simple to measure, but in today’s economy, businesses can’t survive without constant innovation and a focus on creativity. Sarah Kay of Woods Bagot looks at how designers can develop inspiring environments and provide tools to foster creativity.