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Architecture Australia January 2019

Ask architects which Australian magazine they choose to read or to publish their work and the answer is most likely Architecture Australia. If you want to be up to date with the best built works and the issues that matter, then Architecture Australia is for you. Its commissioned contributors are independent, highly respected practitioners, architectural thinkers and design commentators and each article is supported by images from leading architectural photographers. Provocative, informative and engaging – it is the national magazine of the Australian Institute of Architects.

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building a legacy of great architecture in the regions

Regional Australia is still Australia’s beating heart, vital to the fabric of who we are. Its cities, towns and vast landscapes inform our nation’s lore and its sacred dreaming.From the sandy, rugged reaches of our coastline to the deep red centre, there is a move toward embracing innovative, sustainable and beautiful architecture.Once seen as the domain of the major cities, architecture is germinating with force, its appreciation and application spreading to our most remote locations. Increasingly, regional Australia is becoming home to some of Australia’s best contemporary architecture practice.This issue of Architecture Australia celebrates the richness and diversity of architect-designed buildings and precincts emerging all over regional Australia. The projects within speak of place, exhibit an acute sense of community and reflect different visions of Australia and its seemingly endless space. They also exemplify the unique challenges…

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the road ahead

The November/December 2018 issue of Architecture Australia was Cameron Bruhn’s last as Architecture Media’s editorial director. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours as dean and head of the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland and thank him for his significant contribution to Australia’s architecture and design culture.Cameron joined Architecture Media in 2003 as a writer and editor, assuming the position of editorial director in 2009. In this role he made a major contribution to developing Architecture Australia and the company’s other magazine and content website portfolios. In more recent years, he also helped shape the Design Speaks events stream through a clever choice of topics and an informed selection of local and international speakers. We will miss Cameron’s extensive knowledge, thoughtful leadership, endless ideas, generosity and playful…

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community and contribution

This issue of Architecture Australia celebrates the contribution of architecture to communities in regional, rural and remote Australia. It surveys regenerative and transformative regional buildings and profiles practitioners living and working beyond the metropolitan centres. It is a portrait of regional Australia that reveals the collegial network of architects, students and academics working across the diverse economic, social and geographic realities of this country.The focus is on public and commercial projects to examine the way architecture is contributing to community life and to the prosperity of the cities, towns and areas that lie beyond the limits of the six metropolitan centres. Read as a collection, the work is both accomplished and resourceful; each building and practice making the most of every opportunity. Using one broad term, regional Australia, to describe the vast majority…

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a demographic, social and economic picture of regional australia

Regional Australia is defined as the towns, small cities and areas that lie beyond the country’s major capital cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra). According to data compiled by the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), Regional Australia contributes one third of our national output and is home to 8.8 million Australians. The regions provide employment for one in three working Australians.The RAI is a think tank that is dedicated to all issues concerning regional Australia. It gathers and analyses data, providing evidence about the demographics and social and economic data that characterize Australia’s regions. In its report, “The Foundations of Regional Australia,” the RAI has classified four regional types to represent the diversity of regional, rural and remote Australia. These classifications are guided by economic, social and demographic change data, and they are useful in understanding how factors such as…

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chrofi with mcgregor coxall

The Riverlink Building is part of a broader masterplan to reconnect the parallel corridors of Maitland’s High Street and Riverside Walk. The building reveals the depth of the double-sided warehouses and stores that once occupied this street, yet its shape and materiality also lend it a human scale. LocationMaitland, NSW Local Government AreaMaitland Region typeRegional city Aboriginal nationYuin nation, Awabakal-Wonnarua dialects. Traditional owners: Wonnarua Distance to nearest state/territory capital 130 km (Sydney, NSW) Population2016 census 78,0152011 census 67,132growth 2011–16* +16.2%*national average +8.8%+ Maitland boundary has changed between censuses Top employment sectors (2016 census)5.9% Coalmining3.5% Hospitals3% Takeaway food services Regional towns, like cities, are systems, and changes to systems often have palpable knock-on effects that can enhance or disrupt, cause regeneration or decline. The growth of big-box supermarkets, the dominance…

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bud brannigan architects

Bud Brannigan Architects’ Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre responds to the utilitarian, big-shed typology of Karumba, a small town in northern Queensland on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria. A 130-metre-long curving steel frame is clad in faceted, silvery galvanized screens. A shaded, east-facing verandah traces the edge of the growing pond. The lantern-like entry tower exaggerates the scale of the building and celebrates its structure. LocationKarumba, Qld Local Government AreaCarpentaria Region typeHeartland region Aboriginal traditional ownersGkuthaarn, Kukatj and Kurtijar peoples Distance to nearest state/territory capital1,209 km (Darwin, NT) Population2016 census 5262011 census 586growth 2011–16* -10.2%*national average +8.8% Top employment sectors (2016 census)16.3% Accommodation9.7% Local government administration5.3% Primary education4.8% Fish and seafood wholesaling Nine hours west of Cairns, on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria (GoC), the town of…