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Architecture Australia July - August 2016

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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(Photographer: Brett Boardman)Architecture as an agent for improving lives is at the heart of the role of the Institute, so it was exciting to see strong attendance at April’s National Architecture Conference in Adelaide – How Soon is Now? – to engage in debate about our future and investigate issues of resilience, society, equity and agency. Congratulations to Cameron Bruhn, Ben Hewett and Sam Spurr for so ably stimulating us to look more deeply at the potential of architecture to effect change through design.We each explore and practise architecture in many different ways, yet it is a very public art. We have an opportunity and a responsibility as a profession to address interests beyond those of particular clients, to look towards the public interest. There is sometimes a popular perception…

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This issue of Architecture Australia considers architecture for education and education for architecture and has been guest edited by Michael Keniger. Michael was the University of Queensland’s Head of Architecture from 1990 to 2000, Head of the School of Geography, Planning and Architecture from 2000 to 2003 and a member of the university’s Senior Executive from 2005 to 2011. The issue considers the recent (and intertwined) trajectories of architecture and education, across Australia and internationally.Michael has made an extraordinary contribution to Australian architecture since he arrived in this country (from the United Kingdom) in the late 1970s. In the process of putting the issue together Michael related the circumstances of his arrival in Australia, which is a curious step back in time (at least in terms of the ease of…

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2016 regional awards

QUEENSLAND WALTER AND OLIVER TUNBRIDGE AWARD FOR BUILDING OF THE YEAR AND REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR The Hub on Echlin by Architects North (Photography: Michal Beroun) HOUSE OF THE YEAR Laneway House by 9point9 Architects (Photography: Matthew Gianoulis) NORTH QUEENSLANDBath House by Stephen de Jersey Architect; Cowboys Leagues Club by Arkhefield; John Livingston Building, English Humanities, Kirwan State High School by Deicke Richards; Laneway House by 9point9 Architects; The Hub on Echlin by Architects North; The Pavilions by 9point9 Architects BUILDING OF THE YEAR Griffith University Student Guild Uni Bar and Link Refurbishment by Push (Photography: Ross Eason) HOUSE OF THE YEAR Hinterland House by Shaun Lockyer Architects (Photography: Scott Burrows) REGIONAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2A Concrete by Shane Denman Architects (Photography: Scott Burrows) GOLD COAST/ NORTHERN…

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architecture for education

The architectural profession seems increasingly distanced from an effective role in the shaping of settings for public life. Yet the need for innovative, imaginative and purposeful ideas still holds sway and nowhere to greater effect than when designing for education. The planning and design of educational facilities at all levels directly contribute to the success of educational programs and to an understanding of the value of fundamental design principles through what might be thought of as a physical pedagogy articulated by form and space.Today, education is recognized as being more engaging and effective when delivered in well-designed, versatile environments that accommodate the forms of pedagogy that have evolved in response to digital tools and the ubiquity of the internet. Open access to knowledge has fundamentally changed how knowledge and skills…

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the first stage of st ambrose primary school pottsville, new south wales

02 Apertures on the upper level provide glimpses into brightly coloured, double-height outdoor rooms.KEY1 Covered walkway2 Courtyard3 Court 4 Building A5 Building B6 Building C7 Building D8 Building E9 Outdoor room10 Existing church03 The school is oriented around a courtyard and reaches out towards the street through a lightweight covered walkway.To work effectively, educational architecture has to respond to current thinking about teaching and learning, while at the same time planning for the shifts in approach that are likely to occur across the life of a project. The first stage of St Ambrose Primary School in Pottsville attempts to address this significant challenge by moving beyond the open-plan classroom. In its place, the school offers an impressive variety of carefully considered indoor and outdoor spaces for learning. Areas for individuals…

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the student services building at edith cowan university joondalup, western australia

KEY1 Entry2 Atrium/public foyer3 Seminar room4 Meeting rooms5 Staff open workplace6 Offices7 Reception/waiting8 Store9 Staff/kitchenette10 Plant room11 Pop-up shop12 Cafe kitchen13 Cafe seating14 Void15 Courtyard16 Raised garden17 Roof deck cafe18 Kurongkurl Katitjin19 Cafe20 Existing library21 Existing lecture theatre02 Graphically lined paving on the ground level resembles a dry riverbed, with concrete seats that look like trunks and boulders left along the banks of a river.03 The language of facets, grooves and acute angles found on the exterior of the building also extends to the treatment of the interior.04 The “big move” is the facade treatment of the five-level building – a loose-fitting, gold-anodized, perforated aluminium veil that envelops the form.I believe it was Peter Cook who said that innovation in architecture often happens at the peripheries and is subsequently appropriated…