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Architecture Australia September 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)We should all take heart from the high level of interest in the future of our cities from the media, our politicians and the informed public. However, to date there has not been much action at the federal level. In the recent election campaign both major parties were largely silent on the issue, apart from promises to deal better with infrastructure funding, quickly followed by some questionable project announcements in marginal seats. Such is politics.Yet with this interest in our cities, there is an increasing opportunity for architects to contribute to meaningful changes to policies, procedures and most critically to outcomes. We need to claim a place at the table early to be involved in the important conversations and decisions.As architects our skills extend beyond the built form…

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The promise of Alejandro Aravena’s direction of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale, Reporting from the Front, was of a global insight into the daunting but everyday problems that face humanity. In the Aravena-curated exhibitions, national pavilions inside the Giardini and satellite spaces across the islands of the Venetian lagoon, architecture was the protagonist in the drama of our uncertain world future.There is a lot to see at the Venice Architecture Biennale – perhaps too much. In 2016 there were clever and nimble projects that use minimal means to make everyday life better, bold experiments with materials and the collaborative making of buildings, and thoughtful investigations of architecture’s response to inequity and uncertainty. Alongside the reports and round-ups, overarching critiques of the biennale took two very…

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cathedral square

02 The David Malcolm Justice Centre office tower has been carefully inserted within the heritage State Buildings.KEY1 State Buildings and Como The Treasury2 The David Malcolm Justice Centre3 The Annex4 The City of Perth Library5 Church House6 Perth Town Hall7 St George’s Cathedral8 Burt Memorial Hall9 The Deanery10 State Administrative Tribunal11 Public Trustee03 The tower’s civic-scaled, granite-clad colonnade ties in well with the scale and fabric of the surrounding historic buildings.The opportunity for an architect to undertake a full city block redevelopment is rare indeed; however, through a combination of design expertise and good fortitude, that is what Kerry Hill Architects (KHA) has achieved at the Cathedral and Treasury Precinct in Perth. The architects’ journey began in 2009, when they were part of the Mirvac-Fini consortium that won the right…

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casino aboriginal medical service

02 The northern facade, with an angled aperture that provides oblique views to the church across the road, is markedly different from the rest of the street.03 Brickwork wraps and buffers the transition from exterior to interior, and the warm colour palette continues through to the waiting area.04 Bricks made from the earth of Bundjalung Country have been cut to inscribe a pattern that demonstrates the wall’s weight and solidity.Casino Aboriginal Medical Service was designed by Kevin O’Brien Architects in association with AECOM to respond to the needs of local Aboriginal communities. Casino is a small town in New South Wales and the building is embedded in the fabric of Canterbury Street, in which a Catholic church stands out as a dominant cultural marker. The architecture on this small lot…

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reporting from the (australian) front: housing in extremis

Is the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale “a tedious traipse through holier-than-thou humanitarianism and architectural self-flagellation – the latest attempt to convince the public that designers have a conscience”? This was the question posed by Oliver Wainwright in his Guardian review of Alejandro Aravena’s curated Arsenale exhibition, Reporting from the Front.It is perhaps understandable that Wainwright felt jaded by yet another well-meaning exhibition setting out architecture’s (possible, hoped-for) role in addressing the massive challenges facing humankind in the coming decades. Let’s reel them off: the neoliberal experiment has failed. Wealth does not “trickle down,” and it’s now clear that it never did. Capitalism is winning out over climate: islands in the Pacific are sinking under the waves, and all of us face the likelihood of more frequent…

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housing equity, housing inclusion

Wendy Lovelace. (Photography: Toby Scott)I knew I wanted to be an architect from a very early age. When I reflect on my early childhood, I always enjoyed seeing the world in plan view. I got multiple sclerosis (MS) fairly soon after graduating from architecture and that has changed the way I live and the way I can work. So my career has evolved in access auditing in equity and inclusion. There is a great need for embracing of universal design, and as convenor of Queensland Action for Universal Housing Design (QAUHD), I think it’s really important that we get the word out and build support for mandating accessibility features in all new homes.A house can be expected to stand for at least fifty to one hundred years and to…