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Architecture Australia September - October 2014

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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In 2013, the Institute’s National Sustainability Committee (NSC) identified the need to update the organization’s public policies on sustainability and the environment, and expand the scope of the current policies to address environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability.To address climate change, population growth and an ageing demographic as well as an increasing demand for infrastructure, housing affordability pressures and traffic congestion, Australia needs the right strategies, policies and processes in place to create a built environment that is responsive to the needs of current and future Australians. It is clear that our urban areas are rapidly reaching a critical point in history – strong leadership and action are now imperative. We want to lead the way with an advocacy position to put to governments that both reflects this urgency and…

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australian architecture in comparative perspective: a snapshot of gendered participation

Figure 10: Female share by age group, selected occupations, Australia 2011.Source: ABS Australian Census of Population and Housing, 2011As researchers specializing in gender and employment from a social science perspective, it has been interesting for us to examine the complexities and particularities of the architecture profession. Like medicine and law, architecture can be regarded as an elite profession. All three have a long history, require a long period of training and carry high status in the community. A distinguishing feature of architecture is the extent to which it combines an appreciation of the aesthetic and creative with the technical requirements of the built environment and the competitive demands of business. The work of architects is also subject to economic cycles and greater fluctuations in demand for their services than some…

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counting women in architecture. or: who counts?

It is not easy to quantify exactly who works in architecture, or how they work. Figure 1 represents the most accurate and comprehensive picture ever made of the participation of women in architecture in Australia. But even this diagram is really a kaleidoscope of fragments, because almost all of the existing sources of empirical information have their problems. So if the data is incomplete or flawed, why do numbers matter? Well, they do still sketch a rough shape of the profession and, as all architects know, sketches can tell us a lot.Looking at figure 2, we can see that the number of architecture graduates in 2012 had more than tripled since 1987, that male graduates have more than doubled in number, and that women are over six times as numerous…

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left over space house

05 From the dining room, the deftly planned spaces of the new addition are revealed. Perforated and tilted steel plates on the western edge frame views and provide shade and privacy.06 Like the extension at the rear of the site, the guest bathroom – contained within the old cottage – has a focus on landscape.07 The western facade reveals how the layered zones of the new addition step down this leftover piece of land.01 Stepping down a steep and narrow site, the Left Over Space House has been inserted into the remnant space between old cottage, heritage-listed dance hall, setbacks and easements.02 From the street, the one-hundred-year-old cottage conveys little of the finely crafted residence contained within.03 Access to the residence is through the side of the cottage, beneath a…

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2014 state awards

NEW SOUTH WALESPUBLICSULMAN MEDALPrince Alfred Park + Pool Upgrade by Neeson Murcutt Architects in association with City of Sydney (Photography: Brett Boardman) AWARDOLMC Parramatta Janet Woods Building by Tzannes Associates (Photography: Gerrit Fokkema) AWARDCranbrook Junior School by Tzannes Associates (Photography: Simon Wood) AWARDAustralian Plantbank by BVN Donovan Hill(Photography: John Gollings)PUBLIC (CONT.)AWARDNorth Bondi Surf Life Saving Club by Durbach Block Jaggers in association with Peter Colquhoun (Photography: Anthony Browell) AWARDWhite Bay Cruise Terminal by Johnson Pilton Walker (Photography: Brett Boardman)COMMENDATIONS (2)UTS Great Hall and Balcony Room by DRAW; The Wayside Chapel by environa studioRESIDENTIAL – HOUSES (NEW)WILKINSON AWARDGriffith House by Popov Bass Architects(Photography: Sharrin Rees) AWARDHunters Hill House by Arkhefield(Photography: Angus Martin)RESIDENTIAL – HOUSES (NEW) (CONT.)AWARDOzone House by Matt Elkan Architect(Photography: Simon Whitbread) AWARDInvisible House by Peter Stutchbury Architecture (Photography: Michael…

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chris stanley, asha nicholas

01–02 Kew House epitomizes the studio’s interest in contrasting material textures. The peaked hallway ceiling becomes a formal motif throughout the extension.03–05 House in a Warehouse, an adaptive re-use project that incorporates materials found on the former industrial site.07 A log used as a hanging planter and suspended from the ceiling of this fitout for creative agency AFJ Partnership adds an element of surprise.06, 08 Howler in Brunswick, Melbourne – a multifunctional bar and performance space. Photography: 08 Sean Fennessy; all others Tom Ross of Brilliant CreekSplinter Society ArchitectureJust what is a “splinter society”? The name conjures visions of some kind of ersatz Bolshevik red wedge. Yet far from having any revolutionary intent, the Melbourne-based architecture firm’s approach is more Far Eastern than Eastern bloc. Reminiscent of the Japanese concept…