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Architectural Review Asia Pacific

Architectural Review Asia Pacific

No. 165

Architectural Review Asia Pacific has been the independent voice of Australian architecture for over 28 years. Widely read and respected by architectural practitioners, affiliated professionals and all who have a keen interest in the field, AR works collaboratively with opinion leaders to provide considered, provocative and fresh insights into the world of contemporary Australian architecture.

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Australia
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English
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Niche Media Pty Ltd
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Bimonthly
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embracing the zeitgeist

I’ve been haunted by a question Kate FitzGerald, director of Whispering Smith and our cover profile, asked me: “Airbnb wasn’t invented by an architect. Don’t you think that’s odd?” I do! In an industry that loves aesthetic innovation, but often halts at business innovation, this issue is a celebration of the practices that integrate ingenuity into their very bones. Kosloff Architecture decided to build itself from the ground up as a B Corp: meeting the most rigorous standards of social and environmental performance. MODE developed its Reconciliation Action Plan as a codification of a commitment to design in connection to Country. Regional Design Service chose to base itself in the rural New South Wales town of Corowa and extend good design to regional communities. Whispering Smith is designing homes to serve…

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entrepreneurial architecture with whispering smith

Kate FitzGerald, founding director of Perth-based architecture firm Whispering Smith, is guided by a vision of the entrepreneurial architect. “This is the group of people who will split off from the established environment and say, ‘I’m not a wage taker, I’m a wage maker’,” she says. “They’re able to reconcile business innovation with their design work.” FitzGerald cites Monique Woodward of WOWOWA, Jeremy McLeod of Breathe Architecture and Warwick Mihaly of Mihaly Slocombe Architects as practitioners of this ‘entrepreneurial mindset’. “Maybe it’s only 10 percent of the architects that come out of university that are entrepreneurs, but it’s the fact that we don’t help them. There are no grants and there aren’t any business courses to help them become directors,” says FitzGerald. “How is it that those people are stumbling around in the dark…

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regional design service

The town of Corowa in regional New South Wales is a 45-minute drive west of Albury. It is located on the banks of the Murray River, on the border between New South Wales and Victoria, with a population of little more than 5000. It is also the unlikely birthplace of architecture and design studio Regional Design Service. Phillip Nielsen and Aaron Nicholls began their practice in 2017. At the time, Corowa had not had an architect in residence since 1973. Nicholls, the practice’s business director, was originally from Corowa. But since 1991, both he and Nielsen, a registered architect, had considered themselves for all intents and purposes seasoned city dwellers. “I left here when I was 18, and I didn’t think I’d ever be coming back,” says Nicholls wryly. Both men were…

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the road to a reconciliation action plan

Before we talk about Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) specifically, it’s important to remember that reconciliation happens where we live, where we learn and where we work, and so is fundamental to everything we do.” These are the words of Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine. “For those of us concerned with Australian cities and the people who live in them, we must always remember that Aboriginal people are and always have been intrinsically part of our cities, and not always separated from them in remote communities as is often assumed,” explains Mundine, who is from the Bundjalung Nation of northern New South Wales. “In the way well-designed spaces can draw people in and be welcoming, so can understanding and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges into architecture be more inclusive of First Nations…

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‘vertical cruise ships’?

After 3000 people in nine public housing towers in Melbourne were placed under the harshest coronavirus lockdown in Australia so far, acting Australian chief medical officer Paul Kelly referred to the towers on 5 July as “vertical cruise ships”. The statement was a reference to the danger of contagion in these overcrowded buildings. Such terms, however, play into a long, international history of vilifying public housing estates. Legions of social housing towers, such as Pruitt-Igoe in St Louis in the US state of Missouri and the Gorbals Public Housing Estate in Glasgow, Scotland have been demolished since the early 1970s, after being blamed for a wide range of social issues. But high density is not the problem. It is the way such buildings are designed, maintained and funded. Blaming specific built…

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becoming a b corp with kosloff architecture

“THE FIRST QUESTION WE ASKED OURSELVES IS ‘WHAT DO WE WANT THIS TO BE?’ THE ANSWER WAS THAT WE WANTED TO ENGAGE IN PUBLIC ARCHITECTURAL WORK AND THAT WE WANTED TO DO THAT AS A B CORP.” – JULIAN KOSLOFF Well prior to establishing Melbourne-based Kosloff Architecture in 2017, founders Julian Kosloff and Stephanie Bullock knew they wanted to align their practice with the principles of a B Corporation. “It was one of the first decisions we made,” says Bullock. “The first question we asked ourselves is ‘what do we want this to be?’ The answer was that we wanted to engage in public architectural work and that we wanted to do that as a B Corp.” B Corp certification was established by global non-profit B Lab as a system of validation…