From its earliest days, the influx of outsiders created the distinctive urban character that has driven the development of Shanghai into a modern metropolis.
From its earliest days as a haven for refugees, Shanghai developed a distinctive character and urban identity that have driven its emergence as one of the world's great metropolises.
High-rise living is no longer synonymous with crime and deprivation.
Johannesburg Civic Centre.
'Up Up: Stories of Johannesburg’s Highrises'
Taking stock of modernist buildings and their potential for reuse is a necessary public project in Johannesburg. A new book that tells the stories of reuse in this African metropolis can help do that.
Sure, it's got a flag and some bank notes – but the EU will need to do better if it's to compete with its members' strong, national design heritage.
Venice’s Arsenale holds a curated display from the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
From now through November 27, architects and enthusiasts from around the globe will descend upon Venice, Italy, for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition organised by La Biennale di Venezia. The…
The impressive computer aided design of the atrium at Melbourne’s Federation Square.
The architect's pen and paper were replaced by the mouse and monitor thanks to developments in computing. Now computers are helping create designs never thought possible before.
In response to the surge of crime in the mid-1990s, suburban dwellers in South Africa began to fortress their houses.
In response to high levels of crime, South Africans have turned their homes into fortresses, seeking security behind high walls. But doing so might be counter-productive.
Unfortunately, there’s no ‘one size fits all.’
'House' via www.shutterstock.com
There's no 'one size fits all' approach. But a lot of little things – from colors to appliance noise – can make a big difference.
The birth of the skyscraper took an obsession with height to a whole new level.
A new game designed to aid dementia research shows how understanding architecture is vital to gameplay.
Khartoum at sunset. The city’s architectural heritage is under threat.
Students at the University of Khartoum are protesting about a secretive plan to move the institution from its historic buildings.
The Melbourne Recital Centre, which is derived from polystyrene packaging.
Last Friday, the Melbourne architects Stephen Ashton, Howard Raggatt and Ian McDougall (of the eponymous practice ARM) were awarded the Gold Medal – the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest honour…
Nano-architects design materials that can work together at very tiny scales, like these interlocking gears made of carbon tubes and benzene molecules.
One of the great technological challenges of this century is to design novel items and then make them – and have the results match the intent.
The tea and crumpets vision of Englishness that Capability Brown brings to mind does him an injustice.
A model Palmyra's Arch of Triumph, made in Italy from Egyptian marble, has been installed in London's Trafalgar Square. Is this such a good thing?
An illustration of Nightingale 1.0, which provides an alternative to developer-led housing.
llustration supplied by Breathe Architecture
A quiet revolution is happening in housing development in Australia. It started small, with a group of architects in Melbourne, but has the potential to transform the way urban housing is conceived, funded…
The author of 'Where Are the Women Architects?' explores the significance of losing Hadid in a field where female role models are few and far between.
The size and pace of activity in Tokyo can be overwhelming, but at the human scale the city has an incredibly rich layering of experiences built over generations.
The concept of living heritage can help us make decisions that go beyond preserving historical facades to protect and add to, rather than freeze, the stories and layers of the past.
Zaha Hadid’s ongoing Australian projects and draft designs will attract plenty of attention in the future.
London Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid. Artur Salisz
Celebrated architect Zaha Hadid, who died last week, had three projects on the go in Australia. Will there be a surge of interest in her work - as has happened to other architects who have died prematurely?
A former colleague of the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid pays tribute to her 'great presence'.