Palace of Westminster at dusk in 2007.
A century before the modern environmental era, experts realized that London's dirty air was corroding its new Parliament building. This insight led to some of the first air pollution laws.
The former state secretary of the Builders Labourers Federation, Jack Mundey, in front of the Sirius building.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Nicole Cook about how union 'green bans' in the 1970s stopped the redevelopment of working-class suburbs in Sydney.
How will it fit in? Every new development should consider the existing neighbourhood character.
The Melbourne suburb of Richmond is prime inner-city real estate, but the community is paying a price for redevelopment that jars with the existing neighbourhood.
With the addition of minarets, Hagia Sophia was converted from a Christian basilica to an Islamic mosque.
Adaptive reuse and recycling of heritage architecture may be all the rage, but are not new. Making new buildings from old has a long history in the ancient world.
Activists, New York City Pride Parade (2016)
In a year with demands of writing and editing a memoir, inspiration can be found in photography.
Swartberg House in the Karoo, designed by Jennifer Beningfield, Open Studio.
Buildings, thinkers, books, films and works of art can ask central questions about how to live on this planet and its consequences.
In many cities, the only direction to go is up.
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George Washington had Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson had Monticello. Now Trump has his eponymous tower. Can it stimulate a more creative, sustainable approach to building skyscrapers?
Tile detail of RMIT’s Building 8, one of Peter Corrigan’s most famous designs.
Peter Corrigan, one of Australia's most influential architects, died last week. A man of endless enthusiasm and curiosity, he shaped Melbourne's cityscape and influenced a generation of architects.
The fifth generation of tall buildings are here, and they're more efficient than ever before.
DBox for Eric Parry Architects
Skyscrapers are the new cathedrals – but are we worshipping a false idol?
A quirk in the planning rules enabled the Primaries Warehouse in Fremantle to be redeveloped as a model of progressive higher-density design.
Exceptional projects can emerge when regulations are sensibly relaxed due to context. A Fremantle project is a model of progressive higher-density possibilities resulting from flexible planning rules.
Whatever guise they take, nightclubs offer places to experiment with new music, technology and architectural innovation.
Apartment layouts at Ritter Strasse 50, initiated by ifau and Jesko Fezer with Heide and Von Beckerath, are highly individualised.
Citizens can switch from being consumers to pioneers who drive new designs for living. The German baugruppe model is a leading example.
Officer Woods’ competition entry shows how the wasted spaces of suburban road verges and front yards could be put to much better uses.
The front yards, footpaths and verges of Australian suburbs are spaces overdue for reinvention.
The Zelman Cowen award for Public Architecture was won by ARM Architecture for the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.
Architects around the country are still abuzz, discussing the outcomes of the Australian National Architecture Awards, announced last Thursday. My Instagram feed that night was all jittery, as the nominees…
More than cluster of people and buildings, urbanity is a concentration of encounters and connections.
We're still in the early days of understanding how cities work. But we do know that creative, healthy and productive cities have certain things in common – and it's all to do with their 'urban DMA'.
The building in Braunau Am Inn, Austria, where Hitler was born.
In the past, demolishing the dictator's residences created a void exploited by Nazi sympathizers.
Buildings have histories, too – and some of them are unsettling.
Here's how we can repurpose places that have witnessed unspeakable crimes.
Tim Ross conducting an Open House…Opening buildings to the curious public is helping to boost awareness of architecture.
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Since it began in London in 1992, the Open House movement has spread to 30 cities. Its events, which showcase everything from tiny apartments to grand homes, are cultivating a popular appreciation of architecture.
Performers march along the Great Wall of China in 2008.
Donald Trump, if he takes the US presidency, will immediately start building a wall between Mexico and the US. What lessons can he take from that celebrated wall-builder, Chairman Mao?