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.
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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?
As soon as we defined physical boundaries in buildings, we created the burglar who breaches them.
A new book, A Burglar’s Guide to the City, strays into risky moral territory by lionizing the burglar as an urban and architectural trickster.
A ‘humble outback structure’: a former Afghan cameleer’s mosque in Bourke NSW.
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Those opposed to the building of new mosques don’t recognise their long history here, or potential to support Australian ideals. Mosques are part of our suburban landscape and can help overcome fears about Islam.
From solar canopies to wind towers, Masdar City provides a living laboratory for the latest sustainable design and technology.
Unlike Dr Strangelove, few people learned to love the bomb – but it changed society nonetheless.
Think the Cold War is over? It may be, but its effects still cast a long shadow over society.
The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, is one of the few remnants of America’s mid-20th century motel boom.
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What does the shuttering of traditional roadside motels say about America’s relationship with travel and freedom?
Embodiment of defiance… or foolhardy design?
Are terrorist attacks also an implicit design critique of our urban landscape? An architect and urban designer suggests we can fight terrorism by not building obvious targets.