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White Night Melbourne, 2017. Tourism Victoria/flickr

Architecture, undistracted

Last week it was White Night in Melbourne. I’m embarrassed to say I was tucked up asleep in bed (it had been a long week!). But my Instagram feed attests that the architectural community, along with several…
Imaginary Architecture by Lara Tumak. Image used with permission and thanks.

Dream homes: Architecture and popular imagination

It’s always fascinated me, the place that architecture holds in the public imagination. I don’t mean that regular people frequently get carried away about buildings, which they generally don’t. I’m talking…
The Zelman Cowen award for Public Architecture was won by ARM Architecture for the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre. John Gollings

Hope and aspiration at the National Architecture Awards

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…
As soon as we defined physical boundaries in buildings, we created the burglar who breaches them. Shutterstock

The burglar as architectural critic?

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.
The award-winning Naranga Avenue House, by James Russell Architect, features astonishing breeze block design. Photographer Toby Scott

The return of the breeze block

Breeze blocks are having a moment in the sun. Having been painfully hip in the architecture of the 1950s and 60s, they were used so extensively, in both houses and commercial buildings, that they became…
The Melbourne Recital Centre, which is derived from polystyrene packaging. Wikimedia Commons

Getting away with it: Ashton Raggatt McDougall wins the Gold Medal

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…