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Rooftop renewal of a Sydney modernist gem

Rooftop renewal of a Sydney modernist gem

Ground-breaking in its day and an icon of Australian campus architecture, the University of Sydney’s Fisher Library is celebrating 60 years with a very special reactivation.

An unprecedented inquiry into precedents with Kevin Carmody

An unprecedented inquiry into precedents with Kevin Carmody

Following his recent keynote speech at the 2023 Australian Architecture Conference, we spoke to architect Kevin Carmody about his inspirations and experience.

AJC Architects’ Andrew Fong comments on the evolution of museum design

AJC Architects’ Andrew Fong comments on the evolution of museum design

In this comment piece republished from INDESIGN #88, Andrew Fong, studio lead at Allen Jack+Cottier Architects (AJC), discusses the ways in which museums are innovating in order to stay relevant.

Book review: When Modernism landed in the tropics with Concrete Jungle

Book review: When Modernism landed in the tropics with Concrete Jungle

What happens when rational, Modernist architecture puts down roots in a lush, tropical setting? Concrete Jungle, a new book by gestalten, explores locations across Asia and the world to find some of the most visionary residential adaptations of an international style to distinct local settings.

Unsettling Queenstown: Questions of decolonisation at the Venice Biennale

Unsettling Queenstown: Questions of decolonisation at the Venice Biennale

The Australian pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale involves confronting questions of decolonisation in architectural form and history. Unsettling Queenstown looks at the ubiquitous presence of British colonialism.

Mapping concrete and Brutalist architecture across Australia, Asia and beyond

Mapping concrete and Brutalist architecture across Australia, Asia and beyond

From concrete Tokyo to Brutalist Sydney, Blue Crow Media provides a way into new cities — or perhaps a closer look at familiar ones — for the architectural connoisseur, especially those with a keen interest in the twentieth century history.

Literate design: The bookstore infused with Chinese history by HAS

Literate design: The bookstore infused with Chinese history by HAS

As an architecture practice, HAS design and research is leading the way, creating inspirational projects with ingenuity and originality. They are projects that always amaze and The Glade Bookstore in downtown Chongqing is no exception.

Anita B. Lawrence Centre launches: 25-year anniversary marks renaming of UNSW Red Centre

Anita B. Lawrence Centre launches: 25-year anniversary marks renaming of UNSW Red Centre

As part of UNSW’s Celebrating Women on Campus project, the home of UNSW’s School of Built Environment has been renamed in honour of a trailblazing architecture graduate.

A cavernous retail space inspired by India’s architectural heritage

A cavernous retail space inspired by India’s architectural heritage

The flagship store of Forest of Chintz in Mumbai has been designed with India’s ancient stepwells in mind. SJK Architects has used restrained materials and colours to create a store that is both exuberant and understated.

Trent Jansen’s Venice design residency: Uncovering the dark and salty side of the city

Trent Jansen’s Venice design residency: Uncovering the dark and salty side of the city

Spending a month in residence in Venice, Trent Jansen has worked with the sublimely talented Vetralia Collectible, where artisans and artists work on contemporary art and design using Venetian craftsmanship. It all takes place in a Renaissance workshop, exploring a wide range of techniques and materials.

The long arch of history: From Rome to Surry Hills showrooms

The long arch of history: From Rome to Surry Hills showrooms

Once the byword for passé, the arch has returned to favour with force. The cheeky epitome of 70s chic is now championed on a grand scale with both renovations and new builds opting for the arch. Here are 6 outstanding examples.

The 10 most iconic buildings in the world

The 10 most iconic buildings in the world

Here’s the greatest, most inspiring buildings the world has to offer, so that when we’re all allowed to travel again, you know exactly where to go!