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Six things we learned in London

Six things we learned in London

To start the new year, our editor was on the ground in the UK to meet some of London’s leading architects. What are the relevant insights for Australia and the Asia-Pacific?

Dining in the wilderness with Pig Design

Dining in the wilderness with Pig Design

With a material palette limited to stone, exposed aggregate, recycled wood board, metal and paint, there is a poetic simplicity to Pig Design’s realisation of Wild Back that ties it succinctly to nature.

Three essential changes: NSW AIA criticises the state’s Affordable Housing Strategy

Three essential changes: NSW AIA criticises the state’s Affordable Housing Strategy

The NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, led by president Adam Haddow, voices concerns about the NSW Affordable Housing Strategy, citing a risk of abuse for financial gain. The Institute advocates for permanent affordable housing, management by registered non-profits and a restriction on development approval times to deter land banking.

Sustainable, livable and naturally urban: Sydney’s future at the VIVID Collectivity Talks

Sustainable, livable and naturally urban: Sydney’s future at the VIVID Collectivity Talks

While Sydney’s VIVID celebration is typically associated with stunning visuals and light shows, it is also a place to ponder the futures of the harbour city.

“The missing middle”: Contemporary terraces and the future of urban density

“The missing middle”: Contemporary terraces and the future of urban density

SJB is well versed in designing residential architecture and, while Ashbury Terraces might be a relatively small project in relation to Sydney as a whole, it provokes some fundamental questions about the future of Australian cities.

CapitaSpring is vertical urbanism done right

CapitaSpring is vertical urbanism done right

Designed by Bjark-Ingels Group in collaboration with Carlo Ratti Associati, CapitaSpring is a perfect case study for a biophilic skyscraper in the city.

Working where the grass is greener: Turner Studio’s Norwest Business Park

Working where the grass is greener: Turner Studio’s Norwest Business Park

This Sydney business park by Turner Studio has its own amenity-rich mixed-use precinct – a slice of CBD life in the ‘burbs.

<strong>City Gather Park: Where art, nature and people come together</strong>

City Gather Park: Where art, nature and people come together

In the City Gather Park in Changsha, China, Chengdu-based Dean Design merges natural ecology and urban life with installations to create a memorable and poetic respite in the heart of the city.

Wellness-driven cities can be an antidote to loneliness

Wellness-driven cities can be an antidote to loneliness

What makes a healthy town centre in 2022? HDR director, Alex Wessling, comments on how important it is for architects to place wellness at the very centre of neighbourhood and town centre design.

Hassell’s Richard Mullane on the future of urban design

Hassell’s Richard Mullane on the future of urban design

Taking up the reigns of Managing Principal for Hassell’s Melbourne Studio, Richard Mullane says: “We plan to build a more inclusive, sustainable future for communities – and create a more socially and ecologically resilient world.”

How can privately owned public space transform our cities?

How can privately owned public space transform our cities?

From 1960s New York when private developers were incentivised to create civic space in the public realm, to today: where POPS tread a fine line between the private and the public. Denton Corker Marshall looks at how we can bridge the two.

This ribbon-like infrastructure is more than just a pedestrian bridge

This ribbon-like infrastructure is more than just a pedestrian bridge

Integrating connectivity, biodiversity, culture and ecology, this pedestrian bridge by the Melbourne-Shanghai-based firm, BAU, is a hybrid public destination for leisure and relaxation.