architecture

architecture October 8, 2016

Bijoy Jain’s Mumbai-inspired MPavilion

With a population almost equal to Australia’s, Mumbai has a supercharged urban metabolism, constantly scrambling to convert energy into buildings, infrastructure and services. This desperate imperative to feed its own growth...

architecture August 13, 2016

The Sirius building

I certainly wasn’t the first slightly flabby Melburnian to be seduced by the Emerald City, but I might well be the first who could attribute his love affair to a Brutalist block of flats. In the spring of 1997, I was on tour...

architecture May 21, 2016

Katrina Sedgwick and ACMI X

The space has the feel of a headquarters for a Silicon Valley tech company. It’s airy, positive, inviting, purposeful – but with no ping-pong table and a lot more women. Katrina Sedgwick is showing me around. A year ago she...

architecture June 11, 2016

‘The Pool’ at the Venice biennale

In May, well before the 15th International Architecture Exhibition opened in Venice, Italian journalists were already speculating about the Australian pavilion. They were intrigued by the potentialities of the “singular...

architecture February 27, 2016

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena

According to Alejandro Aravena, we are all running out of time. The Santiago-based architect may have been awarded this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize in recognition of what he has already achieved in the field of social...

architecture December 12, 2015

Radical urban planning at the Shenzhen Biennale

At the risk of stating the obvious, cities are remade every day by the people who live in them. This is particularly noticeable when populations move and change. Whether it’s Huguenots, Cubans or the Dutch, migrant communities...

architecture September 19, 2015

Defensive architecture takes public space

The form of the city is unique to modernity. Under the social pressures of urbanisation during the industrial revolution, the old feudal systems of kingly “apartment” from society were replaced by a compromise between public...

architecture September 5, 2015

DBJ’s Science and Graduate School of Health Building, UTS

We project onto buildings the values we hold dear. The engineer might appreciate a building’s efficient planning. The environmentalist, its solar orientation. The aesthete, its decorative detail. As a writer on architecture...

architecture June 27, 2015

Carlton’s Upper House sets new apartment standard

You would have to have spent the past few years under a rock, or perhaps at Parliament House, to be unaware of Australia’s housing woes. Affordability has plummeted while mortgage stress has soared, with young buyers hit the...

architecture February 21, 2015

Gehry Partners bends UTS building out of shape

When the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) was announced in 2010, the images released did not fit the customary pattern. Instead of photorealistic renderings drenched in beatific light,...

architecture November 1, 2014

Melbourne University's new School of Design

The commercialisation of the modern university campus is manifest in a number of ways. On their edges, we see the influx of quasi-corporate buildings dressed in strident visual imagery; architectural billboards intended to...