• Concrete architecture: beauty or beast?

    Ben Knight     |      November 23, 2020

    If you can look beyond the harsh exterior of brutalist architecture, you may find there is a little bit of beauty in buildings made of concrete.

  • COVID-19 could accelerate the rise of smart cities

    Victoria Tichá     |      November 13, 2020

    The dramatic changes to the workforce brought about by organisational responses to COVID-19 are only likely to accelerate the shift to smart cities, say experts at UNSW Sydney.

  • Beware cost hikes in megaprojects

    Open Forum     |      November 9, 2020

    A Grattan Institute report released today finds Australian governments spent A$34 billion, or 21%, more on transport projects completed since 2001 than they first told taxpayers they would. And as we enter the era of megaprojects in Australia, costs continue to blow out.

  • The future of offices in post-COVID Melbourne

    Piyush Tiwari     |      October 30, 2020

    As we work to get the economy and employment back on track, to what extent will workers return to offices and what could that mean for Melbourne’s CBD?

  • Truck crashes demand better safety standards

    Rachel Gray     |      October 22, 2020

    Relying on regulation through licensing alone will not combat unsafe trucking practices, says UNSW’s Dr Christopher Walker.

  • On ‘yer cargo bike

    Robbie Napper     |      October 22, 2020

    Sales of bikes have been booming, but as well as indulging our fantasies of riding in the Tour de France on a new sports machine, less glamorous cargo bikes can help people move packages and shopping.

  • Learning from the West Gate Bridge collapse

    Open Forum     |      October 18, 2020

    Fifty years after 35 men died in the West Gate Bridge disaster, not all of the lessons have been learned.

  • A plan for social housing

    Hal Pawson     |      October 10, 2020

    The Community Housing Industry Association’s Social Housing Acceleration and Renovation Program (SHARP) would deliver an extra 30,000 homes and renovate thousands more over four years.

  • Food for thought

    Ben Knight     |      October 1, 2020

    The time is ripe for bringing food production back into urban life through our use of public space.

  • Countering terrorism through architecture?

    Ben Knight     |      September 26, 2020

    In the fight against global terrorism, architecture has a surprisingly important role to play.

  • Repairing the housing market

    Hal Pawson     |      September 21, 2020

    The fallout from COVID-19 for housing and homelessness just adds to the urgency of fixing the long-standing ills of the housing market. The well-being of Australia’s economy and people depends on it.

  • Why all new buildings look the same

    Ben Knight     |      September 11, 2020

    Architecture today suffers not from copycats, but from originality syndrome. When it comes to architecture, imitation could be the sincerest – and most sensible – form of flattery.