Safe work, safe design
The Work Health & Safety Act that came into effect on 1 January is far-reaching and affects every business and any area of activity that could be described as an undertaking, including architectural practices. Very heavy fines and potential imprisonment can result from a workplace injury or death.
Architects, as designers, have special responsibilities under the Act. They must now provide health and safety reports about the design to their clients. This applies to domestic projects as well as larger developments. They have shared responsibility for safety in the design during both construction and demolition.
This CPD session explains architects’ responsibilities as employers and designers, introduces the key principles of the Safe Design of Buildings & Structures guideline and advises on how to meet the requirements of the Act.
A new planning system for NSW
The current review of the NSW Planning System has the potential to dramatically improve the environment within which all architects work. Can it also deliver more sustainable, amenable and beautiful cities and towns across our state? How could transport and infrastructure planning mesh with land-use planning in the new system?
This discussion hosted by Chapter President Matthew Pullinger includes presentations by Marcus Ray (NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure), Phil Leijten (Transport for NSW) and Peter John Cantrill (Director, Tzannes Associates).
Conversations across borders
In conversation with Kerry Clare
A series brought to you by Adam Haddow.
Great women in conversation
Louise Cox AM, Diane Jones and Joan Domicelj join fellow Marion Mahony Griffin Prize-winner Anne Higham in a conversation about the highs and lows of a life in architecture, landscape architecture and planning.
Australia House – a servey of contemporary practice
Presented by Architecture Australia
The Australia House competition, organized by the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan, drew 154 entries from a vast array of practitioners and students from Japan, Australia and beyond. The competition brief was to provide a space in which Australian artists can work, live and display art. The previous setting for these activities was a hundred-year-old traditional farmhouse that collapsed from the aftershocks of the tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan in March 2011.
Architecture Australia has invited a selection of entrants to present their proposals. Speakers include the competition winner Andrew Burns, Brit Andresen from second-placed BAMF, and entrants David Neustein and Jas Johnston, Peter Stutchbury and Janet Laurence.
The middle of east – old & new