The design for Australia’s largest regional art gallery encompasses convivial interiors to attract a broad audience, while its bold exterior repeats the motif used by ARM in previous structures for the Gold Coast’s cultural precinct.
Confusingly, good architecture is not the same as architecture that does good. Good architecture is that which is refined, experimental, impressive, resolved. These are the projects that are published in magazines, discussed in schools and awarded by professional institutes. Good architecture is judged by initiates and peers, but rarely are the opinions of inhabitants, clients or neighbours taken into account.
In teaching architecture students at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Michael Mossman, Associate Dean Indigenous, instils a dynamic design process that is situated within the presence of Country, and in continual dialogue and exchange with it.
Architects are, to varying degrees, changing their processes and priorities to create more sustainable designs. But it can be difficult to get clients and others on board. Here, members of the profession explain how they are approaching this issue and discuss the best ways to move the industry forward.
Community football and cricket facilities are no longer occupied primarily by men. Buildings are slowly being upgraded to cate for gender diversity as well as differing cultural and social needs. Alongside the changing rooms, architects need to consider elements including lighting, privacy and siting.
The second state COVID lockdown in 2021 highlighted the key ingredient for me in urban life: sociality. Despite social distancing and mask-wearing, conversations were enjoyed on the street with neighbours. I got to know the barista’s kids and the Irish convenience store attendant learnt my name. While not for everyone, the density of city living fosters a particular type of conviviality among a community of friendly strangers. Lockdown made me reflect on how important these everyday interactions are in my daily life.