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Designing memorials: is simple and subtle the best way?

The design of emotionally intense projects like memorials needs “great imagination and deep subtlety”; memorials are one of the hardest and most fraught commissions a designer can take on

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Who cares if Dallas Brooks Hall gets demolished?

There was nary a whisper of protest from any quarter last week when the Andrews government approved demolition of Victoria’s 1960s Dallas Brooks Hall. Does anyone care?

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Portrait building: Is the new face of Melbourne too shy?

Melbourne’s new William Barak Portrait building will be officially opened tomorrow. It’s an exciting project but a lot more could’ve been done in this premier location

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Is UTS’s new “Gehry” a smart way to market a university?

The fabulous new entry into bricks and glass marketing by Sydney’s University of Technology – the Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing building – is about to open for business

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Do architects care what the users of their buildings want?

An increasingly familiar critique of architects is they don’t create buildings that resonate with users. That’s a real issue, but let’s not lose sight of the fact there’s also much they get right

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Should we regret ancient Egypt built the pyramids?

The world is surely a better place for having icons like the Sydney Opera House and Egypt’s pyramids. It’s much less clear though that it was worth it at the time they were built

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What do fashion and architecture have in common?

There was an exhibition of fashion at Melbourne’s MPavilion on the weekend inspired by ten of the city’s landmark buildings. It’s the result of a collaboration between architects and design students

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Did modernist architecture fail this public housing project?

St Louis’ Pruett-Igoe public housing project is infamous for being demolished after just 22 years due in large part to the failures of modernist architecture; but is that narrative right?

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Is the proposed development of Federation Square East a con?

Victoria’s Napthine Government is inviting proposals for the development of Federation Square East. Sounds like a wonderful civic enhancement, but in an election year it’s all about politics

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Why is Federation Square such a success?

The Landscape Architects Network says Melbourne’s Federation Square is the sixth best public square in the world, tipping out the likes of Times Square. Why is it so successful?

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