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What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?

What do awards tell us about the quality of architecture?

Alan DaviesMay 12, 2016

Architecture awards could provide valuable insight into what it takes to create excellence but it seems they're mostly about keeping up professional appearances

Does this historic building require more

Does this historic building require more "breathing space"?

Alan DaviesApr 5, 20164 Comments

Critics say a proposed new residential tower to be built next door to Brisbane's historic former Customs House will endanger the heritage values of the old building

Is New York's spectacular new train station worth the price?

Is New York's spectacular new train station worth the price?

Alan DaviesMar 7, 20161 Comment

The visually arresting World Trade Center Transportation Hub designed by Santiago Calatrava opened in New York last week to a chorus of naysayers worried about the $4 Billion it cost to build

Can RMIT keep spinning the Design Hub story?

Can RMIT keep spinning the Design Hub story?

Alan DaviesFeb 29, 20161 Comment

RMIT says it's replacing all 16,000 discs on the outer facade of the Design Hub to "go solar". Very commendable but RMIT has a history of spinning this project and seems intent on playing on

Can Australian cities be built with a distinctive look?

Can Australian cities be built with a distinctive look?

Alan DaviesNov 17, 20152 Comments

Some cities like central Paris developed a characteristic built form; they have a distinctive urban character. Brisbane City Council aims to grow the centre of Brisbane with a distinguishing sub tropical spirit

Can we have an Australian Museum of Architecture (AMOA) please?

Can we have an Australian Museum of Architecture (AMOA) please?

Alan DaviesSep 3, 20152 Comments

It’s way past time Australia had a national architecture museum to promote the value of good design and celebrate the enormous contribution the discipline has made to the built environment

Do architects go crazy when they design their own houses?

Do architects go crazy when they design their own houses?

Alan DaviesAug 13, 2015

The stereotype is architects go into "batshit crazy" mode when they’ve got the freedom to design their own house. A new book suggests that’s out of date; these architects focus on good design

Should all apartments have a place in the sun?

Should all apartments have a place in the sun?

Alan DaviesJun 22, 20159 Comments

The Victorian Government wants to know if a majority of new apartments should have mandated access to direct sun.That's a questionable idea but requiring sun control should be considered

Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?

Should natural light in apartments be more tightly regulated?

Alan DaviesJun 16, 201513 Comments

Bedrooms that "borrow" natural light from living areas are a key target in the debate about apartment standards. Is it a problem? If so, is it severe enough to justify stronger regulation?

Is the Qld cultural precinct a laurel worth resting on?

Is the Qld cultural precinct a laurel worth resting on?

Alan DaviesJun 15, 20158 Comments

Giving heritage listing to the Cultural Centre complex might make the Qld Government look forward-thinking but preserving such a large and strategically valuable area doesn't come cost-free

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