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100 Tips for Architecture Students by Zean Mair-MacFarlane

I have recently been chatting with Zean Mair-MacFarlane who graduated from university in 2014.He completed his Part 1 and Part 2 architecture degrees at the University of Lincoln (United Kingdom). MacFarlane was able to gain a distinction in his Part 2 along with a RIBA Student Silver Medals Nomination. With experience in teaching architecture along with working at […]

Alternative Practices in Architecture

Alternative practices in architecture has been a topic of conversation for some time, this was highlighted in a recent report entitled ‘the Future for Architects‘ published by the RIBA in 2012. The problem however is not recent. The need to develop alternative practices dates back to 1390 and was documented in a book on Western Architecture, entitled ‘De […]

The Architact Collective Now Does Homewares!

I am so excited to release our hand-casted concrete and cork coasters. The concrete for each stackable coaster is collected from construction sites across Melbourne.  The coasters come in sets of six and feature two different personalities. 3 of the coasters are made from rough concrete recessed below the cork face. The other 3 coasters are made […]

Interesting Stuff on the Internet

Interesting stuff on the internet is an article sharing my favourite recent online inspiration and distractions. If a picture tells 1000 words, then is a metaphor is worth 1000 pictures? How to design a metaphor takes a look at how to see the world through words. Michael Erard writes that someone who designs a metaphor isn’t trying to make […]

Co-Housing and the Rise of Collaborative Consumption

I recently read a book entitled ‘What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption’. Authored by Rachael Botsman and Roo Rodgers (founders of collaborativeconsumption.com), the book references many benefits connected to “collaborative consumptions,” including the familiar formations of car-sharing, co-working and crowd sourcing. What is collaborative consumption? Botsman and Rodgers describe collaborate consumption as […]

How the Meaning of Home Influences Residential Architecture

The Architect is responsible for generating a built outcome relating to unique concerns of  practicality, legislation, time, budget and brief. How these constraints and opportunities influence the very personal architecture of our houses? What makes a house a home? Our homes have a deep and unique emotional meaning not only reflecting but also affecting who we […]

Beyond the New – A manifesto for Design

A manifesto for design by Hella Jongerius & Louise Schouwenberg:   1. Count the blessings of industry. Industrial processes have greater potential than low-volume productions of exclusive designs, which reach such a limited market that talk of ‘users’ can hardly be taken seriously. Industries can make high-quality products available to many people. We should breathe […]

Interesting Stuff on the Internet

Interesting stuff on the internet is an article sharing my favourite recent online inspiration and distractions. A swarm of 3-D printing, concrete mixing robots called “Minibuilders” explore the possibility of rethinking construction building processes in the near future. 3-D printing architecture is not new, but this method seems more realistic than the other gantry-based systems. Read the full article […]

The Architact Collective Can Create Your Very Own Ring Design!

Eric Chan supported us on Kickstarter by pledging to ‘design his own ring,’ we absolutely love his creation. We wanted to share with you his incredible design. Eric is an Architect from Melbourne, currently living and working in Hong Kong. Below is an interview with Eric who first came across our project on ArchDaily: AC: We love your ring design […]

Create Something Special this Valentine’s: The Architact Collective Do Custom Rings!

Are you an architect or builder? Are you moving home? Are you building a home with your life partner? Are you a supplier or manufacturer? Are you on holiday? Why not collect some brick or concrete from your construction site, family home, office or holiday destination and allow us to transform your material into a truly unique ring. A ring […]

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