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How To Come Up With Great Ideas

At the heart of a successful business is a great idea but where do they come from? Great ideas don’t come on command and that leaves a lot of people asking the same question: How did they get the inspiration for that great idea? And how can we work the same magic? My advise it to turn to the […]

Interview with Matteo Cainer, Matteo Cainer Architects

Matteo Cainer is a practicing architect, teacher and curator. Based in London and Paris, he is the principal of Matteo Cainer Architects, co-founder of the Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture and the director of ‘Architecture Whispers‘. Cainer works and collaborates with many international practices including Peter Eisenman, CoopHimmelb(l)au and Arata Isozaki Associati. In […]

Architecture and Parkour – Interview with Andy Day

Andy Day has been photographing parkour and people since 2003. His job allows him travel the world and adventure on the edge of anything from buildings to abandoned ships. He is also a researcher and location manager. He helps to run Buildering.net and works closely with Parkour Generations. For those who don’t know buildering is […]

Architecture and Parkour

I watched him hop the construction barrier that blocked the “easy” route to the sidewalk for the long months of building. Two quick hops and he continued walking. The herds of people shuffled around the barriers, under the scaffolding, through the curved construction fence and out on the other side, where the young man had […]

Pre-fabricated Construction in Australia

Money, time and space are the three things most of us want or need more of. Nome of which are easy to come by these days, perhaps that is why pre-fabricated construction is on the rise, not only in Australia, but around the globe. The speed and ease with which pre-fabricated buildings can be designed and […]

The Unseen, Unappreciated Revolution of Industrial Architecture

To those outside the realm of design and architecture, industrial buildings rarely receive a second glance. Industrial buildings today are constructed purely for purpose — to store grain and shelter livestock or protect sand and salt from the weather, among other utilitarian intents. Typically large and lifeless, they are situated in landscape with disregard of surrounding […]

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 […]

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 […]

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