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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 […]

What is the meaning of home?

Our homes represent more than our financial assets; they have a deep and unique emotional meaning. Our earliest memories of home are often connected to our childhood. For better or worse, they also represent the success of our parents: our homes are an outward expression of our family wealth, providing comfort, safety, and a sense […]

The City We Want

The fields of Eden Are full of trash And if we  beg and we borrow and steal We’ll never get it back People are hungry They crowd around And the city gets bigger as the country comes begging to town (M. Jagger/K. Richards) One could argue that humanity has come to a critical point when […]

Taking DIY Urbanism to the Classroom

If we look back 10 years, the words popup, tactical and temporary were seldom used in city building and urban design. Traditionally, when designing for the city and for people, these terms were considered ‘out of place’. Today however, they are often injected in project meetings, at public lectures and for that matter, any discussion […]

2014 New Year Resolutions from Architecture & Design Bloggers

Happy New Year! Its January! That time of year for self evaluation, new beginnings, new projects and new collaborations. This time last year (after some serious self reflection) I packed up my stuff and moved interstate. This year has brought on some equally significant personal changes for myself and an article to encapsulate this will […]

James Cornetet on the Relevance of the Architect

James Cornetet and I have recently been discussing  the relevance of the architect. James is founder of  StudioJ, process architecture and author of  Facadomy: A Critique on Capitalism and its Assault on Mid-Century Modern Architecture. His book outlines the rise and fall of architecture movements including how the anatomy of these movements affect the future of […]

archi-ninja makes no.6 on ArchDaily: Ten Most Read Articles of 2013

It’s that time of year again! ArchDaily recently published their Ten Most Read Articles of 2013. I am excited and humbled that an article I wrote not only made the list but came in at no.6! My article is entitled 10 lessons when searching for a job in architecture; by a recent graduate, for recent graduates. The […]

Romanticizing Architecture

Describing romanticism is difficult; I seek to find beauty not only in people but in everything around me. Behavioral studies that attempt to understand the romanticism of objects and environments are both intriguing and complex. Psychology demonstrates that to romanticize non-human entities is to render them worthy of moral care and consideration, and to find […]