Melbourne School of Design

Three years ago, I reviewed an exhibition of John Wardle Architects and NADAAA's new Melbourne School of Design. Even at that early stage in its development, I was captivated by their proposal. It felt like it would respond well to Melbourne University's urban campus, would engage meaningfully in its architects' aspirations for a built pedagogy, and was sure to be finished with all of JWA's usual... Continue Reading →

The new architecture of Carlo Ratti

Who is he? An italian architect and "urban change agent"[1] who divides his time between Carlo Ratti Associati, the innovation and design studio he runs from Torino, and SENSEable City Lab, the research laboratory he leads out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. Ratti's design and research work overlap significantly, both focussing on the transformative effect of new technologies on... Continue Reading →

New Technologies: New Processes

What was it?A round-table discussion held at BMW Edge last Thursday, part of the Agenda series courtesy of the University of Melbourne’s faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. It followed on from Gregg Pasquarelli's excellent Dean's Lecture held earlier in the week, discussed here, and addressed the changing role of technology in design and construction.Chaired by Professor Donald Bates,... Continue Reading →

Out of Practice

Dunescape by SHoP Architects, New York, 2000 What was it? The second Dean's Lecture for 2013, courtesy of the University of Melbourne’s faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. Held on Tuesday night last week, the speaker was Gregg Pasquarelli, one of the five founding directors of SHoP Architects based in New York. He presented a selection of... Continue Reading →

More than one way to skin a building

What was it? The first in the new Agenda series of lectures and discussions courtesy of the University of Melbourne's faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. Keynote speaker at the first event held last Thursday was Alexandra Lange, freelance architectural critic and blogger for Design Observer, Architectural Record and The New York Times among others. Joining... Continue Reading →

A new architecture building

Northwest view towards entry and Bank of New South Wales facade What is it? John Wardle Architects (JWA), in collaboration with NADAAA, have designed a new and much needed building for the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP) at the University of Melbourne. Their detailed design follows their winning entry into an international ideas competition run... Continue Reading →

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