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Left of Field

There is a good reason why the word “architect” is frequently used in other fields. An architect has the capacity to recognize a complex problem, visualize an outcome and draw on the expertise of a wide range of fields to resolve

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Left of Field

There is a good reason why the word “architect” is frequently used in other fields. An architect has the capacity to recognize a complex problem, visualize an outcome and draw on the expertise of a wide range of fields to resolve

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Sense & Sensibility: Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

Sense & Sensibility: Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre For so many of us, an experience with cancer – either through our own diagnosis, or that of a loved one – is a sombre reality. The emotional ups and downs that

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Sense & Sensibility: Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

Sense & Sensibility: Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre For so many of us, an experience with cancer – either through our own diagnosis, or that of a loved one – is a sombre reality. The emotional ups and downs that

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McBride Charles Ryan: Metaphors of Knowledge

McBride Charles Ryan: Metaphors of Knowledge What can architecture offer to education, beyond simply providing functional spaces that address different pedagogical requirements? The great body of educational architecture produced by McBride Charles Ryan (MCR) in Victoria over the past twelve

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McBride Charles Ryan: Metaphors of Knowledge

McBride Charles Ryan: Metaphors of Knowledge What can architecture offer to education, beyond simply providing functional spaces that address different pedagogical requirements? The great body of educational architecture produced by McBride Charles Ryan (MCR) in Victoria over the past twelve

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A Question of Culture

A Question of Culture: Guest editorial of Issue 143 of AR Magazine by Christine Phillips,  Stuart Harrison & Simon Knott “Culture is a big idea and there is no doubt the practice of architecture is a cultural act – but

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A Question of Culture

A Question of Culture: Guest editorial of Issue 143 of AR Magazine by Christine Phillips,  Stuart Harrison & Simon Knott “Culture is a big idea and there is no doubt the practice of architecture is a cultural act – but

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Ignited Imagination

Ignited Imagination McBride Charles Ryan’s design for the new Penleigh and Essendon Junior Boys School is an outstanding result of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) initiative. Drawing inspiration from its surrounding suburban setting, the silhouette of a

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Ignited Imagination

Ignited Imagination McBride Charles Ryan’s design for the new Penleigh and Essendon Junior Boys School is an outstanding result of the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER) initiative. Drawing inspiration from its surrounding suburban setting, the silhouette of a

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Parlour: How to be ‘notable’

Some thoughts on notablity… “Acknowledging women’s broader roles within the profession shifts architecture’s emphasis on individual notability to an understanding that to create truly notable works it takes many notable people. Notability comes in many shapes and sizes. We need

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Parlour: How to be ‘notable’

Some thoughts on notablity… “Acknowledging women’s broader roles within the profession shifts architecture’s emphasis on individual notability to an understanding that to create truly notable works it takes many notable people. Notability comes in many shapes and sizes. We need

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Sold down the river: Federation Square East

“There is no other public space in Melbourne that works like Federation Square or engages the broader population in the way that Federation Square does. Federation Square takes the underlying altruistic philosophy of public institutions such as the State Library

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Sold down the river: Federation Square East

“There is no other public space in Melbourne that works like Federation Square or engages the broader population in the way that Federation Square does. Federation Square takes the underlying altruistic philosophy of public institutions such as the State Library

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A competitive culture

“One of the most important roles of the public competition is to provide an interface between the architectural profession and a broader public. The reality is that for the vast majority of the population, unless you hire an architect you

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A competitive culture

“One of the most important roles of the public competition is to provide an interface between the architectural profession and a broader public. The reality is that for the vast majority of the population, unless you hire an architect you

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Venice pavilion: done, but not dusted

“The Australia Council’s procurement methodology stems from the perceived need to control the outcome and avoid risk. In a risk-averse culture it is not surprising that clients seek well-credentialed, experienced practitioners – but experience does not always equate to quality

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Venice pavilion: done, but not dusted

“The Australia Council’s procurement methodology stems from the perceived need to control the outcome and avoid risk. In a risk-averse culture it is not surprising that clients seek well-credentialed, experienced practitioners – but experience does not always equate to quality

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ADR’s Top 10 Features for 2011

Our opinion piece “The Australian Pavilion in Venice: art over architecture, or privilege over opportunity?” on the Australian Design Review was a top story in 2011. “Tania Davidge and Christine Phillips’ scathing condemnation of the Australia Council’s plans to hold

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ADR’s Top 10 Features for 2011

Our opinion piece “The Australian Pavilion in Venice: art over architecture, or privilege over opportunity?” on the Australian Design Review was a top story in 2011. “Tania Davidge and Christine Phillips’ scathing condemnation of the Australia Council’s plans to hold

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The Australian Pavilion in Venice: art over architecture, or privilege over opportunity?

“On 1 June 2011, at the 54th Venice Art Biennale, the Australia Council for the Arts announced plans for a new Australian pavilion in the Venice Giardini to replace the current pavilion designed by Philip Cox. A new pavilion is

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The Australian Pavilion in Venice: art over architecture, or privilege over opportunity?

“On 1 June 2011, at the 54th Venice Art Biennale, the Australia Council for the Arts announced plans for a new Australian pavilion in the Venice Giardini to replace the current pavilion designed by Philip Cox. A new pavilion is

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