Steel and wood may work in some contexts, but when it comes to commercial construction, no other material is as versatile as concrete. Here, we’ve highlighted 10 key reasons why it’s a superior material.
We explore ten amazing examples of engineering from around the globe that are redefining what is possible.
Brick architecture continues to shine in extraordinary buildings around the world as architects employ this material in innovative and astounding ways.
Australian architects are at the forefront of transforming Australia’s educational spaces; turning the traditional classroom into an exciting, interactive and sustainable learning environment.
As demand for more residential and commercial space in our inner cities continues to grow, architects are helping to give new life to Australia’s stock of heritage buildings.
For the first time, Austral Bricks Victoria has an all-female leadership team, paving the way for future generations of women to excel in the construction and manufacturing industries.
As the price of property and land increases, builders and buyers alike have to find creative ways to maximise the space of the land they have available. Builder Allcastle Homes has paid close attention to the design of their homes, ensuring they have a style to suit every family and lifestyle, at an affordable price
As high-density living spreads to the suburbs, state governments are looking to improve the integration of new apartment blocks in existing neighbourhoods. This means introducing apartment design standards.
In the engineering profession, broadening skills and learning new technologies is key to getting and keeping the best job of your career. Here’s how to keep your professional development up to date.
In the engineering profession, broadening skills and learning new technologies is key to getting and keeping the best job of your career. Here’s how to keep your professional development up to date.
The bad news might be coming to an end for the residential and commercial building sector, with industry experts predicting a recovery in the building industry. After two fairly disastrous years for construction, economists are now predicting a stronger housing market in 2020/21 and an even healthier performance in the non-residential property sector.
After a successful inaugural event last year, the Architecture Symposium is returning to Sydney for 2019. This year’s curators, SJB’s Adam Haddow and Hill Thalis Architecture’s Laura Harding, say the program will “probe the means, methods, successes and failures of architecture’s role in shaping our cities, and uncover how we can sharpen our collective contribution”.
“How Will We Live Together?” is the provocative theme of the 2020 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Hashim Sarkis, the Lebanese American curator of the 2020 event, challenged architects around the globe, “In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together.”
Responsible for designing a range of instantly recognisable buildings around the world, stellar architecture firm Woods Bagot has been at the cutting edge of the industry for a century and a half. In harnessing the tools of the digital age and investing heavily in research and technology, the firm says it’s departing from its roots to leave behind a legacy of enhanced social sustainability and liveability on a global scale.
The launch of Architects Declare Australia follows dire predictions by the United Nations about the urgent need to take action to reduce global warming. Signatories commit themselves to raising awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action among clients and supply chains.
Engineers Australia has once again published its annual Innovative Engineers list, recognising 30 of the country’s most talented and successful engineering pros from a range of sectors. Here are five recipients who really stand out.
Still reeling from a series of news reports about substandard apartment developments in Sydney, the building industry is facing another crisis as certifiers struggle to renew their professional indemnity insurance.
London’s Grenfell Tower disaster is still having repercussions globally, with the Queensland Government moving to ban the use of potentially deadly combustible cladding in all new apartment towers and office blocks following a state-wide audit.
Change has been slow when it comes to sustainable homes, but consumers want it and the benefits are there for the construction industry and the environment. That is the key finding of a new report into the residential market by the CRC for Low Carbon Living and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).
Every year, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) pits hundreds of the globe’s best buildings and projects against each other for the honour to be named World Building of the Year. We selected our top five Australian projects that were shortlisted.
In the 21st century, architects face great challenges but have an increasingly important role in cultural debates. The topic could not be more timely as architects grapple with many new challenges such as climate change, high-density housing and the increasing dependence on sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) tools.
When you build a retaining wall, you need to build it to last. Sub-standard building materials will fail the test of time and may run afoul of regulators. The QBCC’s advice is simply to avoid non-conforming products altogether and choose one of the tested and approved building products from accredited suppliers with installation from credible installers.
The 2019 World Engineers Convention will be held in Melbourne later this year, with sustainability as its focus. In the lead-up to the major global talkfest, we asked three leading Australian engineers about the future.
Now that the STEM revolution is underway in Australian universities, the focus turns to teaching the subjects in primary schools and encouraging women to pursue STEM careers.
Imagine if we could build on fault lines with no fear of earthquakes causing mass destruction. New Australian research may have found the solution to safe living in seismic zones.
Now in their 16th year, the Australian Interior Design Awards recognise the best of the year’s design projects and the industry’s most innovative practitioners across 14 categories.
Brisbane design practice Richards & Spence is behind some of the city’s most thrilling recent builds. We chat with co-director Ingrid Richards.
There is a growing interest in the use of permeable pavements as a hardstand solution given the advantages this system can provide.
Precast concrete is helping architects and builder alike turn their most innovative ideas into reality, while saving time and costs.
How a segmental retaining wall may prevent disasters like the recent embankment collapse on the Darlington Upgrade Project in Adelaide.
Australia has plenty of female architecture graduates but few make it to the top of their profession and many more leave the industry. Companies and advocacy groups want this to change.
Breeze blocks are back in fashion … and they’re being used in often surprising (and gorgeous) ways in office design.
Two women who have found success in the building industry and want to encourage young women to consider construction as a career.
There’s never been a more exciting time to work in the construction industry: innovative new materials are making our buildings stronger, safer and more stylish while computer systems and autonomous machines are boosting productivity and smoothing workflow.
A champion of great design, Carly Barrett tells where Perth’s architecture scene is heading and reveals her favourite Open House.
From balustrades to walls, precast panels are proving an easy solution for architects and builders – plus, they’re greener than you think.
There is a growing interest in the use of permeable pavements as a hardstand solution given the advantages this system can provide.
An interior designer and an architect join forces with startling early success.
The new co-operative urban housing model that is socially, financially and environmentally sustainable.
There is a growing interest in the use of permeable pavements as a hardstand solution given the advantages this system can provide.
As the cladding crisis continues and more buildings are deemed high risk, it’s time to look at fire-rated alternatives.
Luke Watson of Brisbane practice Deicke Richards took his grandfather’s two-bedroom weatherboard and created an award-winning family home where brick is the star performer.
Now, we’ve got even more textures and colours to meet your client’s changing tastes – and their bank balance.
The cracks that recently appeared in a luxury high-rise apartment have left engineers and residents keen for answers.
From colonial constructions to postmodern monoliths, Australian high-rise builds have come a long, long way.
Wild cyclones. Out-of-control bushfires. As climate change impacts us like never before, we examine if brick has outstripped other building materials in terms of durability and safety.
Jean Graham of Melbourne’s Winter Architecture was named Emerging Architect of the Year in the 2018 Sustainability Awards. We talk to her about her architectural philosophy, and the practice’s novel approach to working remotely.
For its Prince’s Terrace housing project in Adelaide, Defence Housing Australia went above the call of duty where sustainability is concerned.
The Brick in Architecture awards acknowledge the best brick building projects across the USA. Here, are the top three that won awards.
Daniel Robertson bricks have long attracted brand loyalty from architects and home owners, for their distinctive style.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is 86 years old. It was only built to last 100.
With a long-term interest in their built fabric (and energy costs) Australia’s universities are embracing innovative technologies and new strategies to reduce their carbon footprint.
Brick floors, creamy tones and light-filled rooms helped an offshore-worker adjust to their city-based lifestyle.
WOWOWA is renowned for its innovative use of materials, an adventurous taste in colour and a playful approach to celebrating Australian culture through design.
Timber, one of the most primitive construction materials on Earth, is undergoing a renaissance in its use within the built environment both in Australia and around the world.
Three experts from Lovell Chen discuss the complexity of retrofitting heritage buildings to withstand an earthquake.
What do Koolhaas, Gehry and Studio KO have in common? (apart from black tee-shirts)
Archiflix, Australia’s only architecture film festival returns for 2018.
Notre Dame College by Baldasso Cortese shows off the possibilities of Terracade brick.
Augmented reality is coming to a construction site near you.
From backyard renovations to Barangaroo House. The rise of Collins and Turner.
For architecture to be valued more, we need to understand and measure it better.
Futurists, philosophers, and the inventor of the office scanner take the lead at this year’s gathering of Australian engineers.
It started as a fun temporary idea, but … years later the Ice Hotel remains, frozen in time.
Grand Designs presenter Peter Maddison proves that biggest is not always best.
BVN Architecture transforms the humble Australian brick into an act of diplomacy.
Taking the best parts of tropical design from the 1960s, this home utilises porcelain and breeze blocks to create the quintessential Far North Queensland retreat.
The newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau sea bridge is another addition to the list of world-firsts.
The world’s fourth slimmest building is under construction in Melbourne.
The humble roof tile creates a space of refined simplicity for this year’s Serpentine Pavilion
The Vatican City debuts at the Venice Biennale with a minimalist collection of sacred spaces.
Architect, humanist and industry leader, Carme Pinós will design the next MPavilion in Melbourne. She is also appearing at the Living Cities Forum on the 26th of July 2018.
This year’s Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Conference was held on the Gold Coast. Creative Directors, Brett Saville, Barry Lee and Wei Jien curated a program of events and discussions around the theme ‘The Edge’.
It’s rumoured to be bulletproof, stronger than diamonds and the best electricity conductor there is. But is graphene really the new super material?
What does the future of the building industry look like? Commercial analyst at CoreLogic, Eliza Owen discusses what’s changing for architects and engineers.
The world’s largest free-standing dome wasn’t built to be record-breaking, says Mike King, Arup’s lead structural engineer on the project.
When it comes to quality high-rise buildings, Brisbane has history, with Spire the latest to grace the city’s skyline
Perth’s new city square draws upon the city’s cultural and environmental history, to make a statement about the present.
In the future, roads will no longer be simple slabs of tarmac or concrete. They will be multi-purpose and productive.
Public art has a mixed history, and rarely pleases everyone. So, how do you convince the cynics? Engage them, says Felicity Fenner.
Studying the nanostructure of bacteria and microorganisms offers a way to increase the strength and flexibility of synthetic materials, suggests new research from Europe.
A recently installed block pyramid provoked many questions of its audience, not least being – is it art or building materials? The answer is, both!
We are traditionally good at calculating and preventing wall failure. But what happens when that failure takes years to reveal itself, as the lands moves around you?
Revised requirements regarding masonry construction in Australia provide new opportunities for innovation in this ancient construction method.
Robotics will play a vital role in shaping the construction industry of the 21st century. It’s time to get acquainted.
With Perth’s sumptuous natural environs, sincere public architecture often takes a back seat. This time it’s different.
The recently launched Poesia glass brick collection is a refreshing new take on the glass facade.
Concrete blockwork delivers a surprisingly subtle form to the Anna Meares Velodrome, debuting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
With developing countries under pressure to meet their Paris Agreement emissions reductions, many are looking to large-scale hydro dams as the solution.
Far from the rural stereotypes of old, Vietnam is showing the world how to urbanise with bamboo.
As Australia’s Edwardian homes expand to meet the needs of the 21st-century, architects step up to the challenge of balancing preservation and renewal.
From cultural icons to humble toilet blocks, many buildings have succumbed to concrete degradation. In a few years’ time that might all be in the past.
Fancy a surf at lunchtime? No problem, take a trip to your local surf park
UQ’s sports fields redevelopment are riding high after the destruction of the 2011 floods.
Cross-laminated timber used to be just for small buildings. That was then.
As Australian bush grows ever more prone to intensive and frequent fires, how can we continue to live in them?
Peter Poulet reveals how the Government Architect’s role has changed over its first two centuries.
New roads and train lines are big winners in the current batch of Australian infrastructure spending. But with our cities ever more cramped, where can we put all that steel, concrete and bitumen? In many cases there is no option but to start digging…
Photovoltaic energy was discovered over a century ago, yet its progress has been slow. New breakthroughs in technology, however, suggest we are about to move into a new age of solar power.
Given the current conversations about the ‘smart city’, or its satirical counterpart in Utopia, you can’t help but wonder what resilience and sustainability actually mean, given their frequent use. For Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer, Toby Kent, it’s simple:
Erskineville, in Sydney’s inner-west, is home to a multitude of stories of the suburb’s urban renaissance. DKO’s Eve Apartments are here to write another chapter.
Underwriting next year’s Australian contribution to the 2018 Venice Biennale is a realisation that our collective history of building and city-making has not been without damage to the natural world. It is now time to repair that damage.

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