The Crossroad Idea

For decades, the ‘Project Home’ has essentially remained the dominant model of housing for the Australian population. Ninety-seven percent of all houses built in our nation are hammered up by companies who base floor plans, construction methods and finishes on price points and profit margins rather than a response to environment and to maximised liveability […]

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WHAT is beauty?

WORDS BY TIMOTHY HILL, DONOVAN HILL ARCHITECTS As an architect, I have professional obligations regarding beauty, so I need a robust definition. Contemporary society is largely unaware of how little influence architects have in making and maintaining the built environment. For beauty to be championed, a good definition becomes vital. So if it is important, […]

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A labour of LOVE

It hardly seems appropriate to be showing some of my own work after posting a blog on Louis Kahn, however I do want to let you in on what we have been up to and share the story behind the ‘Valentine House’. As many of you may know Jaki, the kids and I live in […]

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Kahn’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Monument

Below is an amazing article on the soon to be realised Franklin D. Roosevelt Monument designed by Louis Kahn 38 years after he died. This memorial will be just one of only a handful of Kahn creations in this world and New York’s first. Paul Goldberger, former architecture critic and editor of the New Yorker describes […]

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Life Architecturally – Robert McBride & Debbie Ryan

Last week I had the privilege of listen to a recent documentary on the work of well-known Melbourne based architectural firm ‘McBride Charles Ryan’. The short film was called ‘Life Architecturally’ and was aired on ABC’s Artscape. McBride Charles Ryan are one of the most progressive architectural firms in our country, they seem to approach their […]

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Queenslanders shift to smaller homes

MORE Queenslanders are downsizing to medium-density homes, new research shows. Figures from recent Census data and research by Bankwest found 38 per cent of home approvals in Queensland in the last 12 months were for medium-density dwellings. This is up from 32 per cent in 2006 and includes units, townhouses and semi-detached houses. Bankwest Retail […]

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‘Grand Designs’ – An Insight Into How The Europeans Build

For anyone with an interest in design and building, Kevin McCloud’s latest series of ‘Grand Designs’ being shown on the ABC at 7:30pm on Sundays provides an insight into the world of better built and high thermal performance housing. While more extreme temperatures have driven the refinement of building systems in Europe and the US, […]

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