Over the next 5 years the NSW State Government targeting the construction of 200 000 new homes. To date, however, less than 5% of housing stock in Sydney is designed by architects. It is likely, therefore, that architects will not be involved in the design of the majority of these new dwellings, albeit due to the requirements of SEPP 65, at a higher proportion than historically. Read more →
It seems of late I’ve been having an increasing number of conversations regarding working for free or in particular having people working for you for no pay. This has been spurred on by a number of things, one was the excellent TED talk by Amanda Palmer, which if haven’t seen it you really should, you can see it here. Another was on Seth Godin’s Blog where he writes “Should you work for free?” which was also picked up by BDOnline in particular regard to architects working for free. In particular the conversations have focussed on so-called interns. It’s a practice I had thought for a long time was not overly common here and was more particular to overseas work practice, however, locally it does now seem to be increasingly common.
Often when an architect is presented with a societal problem or need, their first reaction is to design a building in response to the predicament. It’s a curious outcome given that an architect’s training and skills extend well beyond the planning of a building. Read more →
A strong architectural community should present thoughtful and strident public architectural and built environment advocacy. Sydney, however, is notable for the dearth of conspicuous built environment and architectural champions. There are notable exceptions, but we’re not here to name names. Instead we’ve been mulling over what constitutes architectural and built environment advocacy and how we can do more. Read more →
Why are our politicians, city planners and our city’s legislation still pandering to the perceived needs of private car owners, at the absolute cost to the city? This has been embodied in the recent refusal by VCAT of the proposed Nightingale development in Melbourne, which lead to a frisson and broad condemnation within the architectural, urban design professions and not to mention the wider press. The negative attention that this decision received was not unwarranted and it lead me to consider that we really need to now be thinking beyond our current considerations, regardless of the specifics of this decision. Read more →