What is the frame by which we define our role as an architect, or indeed what is the frame presented to the public? What are the assumptions made in and around the role of an architect? It’s not only the dictionary that defines architects as designers of buildings, the profession as a whole does this too.Read more →
Many stories are invented up around a Yes, and Architects are very good at indiscriminately saying Yes.
Yes means I get to do the work I want to do.
Yes means I have a chance to shine in the light of this important project.
Yes means I’ve made it.
Yes means more opportunities will follow.
Design is too often defined as problem solving. To consider it as such is disempowering for designers. It implies that design can only emerge from a problem, rather than the potential for design to emerge from an insight or opportunity and not in response to a problem. Design is undertaken with intent, with curiosity and by asking the right questions. Design may be undertaken in order to meet a particular specification or in response to a recognised opportunity.Read more →
Deliberately burning anything as a ritual act is a beautiful and powerful experience. The power comes from the realisation of impermanence, the allure of the event and the literal transformation that takes place. When the ritual is further overlaid with the desire for release from the past, from pain or from the wretched, it takes on a more spiritual meaning. To think of this as an endpoint for whatever was burnt, is to underestimate its power.Read more →
The Medium Density Housing Code has been in the NSW Planning pipeline for a few years. A draft was released in late 2016 with an open design competition run at the end of 2016 to test the draft controls.
The Final Code was adopted a few months ago and is due to come into effect on 6 July 2018. We’ve done quite a bit of homework to get to understand the Code and how it might be useful for our existing and prospective clients. Read more →
There’s been many a hyperbolic story in the press recently about the new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) for Low Rise Medium Density. Without going into detail, the SEPP is an Act of State Parliament that allows Duplexes, Manor Houses and Row (or terrace) Houses, meeting all requirements under the Act, to be built without consent from Local Councils. The thing about the Act is that this type housing can only be built where it’s currently already permitted to be built. Nothing has changed in terms of the development potential of sites, just the approvals path. Read more →
At Redshift we hate complacency! It assumes you’ve reached potential without testing that there is greater possibility. It’s unproductive and undermines the best of human ambition.
If you value the world around you, the environment you live in, work in, play in, meet in; and how it affects your well being, and that of others then there is no room for complacency, and yet we are surrounded by complacency and a reluctance to challenge norms.
When I think about what drives us at Redshift; it is a reaction against complacency. Our first project was a housing project. We couldn’t understand why housing was produced with eyes firmly set on the lowest common denominator; lowest cost, lowest risk, lowest ambition and a (false) pretence for the highest value.