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World Architecture Day is 5 October. The International Union of Architects (UIA) has themed the day ‘Architecture, Building, Climate Commitments and Solutions’. As the world’s national governments approach COP 21, the international climate treaty negotiations taking place in Paris later this year, the UIA is joining with its member organisations to highlight the essential role of architecture, design and town planning in reducing associated greenhouse gas emissions.

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Venice Architecture Biennale – Creative Director’s Statement

Alejandro Aravena has announced the overall theme for the 2016 Biennale. The Creative Directors of Australia’s exhibition reflect on Reporting from the Front and provide deeper insight into the curatorial framework of their own contribution, The Pool.

Creative Directors – Aileen Sage and Michelle Tabet, photo by Alex Mayes.

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Can a house be built for $60k?

Andrew Kerr, an emerging architect in Tasmania, is testing the idea with a $60,000 budget for the construction (not including land cost, fees for consultants and approvals, or services).

'Many people of my generation are priced out of the current housing market or pushed to the periphery. I disagree with the need for a large house and even larger mortgage. 60k House may be considered a critique of this situation; a practical means of exploring a philosophical position.'

Read our interview with Andrew here, or keep up to date on his blog at

If you have a story to share, feel free to get in touch via email.

Image: Progress on the 60k House, image by Andrew Kerr.

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What's on


2015 National Architecture Conference - Risk: CPD sessions available online

Amanda Levete, AL_A, UK: Designing in the post-risk world

Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP Architects, USA: Talking SHoP: Taking risks from New York to Seoul to Barcelona

Jeremy Till, Central Saint Martins, UK: The design of risk

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SMEG Tour Competition shortlist

The first stage of judging for the 2016 SMEG Tour Competition has concluded. 

'The shortlist represents a diverse range of innovative kitchen designs and use of SMEG appliances across varied spaces, including multi residential, alts & adds as well as a striking new build' states SMEG’s Paul Enright.
  • Balmain Cottage by Sam Crawford Architects
  • Elizabeth Bay Apartment by TFAD
  • Tivoli House by lava 
  • Tempe Crescent House by Silvester Fuller 
  • Valley House by Philip M Dingemanse 
  • Viking by Crown by MHN Design Union 
  • Weir Residence by Weir and Phillips Architects 

Competitions & Opportunities

Call for Creative Director

Expressions of interest are open for the 2017 National Architecture Conference creative director. 

The creative director plays the lead role in the conceptualisation and theming of the Conference.

Closing 19 Oct

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Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize

The Neville Quarry prize awards contributions to teaching, research or community engagement in both higher education and beyond including a $2000 cash prize. Enter or nominate now.

Closing 22 Oct

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Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture

$2000 is up for grabs with the 2016 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture with outstanding contribution by an individual student/SONA member in areas of leadership, publication, community or education.

Closing 16 Oct 

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Notice board


#COLORBONDbyDesign Competition: share your story

Would you like the opportunity to have one of your projects featured in COLORBOND® steel's upcoming national magazine campaign?

Tell us your COLORBOND® steel story via Instagram (or via this link if you don't have Instagram). Along with a description of the project and the hashtag #COLORBONDbyDesign. 

Image: Bridge House, Max Pritchard Architects.

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Closing tomorrow! Become a SONA rep

Get more involved with SONA! Applications close tomorrow for SONA representatives at all 19 accredited schools of Architecture in Australia for 2016.

Applications close 29 Sep, 2015.

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Sponsor news

AWS Designer Notes: Carlton Warehouse by Kennedy Nolan Architects

Carlton warehouse alludes a touch of history. A unique, private house built on a site bounded by the walls of a former industrial building with a garden on two sides in inner city Carlton, Melbourne.

From the outside, it gives a sense of creativity, the unknown and wonder. What’s behind the colourful façade? Behind it you ask? An industrial and modern interior with sleek black aluminium windows and doors to allow natural light to flow in.

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WoodSolutions: 2015 Timber Design Award winners announced

Congratulations to the 2015 Timber Design Award recipient - Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration. The complex green design has won the top honour.

Image: Melbourne School of Design by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration, photo by John Gollings.

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