Tag Archives: University of Melbourne

Learning is a two way street

This is the 12th of twenty-one lessons for design students, gathered from the combined experience of being a student, and teaching students. I will published one lesson each weekday until they’re done. 12. Learning is a two way street Masters level design … Continue reading

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The teacup principle

This is the 9th of twenty-one lessons for design students, gathered from the combined experience of being a student, and teaching students. I will published one lesson each weekday until they’re done. 9. The teacup principle Today is not the first time I’ve … Continue reading

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Lessons for design students

Dear design students, Let me share with you an important piece of hard truth: most of you will not produce a great design project this semester. While I hope that you will all begin with aspirations of greatness, I know that many of … Continue reading

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Melbourne School of Design

Three years ago, I reviewed an exhibition of John Wardle Architects and NADAAA‘s new Melbourne School of Design. Even at that early stage in its development, I was captivated by their proposal. It felt like it would respond well to Melbourne University’s urban campus, would engage … Continue reading

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The new architecture of Carlo Ratti

Who is he? An italian architect and “urban change agent”[1] who divides his time between Carlo Ratti Associati, the innovation and design studio he runs from Torino, and SENSEable City Lab, the research laboratory he leads out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. Ratti’s design … Continue reading

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AS Hook Address: Peter Wilson

San Sebastian Kindergarten, Münster 2013 What was it? A national lecture tour presented by the Australian Institute of Architects‘ 2013 Gold Medal recipient, Peter Wilson. In eloquent symmetry, Wilson returned last month to his alma mater the University of Melbourne … Continue reading

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Bad architecture drives out good

Sir Thomas Gresham by Anthonis Mor van Dashorst (1565) What is it? A paraphrasing of Gresham’s Law, an economic principle proposed in the 16th Century by adviser to Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Thomas Gresham. The law, bad money drives out … Continue reading

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