greaseproof architecture since 2000

In late July the University of Melbourne signalled its intention to “retire” many 20th Century modernist buildings at its Parkville campus before 2040, in keeping with its “long term strategic, academic and research ambitions”. Renderings in its new master plan show the Raymond Priestley administration building, the medical building and the John Medley building tagged for demolition, to name just a few.




Some new and possibly interlinked findings about the collapse of the wall in Swanston Street on March 28, 2013. Did the hoarding really deserve the blame heaped upon it?



There are lots of new social housing developments firing up at the moment, as part of the Victorian Government’s $5.3B “Big Housing Build”. The “Build” was announced soon after the public housing tower lockdowns focused eyes on the long-neglected sector. There is a lot going on, so I’ve narrowed it down to just one development not too far from me, and I’ll be looking at the site more than the buildings.




This virus thrives on density. Vehicle density has dropped, and drivers are relatively cocooned from risk, but people walking from their cars or homes to buy essentials are landing in a variety of unavoidable and unsafe situations.



In the past 100 years the “rotunda” at Wellington’s Oriental Bay has been buffeted not just by wild seas, but also the less predictable winds of change. Shifting needs, mores, and economies have seen the structure reinvented several times, and it’s about to happen all over again.




radio & podcasts: D.Sharp Office Talk

“Office Talk is a fortnightly podcast hosted by Dave Sharp from Office D.SHARP, and a great excuse for him to have conversations with architects about their businesses, work and lives.”

Over 70 quite in-depth interviews with mostly Australian offices.

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18.12.23 in radio

radio & podcasts: 76 Small Rooms

37 podcasts to date, mostly interviews with prominent New Zealand architects.

Podcasts about Architecture, with your hosts Jeremy Hansen, Natasha Markham, Mat Brown, and Richard Archbold (Arch).

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17.04.22 in radio

architects: Laird Tran

“Laird Tran Studio is Broome based duo team of Architects… working in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.”

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02.10.21 in architects

groups: Gazella

An interview series by Justine Hadj and Danielle Savio. They’ve been active since 2015.

GAZELLA is an independent publication offering insights into inspiring females within the built environment. Updated weekly, the blog exhibits interviews focusing on the work of women and topical issues in the current climate. Launched to capture the stories and spirit of the determined, Gazella shares a passion for the celebration of women, their experiences and opinions, as well as advice and learnings that can be shared amongst our community.

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28.08.19 in groups

architects: McIntyre Partnership

One of Melbourne’s longest running Architectural firms operating out of Kew, McIntyre Partnership has been lead by current director Professor R. P. McIntyre since 1953. Notable projects include the Melbourne Olympic Pool, Parliament Station, Dinner Plain Alpine Village and the River House.


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28.08.19 in architects

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