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Artists in Residence: 18 Stunning Studios Designed for Cultivating Creativity

[ By SA Rogers in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

Shouldn’t the settings of temporary artist residencies be just as creative as the art produced there? These structures include communal houses, remote huts, mobile studios, inhabitable billboards, rooftop apartments and entire inns full of creatives from various disciplines, providing an inspirational setting, lots of daylight and an optimal place to work. In effect, they’re like collaborations between the architects who designed them and the artists who dwell there for a brief period of time.

Artist in Residence Project by TYIN Tegnestue and Rintala Eggertsson

Why the future looks promising

Whilst growing up in Australia in the 1970’s and 80’s the greatest environmental concern was the hole in the Ozone Layer. Fortunately, many nations signed up to the Montreal Protocol in 1987, and we have seen the reduction in the use of CFC’s and thankfully recent studies are showing signs that the Ozone layer hole is healing.

I have the same hopes for the Paris Climate Agreement signed in 2015 and that we should be positive about the future as we see a groundswell of public opinion pushing for change and see the awareness and risk perception increasing across the world about the perils of Climate Change.

 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition opens

2018 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Melbourne, Australia! It’s your turn to influence the design of sustainable cities for a post-carbon world.

LAGI 2018 is free and open to anyone anywhere. We invite you to design a large-scale and site-specific public art installation that generates clean energy by incorporating renewable energy technology as the primary media for the art. The theme of this year’s competition is “Energy Overlays—the superimposition of energy and art onto an emerging master plan for urban regeneration.”

The design brief has been carefully crafted with local partners to align with the strategic plans and cultural context of the local site, the city, and the region. The outcomes will demonstrate creative and engaging approaches to urban community energy and resilient microgrids—part of a comprehensive solution to climate change that makes our cities more beautiful as it also makes them more sustainable.


1st Prize $16,000 USD
2nd Prize $5,000 USD

One representative of the first and second place winning teams will be flown to Melbourne, Australia for the award ceremony and exhibition opening.


Award ceremony, exhibition, and book launch held at Fed Square in Melbourne, Australia in October 2018. Satellite exhibitions and workshops will be programmed throughout St Kilda, the City of Port Phillip, and the State of Victoria.


The LAGI 2018 publication, Energy Overlays, featuring the top 50 submissions will be released in October 2018 by Hirmer Publishers.

For a complete list of jury members, schedule, to download the design guidelines, and more, visit the LAGI 2018 page at

CLEC Site Docklands Park – Stage 2 | Melbourne, Australia | MALA Studio

A vibrant new recreational and cultural public space has been unveiled to the public in Melbourne’s Docklands. The project is the latest from up and comers MALA Studio who designed and developed the CLEC Site Masterplan for Development Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

The awkward triangular site was one of the last slithers of undeveloped public land in the precinct consisting of a series of dilapidated and disconnected buildings, plazas, courts and artworks. The site also contained a high pressure gas easement which effectively divided the site into two portions. The Masterplan aimed to unite the site and connect it to the surrounding Docklands Park by enhancing green space, reconfiguring existing elements, and creating new pockets of activity.

Psychedelic Waves: Step Into a Swirling Vortex Inside an Infinity Room

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

Create a visible ripple effect as you move within this dazzling interactive infinity room by Japanese collective teamLab, producing your own unique wave patterns influenced by your gestures, movements and speed. For their new installation at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, entitled ‘Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement,’ teamLab took inspiration from the ocean and all of the ways in which the currents and flows of water are altered by objects and environmental conditions.

This video shows off the stunning effects as a lone visitor makes her way through the room. You can see as each of her steps results in a flurry of tiny light particles that transform into lines and then form patterns, ultimately joining together into the vortices referenced by the name. The faster she moves, the stronger her ‘force’ is exerted upon the waves.

Revisiting Landscape Architecture trends of 2017 and looking to 2018 and beyond

Early in 2017, I wrote a post looking at Landscape Architecture trends in 2017 and beyond, many people found this an inspiring piece that also became the inspiration for my presentation at World Design Summit in Montreal in late 2017. Now, in early 2018 it seems an apt time to review that post and look to what to possible trends in 2018 and through into the early 2020’s.

Revisiting Landscape Architecture trends in 2017 and beyond

Climate Adaptation, Alternative Transport Modes, BIM, Data Research and  Landscape Illustration became more in focus during 2017, with various news reports and growing need to look to how we use the data and information we have to provide solutions and increase the speed of implementation. What seemed to not grow as I anticipated was the push for Local solutions at grand scale, Rural and Remedies, Human Scale and Local Uniqueness, and Alternative Transport Modes. It seemed 2017, was more about people kept getting caught up in the daily outrage news cycle (Trump, Brexit, etc) and also the instantaneous gratification through the image of the finished project.  Think about how people used Instagram, Facebook in 2017 compared previous years of platforms with Twitter and Facebook with spring rising etc.). There seemed to be a lack of focus on providing solutions and more about revelling in the problems. Not there was no advancement of ideas and solutions it seems a year that many would like to leave to the past, so onward and upward to 2018.

2018 and beyond

Digital X Workshop de la Norman Foster Foundation

Del 15 al 19 de enero la Norman Foster Foundation organiza el primer Digital X Workshop, una semana en la que tendrán lugar seminarios, conferencias, tutorías individuales y visitas arquitectónicas para profundizar en la relación entre la arquitectura y el mundo digital y cómo ambos mundos interactúan, avanzan y tratan temas que, aunque extraños a día de hoy, en un futuro próximo serán habituales.

Jonathan Glancey, crítico y escritor de arquitectura, ejercerá como editor jefe del taller y animará a los estudiantes a anticiparse al futuro y a preparar su trabajo volcando su visión personal sobre la materia.

Anna Meares Velodrome by Cox Аrchitecture | Sports arenas

"It's a beautiful track. It's going to create a wonderful atmosphere for the Commonwealth Games 2018." Anna Meares, one of Australia’s most decorated Olympians, on the opening of the Anna Meares Velodrome, in November 2016. Designed by Cox Architecture and completed twelve months ahead of schedule, the Anna Meares Velodrome is a world-class venue featuring an international competition standard 250 metre timber cycling track, with its facilities catering for a range of cyclists and a number of indoor court sports. The Velodrome is adjacent to an outdoor BMX track, creating a cycling-specific precinct both for elite athletes and the community. Cox has arranged the building to create a public plaza between the velodrome and the BMX track that serves both facilities ensures its use all year-round. It will be a centrepiece venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, along with two other Cox-designed venues, the Cairns Convention Centre (basketball) and the Gold Cost Aquatic Centre (swimming a… continue