Design Podcast (ABC RN)
Iconic Buildings: the Chrysler Building04/24/15
Colin Bisset reveals the story behind New York's famed Chrysler building.
Fashion on the Ration: how World War Two shaped fashion
On this Anzac Day, Blueprint for Living explores how World War Two shaped fashions mid last century and what impact the war had on future design.
The rise of the mega skyscraper and 'vertical village'
Architect Karl Fender has a passion for high rise living. As a founding director of Fender Katsalidis Architects, he has seen his firm push the boundaries of what is possible in high rise living, including the soon to be constructed Australia 108...
Why I wear the same work uniform
New York Art Director Matilda Kahl joins RN Drive to explain why she has worn the same (clean) black pants and white shirt as her work uniform for the past three years.
Apple Watch Hands-on, Moore's Law turns 50
Plus we also examine the Minecraft Bracelet which promised to let you take your blocks with you.
Melbourne's mystery quilt
National Museum Australia wants the public's help in identifying the people whose names have been embroidered onto a rare "autograph quilt" dating from 19th century Melbourne.
The UK election is less than four weeks away but it has yet to capture the public's attention. Why and who is expected to win? The turn out is expected to be low which could mean no party will win outright and another coalition government will need to...
Twenty years of Australian Fashion Week
Next week Australian Fashion Week is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Its founder Simon Lock reflects on what the advent of an industry showcase meant for the industry - and how hard it was to convince international buyers and media to come.
Iconic Buildings: Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia is one of Spain's most infamous buildings - is it a folly or a work of genius?
Designing a dream kitchen
Celebrity cook Adam Liaw dissects what makes a dream kitchen and why we want them.
Sinking Ships of Culture: McMansions
Remember when big was .. . BIG? Big Macs, Big Hair, Big Brother? And who could forget the McMansion? That was once the biggest thing on the block too. Now?
Communal design gains traction amongst architects and...
Architects and residents are throwing out the rule book on apartment and town-house design, and turning their attention to shared communal space.
It's All Academic: gender and clothing
Jo Paoletti from the University of Maryland has spent over three decades looking at how we dress our children and ourselves.
Once a teacher: Vic Chapman
Vic Chapman was the first Aboriginal person to become a school principal. He is also an accomplished ceramic artist and carver. Though he's retired, once a teacher always a teacher.
Apple Watch, Twitter and sport, Meerkat App
We look at what the new Apple watch actually does compared to its competitors. Also a conversation with Twitter Australia about the complex relationship between sport and the powerful social network and look at a new app that will let you live stream...
Don't Stop Me Now! breaking the age barrier on the runway
One place where you might expect age and agility to limit your prospects is in the modelling world, but not at this year's Melbourne Fashion Festival. Don’t Stop me now! is a fashion event where age is no barrier, with one model even taking to the...
The pointy history of the sewing needle
How often do you need to sew a button on or take up a hem? You can do both of things on a sewing machine but most of us do it by hand but in either case the first step is threading the needle.
Shifting Gear: Design Innovation and the Australian Car
A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria explores the rich history of Australian car design, from the very first cars to the present day.
Iconic buildings: Neuschwanstein, Bavaria
In the first in a series on iconic buildings around the world Colin Bisset explores the history of Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany.
Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car
A new exhibition of Australian automotive design and innovation opening at the National Gallery of Victoria.
- Sydney, NSW