Design Podcast (ABC RN)
Is open plan a good way to work?07/05/15
Open plan is a popular in office design but workers complain the noise and distractions make it hard to concentrate. Is the private office, with a door, still the best way to get the job done?
Architect of the mind
He's been named by international design bible Blueprint as one of the 25 people who will change architecture and design - no ifs, no buts. Liam Young once practised architecture in the conventional sense. But now the design practice of this talented...
Iconic Buildings: The Lake Palace, Udaipur
The historic Indian city of Udaipur is often called the 'Venice of the East', and its most famous building, the Lake Palace, has become a byword for exotic luxury around the world. Colin Bisset looks at this floating piece of architectural brilliance.
Seeking New York
Writer Tom Miller takes us on a tour of New York City and tells the stories of the some of the cities landmark buildings and the New Yorkers who lived within their walls.
Designing to remember wars past
What role can architects play when it comes to the public discourse surrounding war?
Textiles and the long tradition of technology and...
Why is fashion so often overlooked when it comes to public discussion about innovation?
Top Shelf: Richard McHugh
Australian author and lawyer Richard McHugh shares his literary and artistic inspirations.
What would cities look like if children designed them? We hear about design ideas for play and how children see future cities.
Iconic Buildings: The Glasgow School of Art
The Glasgow School of Art is often considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh's finest work and is now one of Glasgow's most famous buildings.
Fashion and politics
We look at how Hillary Clinton uses fashion as a political tool.
Couturier Elizabeth Bence arrived in Australia in 1949; she learned how to sew under German occupation in war torn eastern Europe.
Europe's largest green wall
A UK power company has created the largest living wall in Europe - a massive vertical garden covering more than 1000 square metres. That's a lot of happy birds and bees. How do Australia's green walls compare and why are some people dead against them?
Iconic Buildings: Suzhou Museum
Acclaimed Chinese-born American architect I. M. Pei incorporated many traditional elements in his museum in the ancient trading city of Suzhou, outside Shanghai. The result is an edifice that feels more like a garden than a building. Colin Bisset...
A peek inside Architects' Houses
What is it like inside the homes that architects have designed for themselves and their families? Architecture writer and critic Stephen Crafti finds out in a new book.
Iconic Buildings: Robie House, Chicago
Midwestern Prairie School architecture reached its apex with Frank Lloyd Wright's 1909 Robie House in Chicago. As Colin Bisset writes, Wright controlled every detail of the beautiful home, from the keyhole covers to the cutlery.
Ecologies of addiction
New research looks into the impact the built environment has on addiction in our cities.
Onesies in the workplace
A Senate committee has heard about a new dress code for Department of Immigration employees that bans onesies, ripped jeans, Uggs and thongs. Necessary or an attack on personal freedoms?
The art of book design
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but the design of book jackets is an art form in itself and can make or break sales for a particular book. We delve into the mysterious process of book design.
Architecture as high culture
With the rise of high profile architects and iconic designs, is architecture losing touch with the public and losing its way?
We've been told the book is dead yet apparenlty the libraries that houses them are sprouting up everywhere in some rather novice designs and concepts.
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