Design Podcast (ABC RN)
Colin Bisset joins us to share his unmissable design destinations around the globe.
Shipping container homes
Used shipping containers are being given a second life, providing the structural bones for low-cost housing. But are they actually as cost effective as they seem? We hear some of the design tricks and tips when working with recycled containers.
Iconic Buildings: Chartres Cathedral
One of France's most famous buildings, the Chartres Cathedral is a fine example of Gothic architecture. Construction started in 1193 and wasn't completed until 1220, and even today the cathedral retains a certain mystical power, writes Colin Bisset.
The life and times of Ginger Meggs celebrated in the...
A new exhibition at the Museum of Sydney is celebrating the history of Ginger Meggs, Australia's longest running comic strip. But what does the future hold for Ginger and other comic characters like him, in the digital age?
The crystal ball gazing of trends forecasting
Being on trend is big business for fashion designers and interior designers alike. How to trends forecasters predict what will be in fashion in two to three years time?
Madame Weigel: colonial fashionista
The mysterious Madame Weigel was a hugely successful pattern manufacturer responsible for clothing many colonial women.
Wired magazine decided that with the twentieth anniversary of its website coming up, a revamp was in order. The back end was very old and "taped together," according to Executive Creative Director, Billy Sorrentino. But did they need to spend six...
Bowie back in fashion
David Bowie and his enduring influence on music, film and fashion is unveiled in a new exhibition.
Creative alternatives to retirement living: what do YOU...
By 2050 a quarter of our population will be over sixty-five. What are the housing choices for an ageing community beyond the conventional choices of downsizing the family home or moving into a retirement village?
Friday 17th July 2015
New ideas about retirement housing for an ageing population who will live longer, healthier lives than ever before.
Spotlight on gender inequality in architecture
With the number of female architecture students now almost equalling men, there are still fewer practising female architects in Australia. A new exhibition aims to change perceptions of the industry and give a more diverse view.
Garden design trends with Jim Fogarty
Award-winning garden designer Jim Fogarty runs us through what's in and what's out in garden design and why designers are eschewing trends.
Outsourcing graphic design
A Melbourne-based company has more than a million graphic designers from around the world on the books. What does this mean for local designers?
Beyonce inspired building
A Melbourne architectural firm is designing a building inspired by Beyonce's curves.
Is open plan a good way to work?
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?
- Sydney, NSW