Design Podcast (ABC RN)
Sinking Ships of Culture: McMansions03/27/15
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.
Sinking Ships of Culture: Vale leggings
Susan Maushart bids farewell to a trusty wardrobe staple.
Should more architects aspire to humanitarian design?
Esther Charlesworth believes more students of architecture and design should be schooled in the concepts behind humanitarian architecture, instead of an emphasis on becoming an architect 'star'.
The ghost sign hunters
There is a growing movement around the world of ghost sign hunters - enthusiasts who photograph the fading advertising signs of past decades for prosperity before construction works envelops them forever.
Don't mind the gap - fill it!
Four years after the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, a group of young architects and community builders are celebrating some novel ideas to re-invigorate the city.
The sun in your pocket - wearable solar power
Charging your mobile phone as you walk down the street is close than you think thanks to Australian science.
Designers cry foul over replicas and copies
Is Australia the 'wild west' when it comes to protecting designers' rights and intellectual property? One leading designer believes so.
What's that hiding in the brown paper bag?
Opinion is divided on the new Frank Gehry building opened this week at the University of Technology, Sydney with some likening it to a crumpled paper bag.
Blueprint for Living Saturday February 7, 2015
What's that hiding in the brown paper bag? Faking it to get home in time for Christmas. Blueprint Reviews: The Knick and The Torch. Designers cry foul over replicas and copies. Plant theft and botanic vandalism. Sinking Ships of Culture: from...
The dark side of Myanmar's fledging fashion industry
Until recently, Myanmar's fashion and beauty industry was nonexistent. Today there are modelling agencies, beauty pageants and even fashion weeks. But, under the surface is a culture of deception and exploitation.
Everything old is new again in adaptive reuse
Guest architect Stuart Harrison helps us get to the bottom of repurposing old buildings to new ends.
- Sydney, NSW