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City of Hindmarsh Shire Council’s new Civic Centre / k20 Architecture

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All the Buildings in Sydney Drawn by Hand

From James Gulliver Hancock, author and illustrator of the All the Buildings in New York book and blog, comes All the Buildings in Sydney, a vibrant guide to Hancock's home town.

Packed full of idiosyncratically meticulous and colorful illustrations, the book provides a whimsical account of Sydney's architecture and history. From icons such as Utzon's Sydney Opera House to lesser known gems like Mark Foy's building opposite Hyde Park, to the terrace houses of inner city suburbs, All the Buildings in Sydney presents each building with care, detail, and an abundance of charm.

See more images from All the Buildings in Sydney, after the break…

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Local House / MAKE architecture

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Valley House / Philip M Dingemanse

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Care Implant Dentistry / Pedra Silva Architects

  • Architects: Pedra Silva Architects
  • Location: Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia
  • Architects: André Góis, Dina Castro, Hugo Ramos, Hugo Ferreira, Maria Rita Pais e Ricardo Sousa
  • Area: 402.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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St John the Apostle / Baldasso Cortese Architect

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Denton Corker Marshall Completes New Australian Pavilion in Venice

Australia’s new pavilion for the Venice Biennale has been officially completed by the Australia Council for the Arts. Designed by Australian practice Denton Corker Marshall, the granite-clad building is the first pavilion to be built in Venice in the 21st century, and replaces Philip Cox’s 1988 structure. The pavilion is to welcome its first visitors from May 9, as part of the 56th International Art Exhibition, with the work of artist Fiona Hall comprising its inaugural exhibition.

Learn more about the pavilion and view selected images after the break.

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Arena Apartments / Ellivo Architects

  • Architects: Ellivo Architects
  • Location: South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
  • Architect In Charge: Michael Small (Project Architect), Mason Cowle (Director)
  • Area: 3350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Scott Burrows

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Burwood Highway Frontage Building / Woods Bagot

  • Interior Designers: Woods Bagot
  • Location: Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia
  • Architect In Charge: Sarah Ball
  • Project Architects: David Ley, Karl Engstrom
  • Area: 17000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Peter Bennetts

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Amanda Levete to Design Melbourne's Second Annual MPavilion

British architect Amanda Levete of London-based studio AL_A has been selected to design Melbourne's second annual MPavilion. The temporary structure will be used to house talks, workshops, performances and installations in the "downtown oasis" of Queen Victoria Gardens starting this October. 

"I’ve visited Australia three times in the past six years and without doubt Melbourne is my favorite city," said Levete, commenting on her commission. "It’s people that make a city creative – and that’s why I love Melbourne. The brief from the Naomi Milgrom Foundation is a great opportunity to design a structure that responds to its climate and landscape. I’m interested in exploiting the temporary nature of the pavilion form to produce a design that speaks in response to the weather."

Video: Jørn Utzon's Nature-Inspired Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House recently created a video exploring how Jørn Utzon was inspired by the form and function of nature. While Jørn Utzon may not have seen himself as a pioneer of sustainable techniques, sustainability was inherent in his design philosophy. Watch the video above to learn more. 

2 Girls Building / Kavellaris Urban Design

  • Architects: Kavellaris Urban Design
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Design Team: Billy Kavellaris, Rodrigo Mateluna Sandoval
  • Project Architect : Rodrigo Mateluna Sandoval
  • Builder: Liberty Builders
  • Area: 4300.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Peter Clarke

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St Kilda House / Jost Architects

  • Architects: Jost Architects
  • Location: Saint Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
  • Architect In Charge: Patrick Jost
  • Area: 238.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Andrew Wuttke & Project Client

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Venice Biennale 2016: 5 Proposals Shortlisted for Australian Pavilion

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed the five proposals shortlisted for exhibition at the Australian Pavilion at Venice's 2016 Architecture Biennale. The announcement comes following a two-stage presentation and selection process judged by the Venice Biennale Commission, currently helmed by AIA Immediate Past President Paul Berkemeier. 

The 2016 Biennale will mark the inaugural exhibition within Australia's new pavilion at Venice, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and slated for a May 2015 opening.

Read more about the shortlisted projects after the break.

Parlour Live! / Justine Clark and Naomi Stead with Maryam Gusheh, Catherine Griffiths and Fiona Young . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Objects / Andrew Burns and Mark Gowing . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects Wide Open / Ed Lippmann, Dr Anne Watson, Susan Freeman and Michael Hill . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects POST / John de Manincor, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and Misho Baranovic . Image Courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects

6 Politically Motivated Cities Built From Scratch

Threatening to end Cairo’s 1,046 year dominance as the country’s capital, earlier this month the government of Egypt announced their intentions to create a new, yet-to-be-named capital city just east of New Cairo. The promise of the more than 270 square mile ‘new New Cairo’ has attracted headlines from around the world with its sheer scale; a $45 billion development of housing, shopping and landmarks designed to attract tourism from day one, including a theme park larger than Disneyland. And of course, the plans include the promise of homes - for at least 5 million residents in fact, with the vast number of schools, hospitals and religious and community buildings that a modern city requires - making the new capital of Egypt the largest planned city in history.

The idea of building a new capital city has appealed to governments across history; a way to wipe the slate clean, stimulate the economy and lay out your vision of the world in stone, concrete and parkland. Even old Cairo was founded as a purpose built capital, although admittedly urban planning has changed a little since then. It continues to change today; see the full list of different ways to build a totally new city after the break.

Image of the planned new capital of Egypt, masterplanned by SOM. Image © SOM Train station. Image © SOM Government District. Image © SOM Concept of Cairo's replacement by Skidmore, Owings and Merril. Image © SOM

House 3 / Coy Yiontis Architects

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