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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

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke

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

© Andrew Wuttke & Project Client © Andrew Wuttke & Project Client © Andrew Wuttke & Project Client © Andrew Wuttke & Project Client

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

© Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke © Peter Clarke

Lorne Hill House / Will Harkness Architecture

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Bike House / FMD Architects

  • Architects: FMD Architects
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Design Team: Fiona Dunin, Katherine Peasley, Robert Kolak, Caroline Tan, Alex Peck, Ryan Fothergill
  • Area: 202.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings

Loreto College / ThomsonAdsett

  • Architects: ThomsonAdsett
  • Location: 415 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo QLD 4151, Australia
  • Architect: Chad Brown, Phil Horwood, Martin Hammond
  • Project Director: Graham Legerton
  • Project Architect: Geraldine Dawson
  • Architectural Technician: Tom Fowler, Steve Foro
  • Area: 1115.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alicia Taylor

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M House / MAKE architecture

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts

Pacific House / Casey Brown Architecture

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The Corner / Bower Architecture

  • Architects: Bower Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • Architect in Charge: Jade Vidal
  • Design Team: Jade Vidal, Chema Bould, Anna Dutton, Ben Shields, Rose Heeley
  • Area: 460.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Shannon McGrath

© Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath © Shannon McGrath

Merton House / Thomas Winwood Architecture + Kontista+Co

© Emily Bartlett © Emily Bartlett © Emily Bartlett © Emily Bartlett

Sandringham House / Techne Architecture+Interior Design + Doherty Design Studio

© Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell © Derek Swalwell

Cabin 2 / Maddison Architects

  • Architects: Maddison Architects
  • Location: Blairgowrie, Victoria, Australia
  • Architect in Charge: Peter Maddison
  • Area: 110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Will Watt

© Will Watt © Will Watt © Will Watt © Will Watt

Tintern Middle Schools / Architectus

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Curtin University Masterplan First to Receive 5 Green Star-Communities Rating in Australia

The Curtin University Master Plan has become the first project to receive a 5 Star Green Star-Communities Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Helmed by AECOM and Donaldson and Warn architects, the plan sets forth a strategy for the renewal of the University's main campus in Bentley, Perth, aiming to create a "vibrant urban community" that combines commercial, retail, residential, educational, and transport infrastructure. Sustainability is a cornerstone of the project, which seeks to be adaptable to, and respectful of, its site and heritage. 

The 5-star rating honours Australian Excellence in "innovation, design excellence, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and liveability". Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

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