RMIT Design Hub / Sean Godsell

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Architects: Sean Godsell
Location: RMIT University, , Australia
Architects In Charge: , Hayley Franklin
Associated Architects: Peddle Thorp Architects, Chris Godsell, James Hampton, Raf Nespola
Area: 13,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Earl Carter

Trinity College Theological School Extensions / Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design

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Architects: Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Peter Elliott, Justin Mallia
Design Team: Felicity Soh, Julian Tuckett, Wil Goodsir
Structural Engineer: Clive Steele & Associates
Landscape Architects: John Patrick & Associates
Head Contractor: Ducon
Year: 2010
Photographs: John Gollings

How Much Power Should The Public Have In Design Competitions?

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The ongoing competition for the redevelopment of the landmark Flinders Street Station in Melbourne,  has begun to raise some serious questions about the role of the public in architecture. The international competition, which narrowed down a total of 117 applicants to only 6 finalists, is due for completion in mid-2013. Each proposal will be put on display and the public will be invited to vote on their favorite design; what is raising eyebrows, however, is that the result of this public vote will be kept from the jury, who has the final say. The jury will not know what the public likes or dislikes when they place their own votes, and the public preference will only be revealed at the very end along with the jury’s decision. 

Although there are pros and cons for keeping this information from the jury members, some Australians feel very strongly about their station - and you can certainly argue that they should have a greater say in its future.

Read more about public participation in architecture after the break… 

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: , Australia
Leadership Team: Nik Karalis, Rodger Dalling, Ivan Kokrhelj, Peter Korkolis, Gordana Ticak, Bruno Mendes
Design Partner: NHArchitecture
Area: 66,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Woods Bagot

Enclave House / BKK Architects

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Architects: BKK Architects
Location: VIC,
Design Team: Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Tim Black
Area: 509 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: John Wheatley – UA Creative

Sealight Pavilion / Monash University Department of Architecture

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Monash University Department of Architecture, in collaboration with architecture and engineering practices, Rintala Eggertsson, Grimshaw, and Felicetti, shared with us their Sealight Pavilion project which can be found at the Docklands in . The aim of the project is to amplify the natural phenomena of sea and sky, while offering a place to meet, to escape the elements, or simply to witness the passage of time, which it has been doing for about a year now. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Abbotsford Residence / Chan Architecture

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Architects: Chan Architecture
Location: Abbotsford, Melbourne,
Design Team: Anthony Chan, Miriam Harris, Mei Yang, Michelle Ng
Year: 2012
Photographs: Folded Bird Photography (Brendan Finn)

Block House / Taylor + Reynolds

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Architects: Taylor + Reynolds
Location: Kew, , Victoria
Architects: Lauren Taylor, Jeremy Reynolds
Area: 554 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Craigieburn Train Maintenance Facility / HBO+EMTB

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Architects: HBO+EMTB
Location: ,
Area: 20,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Dianna Snape

The Good House / Crone Partners

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Architects: Crone Partners
Location: Sandringham, Victoria,
Director/ Designer: Matthew Smith
Developer/ Contractor: Good Constructions
Year: 2010
Photographs: Derek Swalwell & Peter Clarke

Hill House / Andrew Maynard Architects

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Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Location: Melbourne, Victoria,
Team: Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Tommy Joo
Building Surveyor: Metro Building Surveying
Engineer: Robin Bliem & Associates
Builder: Ficus Constructions
Landscaping: Bonnie Grant
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nic Granleese, Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects

Carrum Downs Police Station / Kerstin Thompson Architects

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Architects: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Location: Carrum Downs, Victoria,
Design Team: Kerstin Thompson, Kelley Mackay, Scott Diener, Mike Macleod, Jacqui Alexander, Laurence Dragomir
Area: 2,080 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Flemington Primary School / Maddison Architects

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Architects: Maddison Architects
Location: Flemington, Victoria,
Principal: Peter Maddison
Design Director: Kim McLaren
Project Architect: Chris Jones
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Amir Shayan

Beaumaris House / Maddison Architects

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Architects: Maddison Architects
Location: Melbourne,
Design Team: Drew Carling, Peter Maddison, Petra Mueller
Photographs: Gerrard Warrener, Rhiannon Slatter

Ridge Road Residence / StudioFour

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Architects: StudioFour
Location: The Ridge Road, Moonah Links Golf Course, Fingal,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Clayton Community Centre / Jackson Architecture

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Architects: Jackson Architecture
Location: Clayton, Victoria,
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Archiphoto Pty Ltd.

Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership / Maddison Architects

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Architects: Maddison Architects
Location: , Victoria, Australia
Principal: Peter Maddison
Design Director: Drew Carling
Project Architects: John Simmons, Jolie Lam
Documentation Team: Kim McLaren, Chris Jones, Petra Mueller, Stephanie Tan, Amanda Blows
Original Architect: Henry Bastow
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: William Watt

The Abbotsford Warehouse Apartments / ITN Architects

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Architects: ITN Architects
Location: Melbourne, Victoria,
Architect In Charge: Nigel Grigg
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mathew Moore, Michael Downes, Nigel Grigg