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From Stone Walls to Skyscrapers: Understanding Structural Masonry

The Monadnock Building in Chicago began construction in 1891 and is still in use today. The building features a somber facade without ornamentation and a colossal height - at the time - of 16 floors. It is considered the first skyscraper built in structural masonry, with ceramic bricks and a granite base. To support the entire load of the building, the structural walls on the ground floor are 1.8 meters thick, and at the top, 46 centimeters. One hundred and thirty years later, this construction system remains common and allows for the erection of taller buildings with much thinner walls, accomplishing even new architectural works economically and rationally. But what is structural masonry about, and how can designers use it in architectural projects? And for what kinds of buildings is this system most suitable?

Wooloowin House / Nielsen Jenkins

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Brisbane, Australia

K & T’s Place / Nielsen Jenkins

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Is It Possible to Recycle Concrete?

Having been utilized as early as the Roman era in buildings of almost every scale, it is almost impossible to think of a building that does not have at least one concrete element. In fact, it is the most widely used construction material in the world, due to its versatility, resistance, ease of handling, accessibility, aesthetics, and other factors. At the same time, its manufacture is also one of the main polluters in the atmosphere, mainly due to the fact that the cement industry emits around 8% of all global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2).

In addition to its intensive production, concrete is an extremely rigid material, heavy and composed of cement, water, stone, and sand. Thus, would it be possible to continue to use concrete sustainably after demolition, eliminating its disposal as mere waste and overloading landfills?

Escarpment House / Takt Studio

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Thirroul, Australia
  • Architects: Takt Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  258
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AHJ, Brett Howard, Forest Furniture, Paiano Custom Kitchens

Blade House / Takt Studio

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Coledale, Australia

Yeronga House / Tim Bennetton Architects

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Australian Institute of Architects Announces 2014 NSW Awards

One Central Park / PTW Architects + Atelier Jean Nouvel. Image © Simon Wood
One Central Park / PTW Architects + Atelier Jean Nouvel. Image © Simon Wood

The Australian Institute of Architects announced its 2014 NSW Architecture Awards in a ceremony held in Sydney last night. Among the 42 Awards and 18 Commendations given out, perhaps the biggest winner was Neeson Murcutt Architects, whose Prince Alfred Park + Pool Upgrade won the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture, the Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Architecture, and was a joint winner of the City of Sydney Lord Mayor's Prize.

In awarding the scheme by Neeson Murcutt Architects, the jury noted that it was "a rare synthesis of art and landscape, urban design and architecture" making the experience "a delight in every detail."

See the full list of 69 Awards, Prizes and Commendations after the break

8 Chifley Square / Lippmann Partnership + Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners. Image © Brett BoardmanLemur Forest Adventure / Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects. Image © Brett BoardmanCoast / SJB. Image © Sharrin ReesGriffith House / Popov Bass Architects. Image © Sharrin Rees+ 64

Tank Bar + Restaurant / Donovan Hill

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Brisbane, Australia
  • Architects: Donovan Hill
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

AM60 Building / Donovan Hill

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  • Architects: Donovan Hill
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  24150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

Santos Place / Donovan Hill

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  • Architects: Donovan Hill
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  42263
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

State Library of Queensland / Donovan Hill + Peddle Thorp Architects

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Brisbane, Australia