Author Archives: Michael Smith

About Michael Smith

Architect and Director of Atelier Red + Black based in Melbourne, Australia

Q+A with Vanessa Bird, Victorian President of the Australian Institute of Architects

Whilst there has been substantial publicity and commentary around Victoria’s proposed apartment standards, the Central City Planning Provisions, Melbourne Amendment C270 have been quietly progressing. Recently Vanessa Bird, the Victorian President of the Australian Institute of Architects, took some time to answer … Continue reading

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Seeing the light: Victoria’s draft apartment standards released

After many months of speculation, the Victorian Government has finally released a draft of the minimum apartment standards. The standards are a compromise but none the less a welcome step in the right direction. The big headline from Sunday’s announcement, … Continue reading

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Melbourne Open House 2016

Now in it’s ninth year, Melbourne Open House once again pushes the discovery  and appreciation of architecture and the built environment into the mainstream.  With well over 100 different buildings to experience across the weekend, those wishing to indulge their … Continue reading

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Red+Black Review: The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Melbourne’s most important building to be completed in 2016 sits proudly at the top of Elizabeth Street as a beacon of hope to all Victorians fighting cancer.  One of the great success stories in the development of the city of … Continue reading

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Red+Black Interview with Michel Masson, CEO of Infrastructure Victoria, Part 2

Michel Masson is the CEO of Infrastructure Victoria, the government body charged with formulating a 30 year strategy for Victoria’s infrastructure. This is the second part of the two part Red+Black Architect interview. If you missed Part 1 click here Red+Black … Continue reading

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Red+Black Interview with Michel Masson, CEO of Infrastructure Victoria, Part 1

Ever since the East West Link fiasco there has been substantial talk about removing the politics from Victoria’s infrastructure planning. The perception has been that politicians choose infrastructure projects that best suit their political agenda, rather than the projects that … Continue reading

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Red+Black interview with Jennifer Cunich, CEO of the Australian Institute of Architects

In May the Australian Institute of Architects ushered in a new era in their history with the commencement of a new CEO, Jennifer Cunich. In the weeks since beginning her new role, Cunich has been traveling across the country, meeting … Continue reading

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Crisis or Opportunity? Red+Black interview with Thomas Fisher

One of the standout highlights of the 2o16 National Architecture Conference, How Soon is Now, was the closing keynote address delivered by Thomas Fisher.  Thomas Fisher is a professor in the School of Architecture, the Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban … Continue reading

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2016 National Architecture Conference Day 3

After and action packed 2 days in Adelaide, the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects national conference had one last day in the now. If you some how missed The Red+Black Architect coverage of day one or day two, because they … Continue reading

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2016 National Architecture Conference Day 2

How Soon is now? What does this mean and what has it got to do with architecture? Day 2 of the Australian Institute of Architects National Conference kicked off in earnest with a full day of talks at the Adelaide … Continue reading

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