Author Archives: Michael Smith

About Michael Smith

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

2016 National Architecture Conference Day 1

It is that time of the year again, architectural Christmas, or as others may know it as the National Architecture Conference. Given it is an annual festival where the extended Australian architecture family gather to meet and exchange presents (ideas), … Continue reading

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Red +Black Discussion with Adam Bandt: Cities, Architecture and the Federal Government – Part 2

This post is a continuation of the interview with Adam Bandt MP on cities, architecture and the role of the Federal Government in influencing them. If you missed part one of this two part series you can view it here. Red … Continue reading

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Red +Black Discussion with Adam Bandt: Cities, Architecture and the Federal Government – Part 1

In case you have not been reading the papers, 2016 is a federal election year for Australia. What makes this election year different to most is that the issue of our cities is shaping up to be a red hot election … Continue reading

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Reviewed: In the Scheme of Things by Thomas R. Fisher

At the end of April,  the annual Australian Institute of Architects National Conference is on in Adelaide. This year the theme has been set as ‘How Soon is Now?’ As explained by the conference creative directors, “Instead of always looking into … Continue reading

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An open letter to members of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Please note this story has been updated, see updates below. An open letter to members of the Australian Institute of Architects. Dear members Today I am taking the unusual step of writing an open letter to other regular members of … Continue reading

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The opportunities of Melbourne Metro Rail, a discussion with Justin Marden.

With the Victorian Government proceeding with Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel, further details have begun to emerge as to how the project will be delivered and what the benefits to Melbourne will be. It is perhaps the right moment to consider … Continue reading

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Ambitious cities through ambitious tax reform.

In the lead up to the Federal budget in May and an election sometime later in the year, the Turnbull Government are continuing to consider their options on how to proceed with tax reform. At the same time we are … Continue reading

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Women leading the way in 2016

There is no doubt that Victoria has some incredible architectural talent across the full spectrum of architectural practice. Our cities, towns and neighbourhoods are being continually enriched by the high quality architecture being produced by Victoria’s architects. Perhaps in the … Continue reading

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Ted Baillieu, The Architect Premier – Part 4

From November 2010 through to March 2013, Victoria had Ted Baillieu, an architect, as Premier. This post is the final part of a four part interview with Mr Baillieu discussing a broad range of built environment issues. To read from … Continue reading

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Ted Baillieu, The Architect Premier – Part 3

From November 2010 through to March 2013, Victoria had Ted Baillieu, an architect, as Premier. This post is part three of a four part interview with Mr Baillieu discussing a broad range of built environment issues. To read from the beginning … Continue reading

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