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LINA Architecture Platform Program

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Call for ideas for the LINA Architecture Platform Program

Challenge Europe with your sustainable, circular, and clean architecture project, idea or practice: apply to become part of this year’s LINA Architecture Programme.

LINA, the European architecture platform, is helping architecture tackle the climate and environmental crisis. It promotes projects that help make the European Green Deal a reality. LINA is an alliance of architectural museums, universities, research networks, foundations, triennials, biennials, and other architectural organisations.

LINA members are carrying out the LINA Architecture Programme. Taking part in their events and activities will increase your project’s visibility and help you raise it to the next level through hands-on and in-depth work with skilled curators, researchers, producers, communicators, educators, and editors.

We are looking for innovative projects and practices that address sustainable and environmental challenges in architecture, with the ambition of eventual implementation. We welcome a wide range of projects, social innovations, critical practices, research, and speculation that address the everyday, ethical, and social implications of the climate and environmental crisis.

Architects, landscape architects, urban planners, designers, engineers, researchers, artists, curators, and other creative professionals are invited and encouraged to join our call at the beginning of their careers.

Suppose you want to participate in the development, research, experimentation, publication actively, or other activities contributing to more sustainable construction and design of our living space and environment at large. In that case, we’d like to hear what you have to say!

  • Title: Call for ideas for the LINA Architecture Platform Program
  • Type: Call for Submissions
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  • Organizers: LINA-Learn,Interact and Network in Architecture
  • Registration Deadline: September 12, 2022 12:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline: September 12, 2022 12:00 AM
  • Price: Free

15 Aug 2022
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An Architectural Homage – Aesop Southland

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aesop southland

An Architectural Homage – Aesop Southland

The original Southland shopping centre was designed in 1968 by Melbourne architects Tompkins, Shaw and Evans. Quite contentiously, the project was given 1969’s top honours in the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Awards, besting the now architectural icon of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). In hope of honouring this legacy, Aesop conceived a store informed by a modernist history.

Upon entry to the store, the dramatic cavernous archways are enveloping, generating volume and the spatial characteristics representative of ancient design. And yet despite their structural purpose, the archways imply a weightlessness that guides the visitor experience through a series of unfolding rooms.

In contrast to the expansiveness felt at the centre of the space, the various rooms offer moments of quiet contemplation to peruse Aesop’s complete range of hair, body and skin care products.

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Aesop Southland’s floor plan promotes a pleasantly steady pace, and this is reciprocated by a restrained selection of furnishings – an upholstered lounge invites unhurried interactions with the products and encourages in visitors a sense of repose.

The store’s materiality is informed by history – in the local housing vernacular of post-war brick veneer – and also by site – with reclaimed bricks from nearby demolition sites crushed and repurposed as aggregate render to form a vibrant materiality.

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A naturally reimagined space, Aesop Southland offers a respectful nod to the architectural landscape of the late 1960s while generating new and memorable retail experiences.

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Words by Aaron Chapman
Photography by Ben Hoskings

written by : Aaron Chapman 
15 July 2022
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Gallery of Aesop Southland

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Futures Collective presented by Spence & Lyda

Futures Collective presented by Spence & Lyda

The exhibition features work from award-winning local designers Jon Goulder, Broached Commissions, Fiona Lynch Office, and Authentic Design Alliance, alongside acclaimed international designers Álvaro Catalán de Ocón and Lucy Kurrein, and more. Visitors will also find works by Australian digital printmaking artist Sophia Szilagyi, multidisciplinary artist and sculptor Greg Penn, and contemporary landscape artist Eduardo Santos, presented by Melbourne based art gallery Otomys. Taking over the heritage-listed mansion, the exhibition presents a series of unfolding experiences; each space features a curated body of work guided by the Melbourne Design Week theme, Design the World You Want.

In collaboration with Jon Goulder, Fiona Lyda and the Spence & Lyda team launch Innate 2.0 – a collection of furniture crafted from Tasmanian oak and blackwood, finely honed dark stone and black powder coated steel with punctuations of brass. The design language is inherently minimal and elegant, with a distinct lightness achieved through a lean use of materials and desirable proportions. These pieces appear throughout Villa Alba as various iterations of the same concept – a console at the entrance sets the tone for the exhibition; a side table highlights the brilliant circular drawer detail; and a desk anchors the collection.
Broached Commissions presents the second edition of Broached Recall – a collection of tables and monoliths in heritage timber veneers from Elton Group’s archive. Linear and geometric, the intricacies of these pieces are easily perceptible upon interaction; detachable, magnetic handles reveal hidden storage compartments, and interesting timber grains incite curiosity. The richness of these sculptural and functional pieces is amplified against the decorative architecture of Villa Alba. The same room features one of Álvaro Catalán de Ocón’s sustainably made rugs from his collection Plastic Rivers, produced in collaboration with ACdO and GAN Rugs. Hand-tufted and crafted without knots from recycled plastic debris, each rug depicts an aerial image of the planet’s most polluted rivers.

Futures Collective also sees Fiona Lynch Office launch its first capsule collection. Expanding on the studio’s commitment to sustainability, the pieces use raw building materials such as reclaimed timber, hand-worked aluminium, and slumped glass from offcuts, with a custom pigment splattered onto fabric reminiscent of artists’ drop sheets. Comprising low-set tables and stools as well as armchairs and a daybed, this collection is inspired by the office’s work on Ace Hotel in Sydney, and is presented alongside lighting by Volker Haug Studio. Upstairs, Marlo Lyda’s Remnants – a capsule collection of coffee and side tables conceived from stone offcuts and steel frames – is an elegant example of discarded materials with newfound purpose and aesthetic value. And Lucy Kurrein’s Bibendum modular sofa and Compagna lounge chair, which both launched at Milan’s Super Salone 2021, are strong additions.
As a culmination of important and thought-provoking design, Futures Collective is a compelling presentation of local and international work, strengthened by the aesthetic, historical and cultural value of the building in which it sits. Futures Collective will exhibit as part of Melbourne Design Week from March 17 – 26 at Villa Alba Museum in Kew.

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written by : Millie Thwaites
7 Apr 2022
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Futures Collective presented by Spence & Lyda

The exhibition features work from award-winning local designers Jon Goulder, Broached Commissions, Fiona Lynch Office, and Authentic Design Alliance, alongside acclaimed international designers Álvaro Catalán de Ocón and Lucy Kurrein, and more.

ZHA Wins Competition to Build Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base

ZHA Wins Competition to Build Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has won the design competition to build Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base, in China. The winning design is a multi-dimensional vertical city of two naturally-lit towers that respond to the city’s urban intersections.
The proposed tower responds to the city’s intersection of the north-south green axis and east-west urban alley. The architecture connects with the adjacent park and plazas, transforming into a terraced landscape, and extending upwards between its two towers. This extension invites visitors into the center of the building where cultural and leisure facilities are placed. The towers are tied together with sweeping bridges that give panoramic views of the city.

The architects behind the project wanted to unite the urban landscape, so they extended the Shenzhen Metro network and integrated a stepped podium with the adjacent park, to ultimately create a new unified public space. Since the priority was the pedestrians, the architects included extensive bicycle parking spaces and charging facilities.
Based on the innovative 3D modelling tools developed by ZHA, the architects were able to optimize efficiencies in architectural massing, orientations, and façade-to-floor ratios. The team’s final design stands at nearly 400m, wrapped with double-insulated glass curtain walls. The building’s design and vertical channels incorporate natural and hybrid ventilation with environmental control for each floor.

In coordination with the district’s smart management systems and ambition to increase efficiencies and well-being, the project will be constantly monitored, evaluating external and interior conditions, adjusting the latter in real-time to reduce energy consumption. The project will also incorporate water-collection and recycling, as well as photovoltaics. All the aquaponics gardens situated on the terraces will biologically filter the surrounding atmosphere. Low-volatile organic materials will also be installed to minimize indoor pollutants.
The proposed building will be an important economical center in the Chinese city, serving Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. The project, which will act as a global technological hub that includes clusters of corporate headquarters, is planned to accommodate 300,000 employees each day. In addition to the business facilities, Tower C will Include multiple venues to host international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs, as well as residential developments, a transportation department, botanical lands.

written by : Dima Stouhi
6 Feb 2022
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ZHA Wins Competition to Build Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base

Shaped by Passion – Moroso Exclusively Available at Mobilia

Shaped by Passion – Moroso Exclusively Available at Mobilia in Melbourne

Forming an exclusive national partnership shaped by a shared love of design, Australian company Mobilia has teamed up with Italian furniture brand Moroso. Delivering considered and authentic pieces, the collaboration coincides with the opening of Mobilia’s flagship showroom in Melbourne in 2022.

Based on like-minded principles, Mobilia and Moroso have combined to form an exclusive partnership, championing creativity and purposeful interior insertions. “We admire Moroso as a progressive, family-run company with a passion for art, design and supporting both established and emerging designers,” explains Mobilia Founder Salvatore Fazzari. “Moroso is known for its ground-breaking collaborations, a number of which have helped to launch the careers of some of the most respected designers today.”

Founded in 1952, Moroso continues to pioneer within the design industry, solidified by the company’s artisanal approach to collaboration, manufacturing and creativity. Moroso Art Director Patrizia Moroso notes how the international brand is looking forward to working with Mobilia.

“In a way, we consider this a new beginning as well,” she says. “Our collaboration with Mobilia started in Perth six years ago, so we are looking forward to creating a tighter partnership and synergy that spans across Australia.”

Consciously creating high-end pieces, the partnership between Moroso and Mobilia feels natural for the two companies, bringing international design to an Australian audience. “We are, of course, eagerly awaiting the new showroom in Melbourne and the next steps we will take together,” Patrizia adds.

The new Melbourne showroom on Church Street will feature classic Moroso pieces alongside some of new releases yet to be shown within Australia.

The Newest Moroso Collection at Mobilia

Salon Nanà by architect Annabel Karim Kassar is the newest Moroso collection to be featured at Mobilia.

Sofas with generous silhouettes, square coffee tables and adorned side tables make up the curated selection, which is inspired by the late 19th century, as well as the Mezze piece – “a low traditional mattress used in Oriental houses, in living rooms and majlis types of seating,” Patrizia explains.

“Salon Nanà is a way of fuelling our desire for experimentation and our impulse to blend styles and atmospheres,” she says. “The collection features a flexible modular seating system that can adapt to various situations, two different collections of side tables, all of which are inspired by Moroccan tradition.

” The collection explores different styles in a contemporary and refined manner, connecting worlds in a way that feels organic.

Another featured Moroso collection is Pacific by Patricia Urquiola; designed to feel like a cocoon, the focus is placed on bold patterns, shapely curves and soft upholstery.

Moroso has also announced More-So – a new internal aspect of the company that is dedicated to innovation and design experimentation, “an intermediate space between prototyping and industrial production,” Patrizia explains, “which includes the development of one-of-a-kind or limited-edition furnishings and objects dedicated to an audience of design enthusiasts.”

The idea behind More-So is to enjoy exploration, to push boundaries and revel in the possibilities of design, underpinned by a desire to improve efficiency and increase sustainability in production. “It is a bold step,” says Patrizia, “and one that introduces a curatorial framework that is open to dialogue and exchange with cultural sectors like architecture, philosophy and technology.”

Having worked with some of the world’s most reputable brands, Mobilia recognises Moroso’s ability to create objects that blur the lines between design, fashion and art.

“The diversity, innovation and quality of Moroso’s collections is why we feel the brand is so well-received in Australia and we are very much looking forward to representing the company at a national level,” Salvatore says. Moroso will be available exclusively in Australia through Mobilia from January 2022.

written by :Olivia Hides

23 Des 2021
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Moroso Exclusively Available at Mobilia in Melbourne

Forming an exclusive national partnership shaped by a shared love of design, Australian company Mobilia has teamed up with Italian furniture brand Moroso. Delivering considered and authentic pieces, the collaboration coincides with the opening of Mobilia’s flagship showroom in Melbourne in 2022.

dedece’s new Paola Lenti Showroom

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dedece’s new Paola Lenti Showroom

dedece has opened the newly dedicated Paola Lenti Showroom in Sydney. Exclusively housing Paola Lenti’s outdoor and accessory collections, the showroom features a refreshing layout, coupled with a visually dynamic charm that radiates from each piece.
“We are so excited to be able to welcome visitors into our new Paola Lenti Showroom,” says John Engelen, dedece Founder. “We are maintaining the highest levels of hygiene and covid safe protocols, our staff are all fully vaccinated with social distancing and mask wearing expected.” The showroom – which is situated only minutes away from Sydney’s beaches – is divided across four split levels that climb up through the site.

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new paola lenti showroom

The open-air atrium features large windows and painted brick walls; the space invites patrons to wander through the curated selection of Paola Lenti pieces. Pops of colour speak to a vibrant palette whilst the latest furniture and accessory pieces are presented for the upcoming summer months. Immersed within the space, the collections embody the effervescent essence of Paola Lenti. Bold use of colour and a light-filled, open-air interior allows the space to welcome passers-by within.

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Continuing to provide the world’s most iconic furniture brands to the Australian design and architecture market, dedece continues to curate authentic and exceptionally crafted pieces, including lighting, furniture and accessories. The Paola Lenti Showroom in sydney is a natural step for dedece, celebrating quality and durable design.

5 Des 2021
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Gallery of dedece new Paola Lenti Showroom in Sydney

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Applications Now Open – Melbourne Design Week 2022

Applications Now Open – Melbourne Design Week 2022

Applications are currently open to partake in Melbourne Design Week 2022. Commencing on Thursday 17 March next year, the dynamic international event will see an array of talks, tours, exhibitions and workshops running across the 11-day program.

“Melbourne Design Week is an event that brings together design practitioners, advocates, educators and industry,” describes Tony Ellwood AM, Director at NGV. “It’s a platform for robust dialogue imperative not only to creative practice but to all aspects of society.” First established in 2017, Melbourne Design Week 2022 has hosted over 800 events. Since then, several works featured throughout the week have been acquired for the NGV’s permanent collection.

Building upon the 2021 theme – ‘Design the world you want’ – 2022 will explore the two new pillars of ‘Civic Good’ and ‘Making Good’. Designers, institutions, galleries, retailers and individuals are invited to consider the ways design influences the everyday. Compellingly, they will be explored through a variety of design disciplines, including architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, industrial design and more. “There’s never been a more important time to reunite as a community to shape our future and shape a better world,” says Tony.

Run by the Victorian Government and delivered by Creative Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria, the event is set to reaffirm the state as a leader within creative and design disciplines. “Design is an important and growing part of Victoria’s dynamic creative industries,” explains Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson MP. “It’s a major creator of jobs and a strong contributor to our state economy.” The event is calling on the industry to get involved – participation is free and widely encouraged from all aspects of the community. Danny continues, “design shapes how we live, the way we experience our environment and how we connect.”

Featured over the 11-days will be the $20,000 Australian Furniture Design Award, presented by the NGV and Stylecraft. Additionally, the Melbourne Design Week Award presented by Mercedes-Benz has also been confirmed, as well as exhibitions by Sydney-based Adam Goodrum and Arthur Seigneur at Tolarno Galleries, and Adelaide duo Daniel Emma at Sophie Gannon Gallery. The event will also incorporate both the Melbourne Design Week Film Festival and the Melbourne Art Book Fair.
The 2022 program similarly includes shows by Sydney’s collectible design gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert and Adelaide’s JamFactory. Presentations by industry leaders, including Cult, Living Edge, Mobilia and more will take the stage, as well a new program of design showroom activations, purposed with bringing the design community together. Expressions of interest for the week are currently open. “Melbourne Design Week celebrates the power of design, showcases local and international design innovators,” says Danny, “and explores how we can design the world we want – a better, fairer more sustainable world.”

written by : Paula Pintos
9 SEP 2021
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Melbourne Design Week 2022

Applications are currently open to partake in Melbourne Design Week 2022. Commencing on Thursday 17 March next year, the dynamic international event will see an array of talks, tours, exhibitions and workshops running across the 11-day program.

Durbach Block Jaggers Designs Australia’s Thinnest Pencil Skyscraper

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durbach block jaggers pencil hotel

Durbach Block Jaggers Designs Australia's Thinnest Skyscraper: Pencil Tower Hotel Sydney

Australian architecture firm Durbach Block Jaggers has unveiled a design for the Pencil Tower Hotel in Sydney. Designed to be the country’s thinnest skyscraper, the project would rise at 410 Pitt Street with a height-to-width ratio of 16:1. With 173 hotel rooms with six suites on each floor, the 100-metre-high tower would be built in the downtown area with street frontage only 6.4 meters wide.

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According to the team, the ‘pencil’ tower would rise on a low scale podium referencing the delicacy and detail of its heritage neighbors using the language of arching brickwork. A three story volume includes levels of lobby, cafe and lounge, visible through a large scale keyhole window, while a walled courtyard garden for shared use overlooks the street.
The tower was designed to simulate the compression and extension of a column through a continuous abstraction of its elements: base, shaft and capital. The capital is expressed as a flying balcony and shell curves of a rooftop sundeck, pool and “hammam” spa.

The designers explain that the facade would begin with compressed horizontal screening, slowly transforming into exaggerated verticals at the top. Horizontals begin wide and flush with the outside frame, slowly thinning and receding at the height of the tower.
“Each horizontal is at the height of the slab, handrail and door head height. Each floor houses compact hotel rooms, gathering light from the street, rear court or internal shapely voids. The voids are tiled to reflect light and colour into the rooms.” At the same time, keyhole windows would provide a framed vignette of the seamless tiled surface.

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Pencil Tower Hotel Project Details

Sydney, Australia

  • Year: 2021
  • Architects: Durbach Block Jaggers
  • Images: Durbach Block Jaggers


written by : Eric Baldwin
28 Aug 2021
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Competition to design Sydney Harbour Bridge cycle ramp

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Competition to design Sydney Harbour Bridge cycle ramp

Transport for New South Wales has launched a design competition to find an architectural team with heritage and Connecting with Country expertise to design a cycle ramp up to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

TfNSW will commence the competitive design process via an open Registration of Interest (ROI). Through this, three leading architectural design will be selected and the community will have the chance later this year to comment on the shortlisted designs, together with plans for the Alfred Street cycle path and the Lavender Street roundabout.

The announcement comes after a community consultation process found overwhelming support for a liner ramp over a looped design, the other option floated by the department.

Community responses showed that a clear majority supported the project, despite a push from North Sydney Council to oppose the ramp, supported by a $15,000 war chest.

Of the 2,578 survey responses received by TfNSW between 7 and 28 June, 68 percent supported the linear option, compared to 5 percent for the looped option, 9 percent for either option and 17 percent for neither.

Sydney Harbour Bridge cycle ramp

The responses did show a split between those who lived in immediately proximity to the site compared to those further afield, however.

In the immediate community 60 percent preferred neither option, while 82 percent of respondents in the local area supported a ramp, and 97 percent in the wider area also supported the ramp

The majority of survey responses, 71 percent, were from people who cycle at least once a week, 21 percent were from occasional riders and seven percent never cycle.

Submissions made outside of the survey showed a higher level of opposition to the project. Of the 461 submissions received, 40 percent supported the project and 58 percent opposed it.

Sydney Harbour Bridge cycle ramp

TfNSW said that the people who supported the project were impatient. “They believe the project is well overdue and is vital to making cycling a safe and accessible transport option for a wider group of people – not just those fit enough to manage the steps currently.”

Supporters also believed the ramp could help to activate Bradfield Park and bring recreational riders to the local area.

Those in opposition, however, believed the problem had been overstated and that the steps were “a minor inconvenience at worse.” They believed the impacts to open space were not worth the potential benefits.

In terms of the preferred design, supporters of the linear option thought it was the safer option due to its clear sight lines and separation of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. They also considered it a more direct and easier connection for cyclists and though it looked better and was less intrusive than the loop.

written by: ArchitectureAU Editorial
17 Aug 2021
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Gallery of Design Competition: Sydney Harbour Bridge cycle ramp

Sydney Harbour Bridge cycle ramp

Edith Cowan University city campus design unveiled

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ecu city campus

ECU city campus design unveiled

The design of Edith Cowan University’s proposed Perth city campus, unveiled on Sunday 15 August, will “completely defy traditional expectations,” said the university’s vice-chancellor Steve Chapman.

Designed by Lyons, Silver Thomas Hanley, and UK firm Haworth Tompkins, the campus will be located across two sites opposite Yagan Square, spanning Karak Walk.

“We have a clear vision and ambition for Western Australia’s first comprehensive city campus, and that is to deliver a remarkable university as well as a landmark for Perth’s CBD,” Chapman said.

The campus will integrate the studies of creative industries, business and technology with the university’s Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). It will an 11-storey building with stacked performance spaces, studios and digital labs.

“The campus will be purposefully embedded with industry and connect the commercial, cultural and entertainment precincts of Perth, and is designed to project life, energy, and opportunity into the heart of our city. Its proximity to industry is a game-changer for engagement and partnership with business,” Chapman said.

The campus will be open to William Street Mall and Yagan Square with an immersive entry that envelops the Perth Busport. A digital media façade will create vibrancy along with activated streetscapes and laneways that connect to the Roe, Queen and Wellington Streets.

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“Students, staff and visitors will be treated to a sensory experience from the moment they step in. It will be like nothing they have ever known,” Chapman said.

“ECU City’s design, both physically and symbolically, reaches outwards, with a strong visual connection to its surrounds. It will be a university on show – inviting people to connect and be involved with what is occurring within.”

The ECU city campus is the centrepiece of the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal. The $695 million project is funded with $245 million from federal government, $150 million state government and $300 million from ECU.

“This is part of a once-in-a-lifetime transformation of our city centre, and will grow Perth’s reputation as an innovative and vibrant city,” said WA premier Mark McGowan.

Federal minister for cities Paul Fletcher added, “The economic impact of the development will also be significant, with the project supporting over 3,000 jobs during construction and providing an estimated $1.5 billion boost to the WA economy over the next four years.”

A development application for will be submitted in August with early works to start later in 2021. The campus is expected to accommodate more than 9,000 students when it opens in 2025.

written by : ArchitectureAU Editorial
16 Aug 2021
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