Think Tank

View articles by category:

Much More to Good Books Than Their Covers

There are numerous examples of building design where clever approaches to the building façade create a striking aesthetic result.

READ MORE

What elements make the world's coolest offices?

Given that we spend so much time at work, it’s little wonder that stories and images of the “world’s coolest offices” grab our attention.

READ MORE

Why aren't 'mixed use' developments more common?

Decades after we began talking about mixed use development, there is still only limited evidence of it being delivered. Australia is falling behind world trends, and with space in established urban centres at an increasing premium, it’s worth asking why we aren’t seeing more examples of genuine, high quality mixed use projects.

READ MORE

How landscapes can transform suburban business district appeal and add real estate value

The context and surrounding environment now has either a highly positive or highly detrimental impact on the value of the building - or an entire precinct – and it is landscape that plays a critical role in determining which it will be.

READ MORE

How documentation can make or break projects

The architecture profession is better known for its “glamour” side – caricatured as flamboyant artists wielding scale rules over drawing boards much as a painter might wield a paintbrush over a canvas.

READ MORE

Local flavours lost in the pursuit of international design 101

Excellence in design doesn’t mean reaching for the latest international design celebrity and superimposing their designs into an Australian context.

READ MORE

Aging retail ripe for renewal

Across Australia, there are hundreds of small to medium size shopping centres that have relied on the fact that tough planning restrictions have prevented completion of a newer facility opening down the street, or around the corner.

READ MORE

Architects must start valuing their own work

Architects, like doctors and lawyers invest many years gaining their tertiary qualifications, and spend long hours devoted to their craft.

READ MORE

Why economics will drive better green design

When the idea of sustainable or ‘green’ design first began gain industry attention in the mid-1990s, the imperative was almost entirely environmental.

READ MORE

Today's schools and shopping centres may be tomorrows aged care

The ageing of Australia is becoming a more frequently discussed topic, and so it should. In 1970, Australians aged 65 or more accounted for just eight per cent of the population. This rose to 13 per cent in 2001 and will rise to one in every four Australians by 2042.

READ MORE

Queensland’s first private hybrid theatre

Queensland’s first private hybrid operating theatre at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital became operational on April 7th 2014. Designed by pdt architects, the $3 million hybrid theatre forms part of a $5 million redevelopment and upgrade of the hospital’s operating theatre facilities.

READ MORE

Retail’s renaissance proves clicks haven’t won over bricks

It was only a few short years ago when consensus seemed to be that traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ retailing was under permanent threat from ‘click based’ online retail. Like predictions of the paperless office, this bit of fortune telling proved to be a little wide of the mark.

READ MORE

Why rising urban density will demand more from landscape design

Our urban environments are becoming increasingly densified in two respects: there are more and more people living per square kilometre than before; and the private space these people are living in is shrinking.

READ MORE

Masterplanning the great suburban re design

The ageing of Australia is becoming a more frequently discussed topic, and so it should. In 1970, Australians aged 65 or more accounted for just eight per cent of the population. This rose to 13 per cent in 2001 and will rise to one in every four Australians by 2042

READ MORE

Why BIM has only just begun.

PDT’s BIM strategist John Coglan explains how initiatives associated with BIM are changing the industry and he predicts some monumental benefits that wider integration of BIM into urban environment modelling could bring in the near future.

READ MORE
LOAD MORE ARTICLES

Enews

For the latest news, opinions, project updates and event notifications sign up for the PDT newsletter - In detail with pdt architects