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    Architecture & Design’s top 10 articles for September

    Nathan Johnson

    As September comes to an end and we roll into October, we’ve decided to recap the top 10 stories covered this month.

    Click on the title or images to be taken to the original story, and let us know which your favourites were - or what else we should have covered.

    1. Foster+Partners & PTW Architects get latest Central Park approval

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    A 15-storey commercial tower footed by a refurbished art deco podium is the latest approved development for Central Park, Sydney by NSW Planning.


    2. Neeson Murcutt and Joseph Grech’s glazed pavilion experiment unveiled at Australian Museum

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    A glass pleated, carbon neutral pavilion fit with innovative glazing technology has been added to northern entrance to the Australian Museum in Sydney. Photography by Michael Nicholson


    3.Australia appoints a Minister for Cities and the Built Environment to industry applause

    The GBCA, ASBEC, Master Builders Australia, The AIA all have their say on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to include the first portfolio for Cities and the Built Environment in his Cabinet ministry. 


    ​4. Finalists unveiled in Australia’s most competitive Sustainability Awards yet

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    The shortlist announced in the ninth annual Sustainability Awards features projects and products from Australia’s leading design and building industry professionals vying for top honours. Photography by Tom Blachford


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    5. Shazam for plants: new software identifies species from single leaf photo

    A computer science researcher at Edith Cowan University (ECU) has developed a unique software that can automatically identify plants from a single digital photo of the leaf. Image: ECU


    6.jpg6. DBI Design’s Gold Coast Super Tower approved

    DBI Design’s 88-storey Gold Coast tower has been approved by planning authorities and will have the city’s tallest residence by 2020. 

    The unnamed $1.2 billion tower will rise to 285 metres high, eclipsing the current record holder, Q1, by 50 metres (if you don't include Q1's spire). It will be located on a 3494sqm site on the corner of The Esplanade and Trickett Street and already has a 5-star green star certification. Image: Fairfax 


    7. 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards showcase nation's top 23 timber projects

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    A total of 23 prizes were handed out to architects and designers who used timber as a major component of a project or application, including everything from timber windows and floors to full large-scale buildings. Photography by Jackie Chan


    8. Buchan Group partners with Japan's Nikken Sekkei

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    The Buchan Group has joined the list of Australian firms merging with international practices by partnering with well-known Japanese architectural and urban design firm, Nikken Sekkei to help expand their global operations.  Pictured: Bank of Chéngdū Headquarters by Nikken Sekkei


    9. Woods Bagot design liberates Circular Quay from post-war Germany comparisons

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    Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay wharves are set to receive a $200 million upgrade to make them more befitting of their premier city location, and Woods Bagot have delivered the concept design. 


    10. Restore and transform: Peter Willett Associates balance history and modern for Sydney cottage

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    The tale of ‘Centennial Park Estate’ in Sydney, NSW began as a one-storey Edwardian home, built in 1913 by a speculative builder in what was the Centennial Parklands Subdivision Corporation (established in 1905). See how the rest of the home’s story unfolded thereafter.  Photography by Michael Nicholson.

     

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