As September closes, we’ve decided to recap the top 10 stories covered this month.

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

1.jpg1. Sydney architect petitioning to increase prosecution of 'fake' architects

Sydney architect Robert Harwood is apparently fed up with being compared on price point and capability to building practitioners who aren’t registered architects.

The director of Harwood Architects and founder of My Architect is petitioning the Australian Institute of Architects CEO Jennifer Cunich to do more to protect the architecture profession from non-architects passing off their work and capability as that of an architect.

2.jpg2. Finalists announced: 2016 Sustainability Awards bigger and better again

The shortlist has been announced for the tenth annual Sustainability Awards, with projects and products from Australia’s leading design and building industry professionals vying for top honours.

In total, the Judges have shortlisted 64 finalists across 11 categories, including five in each of the new categories, HeritageOffice & Retail Fitout and Outdoor Structure.


3-3.jpg3. New transparent wood to replace glass windows and solar panels

New research emanating from North America and Sweden has people wondering whether transparent timber could become a viable alternative to silicate glass in architecture.

Separate scientific developments from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology and from America’s University of Maryland demonstrate ways to transform timber into a transparent material that could be used as a substitute for glass windows and solar panels.

4.jpg4. Hadid’s Gold Coast towers on hold; compared to Eiffel Tower and Guggenheim Museum

The fate of a Zaha Hadid project on the Gold Coast could be in limbo for another year after the Gold Coast Council voted to defer a decision on its approval last week.

The Council outlined 14 reasons not to approve the $600 million twin-tower development at Southport Spit including concerns with building height and accommodation density, but it was mostly concerned with the project’s impact on traffic.  

5.jpg5. Australia’s first ‘vertical forest’ apartments to commence construction in Brisbane

The team behind the award-winning Silt apartments at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane are tipping their next project to be just as successful.

Construction is set to commence on Walan (also at Kangaroo Point) which is the second apartment collaboration between Brisbane-based architecture firm Bureau Proberts and developer GBW Group.


6.jpg6. WATCH: First-of-its-kind gridshell roof installed at Chadstone shopping centre

A new section of the $600 million Chadstone shopping centre development will open on 13 October, giving the public the first glimpse at its one-of-a-kind glass gridshell roof.

The development will deliver more than 100 new retailers, two new dining precincts, a new cinema complex and a Legoland Discovery Centre, but it’s the architectural roof gathering intrigue from the industry.


7.jpg7. ABC release architecture documentary collection for one month only

ABC Iview has made a collection of architecture documentaries available online for the next month.

From architectural photographer Julius Shulman to the greats of Frank Gehry and Norman Foster, ‘Art of the Build: Architecture Documentaries’ explores the world and stories of buildings and building minds.


8.jpg8. Golden tower proposed for Sydney’s historic colonial heritage precinct

A new mixed-use tower proposed for the Sydney CBD will be an inspired addition to one of the most intact colonial heritage precincts in the world.

To be located on the corner of Elizabeth, King and Phillip Streets, the new building will be in vicinity of a number of heritage listed items including the Sydney Supreme Court, St James Church, Queen’s Square, Hyde Park Barracks and Hyde Park.


9.jpg9. Brookfield Multiplex drop ‘Brookfield’ in name change

One of Australia's oldest construction brands is changing its name as part of its most significant rebrand in nearly a decade.

Brookfield Multiplex will return to its original name, Multiplex which the company changed 10 years ago after Brookfield Business Partners acquired the business.


10.jpg10. London housing tower named UK's 'worst new building' in Carbuncle Cup 2016

The Lincoln Plaza housing tower in east London beat off competition from five other buildings to win the Carbuncle Cup 2016 prize for the worst new building in the UK.

One of Europe's most controversial architecture prizes, the Carbuncle Cup names the architects behind badly designed buildings, and is intended as a counterbalance to the prestigious Stirling Prize, awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects to honour outstanding building design.