As March closes and we head into April, we reflect on the articles that made headlines this month. The "Top 10" list below is an even mix of news, awards and project articles, both of which came in fast and aplenty throughout March.

Click through to see what you’ve missed or for a refresher on what the design and construction industry found most pressing this month.

1.jpg1. International competition to design ‘Trump wall’ between US and Mexico announced

In a unique twist on Donald Trump’s promise to build a US/Mexico issue, a US art, architecture and design collective has announced an international design competition to test the feasibility of Trumps border idea and whether or not a solution of high architectural and humanitarian merit can be achieved.

 

 

3.jpg2. Kengo Kuma’s timber hive brings sting to Darling Harbour transformation

Kengo Kuma’s announced his entry to Australia at a Lendlease launch party 14 March, where his design for a piece of the developer’s Darling Square precinct was revealed.

 

 

 

2.jpg3. HDR Rice Daubney reveal $750 million Cronulla Sharks retail and leagues club development

It’s not just on the field where Cronulla are gunning for their best season ever, but off the field as well, with HDR Rice Daubney’s latest round of modifications recently submitted to the Department of Planning & Environment for the Sharks Woolooware Bay development set to improve the architectural treatment of the ambitious project.

 

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4. “Build it small, build it smart” Breathe Architecture challenge architecture doctrine to deliver Prospect House in rural Victoria

Reminiscent of the vernacular country tin shed, Prospect House by Breathe Architecture is a rural experiment from the team that has brought us some of Melbourne City’s most celebrated projects.

 

 

5.jpg5. Reimagining through reuse: Drew Heath Architects designs Nikki Maloney’s House from scratch with old materials

In a bid to maintain the character of the old 1890’s cottage that stood on this Marrickville site, Drew Heath Architects constructed Nikki Maloney’s House by breaking up the original dwelling and recycling it to continue a dialogue with the history of the site and the memories of the client.

 

 

6.jpg6. French and Aussie consortium win Parramatta Square competition

The winning design of an international design competition for Parramatta Square’s civic and community building has been revealed.

The Design Excellence jury were unanimous in their decision to choose a project from a consortium that consisted of French firm Manuelle Gautrand Architecture and Australian firms Design Inc and Lacoste + Stevenson as the preferred design.

 

7.jpg7. 2016 AIA Newcastle Architecture Awards

A "creative and inventive" project won the most honours at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Newcastle Architecture Awards recently held at the Merewether Surfhouse.

 

 

 

8.jpg8. Queens Street towers set to soar; Cox and Fender Katsalidis’ tall scheme approved

Victorian planning has given the nod to a $750 million mixed-use development for Melbourne City designed by a contingent of local design firms with international repute.

 

 

 

9.jpg9. RMIT Design Hub's faulty glass disks to be replaced and incorporate PV solar

Sean Godsell is quite literally turning a negative into a positive at one of his old projects in Melbourne, the award winning architect will replace the faulty glass disks on the fa├žade of his award-winning RMIT Design Hub in Swanston Street with new disks that incorporate photovoltaic solar cells.

 

 

10.jpg10. FJMT adds three-tower development to Sydney’s Darling Square

The latest piece of the Darling Square development in Sydney’s Darling Harbour comes from Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp in the form of a three-tower mixed use development complete with a massive retail podium.

Forming part of the 20-hectare Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment precinct (SICEEP) Project, Darling Square is a new mixed-use residential neighbourhood at Haymarket which has been concept designed by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM).