Where else in the world would you want to live? In today's beleaguered economy, at the moment Perth has money, resources, sunshine and beaches - what is this paradise you speak of I hear! All this and more in the worlds most isolated capital, but what of good design? Perth is on the way to removing the small town mantle and replacing it with a range of big city textures and shapes.
Perth has a reputation of Architectural conservatism through strict planning and government regulations, but there is a real effort now to remove the homogeneity previously applied with exciting new projects which are about the city experience rather then just fitting in to what has gone before. Less concern there now seems to be with making sure that everyone likes a building after all any opinion is better the beige!
Perth reportedly has a thousand people arriving a week, it is rapidly expanding and in these new arrivals, talented designers are being drawn to the opportunities afforded by the expanding city. The skyline has been revamped by the new BHP Brookfield Place, whilst Sir Elton John himself returns to open the polarizing opinion provoking: Perth Arena and I cant not include one of my personal favourites in Fremantle City, the Maritime Museum. The great cities of the world embrace their different styles, there is no reason why Perth should be any different.
At the heart of it all we sit in the Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts department at the University of Western Australia. I am in the first wave of those studying in the newly constructed BDes Design Major for Architecture and Integrated Design and hopefully this blog will provide insight, gain and share inspiration, explore trends, designs and importantly get feedback, invaluable knowledge and critique as we journey through Architecture School!
The design course at UWA hope to provide conceptualization and design skills in response to economic, technical and social needs and desires using a range of methodology and processes hopefully we can see how this pans out together.....
A representation from Western Australia and the journey of Architectural study. Focusing on the design and teaching areas involved in the newly structured Architecture degree, the opportunities available in one of the most remote cities in the world and the creation of a blog which encourages global students to explore trends, designs and importantly get feedback, invaluable knowledge and critique as we travel on the architecture journey in today's world.