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Retail has been adjusting to life in the digital age. The current COVID pandemic has served to hasten this process of adjustment as it touches almost every aspect of everyday life. SPARK’s transformation of an old-style shopping mall into GR.iD, a regenerated place to “be”,...

Next week on 31st October marks the seventh World Cities Day, this year’s theme is " Valuing Our Communities and Cities ". Through the implementation of local community planning to promote sustainable urban development and improve the living environment. SPARK’s Shanghai Minhang Riverfront transformation adds...

Contemporary design in China is at an intriguing stage. The country has traditionally been known for, at one extreme, its refined historic architecture and the other shape driven mega projects. Now contemporary design and architecture focused on place and people is becoming more prevalent. China’s...

We encourage SPARK staff to build awareness, understanding and control of their thought processes to improve learning, this is not just related to architecture and design as we think the making of cross-connections between industries with a degree of invention is the hallmark of great...

The Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan used the term 'medium is the message' to signify content and character. My father had McLuhan’s book Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man in his library. I occasionally looked at the book in the 1970’s drawn to it by its...

I was determined not to write anything about Covid-19 but as I sit in our government enforced emptied studio and with over two million world-wide infections, I can’t help but reflect on much else save these grim times. We seldom face challenges on such a...

SPARK’s 3 Little Pigs biogas plant has topped the chart of China’s DESIGN POWER 100, an award that assembles the best designs produced in China in 2019. Themed “Hello Future”, the brightest ideas across the disciplines of sustainability, health, lifestyle and technology were judged by...

I am borrowing the title from the Architects’ Journal special edition on SPARK written by Jeremy Melvin and to quote “SPARK shows it understands one of architecture’s most fundamental preconditions, an imaginative ability to find relevant parallels from outside the immediate context, encapsulating an idea...

The 4 projects illustrated below consider the disparate aspects of health and happiness, from the basic provision of freshwater to homes for dogs and the essential issue of respectful aged care. The world’s ageing population is changing and so must the way we think about the...

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