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Youth culture is a distinctly 20th-century phenomenon but apart from the school and the home, most of our built environment ignores young people unless they have money to spend. We always seem to look for ways to keep them off the streets, but youth can...

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...

Later in this year of the rat SPARK will have been working in Asia for 20 years. To commemorate this amazing milestone we will over the next 12 months publish a number of our projects that have been instrumental in formulating what we do, how...