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Is there room for debate in an industry simply trying to get by? What does discourse look like in the Australian context? What is the professional and pedagogical context of the discipline of architecture? Is there a link or even relevance between practice and theory?
These questions are as preeminent today as they were when I became editor of Architectural Review Asia Pacific almost two years ago, possibly more so. I had lofty ambitions to change the editorial landscape – to offer something different – but most of all to present architects, critics and academics the opportunity to voice their particular position and the role they play in the advancement of the profession. I believed that a change was needed, for architectural publications to no longer operate on a selective, exclusive ‘club’; to stretch the discourse and elaborate on critical angles in the discipline. Through our serialised content such as ‘Under Construction’, AR aims to be the industry leader focusing on how buildings go together so to further the expert role of the architect, rather than a superficial account of the external wide-angled photograph. […]