Insight is where the POWE team share our thoughts with you on issues affecting our industry from design to procurement, planning changes to market trends.

January 29, 2019

Towards the end of 2018, we had many robust discussions particularly around the future of construction industry jobs. Len shares some thoughts ahead of the Banking Royal Commission Report, due to be handed down later this week. We are looking forward to hearing the outcomes and no doubt some further robust discussions.

September 26, 2018

Michael Ellis provides his thoughts on the recent surge in Transit Oriented Development (TOD) proposals in the Brisbane area.

September 26, 2018

Michael Ellis provides his thoughts on a Property Council Breakfast where Guy Russo reflects on his experiences at Kmart.

September 21, 2018

Len's findings from Ross Elliot's "Food: The New Retail Anchor" workshop at APP. Click through to learn more about the future of retail experience.

June 27, 2018

The conversation on energy and climate has always created more conflict than consensus. The challenge for us remains “what can we do to make a difference?” The answers are simple and already part of what we do.

June 27, 2018

Finding the motivation to follow your dreams, pursue your career and move half way around the world.

June 18, 2018

In Dude, Where's my Lego? Part 2, Christian considers the future of prefabricated construction; it's evolution and potential to improve the Australian building industry.

March 28, 2018

Pondering Prefab - Cogitation from CSA - In Part 1 of this two-part insight article, Christian Skou, Director of CSArchitects, looks back at the origins of Prefabricated Construction and traces its development through Europe the US & Canada.

March 27, 2018

In following our clients, we have found that both our existing and new clients have a real enthusiasm for development at both ends of the age spectrum.

March 27, 2018

From tired Time Warp to New Finishes, our Associate Director reflects on Stage 1 of renovating his own fixer-upper in Kenmore.

March 21, 2018

Reflecting on a case-study based workshop offering insight into the complex field of property development law covering buying, selling, funding & building.

August 31, 2017

Designing our own home has always been a dream for my wife and I. Having studied Architecture for 5 years, I thought designing my own home would be a breeze. Oh how I was wrong. I had to learn to manage things such as budget, builder and a wonderful client… my wife, Katelyn. We spent many early mornings and late evenings redesigning rooms and bathrooms in our plans, until we finally finished the design of our home. I’ve also had...

May 31, 2017

Recently I was fortunate enough to take a quick getaway to Bali with my wife. Upon our return, I was struggling with how to respond to the question: “How was your holiday?” While the week off allowed me to do nothing but sit on a beach and relax, I saw copious amounts of rubbish everywhere which tarnished the experience. For those who are unaware, tap water in Indonesia isn’t safe for human consumption. Even the ice in your cocktail could...

August 30, 2016

In this modern age, classifications are so far distorted by academic writings and their interpretations that it is hard to distinguish where things belong categorically. Architectural historians have assisted in this prevailing confusing by wrongly labelling styles, movements or types, or by simply remaining them. However, there has been rough attempt to fix this confusion as explained in Reyner Banham essay ‘The New Brutalism’1. Here Banham1 provides clarification on the architectural language associated with the ideas of Modernity, particularly related...

June 30, 2016

Recently at RTC / ArchiCON Australia I had an opportunity to discuss research and development we have been doing on authoring Building Information Models (BIM) for quantity take-off. While the project had started as step-by-step guide in getting data from our BIM platform, ARCHICAD, into Exactal’s take-off platform CostX, the discussion expanded into how to plan your modelling requirements. RTC/ArchiCON Australia offered a unique opportunity to discuss modelling requirements with attendees from the major BIM platforms and from disciplines spread...