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Think Brick Australia represents the clay brick and paver manufacturers of Australia.

We aim to inspire contemporary brick architecture and building design in all areas of the built environment: commercial, residential and landscape.

Think Brick Australia continually produce new and updated technical information and industry guidelines for the greater construction community. Facilitating open discussions and interviews with leading industry representatives, Think Brick Australia’s podcast series is an accessible one-stop-shop for anything brick and construction-related in Australia.

Think Brick Podcast Website - https://www.thinkbrick.com.au/Podcasts

Think Brick Australia Technical Resources - https://www.thinkbrick.com.au/Technical/Manuals/technical-manuals

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Think Brick Australia represents the clay brick and paver manufacturers of Australia.

We aim to inspire contemporary brick architecture and building design in all areas of the built environment: commercial, residential and landscape.

Think Brick Australia continually produce new and updated technical information and industry guidelines for the greater construction community. Facilitating open discussions and interviews with leading industry representatives, Think Brick Australia’s podcast series is an accessible one-stop-shop for anything brick and construction-related in Australia.

Think Brick Podcast Website - https://www.thinkbrick.com.au/Podcasts

Think Brick Australia Technical Resources - https://www.thinkbrick.com.au/Technical/Manuals/technical-manuals

    TechTalk: Non-Combustible Building Materials

    TechTalk: Non-Combustible Building Materials

    Combustibility is a materials ability to ignite or combust when exposed to a flame or elevated temperature conditions. Combustibility is an important building material property which must be given careful consideration when constructing any type of building in Australia or internationally.
    Combustible external cladding continues to be a serious issue in the Australian Building Industry. The use of Aluminium Composite Panels and Rendered Expanded Polystyrene has been banned in several Australian states, with Victoria being the latest addition to this list, effective as of the 1st of February 2021. Non-combustible materials like brick are the ultimate solution to these concerns.
    In this episode, your host Elizabeth McIntyre and Think Brick’s senior structural engineer, Michael Koungras will talk you through some of the important aspects of non-combustible building materials, and how you can achieve compliance. The podcast incorporates the following topics:
    Flammable facades Common causes of ignition to combustible facades Definitions of a non-combustible building material Requirements from the NCC (National Construction Code) Volume 1 involving non-combustible building materials Which pathways you should take to achieve compliance Who you can contact to find out whether the facade you are using has been tested and deemed non-combustible or not  
    This episode and many others can be found on all major platforms, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to Rate & Subscribe to our podcast to never miss out a new episode. You can also let us know who you want to hear next and what topics we should talk about by leaving us a Review on Apple Podcasts.
    Mentioned in the episode:
    Think Brick Technical Factsheets
    Grenfell Tower 2017
    Lacrosse Apartments VIC 2014
    Neo200 Melbourne 2019
    Think Brick Technical Manuals
    The National Construction Code
    Australian Building Codes Board
     
    Our Social
    Follow @ThinkBrickAustralia on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook

    • 7 min
    Think Brick with Will Whitfeld

    Think Brick with Will Whitfeld

    Will Whitfeld is a Senior Landscape Architect at OCULUS. His skills include master planning; design development, documentation, digital 3D, BIM (Revit) and graphic presentation. He is interested in the influence of natural and designed spaces on human behaviour, and people's connection to their environment. Having completed a Master of Environmental Psychology in 2014, Will’s landscape architecture practice is highly people-focused.
    OCULUS won the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape award in 2020 with DKO Architecture and Breathe Architecture with their alluring project Arkadia Apartments. The Arkadia Apartment development set a new benchmark in how a multi-residential projects can foster community, social interaction, and neighbourhood integration through a collaborative design process - highly reflecting Wills' design practice. 


    In this episode, your host Elizabeth McIntyre will chat with Will Whitfeld to explore how his unique upbringing of living between farm and garden effected his outlook of landscape architecture and how people and place interact with each other. 
    Listen to the full episode to discover more of the following:
    Will's very first venture into landscape architecture at 6 years of age on his parents farm;  Prospect and refuge theory - and how it influences the understanding of landscape architects;  Working with Ryde Council in his early years of university and how this gave him insight into the interaction between public and private spaces;  How Will's gap year gave him a fresh perspective on landscape architecture in different environments;  Creating functional spaces accessible to everyone and the challenges within that - specifically in a time of a pandemic; Insight into the design and thought process behind the winning project Arkadia (Bruce Mackenzie Landscape award 2020 Think Brick Awards); The diversity and benefits of using brick and more specifically recycled brick in his projects;  Individual responses to landscapes How landscapes intertwine with plant life The connection between plants and people and how this can help with certain medical conditions and furthermore how Will has explored and implemented this into his architectural work; The importance of sense of place and the connection and influence it has on people.   
    This episode and many others can be found on all major platforms, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to Rate & Subscribe to our podcast to never miss out a new episode. You can also let us know who you want to hear next and what topics we should talk about by leaving us a Review on Apple Podcasts.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Arkadia Apartments
    OCULUS
    DKO Architecture
    Breathe Architecture
    Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award
    Think Brick Awards
    Prospect and Refuge Theory
     
    Social & Links
    Follow @ThinkBrickAustralia on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook
    Follow @oculusstudios on Instagram

    • 36 min
    TechTalk: Fire Resistance Level (FRL)

    TechTalk: Fire Resistance Level (FRL)

    A large proportion of the National Construction Code (NCC) concerns itself with the design of buildings for fire safety. The NCC sets out the minimum fire safety requirements for all buildings in Australia, while the means for satisfying these requirements are detailed in the Australian Masonry Structures standard AS 3700. The NCC specifies that fire rated walls shall be designed to achieve three Fire Resistance Levels (FRLs); Structural adequacy, Integrity & Insulation. 
    In this episode, your host Elizabeth McIntyre and Think Brick’s senior structural engineer, Michael Koungras will introduce you to the three fire resistance levels and design requirements for fire resistance of masonry products. The podcast incorporates the following topics:
    The three components which make up the FRL of masonry products Fire safety design Building type considerations Cored and solid brick differences Slenderness ratio factor of masonry walls This episode and many others can be found on all major platforms, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to Rate & Subscribe to our podcast to never miss out a new episode. You can also let us know who you want to hear next and what topics we should talk about by leaving us a Review on Apple Podcasts.
    Mentioned in the episode:
    Think Brick Technical Factsheets
    FRL Online Presentation
    Think Brick Technical Manuals
    The National Construction Code
    Australian Building Codes Board
    Our Social
    Follow @ThinkBrickAustralia on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook

    • 12 min
    Think Brick with Ilana Freadman

    Think Brick with Ilana Freadman

    Led by Ilana Freadman and Michael White, Freadman White embeds a curiosity-driven and experientially charged tension in its architecture. Seeking to reveal beauty in seemingly simple and often overlooked settings, we strive to create visually intriguing and emotionally resonant spaces.
    Freadman White is no stranger to the Think Brick Awards, being the only architects winning the Kevin Borland Masonry Award more than once. Their elegant and fascinating projects, Napier Street for Milieu and Hoddle House have stunned the jury by illustrating flawless execution and meticulous attention to details.
    "You don't have to be lavish across a whole building. You just have to be lavish in key moments that really enhance the project as a whole. ... Complexity that’s hidden in a simple outcome." - Ilana Freadman on our podcast.
    In this episode, your host, Elizabeth McIntyre, and our charming guest, Ilana Freadman, take us to the journey of discovery to her life experiences and prominent moments. Entertainingly, they talk about her amusing childhood memories, Kevin Borland's influence on her architectural development, early career stage struggles, and why the chemistry between work and life partners benefit both life and work. Listen to the full episode to discover more of the following:
    Why brick was chosen for Hoddle House and what legacy it has carried on; Main influential sources that led Ilana to pursue architecture; Ilana's first introduction to Kevin Borland's architecture, and how it shaped her architectural vision; The influence of the Think Brick Awards on contemporary architecture;  What role Ilana's European heritage plays in her household and office environment; How Ilana was introduced to Kevin Borland's first interior ceiling device; Unconventional child activities shaping Ilana's views towards art; Design methodology and fundamentals behind their multi-award-winning projects; Why the Think Brick Awards are one of the key architectural programmes; Her journey from the first steps into the world of architecture to building her own firm; Dealing with hectic work schedule establishing Freadman White; A glimpse into Ilana and Michael's companionship and the roles they take; Why 'no buildings, no buildings' is a truly amusing saying in their household'; Ilana and Michael's lateral solution acquiring their first house; Various design applications such as a solution to increasing natural light while providing a sense of privacy on a busy street of Milieu. This episode and many others can be found on all major platforms, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to Rate & Subscribe to our podcast to never miss out a new episode. You can also let us know who you want to hear next and what topics we should talk about by leaving us a Review on Apple Podcasts.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Hoddle House
    North Melbourne Residences
    Napier Street for Milieu
    Entering the Think Brick Awards
    Think Brick Awards
    Awards Showcase
    Kevin Borland
    Kennedy Nolan
    Claire Cousins
    NGV
    Social & Links
    Follow @ThinkBrickAustralia on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook
    Follow @FreadmanWhite on Instagram and check their Website

    • 34 min
    TechTalk: BrickBeauty - Hit & Miss

    TechTalk: BrickBeauty - Hit & Miss

    Hit and Miss walls or screens differ from traditional masonry walls as the bricks are laid further apart with the removal of the vertical mortar joint. This type of wall design is being utilised more frequently in contemporary architecture because of the strong and durable characteristics of bricks, while still having an open and free-flowing environment, allowing the passage of air and light from one area to the next.
    Hit and Miss technique provides designers with an ability to add sophistication to any project as it can be a part of both façade and partition walls. As mentioned, it can be utilised to either enlighten the room or allow the breeze to come through, simultaneously adding the element of privacy. One of the notable projects that had this fascinating technique integrated is GB House by Renato D`ettorre Architects. Not only did Renato employed it beautifully to create additional natural illumination for the living spaces, but also creatively used it as a wine cellar unit.
    In this episode, your host Elizabeth McIntyre and Think Brick's senior engineer, Michael Kougnras discuss the key considerations for designing this alluring technique. Listen to this episode to learn the following:
    How to design Hit & Miss walls to meet Australian construction guidelines Not too-technical considerations that are as equally worth noting such as the ability to climb the wall Their classification as load-bearing and non-load-bearing walls How to adequately account for the absence of perpend joints. Aesthetic design considerations when choosing your brick i.e. cored vs solid Failure mechanisms of Hit & Miss masonry If you are looking for ideas for utilizing this technique within your designs, have a look at the Think Brick Awards Showcase. There is a plethora of amazing projects that will definitely inspire you.
    Do not forget to Rate & Subscribe to our podcast to be the first one to listen to the new episode! If you want us to cover a specific topic you would like to learn more about, let us know by leaving a Review on iTunes, Or Email Us. Until then, #KeepThinkingBrick !
     
    Mentioned in the episode:
    GB House by Renato D`ettorre Architects
    Hit and Miss Technical Factsheet
    Hit and Miss Online Presentation
    Think Brick Technical Resources
     
    Follow us on Social:
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    Facebook

    • 10 min
    Think Brick with Jesse Bennett

    Think Brick with Jesse Bennett

    Jesse Bennett is the director of Jesse Bennet Studio that create spaces that inspire and enrich everyday life. Jesse and his partner Anne-Marie – also an architect – share a philosophy of embracing the concept of simple living and employ climatic design principles to deliver functional, joyful homes and projects for their clients.
    Jesse has developed his knowledge and skills over the past 20 years within the field of architecture, design and building procurement. Time spent studying Architecture in Italy, as well as a diverse range of interests inform his unique point of view.
     
    In 2015, Jesse received the AIA’s ‘Robin Boyd Award’ being the youngest architect to have it awarded. Last year, Jesse Bennett Studio entered the Think Brick Awards for the first time. Their sophisticated project, Tjuringa House, received a High Commendation in a highly competitive category, ‘Horbury Hunt Residential’; and was a winner of the ‘New Entrant Award’.
     
    Jesse is particularly skilled in the building science of ‘Passive Design’, effectively designing buildings to thermally perform as best as possible within the given environment, without reliance on mechanical heating or cooling. As such, his buildings naturally resonate with the surrounding environment and provide efficient outcomes.
    In this episode, your host Elizabeth McIntyre, and Jesse are having a compelling conversation about ‘passive design’, its principles, and misconceptions. Jesse also shares his thoughts on challenges of being an architect, Awards programs, and secrets behind his winning projects – Tjuringa House and Planchonella House.
     
    Listen to this episode if you’re interested in the following:
    -         Where Jesse’s inspiration originates from;
    -         Jesse’s approach to design and conceptualization
    -         Challenges of working for big architectural firms
    -         Why architecture is a great choice as a profession if you love art
    -         What elements truly make your design to be considered as a ‘passive design’
    -         How history affects architecture and architectural styles
    -         Why you should not overthink your designs
    -         What you should be focused on when designing a project
    -         Biggest influential outcomes for Jesse from his travels.
    -         Who plays a critical role in success in Jesse’s designs
    -         Why keeping it simple is beneficial for ‘passive design’
    -         Why entering Awards is always a great idea
    -         Advice for architects and designers entering the first time
    -         Challenges and tricky situations Jesse’s Studio encompassed designing and building Tjuringa House
    -         Why Jesse loves brick, and what role it plays in his design philosophy
    -         Role of environment and surroundings for a project
    -         How to communicate with your clients
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Jesse Bennett Studio
    Think Brick Awards
    Awards Showcase
     
    Follow us and Jesse Bennett Studio on social:
    Jesse Bennett Studio Instagram
    Think Brick Instagram
    Think Brick LinkedIn
    Think Brick Facebook
     

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

Bri654321 ,

Awesome podcast!

I love the in depth content and especially the conversations with architects! Gives us some relatable and easy to digest content even for people who don’t know a whole lot about the industry 😇 thanks!!

JasonSings9 ,

Fascinating!

I never knew everything that went into building design was so complex! Michael gave a very detailed breakdown of the building codes so I could understand it better. Looking forward to more episodes!

Raffi and Tamar ,

Exceptional resource

I would like to congratulate Think Brick Australia for launching this outstanding initiative. These podcasts address technical related issues and aspects on all things related to clay bricks and pavers. They present what normally are technically challenging concepts in a simplified and engaging format that is easy to follow, comprehend and appreciate.

Bricks and pavers continue to remain critical and fundamental building blocks of construction activity and these podcasts serve a vital education purpose. They are also an important source of information for those who want to learn more and explore these building materials further and in doing so reflect on the ongoing role and contributions of these construction materials to contemporary architecture design and the built environment.

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