Blueprint is a weekly rummage through the essential cultural ingredients - design, food, travel, gardens, fashion - for a good life.
Lost and Found — Byron Bay
Beautiful beaches, ideal surfing conditions, national parks and plenty of sunshine; it's not hard to see why Byron Bay attracts everyone from holiday makers to social media influencers, to the global film industry.
Iconic designs: the bobby pin
The bobby pin seems to sum up femininity, even when used by men, from Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, who kept his hair in place at night using them, to the elaborate coiffure of drag queens.
This is your brain on food
Do we all experience taste in the same way? The relatively new discipline of neurogastronomy — the study of food and the brain — suggests otherwise. Neurogastromonist Dan Han is here to take our tastebuds apart.
Why is mending trending?
When was the last time you mended a piece of clothing rather than buying a replacement? The modern mending movement is here to show how to slow down our fast fashion impulse, stitch-by-stitch.
Eucalypts in a time of climate change
Victoria's recent devastating storms have shown us the risks climate change poses to Australia's Eucalypts. But the resilient species has survived many climate epochs, so what will Eucalypts do in the face of a new climactic paradigm?
Goodbye to Anzac Hall
By now you may have heard of the Australian War Memorial's staggering 500 million-dollar redevelopment, which involves the demolition of the award-winning Anzac Hall… which is less than 20 years old. So how long are buildings supposed to last?