01 December 2016


“If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?” In 1973 the 'Sydney Opera House' (SOH) opened its doors to the public. This lecture revisits a landmark that in 2007 earned its addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list. A decade on the making and over 40 years of operations is the backdrop to discuss social and technological transformations. This lecture is inspired by ‘Cathedrals of Culture’, a six part collection of films premiered at the 2014 International Berlin Film Festival. The SOH will be the catalyst to firstly reflect on the building’s life-cycle and to then provide an outlook of our changing world and implications to the architecture profession.
Do join my open lecture at Politecnico di 
When: Monday, December the 5th at 2:30.
Venue: Rogers Room (after Ernesto Rogers, who was a prominent Milanese architect, cousin of Richard Rogers' father, William Nino Rogers).
Leonardo Campus, PoliMI,  I T A L I A


Guillermo Aranda-Mena © 2016

Dr Guillermo Aranda-Mena is an Associate Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne and a Visiting Architecture Professor at Politecnico di Milano. Guillermo is Co-founder of MelBIM, the largest Building Information Modelling professional group in Australia and Regional Editor - Australasia – for Facilities by Emerald Academic Publishers. Guillermo has spent extensive periods of time living and working in architecture, research and education in Europe, the Americas, Asia and since 2003, Australia.

02 November 2016



The Timelessness of ‘Forever Better’


Guillermo Aranda-Mena

Image 1: Imagine yourself at the beginning of time when mankind was about to invent his first tool; a simple tool to survive, prepare, eat... Imagine yourself when fire was discovered and the first dishes prepared - the first simple hearths - the precursors to the Miele ideal.

Image 2: Fast forward and imagine a time when agriculture provided means to end the nomadic lifestyle and to set up a place that was the home, and at the centre the family hearth - the stove, the kitchen - Miele.

Image 3: Imagine now The Renaissance, where in the true sense of ‘Forever Better’ the kitchen continues to grow, where in castles the 14 course wedding banquet was pivotal in cementing an alliance between a ruling family in a yet to be united Italy and a monarchy in Spain or France. Here are the first commercial kitchens where the ideals of efficiency, performance, design and service - Miele ideals, were to be put to the test.

Image 4: Now again come back to basics but expand it too. Miele is a global brand and a brand for all. Miele isn’t just the glamour of the grand feast, but more importantly, the comfort of home, preparation and enjoyment of food together. Friends and family creating memories in the smallest towns to the mega cities - again relying on the Miele ideals - durability, ease of use - the timelessness of food, preparation and nourishment.

Image 5: Now imagine the future, a time of space travel and intergalactic business alliances. It is the year 2042, MIELE has been at the core of basic human needs such as eating, drinking and health. MIELE’S mission continues with its vision for long-term thinking and planning “IMMER BESSER” and Miele continues maintaining the standard for durability, performance, ease of use, energy and efficiency, design and service.

Guillermo Aranda-Mena©2016


01 October 2016


BELL SHAPE: The Built-Environment Learning Laboratory is the first of RMIT's SHAPE electives initiative in which students and academics directly engage with planning and architectural interventions in Melbourne's Central Business District. Studio partners include the City of Melbourne, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority and private sector sponsors. The studio is truly collaborative across built-environment disciplines including planning, architecture, landscape architecture, construction management and civil engineering. The studio engages with social and economic infrastructure projects, such as planning and designing a new station for Melbourne Metro CBD North. The studio integrates tools, technologies and Cloud-based BIM services.

Teaching Team
Planning: Ian Woodcock
Architecture: Guillermo Aranda-Mena
Landscape: Karolina Bartkowicz
Civil Engineering: Ron Wakefield

Supper-imposing Koolhas in Melbourne CBD

Guillermo Aranda-Mena©2016

References & Readings:

Lucy Salt "Imagine a City: Swanston Street Party and the greening of Melbourne" https://www.killyourdarlings.com.au/2016/09/imagine-a-city-swanston-st-party/
published September, 2016.

Rem Koolhas "Underground Tram, The Hague, NL" 1994-2004  http://oma.eu/projects/souterrain-tram-tunnel completed 2004