Arts and Letters

Comic: Stuart McMillen on Energy Slaves

What is the human equivalent of the energy our lifestyles require? Australian cartoonist Stuart McMillen has published a comic about the insights of futurist Buckminster Fuller.

Book review: We do things differently by Mark Stevenson

For any of us that have felt deep concern about the lack of vision in government, We do things differently is a timely reminder of the power of grassroots innovation to create solutions to some of the world’s big challenges.

Why some places make us feel terrible

Been in a concrete box recently that made you feel depressed or annoyed? There’s a solid scientific basis for that response, as leading US architecture critic and lecturer Professor Sarah…

The case against fragrance by Kate Grenville

BOOKS: This is the kind of book that will potentially make you want to run screaming out of the cleaning products and personal care aisles next time you go to…

The summer break reading list

The Place Economy – edited and curated by Andrew Hoyne A gargantuan and gorgeous tome, The Place Economy brings together essays, case studies and first-person perspectives from academics, architects, developers,…

Clive Hamilton on how protest works

Successful movements always start with just a handful of people, according to Clive Hamilton, but now is the time to take more risks to protest on climate, he says. Six…

Book Review: Smarter Buildings Better Experiences

There’s a lot of buzz about how technology can deliver more sustainable buildings, but for the layperson, understanding exactly what’s what and why it might matter can be somewhat challenging.