Arts and Letters

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.

Book review: Hyperlocalization of Architecture

Australian architects are “the most avant garde in the world when it comes to integrating environmental vision in building design at almost every scale,” according to LEED accredited Passive House…

Handbook launched for healthy, energy-efficient homes

By Willow Aliento

31 July 2014 — We typically spend at least a third of our lives in our homes, but while there have been many studies done into the impact of sustainable environments in the workplace, the domestic realm has not had the same degree of attention. A new book by interior designer Melissa Wittig from Healthy Interiors and sustainability consultant Danielle King from Green Moves Australia aims to fill the residential information gap and provide a blueprint for creating energy efficient and healthy homes.

Environmental film festival around the corner

In brief: The Environmental Film Festival Australia will again return at the end of September to Melbourne, before heading on to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart.