The inclusive apartments of the future need visionary backers

Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Property consultant Abdul Khan told Tomorrowland19 about plans for a new style of sustainable housing, with apartments to suit everyone from youth with disabilities to retirees looking to downsize. But will politicians and developers back this vision?

Daniella Traino: The promises and pitfalls of the digital age

Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Connectivity in the built environment has many benefits, but the reality is that smart buildings are collecting data that could be used in nefarious ways in the future and it’s hard to plug the entry points for infiltration.

Robert Harley: a personal takeaway from Tomorrowland19 – I, human

Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Tomorrowland points to the intellectual and structural changes that will impact this sector, including construction, real estate technology, and the cities, for years to come, says Robert Harley.

Nightingale and clever finance is shifting the market

Tomorrowland19 – I, human: This is what can be created when you team an architect with a passion for affordable, sustainable housing with impact investors and bankers: carbon neutral, low-cost housing that creates resilient communities.

2019 Banksia Sustainability Awards

A “digital owl” and a scheme to make infrastructure greener were among the winners of the 2019 Banksia Sustainability Awards, announced at a gala dinner in Sydney earlier this week.

Buildings and how to do them better

Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Australia’s top commercial property developers are talking about “radical sustainability”. But if these ideas are to reach the mass market, the building industry needs to consolidate, cut costs and better train construction workers.

How to drive successful communities

Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Creating sustainable, liveable communities is no cake walk, but some of the key visionaries in the public sector are using ambitious targets, planning controls and a big dose of grit and determination to make the impossible possible.

Another UK apartment fire blamed on cladding

FLAMMABLE MATERIALS, UK – You’d have thought it wouldn’t happen again. The fire at The Cube building on Bradshawgate in Bolton, northern England, on 15 November spread rapidly due to its plastic external cladding, just as with the Grenfell disaster.

5 reasons re-loving old buildings makes dollars and sense

The stone, brick, timber, tiling and cast-iron elements of old buildings have already proven their durability and suitability for purpose. The same can’t be said of some of the more modern materials such as aluminium composite cladding, high-formaldehyde composite boards and asbestos fibro.

Give your old building a new look, sustainably

We cannot just restyle our buildings to conform to current fashion; we must deeply rethink them, act towards positive future environments and mindsets, find better ways to recycle them and create a symbiosis between the old and new.

Less is more when it comes to renovating homes

Architects are discovering that keeping some of the old features of our homes can be more sustainable than installing new materials and technology.

Winners of the NSW PIA’s 2019 Awards for Planning Excellence

An elevated train line and Greater Sydney’s first comprehensive monitoring and reporting framework were among the winners of the Planning Institute of Australia’s 2019 NSW Awards for Planning Excellence.

Paul Davy on South Australia’s sustainability champions

QUICK CHAT: “Irrespective of federal party lines or policies, the South Australian government finds ways through the sustainability maze,” Paul Davy tells The Green List.

Heritage buildings: Nothing to be afraid of

A “nice balance between raw original features and shiny new internals” can help occupants appreciate the original building.

5 examples of adaptive reuse, from Sydney to Shanghai

We aren’t used to seeing Shanghai and adaptive reuse in the same sentence but increasingly the city’s designers are seeking texture and richness to counter the everything-is-new gloss of the city.

The hidden value of old buildings

Demolition and re-building from scratch is neither realistic nor sustainable, while re-use can help combat climate change.

Councils combine to drive local recycling procurement

A coalition of NSW local councils have voluntarily set a target to recycle 45 million glass bottles into useful products each year in an effort to stimulate investment in the region’s recycling industry.

Engineering reloved buildings: the inside story

Building Codes and safety standards have come a long way in the past century but that’s no reason to write-off an existing building as too hard to bring up to contemporary standards, according to Umow Lai director, Ken Loh.

Sam Marshall and Jean Rice on how to re-love a building

Adapting and re-using a building is all about respecting what’s there and leaving space for the next person to do what they want to do, according to Sam Marshall of Architect Marshall.

Apartments: how to get help for your strata committee

Tonja Gibson, founding director of Strata Answers and board member of Green Strata, is on a mission to bring modern, green solutions to strata buildings – and not just in “woke” and affluent inner city communities but for the small, forgotten blocks in outer ring suburbs.