Mick Daley makes no apologies for joining the Bob Brown Convoy to northern Queensland to stop the Adani coal mine ahead of the last federal election. It was entirely in the same spirit as the Freedom Rides and the Civil Rights movements, he says. There are also precedents for what he did next.
Some people have a knack for driving change, and Esther Bailey is one of them. Joining our editor Tina Perinotto on the How to Build a Better World podcast this week, Esther talked about what she’d been up to at NABERS, the government’s environmental rating program for buildings, where she’s head of market development. NABERS […]
MEMOIRS: Some reflections on the impact of Jack Mundey, who pioneered the green bans movement to protect the built environment and who passed away this week. My partner Lisa had completed a Cambridge certificate for teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) before we went to Taiwan. She wanted to have something to do while […]
This book dives into what it means to be a consumer at the heart of two conflicting narratives – buying stuff is good for the economy, and consuming resources is bad for the environment.
Finding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth is an opportunity to sit in stillness and listen to the voices of the oldest human culture on this planet.
Architects love to design buildings but how many are taking responsibility for energy performance? A new book published in the UK goes head to head with the facts.
Many like to call themselves disruptors but Eat Like A Fish author Bren Smith is absolutely not the standard corporate disruptor-type who presents well in a suit.
It can be hard to feel hopeful about the future of life on earth some days, particularly in the current political climate in most English-speaking nations.
Our UK based correspondent David Thorpe has written what’s quickly gaining acclaim as a stunning book that offers a holistic solution to the sustainability crisis on our hands… not that we’re biased of course. Here’s our resident book reviewer Willow Aliento’s take.
Some books defy easy description or the usual glib reviewer phrases, and Problems and Where to Find them is just such a book.
Here’s our list of (mostly) relaxing yet educational books to pack into your suitcase this Christmas break. Happy reading.
The Fifth Estate is immensely proud to bring you our latest ebook, Tomorrowland: the urban agenda, based on our Tomorrowland 2018 signature event.
BOOK REVIEW: Regular readers of The Fifth Estate who have been following our coverage of housing issues – around affordability, sustainability, homelessness and urban planning are going to love this book.
Climate change is not a binary issue of believe or don’t believe, whether it is examined from the perspective of the economic system, disruptions in the marine environment, or the impact on trees.
Carolita was hurrying down the path to her apartment when she was intercepted by her neighbour. “Oh! They’ve cut me off for the rest of the month! I went O-D on my water account. I must have left a tap running. What shall I do?” Despite her need to make her appointment Carolita stopped. “Poor […]
Diving into The Long Goodbye, a Quarterly Essay by Anna Krien, means buckling up for a deeply personal, highly analytical and multi-layered tapestry of nature, politics and personalities.
Canberra-based science communicator Stuart McMillen regularly publishes non-fiction comics about social and environmental issues. We have previously featured his work on The Fifth Estate, including his comics Peak Oil, St Matthew Island, and Hitler Denial. McMillen’s comic reveals that one year of human effort is only equivalent to the energy stored in about 14 litres of petrol. […]
Cartoonist Stuart McMillen recently shared his comic Energy Slaves on The Fifth Estate, which looked at the human power needed to maintain our lifestyles. Now he has written a series of seven related essays on how we relate to energy in society, and how this may change, and need to change, in the future.
Dr Robin Brimblecombe and Dr Kara Rosemeier’s Positive energy homes will not only be valuable for anyone looking to embrace some or all of the principles of Passive House design, construction and technology, it is also a fantastic primer on the fundamental principles of building physics.
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.
Former Cundall principal Alistair Coulstock wants to change the way the top end of town does business in The conscious business – how to achieve purpose with profit. There are two core issues responsible for the majority of problems faced in developed countries, Coulstock says – separation from nature and separation from community. The strategies […]
The following is a rhyme submitted by one of our readers verbalising what it feels like from a Gen Y perspective to be locked out of the housing market. It’s dark, contains strong language and is essentially a declaration of intergenerational war should measures not be introduced to level the playing field. Property Pickpockets Check […]
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 Williams Goldhagen explains in her new book Welcome to your world – how the built environment shapes our lives. Goldhagen brings together the latest research […]
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 a supermarket. It might make you have a major clear out of your bathroom cabinet and also bin the majority of “air freshening” products scattered […]
The Fifth Estate’s UK stringer, David Thorpe, is a fiction writer is his “other job” and recently took up the challenge to write a piece of fiction for an anthology produced by arts organisation Weatherfronts for TippingPoint, Free Word and Durham University. Weatherfronts brought together writers and artists for a workshop with experts on climate […]
Adaptive Capability director David McEwen has uncovered a vast ignorance about what climate change really means for the business world.
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, designers, local government and other stakeholders in our built environment. It looks both at what has been achieved by some of the outstanding projects and […]
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford paints a bleak future for the global economy in Rise of the Robots. His premise is simple – as capital increasingly reduces its investment in employing people and instead replaces growing numbers of workers with software and robotics, fewer people will be in a position to afford goods and services. […]
In an edited excerpt from his upcoming book Creating Vibrant Communities, architect and urban planner Dean Landy, partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke, introduces “Tribus”: a step-by-step process for creating vibrant communities.
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 major social movements – the peace movement, women’s liberation, LGBTIQ rights, Indigenous rights, social justice and the environmental movement – are documented in Clive Hamilton’s […]