Construction & Development

Construction innovation stuck in the slow lane

Construction innovation stuck in the slow lane

The Australian construction industry is not innovating fast enough and the fall of Strongbuild is proof, writes Alexia Lidas, observing from the vantage point leading the Design Futures Council (DFC).

On Strongbuild and prefab pioneering

On Strongbuild and prefab pioneering

NEWS FROM THE FRONT DESK ISSUE NO 413–  UPDATED 9.28 PM: The prefab industry is strong despite Strongbuild falling into voluntary administration. But the industry has big challenges.

Strongbuild falls as Frasers Property pulls the pin on a major deal

Strongbuild falls as Frasers Property pulls the pin on a major deal

UPDATED 6:15 pm: Prefabrication and lightweight timber builder Strongbuild was placed into voluntary administration at 9 am on Thursday morning, after Frasers Australia pulled out of a contract just two weeks from commencement leaving a massive $6 million gap in expected earnings.


How blockchain could boost pre-fab and green buildings

EXCLUSIVE: Blockchain might be the missing ingredient that prefabricated homes need to go mainstream. According to Aurecon’s fourth Buildings of the Future report, provided exclusively to The Fifth Estate, “leapfrog”…

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The future of on-site construction

Over the next year, industry watchers should expect to see a new piece of construction kit creeping into construction rental fleets.

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Clare Cousins on why architects need to be city shapers

The debate on the role of architects just ramped up another notch this week, first with a thought piece by Philip Graus, and now Clare Cousins, national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, has her say.

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Amazon dips toes into prefab construction

Amazon is making a play for the prefabricated construction and smart home markets, investing in a California startup that makes prefab homes.

New “green refuge” park planned for Melbourne CBD

Designs for a new “green refuge” urban park in the centre of Melbourne have been endorsed by the Future Melbourne Committee. The Market Street parkland development will be the first…

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The future of buildings: product to process

Why should we care about the future of buildings? This question was posed last week by Dr Mathew Aitchison, Professor in Architecture and lead for the University of Sydney’s Innovation and Applied Design Lab at August’s Sydney Ideas – The Future of Building.

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Flow Systems looks to demonstrate the future of communities

Terry Leckie’s Flow Systems has entered into a partnership with Norsk Hydro and a number of other developers to to redevelop 2000 hectares of land at a former aluminium smelter at Kurri Kurri in NSW’s Hunter Valley.