Australian cities are inherently diverse places, but that diversity can lead to conflict between different values about what cities should and can be. Our series, Conflict in the City, brings together urban researchers to examine some of these tensions and consider how cities are governed and for whom.
Shifting to a compact cities model and increasing active travel could reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease in Melbourne by almost 20 per cent and type 2 diabetes by 14 per cent, research published in the Lancet has shown.
Mandating high building standards, precinct-wide organic waste management and sustainable transport are just a few of the ways sustainability ambitions for the Fishermans Bend urban renewal project can be delivered, according to a new report from design firm HIP V. HYPE prepared for the City of Port Phillip in collaboration with the City of Melbourne.
The state government’s plan to transform Parramatta into Sydney’s second CBD is coming to fruition, with developer dollars and white-collar jobs pouring into the city. But while the private sector is keen to go green, the public domain is lagging behind.
Sydney planner Greg Paine, author of our long running Elephant Series of a few years back, will present two papers at the Regenerative City Conference in San Francisco at the end of October,which will be based on the work of mathematician and architect Christopher Alexander and his Pattern Language book. One of Mr Paine’s papers […]
If we all work side by side in an open-plan office or “hot desk”, moving from place to place, it’s sure to increase collaboration! It turns out that may be wrong. If you don’t have your own space, perhaps you are better off working remotely with your cat for company.
The Victorian government has released a final draft of proposed design standards for apartments for consultation, however minimum sizes have controversially been left out, an omission that has been strongly criticised by architects.
Built environment professionals can ensure Australian communities are better protected from the impacts of climate change and natural disasters by getting a better understanding of risk and resilience and how to factor them into plans and buildings, according to the Planning Institute of Australia.
Professor Alastair Swayn, the inaugural ACT government architect and director of Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn Architects in Canberra, passed away on 4 August.
Australian Institute of Architects national president Ken Maher has expressed “great sadness” at the passing of Stephen Ashton, co-founder of ARM Architecture, former Victorian chapter president and joint recipient of the 2016 Gold Medal. ‘We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Steve’s family, friends and colleagues,” Mr Maher said on behalf of […]
A Sydney collective is raising funds for a moveable piece of green infrastructure it says can revitalise streets and improve outcomes for local business.
The City of Sydney has opened the door to supertall buildings with a plan that could see CBD buildings reach in excess of 300 metres, part of the largest review of CBD planning controls since 1971.
London-based architectural firm Make has arrived in Sydney with three major projects under its belt including Brookfield Office Properties’ massive Wynyard Place project. But according to lead partner Ian Lomas it’s not so much the studio’s European background and experience that have determined design solutions, but local conditions – such as the light, the height […]
UrbanGrowth NSW has lodged a planning proposal for the controversial redevelopment of Newcastle’s heavy rail corridor, which it says will “connect the city to the waterfront and drive jobs, tourism and economic growth”.
Last week saw another round of state architecture awards held – taking in NSW, South Australia and Western Australia – producing some significant sustainability bling.
ARM Architecture has won the Australian Institute of Architects’ most prestigious award, the Gold Medal, at the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards.
An American study has found that high school students with views of nature perform better than students in a windowless room or a room with a view of built space.
Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised nations – and one of the least dense. Fewer than 10 percent of Australians live in close proximity to a city centre, with most inhabiting the suburban hinterland. Ever since Robin Boyd’s lambasting of “featurism” in his landmark 1960 book “The Australian Ugliness”, the ‘burbs have been somewhat of a no-go […]
UPDATED 23 December 2015: Specialist engineering firm Floth Sustainable Building Consultants is the first company is Australia to meet the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s zero carbon building standard definition for its head office at Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. The 1000 square metre building, designed by Mondo Architects, has also achieved 83.3 points to achieve […]
UPDATED 23 December 2015: Specialist engineering firm Floth Sustainable Building Consultants is believed to be the first company is Australia to meet the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s zero carbon building standard definition for its head office at Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. The 1000 square metre building, designed by Mondo Architects, has also achieved 83.3 […]
It’s fair to say that pretty much everyone has heard of Google, but not everyone may know that the company is actively working to prevent its colossal global presence from causing colossal environmental damage.
Few older Australians actually live in non-private housing such as nursing homes. Data from the 2011 Census reveals that 94 per cent of Australians who are 65 or older still live in private housing. More than half live with a partner and another quarter live alone.
How to build a (sustainable) world in a day. Annie Kane discovers how Archiblox is building a cutting-edge sustainable house in just six hours.
The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ newly appointed president Daniel Bennett aims to arm the organisation’s members with sound economic arguments for the importance of landscape in achieving liveable and sustainable cities.
The land, sun and wind are the best departure points for creating sustainable building design, according to EME Design principal Luke Middleton.
The redevelopment of the ACT’s law courts will showcase sustainable design in a bid to “meet the territory’s needs for the next 50 years in a more functional, flexible and sustainable way”.
The federal government, through the Department of Industry and Science’s YourHome.gov.au website, has released free architect-designed plans and specifications for homes that achieve a minimum seven star NatHERS rating in a range of climate zones.
Greenery, prefabricated elements, zero-energy design and repurposing of underutilised space are the key sustainability themes to have come out of the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2015 International Architecture Awards.
If you’re a parent who drops the kids off at school in the morning then you’ve already lost out – by the time you make it into the office all the best spots are taken and you’re left to choose from the least favourable seats, those you wouldn’t normally choose. Being given the “cheap seats” […]
According to the American Society of Interior Designers green design and wellness are the new black, resilient design is on the rise and sitting all day at your desk is starting to look like the “new smoking.”