Making buildings smart and creating the agile workplace

Across our cities we see more and more smart buildings, equipped with sophisticated technology to monitor almost every aspect of their environment, but not all buildings are operating smartly.

Engineers taking up the climate emergency mantle

In the wake of entire countries such as the UK and professional bodies such as the Institute of Architects declaring a climate emergency, engineers are considering the same move.

How we’re tracking towards a smart, sustainable future

According to Gerhard Kress, Siemens AG vice president of data services, when it comes to big cities, there’s no alternative to rail as the backbone of transport in big cities, even automatic vehicles.

New free app could help clean up rooftop solar retailing

A recently launched sales app that’s free for solar retailers and installers aimed at getting more solar onto roofs may also help control Australia’s growing problem with substandard solar installation designs and retailing.   

How to create a tribe of smart city thinkers

SMART CITIES: Connection, collaboration and the enabling power of technology to create better places for people were key out-takes from Australia’s first Smart Cities Week.

Simon Carter: Overcoming the dangers of digital optimism

Even in 2018, polar extremes still tend to dominate the discussion on digital transformation. Morphosis director Simon Carter is on a mission to change this for the built environment.

Tomorrowland 2018: Green fortification the way forward

Turning the tables on traditional engineering in favour of deploying green fortification to battle climate change will be one of the key areas of focus during a Tomorrowland presentation by Griffith University’s Cheryl Desha.

Green walls come under attack

Green walls have come under fire with the national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, Richard Kirk, questioning their sustainability.

Fungi could hold key to crack-proof concrete

US researchers have developed a self-healing concrete by adding an unusual ingredient into the mix – a fungus called Trichoderma reesei.

How to calculate the wellbeing benefits of plants

How adding plants to walls and roofs can improve indoor environment quality. New research by RMIT and the University of Melbourne has a few of the answers, and an app to help.

Market Pulse: Why demand for engineers is “on fire”

Unprecedented. On fire. Hot. Not like anything I’ve seen in 35 years. These were just some of the superlatives used to describe the booming infrastructure market for engineering in Australia this week.

Adani – a consultant’s moral dilemma or no brainer?

If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?