Planning for fire safety in the ACT

The Green Star rated Ginninderry community in the ACT is taking a suburb-wide approach to planning for fire. The development will be something of a living laboratory, with developer Riverview Projects signing a Collaborative Arrangement Agreement with CSIRO. CSIRO Bushfire Urban Design research leader Justin Leonard will be part of the research team, which also […]

How to design your house for fire resistance and sustainability

If anyone is any doubt this is a climate emergency, last week’s announcement by the NSW Rural Fire Service that bushfire season has been declared two months ahead of the usual date should sound the alarm bell.

The universities embracing Passivhaus design

Passivhaus design, originally intended for housing, is being adapted to demanding university and other educational buildings, which have complex needs in terms of occupancy and technology. 

How designers are ignoring climate with their concrete, glass and steel

Opinion: Beauty still trumps sustainability for many critics of the built environment, despite the looming threat of climate change outlined in the latest IPCC report. Michael Mobbs reminds us that it’s very possible, and preferable, to do both at once.

Working with refugees to tap creative potential

The same creative and innovative thinking used to design skyscrapers can also deliver solutions at the microscale. In refugee camps for instance.

Passivhaus is affordable and effective, why isn’t it legislated?

Huge savings in energy are available from Passivhaus design, and the cost premium is generally as low as 0-3 per cent in Australia. So what’s stopping a full scale transition? Nick Lane explains some of the issues he will flag as a panel moderator at the Australian Passive House Association’s Sydney Symposium on 26 September […]

NAIDOC week puts indigenous-led design in the spotlight

NAIDOC week has brought to the fore an emerging interest in Indigenous-led design and planning of the built environment, and with it, a deeply-ingrained approach to sustainability that defines the Aboriginal culture.

The 9 characteristics for leadership in sustainability

Are design firms doing enough to deliver on the promise of sustainability? Is our industry losing its momentum in advancing state-of-the-art sustainable design?

Plans for game-changing off-grid high-rise revealed

Exclusive: Plans have been revealed for an off-grid high rise project on Sydney’s north shore that will be powered entirely by human waste and use design inspired by the wings of an owl to reduce wind load.

Crone adds bespoke and beautiful to its large scale works

A new focus on smaller-scale public works such as museums and community precincts has reaped rewards for Crone Architects, with benefits including employee satisfaction and industry recognition.

Mirvac aims for WELL Platinum at Melbourne’s Olderfleet

Mirvac has extended its WELL Building Standard leadership by scoring Australia’s first core and shell pre-certification at the Platinum level for its upcoming Olderfleet office tower at 477 Collins Street in Melbourne.

5 Martin Place the big winner at Property Council Awards

The refurbishment of Sydney’s 5 Martin Place has taken out the Development of the Year and Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings gongs at this year’s Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards. Dexus and Cbus Property were also presented with the Best Office Development award for the heritage restoration […]

AMP Capital appoints Tom Dixon to design Quay Quarter Tower lobby

From AMP Capital: AMP Capital has named Tom Dixon’s internationally-renowned, London-based design firm Design Research Studio as the winner of its interior design competition for the lobby and connected facilities of Quay Quarter Tower at 50 Bridge Street, Sydney. Following approval of the Stage 2 Development Application (DA) last year and 3XN being appointed lead […]

Parramatta City Council selects Woods Bagot’s design for Coronation Property’s ‘8 Phillip Street’ Parramatta

From Coronation Property: Parramatta City Council selects Woods Bagot’s design for Coronation Property’s ‘8 Phillip Street’ Parramatta  ‘A new level of experience, a lifestyle/leisure narrative with transparency and playfulness’ were the architect’s inspiration Coronation Property has recently launched the world-class ‘8 Phillip Street’ to Sydney’s residential apartment market following the success of Woods Bagot in […]