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How to Design a Greenhouse

How to Design a Greenhouse

Since at least as early as ancient Roman times, humans have recognised the value of what is now known as controlled environment agriculture, allowing farmers to cultivate plants year-round rather than seasonally. Though they were invented hundreds of years ago, greenhouses continue to be the most popular means of controlled environment agriculture today, with innovations...
Urban Designer Calls for Greener Neighbourhoods

Urban Designer Calls for Greener Neighbourhoods

Urban designer calls for a shift to greener, self-sufficient neighbourhoods with multifunctional streets in a post-pandemic world. The recent change in the way people live, travel and work presents a unique opportunity for urban developers and designers to improve issues such as the liveability of our neighbourhoods and access to public spaces. A Perth urban...
A Guide to Flood-resistant Urban Landscapes

A Guide to Flood-resistant Urban Landscapes

Climate change and rising sea levels are impacting the design and shape of our cities. Edward Barsley, author of Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building & Community Design, outlines six key strategies for creating environments that are adapted to flooding. Yanweizhou Park by Turenscape  In his book, Barsley outlines how urban and natural...
The Architecture of Health: Modern Lessons from the Medical Buildings of the Past

The Architecture of Health: Modern Lessons from the Medical Buildings of the Past

When UniSA architecture researcher, Dr Julie Collins, sat down a couple years ago to begin writing a book on the history of health and medical buildings, she could never have predicted the global situation she would eventually release it into. “I wrote a whole chapter on quarantine stations,” Dr Collins says, “and while I was...
Won’t Somebody Think of the Children? Why We Should Design Cities Without Cars

Won’t Somebody Think of the Children? Why We Should Design Cities Without Cars

More than half of Australian households own two or more motor vehicles, while only seven percent own none – we are, without a doubt, a car country. However, while countless advertisements celebrate the freedom cars provide, University of South Australia urban planning researcher, Hulya Gilbert, says there are growing reasons to question the cost of...
Major Changes to Cities in the 20s | Trend Forecast

Major Changes to Cities in the 20s | Trend Forecast

A drop in car ownership, smaller houses, walkability impacting property prices, residential blocks atop shopping centres, and ‘mini Melbournes’ in outer suburbs. These are the city trends that will begin to emerge next year and mark the beginning of a new decade in urban planning. The forecasts come from one of Australia’s most experienced and...
New Guide to Universal Design

New Guide to Universal Design

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has published a new Guide to Universal Design. According to the ASLA, one billion people, or 15 percent of the global population, experience some form of disability. The new guide explores the ways in how Universal Design means that everyone, regardless of ability or age, can access and...
Big Doesn’t Always Mean Bad

Big Doesn’t Always Mean Bad

Provision of well-engineered transport, energy and other service infrastructure is essential to good urban functionality. But as Australia undergoes an infrastructure boom, let’s not forget these major works can and should contribute to the social, cultural and human qualities of our cities. Urban infrastructure can range in scale, from the metropolitan to the human, from...
Green Infrastructure to Make Cities More Liveable and Sustainable

Green Infrastructure to Make Cities More Liveable and Sustainable

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has released a Green Infrastructure Position Statement calling on non-government agencies, industry organisations and governments at all levels to make significant progress towards improving the liveability and sustainability of urban and regional settlements through Green Infrastructure. Green infrastructures are the strategically planned networks of natural and semi-natural areas...
How Will Cycling Shape the Future of Our Cities?

How Will Cycling Shape the Future of Our Cities?

NEXT Architects has curated the second annual Bicycle Architecture Biennale as a showcase of buildings that transform cities through cycling. Opening in Amsterdam, the BAB shows the work of international designers from around the world and explores urban design through social, economic and environmental projects. It was conceived by BYCS as a way to inspire...
Shaping the Future of Urban Living

Shaping the Future of Urban Living

In the coming 30 years, Australia’s population is projected to increase by 11.8 million people – the equivalent of adding a city the size of Canberra each year for the next 30 years. As Australia’s largest cities face a watershed moment in their growth and development, many are looking far and wide to the next...
Smart City Strategy

Smart City Strategy

Cities have become the hub of human activity and economic progress. We find more and more people leaving smaller towns and reaching out into cities to make a dwelling, as well as make a living. Thriving cities are ones that offer easier movement for their citizens and convenience in everything that they do. These cities...