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Should the Grass be Greener?

Should the Grass be Greener?

Not all Parks Should be Green: 10 Tips to Design Landscape Infrastructure Does it make sense to design green parks in desert cities such as Casablanca, Dubai, or Lima? Ostensibly it does because they contribute freshness and greenness to the urban environment. In exchange, however, they disrupt native local ecosystems, incur high maintenance bills, and...
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...
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...
How to Develop a Sustainable Community in Australia’s Fastest Growing City

How to Develop a Sustainable Community in Australia’s Fastest Growing City

The way our cities and towns are planned, designed and built has a vast impact on the economy, the environment and our wellbeing. Sustainability and liveability have become popular buzzwords over the past decade, but developing truly sustainable communities that can thrive in Australia’s most populated regions requires far more than a focus on their...
RECYCLED IS THE NEW BLACK

RECYCLED IS THE NEW BLACK

With global consciousness about the environment growing, eco-friendly, recycled and composite products are becoming the new norm in the construction industry. The market for environmentally sound building materials is changing. If you think bamboo can just be used to grow beans up in your garden, think again. BAMBOO AND MODIFIED TIMBER Pandas aren’t the only...
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...