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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...
Are Rooftop Amenities the New Standard Inclusion for Residential Development?

Are Rooftop Amenities the New Standard Inclusion for Residential Development?

There’s no question that, as Australia’s population grows, high density living will become the way of the future, and with many young Australians looking to own their first home, it’s becoming the only affordable choice. Owning a two-bedroom apartment with sweeping skyline views is fast becoming the new Great Australian Dream and with affordable quarter-acre...
Grass Pavers – A Sustainable Alternative

Grass Pavers – A Sustainable Alternative

Ever since the first asphalt streets were laid in Sydney in the early 1930s, the use of concrete has become the default choice for high pedestrian and vehicular traffic spaces throughout Australia’s urban landscape. Now with an increased focus on sustainability throughout design and the wider community, an attitude shift has occurred with people now...
Forget Floating Farms or Farm Skyscrapers...

Forget Floating Farms or Farm Skyscrapers…

The dilemma caused by the combination of a growing population and the need to feed it from limited farming land has caused alternative agricultural growing methods to become an area of exploration for scientific and agricultural communities. The US city of Louisville, Kentucky, is set to become home to a major vertical farm from company FarmedHere, who...
Are We Underutilising Our Rooftops?

Are We Underutilising Our Rooftops?

As our cities increase in density, new thoughts are emerging regarding how we configure our urban spaces and the best way to capitalise on our best resource for space – our rooftops. With the increasing density of our cities, Australians are starting to rethink how our urban space is configured. With space at such a...
Blue is the New Green

Blue is the New Green

The green roof is becoming a more common occurrence in Australian development. But is there a better option? In simple terms, a green roof is partially or fully covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproof membrane. They provide a number of benefits, including thermal and sound insulation, amenity space, biodiversity, reduced water runoff...
Seamless Green Roof Conceals Community Arts Centre

Seamless Green Roof Conceals Community Arts Centre

Discretely nestled beneath the backdrop of the French Alps lies an eco-friendly, youth orientated community arts centre. Built into the earth and concealed by a seamless green roof design, the building sinks into the landscape and serves to preserve the breathtaking views of the Saint Egrève mountain-scape. Bordering both l’Aiguille de Quaix and col de...
Floating Green Path

Floating Green Path

Rather than the addition of a traditional balcony, a suspended green pathway has been suggested by a Polish architecture company for the third floor of an office building. Three floors above the regular courtyard, this whimsical green pathway will have the illusion of floating in the air, inviting the building’s inhabitants to momentarily leave their...
Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Comes to Fruition

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Comes to Fruition

The newly completed Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital on Brisbane’s south bank adopts a salutogenic approach to healing. The term coined late last century by Aaron Antonovsky refers to the utilisation of factors that support well-being and health, rather than those that cause disease. Aspects such as clear way finding, allusions to the surrounding environment, stunning...
The Future of France

The Future of France

Given the controversy that still surrounds the Montparnasse tower, completed some 40 plus years ago, it’s hard to imagine the futuristic proposal “2050 Paris Smart City,” in a realistic manner. The proposal comes about as a response to architectural responsibility to the environment, examining the role of high-rise architecture and targeting a 75% decrease in...
The Skyscraping Walkie Talkie

The Skyscraping Walkie Talkie

The much anticipated Sky Garden gracing the top of 20 Fenchurch St, London, was opened to the public on Monday. Coined the Walkie Talkie building for its swollen upper levels and subsequent resemblance to the apparatuses, the nickname has taken like a duck to water. One of the advantages of swelling the building is having...