Professor Peter Phibbs got a rousing retirement send off from his gig as director of the Henry Halloran Trust on Wednesday but he didn’t leave without a few piercing observations on housing and planning.
We hear lots about the housing crisis in Australia. And the UK. And the US. We hear lots about what – apparently – each needs to do. That usually boils down to “liberalise the planning system even more” and “let the private sector build more homes”. What is missed is that, given the differences in […]
The coming workplace upheavals, brought by automation and accelerated by Covid, will challenge not just the “hands-on” professions but an increasingly under-employed and un-protected segment of knowledge workers too. Looking back on East London in the 90s, and the scaling back of production at Dagenham’s Ford factory, Tim Williams finds communities can in fact benefit […]
Kicking off the Printed City event, held at BVN headquarters in Sydney on 17 June, was BVN co-chief executive officer, Ninotschka Titchkosky and Tim Schork from UTS’s Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building providing an introduction to the SR2 and where the idea came from.
A selection of images from our Printed City event on Thursday night at BVN headquarters in Sydney.
SPECIAL REPORT: The built environment has developed a taste for sustainable, low emissions steel — but in Australia, the cupboards are relatively bare, By Poppy Johnston
With the City of Sydney’s new net zero strategy, we asked why now and are other major cities being left behind?
Enforced, remote working during COVID-19 has meant a chance to reflect on where we go from here.
Coming changes to the job market will disproportionately affect those in unskilled roles, creating an uncertain future for some of the most disadvantaged.
As a nation, we have, for what seems like the longest time, wrestled with issues like truth, justice, and equality as central and sustainable edifices of an egalitarian society, let alone as a planet. An egalitarian society, lest we forget, actively strives to sustain equality of welfare and equal opportunity as a first priority. In […]
News from the front, issue 515: Planning minister Rob Stokes released a lovely new human-centred planning policy last week. But two weeks before another change to the planning controls went unannounced. Few people outside the inner circles of planning knew what was going on. The first SEPP (state environmental planning policy) last week was loudly […]
Can the impact and premium of the agglomerated knowledge economy of a CBD really be replicated in the disaggregated city? Follow the money. While we can all imagine better ways to understand what’s going on in our towns and cities, you won’t go far wrong if you know what’s going on in the economy and […]
The Fifth Estate asked architect Shaun Carter and Australian Institute of Architects chief executive Julia Cambage what 2021 is likely to bring.
The super-successful building operational energy performance rating scheme pioneered in Australia has launched in the UK following 18 months of detailed trials to adapt it to the UK environment.
Shane Quinn’s Quintessential Equity took a building in Adelaide from 3 stars NABERS energy to 4.5 stars, minimum, and one in Brisbane from 0 NABERS energy to 5 stars. Strong engagement with the tenants was key to both projects.
Many things are currently as clear as mud. Is it safe to be old now and leave one’s house or not? Should my child’s teacher be compelled to return to school to do their job? Is this Covid thing the worst thing since a rat got off a boat in London and spread the Black […]
SPECIAL FEATURE: Business schools don’t teach it, but co-operatives can be a boon for regional communities. Many checking out what towns such as Yackandandah in Victoria has done to save its local garage and later install community based solar, and they’re following suit.
The chance to work on Atlassian’s new hybrid timber Sydney headquarters was enough to lure Lendlease sustainability manager Matt Williams to join LCI Consultants as principal of the sustainability team, after nearly 20 years with his former employer. The building services consultancy has managed to snag a spot alongside Stantec to do the building services […]
Victoria’s job market is really starting to feel the pinch of its second lockdown, with the state seeing SEEK job ads in July decline by 12.8 per cent on a month-on-month basis. The decline was not as sharp as the first lockdown, however, with SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks suggesting that small and medium […]
News from the front desk, No 486: This week the Green Building Council of Australia announced a bunch of green building champions that it honoured in its first such awards. Among them are many faces well known to The Fifth Estate. People who have kept up the good fight through thick and thin. Here’s the […]
Greetings from my bunker in Sydney’s Fairlight: the paradox of a pandemic is that it both unifies us globally while separating us nationally, and indeed individually.
The coronavirus outbreak is having a dramatic effect in Europe. Here are the latest developments, and the potential sources of hope amidst the terrifying gloom.
Speakers at the first-ever National Climate Emergency Summit came from all walks of life and industries that just a few years ago, you’d have been surprised to see at such an event.
As the fires were still raging in the NSW south coast architect and urbanist Don Albert had first-hand view of two shattered communities when he heeded the invitation to tourists to come to the area.
About a year ago I wrote in a leading planning and place-making journal in the UK a critique of the urban regeneration sector in the UK, of which I had been a part of for many years before leaving for Oz at the end of 2010. I felt that for reasons both good and bad, […]
When Cobargo on the NSW South Coast is rebuilt after being smashed by bushfires on December 31, townspeople will want it to be as charming and attractive a place as it was previously – and they will want it to be better protected from future fires.
Bushfires are an angry God’s message to Australia for its support of same-sex marriage, according to Israel Folau. Presumably, the more ferocious conflagration near Sydney means its sin is greater. Felled by smoke and regret, its watery-eyed penitents must now kneel and beg forgiveness.
Governments are finally recognising that infrastructure projects must deliver on their promises and play a positive role in the way we shape our cities.
OPINION: Climate change is without much doubt the greatest threat now confronting the planet – and the dread most of us feel about accelerating global warming is being deepened by the failure of our elected leaders to act decisively.
City of Paramatta has appointed a new chief executive officer after more than a year-long search, and he comes from the property industry, a smart choice given the scale of development underway in western Sydney, especially Parramatta. The city council has chosen chief executive officer of Property NSW, Brett Newman, as its new head. He […]