At a lunch briefing on Thursday we sat with a bunch of industry leaders such as Dexus, Oxford Properties (the Canadian pension fund) architects Woods Bagot, urban planner Urbis, resi developer Third.i and quantify surveyor Slattery. Among others. All brought together by engineers and consultants ADP, which recently opened an office in London and wanted […]
In Change-maker’s Handbook, Elena Bondareva has distilled her 20 years of experience in transformation of complex systems towards sustainability into a roadmap for emerging and experienced change-makers alike.
Developers who fall foul of proposed new laws in the Australian Capital Territory will be personally liable for defects.
AIRAH gets a new CEO HVAC&R association AIRAH has internally appointed Sami Zheng as chief executive. Zheng has worked for the association for seven years – most recently as chief operating officer and previously worked for six years at commercial linen and laundry supplier South Pacific Laundry. AIRAH president Paul Jackson said Zheng has the […]
Cities are dynamic entities – constantly growing and evolving. Without growth and change, a city stagnates and dies. A vibrant city is one that supports a dynamic tension between heritage conservation and development, not a battle between heritage and development. It’s like a seesaw with a fairly evenly balanced partner at either end. Sometimes heritage […]
The New South Wales government’s current planning agenda is characterised by random, ad hoc bonuses and giveaways not linked to a broader strategic intent or public interest case – with no understanding of how the housing market works, nor its relationship strategic planning. Just last week the NSW Treasurer Daniel Mookhey garnered media attention when […]
Community and collaboration were in the winners’ spotlight at both the NSW and Queensland planning awards in recent weeks. Following is an edited highlight of the awards statements. Among the winners in NSW were: President’s award: Transport for NSW – Cities Revitalisation and Place Branch for project reVITALise – Rainbow Tunnels The project was established […]
Retirement villages are saving taxpayers almost $1 billion a year and could help solve our housing crisis. So why are we not building more of them?
Cbus is keeping many of the details of its new $1 billion “sky village” office tower in Melbourne under wraps but according to the trickle of information seeping out this is a project that will be well worth keeping an eye on. Construction company Multiplex, which recently inked the deal as builder, said this week […]
Jobs and biz news: the Australian Government launches its net zero operations strategy, Melbourne Premier’s Sustainability Award winners announced, and more.
As city planners, urban designers, architects and built environment professionals, what are we actually designing – buildings, spaces or experiences?
The Sunshine Coast, Stirling and the Caulfield-Rowville Link in Melbourne have submitted business cases for a trackless tram.
As with other Australian cities, the City of Adelaide and South Australian government’s development plans are both predicated on high growth. But is a massive increase in building and infrastructure necessary to meet what are questionable population predictions and demand for new housing? This article challenges the “big build” mentality especially from the point of […]
Welcome to our newsletter on how to accelerate the ESG and net zero transition in the built environment. The government on Thursday conceded we are not going to meet our renewable energy targets of 82 per cent by 2030. And announced it would try to remedy that problem by directly funding more of the programs […]
Amidst all the news about the slowing pace of large scale renewable energy project approvals, their adverse environmental impacts and resultant community backlash, the good news story is simply getting overlooked. Rooftop solar, local batteries and bi-directional charging can power our cities and our cars with spare left over for the grid. The more we […]
Timber adoption as a pathway to decarbonising construction has captured the imagination of the Australian construction industry.
A new aquatic centre is picking up the slack on sustainability with new and sustainable facilities at Melbourne’s suburb of Northcote.
A Land and Environment Court ruling in favour of logging has set back progress made by bodies looking to restore the dwindling koala population.
Jobs and Biz news: Spacecube appoints former Mirvac boss as non-executive director, RIAA appoints two Co-CEOs, and more.
Hub Australia is opening its flex-impact program for small or start-up businesses, offering free desks at its locations to purpose-driven businesses working to make a positive difference to their community and environment. Eligible businesses need to have been operating for 12 months. Last year the organisation provided 62 memberships across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and […]
BRAD by Banish, a green startup founded by 2023 Young Australian of the Year, Lottie Dalziel, along with 12 other NSW late-stage circular economy startups, is one of the companies selected by Boomerang Labs’ six-month accelerator program.
Australia is the third highest country for threatened species facing extinction, and 12.5 per cent of the nation’s unique animals are at risk.
Global GreenTag International has announced a nature positive certification for products that focus on repairing nature and the climate.
The road transport system is responsible for almost 20 per cent of Australia’s fossil fuel emissions.
WATER SERIES: According to water expert Professor Stuart Khan, droughts – and the rate at which we can run out of water as a consequence – are speeding up. Around the country coastal cities now rely on desalination plants as a matter of course to provide water security. There’s a “purification” or recycling plant ready […]
In 2019 when we ran a story that 90 towns in regional New South Wales were on the verge of evacuation because they were running out of water, it caused a sensation.
NABERS has introduced the Agreement to Rate process to help planners and policymakers close the gap between energy efficient building design and actual energy performance.
With Australia on on the brink of another extended dry period, are we any better prepared that the last time?
Regen Melbourne has revealed a data-driven portrait of Greater Melbourne that will act as a new compass for the city’s progress.
This week, GBCA and the Australian Sustainable Finance Institute released a practical guide to drive greater understanding of sustainable finance.