A NSW Productivity Commission report has identified 60 reforms across a range of areas intended to boost productivity and prosperity across the state.
Nightingale rocked the development world when it got going, with its radical affordable/sustainable model of housing. Now it’s been rocked by one of its own and there’s legal storm clouds threatening.
Over time the risks that climate change poses to health have not reduced, but increased, and we need new conversations to connect the environmental risks of climate to health and the social determinants of health.
Chris De Silva has been named the Planning Institute of Australia’s 2021 Planner of the Year.
A proposed riverside apartment dwelling in Brisbane’s Highgate Hill will embrace biophilic design to blend the building’s exterior with a neighbouring community garden, in the hope of garnering council and community approval.
Printed homes are all over the place – like mushrooms, appearing almost overnight.
Right now, Australia has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make our country more resilient, prosperous and sustainable.
Australia surpasses three million rooftop solar setups, Scentre Group collects $1.8 billion rent in 10 months and Bushfire survivors speak out at COP26
Melbourne is “open for business”. The Lord Mayor, Sally Capp is entreating a return to the CBD, while comedian Dilruk Jayasinha cures his FOMO by racing from one cultural event to another.
How a Melbourne shopping centre became the most sustainable in the world.
Australia’s inequity has been laid bare by the pandemic, and a return to prosperity for all requires looking at what got us here and shifting from the policies of old.
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has just named as one of the top 10 people who’ve been most influential in shaping Sydney. Ever. On Wednesday night at her annual reception, (just a tad delayed from Christmas) she gave her report on the year’s activities and 800 people heard why she deserves the accolade.In sustainability, Moore […]
How sustainable will the Tokyo Olympics be? Below average, in a middling bunch, say researchers on the first ever survey of the sustainability of Olympics in general.
I’ve heard the Living Building Challenge referred to as the “Everest of green building rating tools” and it’s not a bad analogy. Certification is likely to be an uphill battle with the elements against you, but getting to the top will be exhilarating and transformative. But unlike an ascent of Everest, which is life changing, […]
Much of the discussion around Australia’s carbon emissions has traditionally focused on the electricity sector. There has been less focus on what has provided the fastest sectoral growth in emissions over the last 30 years – transport.
La Trobe University’s new all-electric mass timber student accommodation at its Bundoora campus north of Melbourne wastes no opportunity to amplify the biophilic properties of wood.
A $30 million community centre under construction in Glenroy in Melbourne’s 15 kilometres north is going for two formidable sustainability certifications: Passive House and Living Building Challenge Petal certification.
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 […]
If the true scope of both parties is to build better homes for all in Queensland, and Australia in general, we need to step back and embrace a design approach that coherently employs all beneficial principles, tools and technological advances beyond individual factions or creed.
Architect Koichi Takada, the founder of the practice behind a 30-storey “urban forest” in Brisbane, started out drawing inspiration from nature and is now also on a mission to save it.
Passive House is a building design system that appears to have stirred passionate support and equally passionate concerns, especially the latter from those in hotter more humid areas of the country. But are these concerns warranted?
There is a strong link between the threat of more pandemics and humanity’s destruction of nature, according to the IPBES and WHO. Reversing both trends will have multiple benefits, including on climate change, but will require concerted effort.
A new component-based building system created in Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid coast promises a new era in efficient, waste free construction. The system is assembled and disassembled by hand and is fast, precise and waste-free. The best bit? The company will even buy back used components to sell again.
Urbanist Ludo Campbell-Reid, who took a job at one of Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities last year, likens his profession to city “doctors”. Cities are either unhealthy or healthy: some are vibrant and exciting, and others are dull as ditch water. Campbell-Reid, who notched up an enviable reputation in his last job with a deep involvement […]
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 […]
Long-awaited and long-needed, the announcement by the Andrews government in late 2020 that Victoria will build over 12,000 units of social housing worth an estimated $5.3 billion, cannot come soon enough. In the face of social, economic and environmental issues, this news is a welcome boost that will hopefully provide some solace in what will […]
A new project in Gisborne heralded as a model for truly regenerative, carbon positive regional development may not go ahead. Instead, the town could end up with more suburbanisation to accommodate its swelling population.
Townhouses could be the sweet spot for people looking for inner city housing that has enough room to comfortably work-from-home. The trouble is, this housing type is notoriously hard to make energy efficient. But a new residential development in Northcote, Melbourne, looks like it can change all that.
“Man is born free, but he is everywhere in chains” Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract Thirty years ago, liberal democracy was on the march. I watched the Berlin Wall come down in ‘89. The hammer and sickle flag was permanently lowered in ‘91, signalling the collapse of the Soviet Union. And in ‘94, Nelson Mandela was […]
The Murdoch empire is like Covid spreading misinformation in an anti-climate agenda. But things are changing. And in the UK it’s following competitor Daily Express in a campaign to green the UK. The Murdoch empire “This guy is one of the greatest enemies of climate change action on the planet,” Kevin Rudd recently told the […]