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 […]
Glen Junor in Gisborne is liveable, carbon positive and good for your hip pocket, with half the land to remain open for people and nature to share. Modelled on Serenbe in the US, it’s caught the attention of Nigel Sharp, Brian Haratsis, Mark McCrindle, Mike Day, Brendan Condon and more.
American urbanist Richard Florida expects the Covid-recovering 2020s to mimic the “Roaring 20s” that marked the recovery from the Spanish Flu.
Last year wasn’t an easy time to start a national “Declare” movement but that didn’t stop a small group of dedicated planners joining forces to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency. The group of about 15 planners has spent the past year coordinating the movement via video conference, with the most pressing task developing an […]
In an already emissions-heavy building sector, concrete and cement were linked to an estimated eight per cent of annual global emissions, according to a 2018 report from London think tank Chatham House.
Let’s hope the rush to the regions doesn’t mean duplicating the urban planning mistakes we’ve made in our cities.
How we construct and use buildings presents the biggest opportunity to close the enormous circularity gap in the global economy, according Planet Ark CEO Paul Klymenko, with Australian companies such as Bingo and AMP Capital at the forefront of this movement.
In January, the state government of NSW announced it would spend almost $200 million on parks, cycle ways, plazas and public art to renew and revive Parramatta Road, a 20km arterial corridor that runs through the most densely populated part of Sydney.
Is it time to consider “un-building” and “non-building” in urban design projects, such as the revival of Sydney’s Parramatta Road?
New year, new beginnings. In 2021, sustainability expert Alan Pears expects progress in embodied emissions, Scope 3 emissions, circular economies and economic transformation.
1.HVAC and COVID-19 explained Top of the pops, as you might well expect in the year of Covid, was a piece on how to beat this curse that caught the majority of readers’ attention. It was these extensive advisory notes from A.G. Coombs’ Matthew Peacock and clearly they must have been helpful because the hits […]
The Fifth Estate asked architect Shaun Carter and Australian Institute of Architects chief executive Julia Cambage what 2021 is likely to bring.
Joost Bakker is one of sustainability’s most provocative advocates. He challenges cherished ideas and leaves nothing to sentiment. His latest project in Melbourne is no different. He doesn’t care for timber, says food needs to be grown in the home, and that off grid will be the future.
Life in a manufactured home estate – a more permanent iteration of a caravan park where residents live in relocatable homes – is sold as an affordable way to retire among people in the same age bracket. But new research shows it may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
The merits and challenges of working in the office compared to working at home have been discussed at length, with pros and cons associated with both. So what about having the best of both worlds, such as a shared work space in your apartment block?
News from the front desk: After a full day of robust discussion about redirecting the built environment along a less wasteful and carbon intensive path, on Wednesday morning The Fifth Estate woke up to NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s jovial hit list of Sydney buildings he’d love to demolish.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new 10-point plan for greening the UK is welcomed, but while some call it “game changing”, many argue that the £4 billion (AU$7.26 billion) attached is not nearly enough to meet the needs of the moment.
This week the Victorian Government unveiled a “big housing build” plan set to “transform the social housing system”, finally heeding calls from the housing sector to address the sharp rise in cost of living pressures and energy affordability.
A long-overdue investment to raise the energy efficiency of homes in Victoria has denoted the state a “clear leader” in climate solutions, but a climate change think tank has called on the government to aim even higher – for net-zero all-electric homes.
The whole world knows Western Australia is tied to mining and even though the peak has passed, the sector still represents a 36 per cent share of the state’s GDP and employs more than 130,000 people. A new report from Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre says this is not a great base for security of the […]
A look at three housing estates that are mandating sustainability covenants. And surprise surprise, the buyers are lapping them up. We look at Mullum Creek Estate in Donvale, Melbourne, The Cape in Gippsland east of Melbourne and Salt Torquay, on Victoria’s western coast where after the first builder showed a higher energy efficiency rating could be done easily and cheaply, is now 80 per cent sold.
As an environmental scientist, I have long puzzled as to why climate science is so contentious.
A Singaporean business offering airconditioning as-a-service has its sights set on Australia, which could bring cheaper, ultra-efficient cooling to Australian buildings. Kaer’s revolutionary airconditioning model borrows from other industries that have “servitised” their offerings, such as Uber (mobility) and Spotify (music), which provide access to products rather than ownership. Rather than a building owner procuring […]
A bill that would legislate a net zero emissions target for Australia by 2050 was re-introduced to parliament on Monday with the backing of more than 100 organisations, including Unilever, Atlassian and the Clean Energy Council – and the support of over 92,240 signatures. First announced in February, independent MP Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill […]
News from the front desk, Issue 503: Was there ever such vicarious interest in another country’s election as in that of the US election this week?
Action to make Australia’s housing resilient in the face of climate change has never been more urgent – and the post-pandemic recovery should be the time to do it.
I’m thrilled to be hosting a TEDxSydney Discovery Session on Friday at 1pm called Designing to Save Our Planet.