Tag: Environment

The proposed station at Parkville, designed by a consortium of Hassell and Weston Williamson and Partners.
News | Patrick Hunn | 13 Oct 2017

Could the grass be greener above the Melbourne Metro Tunnel?

Melbourne’s underground rail project also contains a plan to actively improve, increase and preserve Melbourne’s inner-city “living infrastructure.”

The proposed viewing shelter with panoramic views at Dove Lake, near Cradle Mountain.
News | Patrick Hunn | 20 Jul 2017

‘Sculpted’ new Cradle Mountain visitor centre approved

Plans to replace visitor facilities on Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain with buildings up to nine metres high have been approved by the local council.

Liv Apartments designed by Hassell.
News | Louisa Wright | 15 Feb 2017

Perth housing development aims for One Planet Living recognition

A residential apartment development in Fremantle, Western Australia, has been accepted to apply for Bioregional Australia’s One Planet Living program for sustainable living.

Tesla and SolarCity's new solar roof tile technology.
News | Louisa Wright | 1 Nov 2016

Tesla and SolarCity launch rooftop solar tiles and Powerwall 2.0

Tesla and SolarCity have launched new technology that allows homes to capture solar energy through rooftop solar tiles, as well as a new Powerwall.

University of Tasmania architecture and design students at the "Species Hotels" exhibition at the Tasmanian College of the Arts in Inveresk, Tasmania.
News | Louisa Wright | 24 Oct 2016

University of Tasmania students design ‘species hotels’ for Tasmania’s wildlife

Architecture and interior design students from the University of Tasmania have created a series of hotels for Tasmania’s furry and feathered friends.

An aerial view of a concept proposal for the Penguin parade visitor centre designed by Peter Eliott Architecture and Urban Design, as seen in the Summerland Peninsula Infrastructure & Procurement Master Plan (2012) by Tract Consultants.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 11 Oct 2016

Architect appointed for new Penguin Parade visitor Centre

The Victorian government has appointed Terroir the principal architect for a new $58.2-million visitor centre at Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade.

An illustration shows how Queenslander houses would float using the pontoon device.
News | Louisa Wright | 14 Sep 2016

James Davidson Architect designs floating device for Queenslanders

Queenslander houses in flood-prone areas could soon float above floodwaters, using a pontoon structure designed by James Davidson Architect (JDA).

A view of the new Cradle Mountain visitor centre based on the masterplan.
News | Sian Johnson | 15 Mar 2016

Cradle Mountain masterplan on display

Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain to get cable car, new visitor centre under masterplan for the World Heritage wilderness area.

Discussion | Anitra Nelson | 8 Mar 2016

An environmentally just city works best for all in the end

RMIT researcher Anitra Nelson discusses the importance of environmental justice as Australia’s capital cities expand.

The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong by Cox Richardson is one of the first buildings in Australia striving for Living Building Challenge certification.
News | Sian Johnson | 23 Feb 2016

Competition to design a sustainable, ‘living’ shopping centre

An inaugural design competition for a Melbourne shopping mall with rigorous environmental standards has a prize pool of $30k.

The Carbon Positive house by Archiblox is believed to be the world's first carbon positive prefab house, using recycled water and harvesting solar energy back into the grid.
News | Sian Johnson | 7 Dec 2015

GBCA introduces ‘net zero’ certification

Green Building Council of Australia to introduce new label to recognize buildings that have a neutral environmental impact.

The carbon positive prefabricated house by Archiblox uses a retractable green wall to help shade the house.
News | Sian Johnson | 17 Nov 2015

Aus carbon positive house up for Sustainia Award

Archiblox’s carbon positive prefab house made the top 10 list for the international Sustainia Award, beating 1500 others.

Earlier this year, Curtin University’s Greater Curtin Masterplan was the first project in Australia to receive a 5 Star Green Star Communities rating from the GBCA.
News | Sian Johnson | 6 Nov 2015

Millennial milestone for Green Star

The GBCA has certified 1000 Green Star projects since 2003, and says 4.5% of the workforce work in Green Star-rated offices.

Green walls may pollute offices in heat
News | Sian Johnson | 12 Oct 2015

Green walls may pollute offices in heat

UK-based research has found that heatwaves in polluted urban areas could render exterior green walls a risk to human health.

The Dutch city of Rotterdam is home to the world's first "vacuum cleaner" structure that turns smog into fresh air.
News | Sian Johnson | 21 Sep 2015

The world’s first smog-fighting urban sculpture is here

The Dutch city of Rotterdam is home to the world’s first “vacuum cleaner” structure that turns smog into fresh air.

A study has shown that grime coating surfaces in urban environments releases smog-causing compounds when exposed to sunlight. When released into the air, nitrogen oxides can combine with volatile organic compounds to form ozone, a key component of smog.
News | Sian Johnson | 8 Sep 2015

Urban grime causes air pollution, finds study

Research has found that smog-causing components are released when urban grime is exposed to sunlight, causing air pollution.

The Georges River corridor was named as an area under threat by the Total Environment Centre.
News | Sian Johnson | 10 Aug 2015

Open space shrinks across NSW

NSW government data shows almost 20% of public open space may have been lost in recent years.

The Western Australian state government unveiled a plan earlier this year to accommodate a population of 3.5 million in the Perth and Peel regions by 2050.
News | Sian Johnson | 10 Aug 2015

Perth heat death may double without density

Poor planning is turning Perth into an increasingly hostile environment, says environmental report.

The City of Melbourne's Urban Forest Strategy could be copied in other urban areas across the country, in a project proposed by the 202020 Vision initiative.
News | Sian Johnson | 25 May 2015

Urban forests galore: green urban vision released

Quirky and innovative ideas fill the plan released by the national campaign to increase urban greenery.

Aerial view of Fishermans Bend.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 16 Apr 2015

Toxic water at major development site

The EPA will study contaminated water at Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend, which could lead to a pricey clean-up for developers