Tag: Climate change

Bushfire haze over Sydney.
Discourse | Linda Cheng | 23 Jan 2020

‘We have a responsibility’: architects make carbon neutral pledge

A new initiative has seen a number of Australian architecture practices commit to becoming carbon neutral businesses by the end of 2020.

Aerial photograph of Darwin’s CBD.

Ethical and scientifically sound architectural solutions to the climate crisis

Can architecture and construction science influence the regional and global climate crisis and provide credible, scientifically sound and ethical solutions?

Collective action will be needed for truly regenerative bushfire recovery
Discourse | Caroline Pidcock | 10 Jan 2020

Collective action will be needed for truly regenerative bushfire recovery

Architects Declare’s Caroline Pidcock argues that the bushfire crisis is a reminder of the built environment’s role in contributing to, and addressing, the climate crisis.

Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge.

Population and urban infrastructure in the century of cities

As the population of Australian cities increases and the earth’s climate shifts as a result of human activity, the way we design our cities must change.

‘It’s not about architects having solutions’: Kim Irons on architecture after the fires
Discourse | Patrick Hunn | 8 Jan 2020

‘It’s not about architects having solutions’: Kim Irons on architecture after the fires

Kim Irons, an architect and former CFA member, cautions patience to those looking to offer aid to those affected by the bushfires.

The Narbethong Community Hall, by BVN and Arup and a number of consultants working pro bono, replaced a centre that was destroyed in the Black Saturday fires in 2009. The hall is wrapped in a bronze mesh fire-resistant screen
Discourse | Patrick Hunn | 7 Jan 2020

Can architects help bushfire-ravaged communities rebuild?

Architects are scrambling to offer their services to bushfire affected communities around Australia. But what role can they realistically play?

Aerial photograph of Darwin’s CBD.

Facing the problem of overheating in Australian cities

The many causes of temperature increase in cities result in just as many problems, but mitigation techniques are available but are not enough to counterbalance the impacts.

Can we build big and still be carbon neutral and sustainable?
Discourse | David Ness | 25 Sep 2019

Can we build big and still be carbon neutral and sustainable?

The building and construction sector bears more responsibility for global emissions than any other sector. Can we lift our sights from green window dressing to make the strong and fundamental changes needed to deal with the climate crisis?

The Paddock, an “eco-village” of 26 homes designed by Crosby Architects being built in Castlemaine in Victoria.
Review | Josh Harris | 20 Sep 2019

Actions for sustainable architecture

Designing sustainable buildings and cities is key to reducing emissions. ArchitectureAU asks three experts what is going right, what’s going wrong and what needs to happen next.

A previous climate march in Melbourne.
News | Patrick Hunn | 18 Sep 2019

Stand up and strike for climate action

A Global Climate Strike is organized for 20 September and Australian architects are urged to take a stand on the climate crisis.

Research shows that climate change is contributing to increasing bushfire risk.
Discourse | Editorial Desk AAU | 28 Aug 2019

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects declares climate emergency

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) has declared a Climate and Biodiversity Loss Emergency.

The graphic used on the Architects Declare website.
Discourse | Editorial Desk AAU | 29 Jul 2019

Institute endorses architects’ declaration of climate emergency

The Australian Institute of Architects has endorsed a declaration of a climate and biodiversity made by Australian architects.

The graphic used on the Architects Declare website.
Discourse | Editorial Desk AAU | 26 Jul 2019

Australian architects join global movement to declare climate emergency

Thirty architects and practices have become Australia’s founding signatories in a declaration stating “a climate and biodiversity emergency.”

The graphic used on the Architects Declare website.
Discourse | Editorial Desk AAU | 11 Jun 2019

UK architecture firms declare climate and biodiversity emergency

Some of the UK’s biggest and best-known architecture firms have declared a “climate and biodiversity emergency” and pledged to strengthen working practices to help tackle it.

Large parts of Melbourne could be underwater by 2100, according to Coastal Risk Australia's modelling.
News | Josh Harris | 26 May 2017

Threat of rising sea-levels highlights the importance of resilient and adaptable built environments

New modelling has shown that large swathes of Australia’s cities could be underwater by 2100, raising questions about how built environment professionals should respond.

An aerial image of a partially-inundated Brisbane taken from the International Space Station during the 2011 floods that affected Queensland.
News | Patrick Hunn | 26 May 2017

Al Gore to headline Melbourne climate change and urbanization conference

Former US vice president Al Gore will be among the speakers at the Ecocity World Summit to be held in Melbourne in July.

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).

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.

This University Square proposal forms part of the City of Melbourne's $15 million plan to convert underused roads into green spaces.
News | Sian Johnson | 17 Nov 2015

Cashing in on parks and gardens

An Australian-first guide helps councils mount a business case for urban greenery such as parks and green roofs.

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.

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