Tag: Climate crisis

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?

The 2019 Urban Tropicality Conference, running from 5 to 8 December at the University of Queensland, brings together leaders in the fields of architecture and design from across the world.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 4 Dec 2019

Hot urbanism: conference to explore architecture, climate change and inequality in the tropics

The 2019 Urban Tropicality Conference, running from 5 to 8 December at the University of Queensland, brings together leaders in the fields of architecture and design from across the world.

The north-facing steps at 1 Bligh Street (Architectus and Ingenhoven Architects) in Sydney open up the building to the street and provide a public seating area that is warm in winter but cool in summer. Artwork: James Angus, Day In, Day Out, 2011.

Toward a generous skyscraper

How can we accommodate our nation’s burgeoning urban population while also responding to the climate crisis?

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.

The Australian Institute of Architects at the Global Climate Strike on 20 September.
Discourse | Ken Maher | 30 Sep 2019

Climate emergency: It’s time for architects to act

Ken Maher argues the time has come for all architects to raise their voices and lead on the issue of climate emergency.

Burial Belt could feature a series of clearings, some up to 150 metres across, others much smaller.
News | Josh Harris | 26 Sep 2019

Buried treasure: death, decay and climate mitigation

A radical Australian proposal, to be exhibited at Oslo Architecture Triennial, uses the practice of interment to combat deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.

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?

International House Sydney by Tzannes is praised in the report for its use of mass timber construction.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 25 Sep 2019

World Green Building Council proposes ‘radical shift’ in how we think about emissions

A new report argues that the built environment industries must own up to the role embodied carbon plays in 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.

Parliament of Victoria Members' Annexe by Peter Elliott Architecture and Urban Design, winner of the Allan and Beth Coldicutt Award for Sustainable Architecture at the 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards.
Discourse | Linda Cheng | 20 Sep 2019

Our country is burning, our buildings are hemorrhaging, but architecture could save us

Australia is not equipped to deal with the climate crisis. Architects need to rediscover their collective voice and agency.

Melbourne’s Southbank.
Discourse | Deo Prasad | 20 Sep 2019

We have the blueprint for liveable, low-carbon cities. We just need to use it

How do we build future cities that are sustainable, liveable and affordable in the age of the climate crisis?

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.
News | 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.”