Tag: Climate crisis

Ellen Buttrose.
Discussion | Linda Cheng | 3 Aug 2020

Climate and politics in the tropics

Two members of People Oriented Design explain how the challenging climatic and political environments of Far North Queensland impact their approach to sustainable practice.

Emma Williamson.
Discussion | Linda Cheng | 30 Jul 2020

If we want to make the biggest impact, we can’t just be obsessed with the building

Emma Williamson, CEO and co-founder of The Fulcrum Agency explains how her practice is “working invisibly behind the scenes” to influence better outcomes.

Kerry Clare (left) and Lindsay Clare (right).
Discussion | Linda Cheng | 27 Jul 2020

Super highrise is not the answer

In the fight against the effects of climate change, Clare Design directors Kerry and Lindsay Clare argue the challenge extends beyond our buildings and into the urban realm.

Ken Maher.
Discourse | Linda Cheng | 23 Jul 2020

Minimum standards must be lifted significantly

Ken Maher, president of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) says regulations need to be lifted and more incentives introduced to meet the climate challenge.

Helen Lochhead.
Discussion | Linda Cheng | 21 Jul 2020

Educating clients is the responsibility of every architect

Helen Lochhead, immediate past national president of the Australian Institute of Architects outlines the steps the Institute is taking to support its members in the climate challenge.

Jeremy McLeod.
Discussion | Linda Cheng | 14 Jul 2020

Simple steps towards a sustainable future

Jeremy McLeod, founder and director of Breathe Architecture outlines some actionable steps for a more sustainable future.

Caroline Pidcock.
Discussion | Linda Cheng | 13 Jul 2020

‘Build less, build smaller,’ says Caroline Pidcock

Caroline Pidcock, spokesperson for Architects Declare Australia, says designing efficient building envelopes plays a big part in reducing carbon emissions.

Sydney CBD.
Discussion | Linda Cheng | 7 Jul 2020

A sustainable future starts now

We asked 10 industry leaders about how the architecture industry can and should respond to the climate crisis.

Stephen Choi.
Discussion | Stephen Choi | 6 Jul 2020

So, we’ve declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. Where to from here?

Stephen Choi outlines how architects – at the most practical level – can save the earth, from deepening our understanding of human behaviour to uniting disconnected habitats and building in resilience.

Research shows that climate change is contributing to increasing bushfire risk.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 18 May 2020

Bushfire rebuild should mandate zero-emission buildings

The Australian Institute of Architects has called for mandatory zero-emissions buildings in bushfire reconstruction efforts.

Bushfire haze over Sydney.
Discussion | 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
Discussion | 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
Discussion | 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
Discussion | 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.
Discussion | 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.

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