Tag: Sustainable design

Aerial photograph of the Penrith CBD.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 12 Feb 2020

Study confirms that development contributes to urban heat

With 50-degree-plus summers on the horizon, could green and blue infrastructure help alleviate urban heat effects in highly developed areas?

Institute calls for donations for bushfire rebuilding effort
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 3 Feb 2020

Institute calls for donations for bushfire rebuilding effort

The Australian Institute of Architects has launched a donation drive for its rebuild-focused charitable campaign in response to the ongoing bushfire 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?

Burwood Brickworks by NH Architecture.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 9 Dec 2019

NH Architecture breaks paradigm of traditional retail centres

A newly opened shopping mall in Melbourne, touted as the world’s most sustainable, could be a paradigm shift for the development of retail centres.

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?

Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

New analysis finds that four in five new houses are being built to the minimum standard and a negligible proportion to an optimal performance standard.

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.

Italian design practice Formafantasma was commissioned by the NGV in 2017 to conduct a new body of research that investigated the impacts of the global trade in rare earth materials for consumer electronic products.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 19 Sep 2019

$20k design challenge for e-waste

Urgent, real-world problems need creative ideas. The NGV and Creative Victoria has set designers a challenge.

Melbourne Skyfarm by RD Architecture.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 8 May 2019

Urban ‘skyfarm’ to be built atop Melbourne carpark

The City of Melbourne has approved plans to build a ‘skyfarm’ atop a carpark in Melbourne’s Docklands that will include a working farm, nursery, shop, cafe, event space and education space.

Little Collins Stree view of the proposed council house, designed by Designinc.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 6 Dec 2018

Plans unveiled for City of Melbourne’s new biophilic offices

The City of Melbourne has unveiled a $232 million plan to redevelop a precinct in Melbourne’s Bourke Street.

Satellite view of Melbourne.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 3 Oct 2018

Vic gov’t launches zero net carbon home design pilot program

The Victorian Government has named the companies that will develop a series of energy-efficient homes in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

Indicative design of the Burwood Bricks rooftop farm and restaurant.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 16 Feb 2018

“World’s most sustainable” shopping centre to feature 2,000-square-metre rooftop farm

Sustainable designer Joost Bakker says an urban farm atop a new shopping centre in suburban Melbourne will “truly support a sustainable world.”

The Hydroelectric Canal by Paul Lukez Architecture.
News | Patrick Hunn | 25 Oct 2017

Forward-thinking projects rewarded by World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival’s inaugural WAFX Prize recognizes proposals and projects that “identify key challenges that architects will need to address” in the future.

The Commons Hobart by Core Collective Core Collective Architects.
News | Patrick Hunn | 4 Oct 2017

‘Simplicity and sustainability’: The Commons housing development heads to Hobart

A sequel to The Commons in Melbourne is planned for central Hobart, in what is thought to be Australia’s first carbon-positive multi-residential project.

The raw, carbonated product produced by the MCI Mineral Carbonation Process.
Product | Patrick Hunn | 29 Aug 2017

New technology converts carbon emissions into building materials

An Australian start-up has unveiled a pilot plant that converts the carbon dioxide produced by a nearby mine into useable building material.

1/2/3/4/5 Cohousing by David Barr Architects.
News | Linda Cheng | 12 Jul 2017

Zero-energy, prefab apartment design wins WA medium-density housing competition

David Barr Architects’ modular, prefabricated design has won a WA government agency’s competition to design an affordable, sustainable, medium-density housing project.

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.

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.

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