Are laneways the answer to densifying our cities beautifully?

Last year, green magazine and MINI invited architects to explore the potential of laneways as part of MINI LIVING – INVERT 3.0. The architects were provided with a brief to design an independent dwelling on a piece of land carved from a suburban Melbourne block. The goal was to create affordable housing in the inner […]

“Do you really need a laundry?” – James Legge, pondering the future of Australia’s cities

It’s the Aussie dream to have the big house with all the amenities, a garden and a pool, but in our current property market, James Legge from National Sustainability Award winning-practice Six Degrees says for many of us, it’ll never be anything more than that – a dream. In the latest ABS Residential Property Price […]

William Chan – Ownership builds better communities

Sydney-based Cox Architecture designer and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Fellow, HY William Chan realised early on that our built environments are vastly improved by directly including locals in the design and innovation process. Travelling to South Africa and India while studying at university, HY William Chan met with vulnerable slum communities on the very fringes […]

Six projects tackling climate change and setting the agenda in sustainable design

The World Architecture Festival shortlist of Future Projects features a handful of designs committed to creating a more sustainable future.  From a tower that uses algae to produce clean air to the world’s first energy-positive airport, these projects illustrate how architects are grappling with some of the world’s most pressing challenges. They come as practices the world over […]

Australia’s first Passive House apartment building completed

UK architects declare a ‘climate emergency’