You could do better – thoughts on the built environment and its impacts on quality of life

In this opinion piece, David Constantine discusses what we can expect from an increasingly urbanised environment and how we can make it work for us. Through my professional practice, I spend a good deal of time considering the opportunities presenting at the intersection of property, the built environment and social impact. Over recent months I’ve had a number […]

Australia’s first Passive House apartment building completed

Australia’s first Passive House (Passivhaus) Certified apartment building, located 300m from Redfern station, will be officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Sydney on 17 September. Called The Fern, the 11 one-bedroom serviced apartments are the first in the country to be built using the German approach to home design that uses a combination of high-performance […]

Ignore liveable cities rankings – they do citizens a disservice by trying to quantify urban life

Oli Mould, lecturer in Human Geography, at London’s Royal Holloway University, says it is time to ignore city rankings because they do more harm than good. At last count, there were over 500 rankings that pit cities around the world against each other: from the most intricately measured quality of life indices, to infographics of […]

Australia ‘could lead the world’ in sustainable infrastructure says new report

Australia could lead the world in sustainable infrastructure with benefits for the community and business says Infrastructure Australia (IA) in the Australian Infrastructure Audit released today. The Green Building Council of Australia welcomes the report as fresh evidence to support urgent action to ensure the productivity, resilience and sustainability of cities and communities across Australia. […]

Australian architects follow UK and declare climate emergency

The International WELL Building Institute makes World’s Most Innovative Companies list