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How the post-viral city can “bounce-forward” in urban greenery

Constant through the escalation, peaks and stagnations of COVID-19 has been a society-wide rumour mill about what a post-viral world might look like.  Predictions and questions have ranged from the logistical to the philosophical. Will remote work become commonplace, having been stress-tested by the pandemic? Will our healthcare infrastructure learn this period’s tough lessons? How […]

The rise of the pergola, water gardens and Australiana: landscape design trends for 2020

April is World Landscape Architecture Month. We’re sheltering in place, but we can still celebrate by taking a look at upcoming landscape design trends with two of the country’s top designers. Carolyn Blackman has presented landscape design and gardening talkback radio on alternate Saturday mornings with Libby Gorr on ABC 774 for 22 years. She heads up […]

“We’ve declared, but what’s next?” – Architects Declare to hold a series of talks in Melbourne and Sydney

Architects will join academics and campaigners to consider how the industry should respond to the climate emergency at two Architects Declare events next week. The first meeting is in Sydney on 18 February 2020 at the Hassell Studio, and will feature a talk by outgoing International Living Futures Institute CEO Amanda Sturgeon. The organisation is behind […]

Design for a changing climate – fire and community resilience

Communities in Australia and California share connected experiences as they face climate-related threats, especially fire. But how much have we really learned about designing places that will serve us well during times of disaster? Californian RCH Studio’s director Greg Kochanowski and Hassell’s San Francisco principal Richard Mullane discuss how the global design community can support disaster […]

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

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