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. […]

Technology is making cities ‘smart’ but it’s also costing the environment

The Australian government has allocated $50 million for the Smarter Cities and Suburbs Program to encourage projects that “improve the livability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia”. Mark Sawyer, lecturer in Architecture, University of Western Australia, takes a look at the environmental costs of smart cities. One project funded under the program […]

Australian architects follow UK and declare climate emergency

Last month hundreds of UK-based architecture firms signed a pledge to address climate change and now Australia is following suit with its own commitment to change. Bates Smart, Woods Bagot, Breathe Architecture and Kerstin Thompson Architects are among the 33 founding signatories on Architects Declare Australia, which is a declaration of  “a climate and biodiversity emergency.” As in the UK, […]

Embracing emotion is key to leading a healthy workplace

In its recent 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)[1], The World Health Organisation recognised the serious effects of burnout, defining it as a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. The condition is characterised by feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job, or […]

UK architects declare a ‘climate emergency’

Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid, Stanton Williams and David Chipperfield Architects are among 17 UK-based architecture firms that have banded together to release an open letter affirming their commitment to addressing climate change.  The letter highlights the “twin crises” of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss and points out that buildings and construction play a major part, […]

Glass skyscrapers: a great environmental folly that could have been avoided

Henrik Schoenefeldt, senior lecturer (US: Associate Professor) in sustainable architecture, University of Kent, takes a look at the impact glass skyscrapers have had on the environment. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared that skyscrapers made of glass and steel “have no place in our city or our Earth anymore”. He argued that their […]

How autonomous transport will shape our cities’ future

A unique opportunity exists for infrastructure investment in Australia as transport as we know it faces disruption from autonomous vehicles, says Peter Newman Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University. Disruption is not a dirty word. Traditional transport models are being transformed for the better by savvy young upstarts: the taxi industry by Uber, for instance, and even […]

Precht’s timber skyscraper combines modular homes with vertical farms

Architecture practice Precht, created by Penda co-founder Chris Precht and his wife Fei, has designed a skyscraper concept that would see residents produce their own food in vertical farms. Called The Farmhouse Precht designed the modular building system to combat the combined issues of climate change, population growth, and food shortages. It aims to create […]

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

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has been named to Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies roster, which honours businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture. IWBI delivers the WELL Building Standard, the leading global rating system that focuses on the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive […]

Art Gallery of New South Wales first public art museum to achieve 6 Star Green Star

The growing importance of embedding holistic sustainability in our public infrastructure has been illustrated by the Art Gallery of NSW, which has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Design review rating for its expansion, the Sydney Modern Project. This means the gallery is the first public art museum in the nation to achieve the Green […]