Exploring the socially sustainable and eco-friendly tall building

After a successful first year in 2017, the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit is returning in June 2018 and will be this time held in Sydney. At the Summit, prominent local and international speakers will discuss in detail the various developments, challenges and intricacies surrounding high-rise building design and development. Individuals from the architectural, engineering, design […]

Designing safer public spaces for women and girls

Around three quarters of women across the globe have experienced sexual harassment in a public space, an issue that a group of Australian architects and designers will highlight in an exhibition at the upcoming Venice Architecture Biennale. ‘Just so fucking beautiful’ is an installation by XYX Lab, a research team based at Monash University, that […]

Living well with less

Small houses are increasingly popular in Australia, as land in our urban centres becomes scarcer and more expensive. We talk to Catherine Foster, author of the recently published book, Small House Living Australia, which celebrates some of our country’s tiniest new homes, to find out how we can do more with less. Australian Design Review: […]

Biophilic design built into new Melbourne Metro stations

Melbourne’s new underground railway stations are set to be the first piece of Australian public infrastructure to include “biophilic design” – a ground-breaking method that takes green architecture far beyond landscaping and solar panels. The design approach is a labour of love for Dr Phillip Roös, a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Deakin University, who […]

How does your urban garden grow?

  While increasing urban density is pushing more people into apartment living, the desire to stay in touch with nature has become more pressing. So, when it comes to gardening, how can we do more with less. We asked Byron Smith the director of Urban Growers.   Australian Design Review: Many Australians now live in apartments. Which […]

Second engineered timber office building flagged for Barangaroo

Lendlease has lodged a planning application with the Department of Planning & Environment for an engineered timber office building at Barangaroo South. This will be the second of its kind for the award-winning urban precinct. The application, which is subject to the department’s approval following public exhibition, proposes a ‘sister building’ to International House Sydney. […]

From small gardens, big things can grow

Ella Cole surveys three studios that are letting nature take over, with the results benefitting the biodiversity of our cities and humans who live in them.

‘Carbon neutral’ a target for Australia’s building industry

Australia’s property and construction industry now has a clear definition of carbon neutrality, and the race is on to see which company achieves Australia’s first carbon neutral portfolio. The Australian Government’s new National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings and the National Carbon Offset Standard for Precincts were officially launched by Minister for Environment and Energy, […]

Community feedback on Melbourne’s Lincoln Square

The City of Melbourne seeks community feedback for a proposed expansion to Lincoln Square in Carlton, Melbourne. The historic park is undergoing development, including the creation of a new play space. Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio Councillor Cathy Oke says the new concept plan will set the direction for improvement works to […]

Going green with greenwalls

With interest in greenwalls, roofs and façades on the rise, we take a look at how to 'green-up' your home and some of the benefits of doing so.

Not the last straw

Australian straw-bale construction and education company Strawtec has been building homes for 20 years using structures made of straw.