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.

In conversation with William McDonough

ADR chats to McDonough, founder of cradle-to-cradle, over the phone from the US to find out about some of his latest endeavours, including a newly rereleased carpet collection with Shaw Contract.

Six acres of new public space planned for Southbank

The City of Melbourne has unveiled artist’s impressions of its $35 million plan for over six acres of new public open space on Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street, Southbank. The plans include 1.05 km of dedicated, separated bicycle lanes, water sensitive urban design and flood mitigation, upgraded tram and bus stops, including the potential for ‘green’ tram tracks, improved biodiversity and a critical neighbourhood space for Southbank.

Preserved plants: flora that lasts (almost) forever

Preserved plants provide real greenery that needs no sun or water, that lasts years. Stem & Stamen founder, Fleur Anderson, discusses the technology which allows plants an almost eternal life.

Sibling Architecture a finalist in Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture

Six finalists have been announced in the esteemed Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, including architecture collective Sibling.