Five architecture and art installations highlighting climate crisis at COP26

Architects, artists and designers from across the globe are highlighting issues around climate change in a series of installations in and around Glasgow’s COP26 conference. The Scottish capital will host climate talks for another week with the penultimate day dedicated to the built environment. The Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day is scheduled for 11 […]

“Adopt principles of passive design from the outset” – Jackson Clements Burrows

“Sustainability is entrenched in the values and traditions of the company and is the absolute foundation for long-term corporate success,” Miele tells me recently. “Sustainability stands for integrity, a sense of responsibility towards people and the environment, continuity and, last but not least, a sense of quality.” Never one to shy away from a frank […]

Atelier Jiri Levi builds own home as “workshop” for sustainable, economic design

Atelier Jiri Levi has transformed his family home in the Tasmanian countryside into a workshop for affordable and sustainable housing. The Czech-born architect completed the 26-square-metre project earlier this year, describing it as an “attempt to address contemporary problems” through traditional and innovative approaches. “As architects, we talk a lot about different, innovative and experimental […]

“We need to harness design as a force for good” – Breathe’s Bonnie Herring

This drive for optimal consumption in tandem with optimal results is at the heart of Miele. From day one, the core of the brand’s product philosophy has been to manufacture to the highest quality and with a long service life, using premium-quality materials and sophisticated production methods. Where possible, those materials are also recyclable and, […]

60 of world’s biggest firms call for climate leadership ahead of COP26

More 60 of the world’s biggest and best known architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, planning and construction firms have co-signed the 1.5oC COP26 Communiqué ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. An unprecedented open-letter to world leaders, the Communiqué reaffirms the commitment made by each individual firm and organisation to meet […]

Architects collectively can lead the conversation on sustainability, says Robert Goodliffe

If Australian architects collectively can get a name for not just creating beautiful objects, but for creating them with a view to sustainability, there will be a greater appreciation of design as being integral to the solutions of the 21st century, according to Robert Goodliffe. After more than three decades as a partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke, […]

“As Australian architects, we can address climate change” – Caroline Pidcock.

Following the release of the latest IPCC climate report, ADR reached out to AIA 2021 Leadership in Sustainability Prize joint winner and Australian Architects Declare spokesperson Caroline Pidcock. A prominent advocate for sustainable development, Pidock explains how architects and designers can help prevent catastrophic climate change. As the IPCC AR6 Synthesis report clunked into our inboxes last month, […]

“All the technology required to solve climate change is already here” – Liam Young

Speculative architect Liam Young may not have a magic bullet for climate change, but he’s proving it can be done in his provocative short film, Planet City. “This isn’t another negative story about how we’re all going to die from climate change,” Liam Young says, as his Uber navigates traffic one summer evening in Los […]

Fender Katsalidis becomes Australia’s largest carbon neutral-certified practice

Fender Katsalidis has become the country’s largest architecture practice to receive carbon neutral certification this week. Carbon neutral certification has been available to Australian businesses since 2010 and is issued by Climate Active – an ongoing partnership between the Australian government and businesses to drive voluntary climate action. The certification is awarded to those that […]

Ten architect-designed gardens that feel like sanctuaries

It’s hard to think of a better way to spend a few moments on a Monday than soothing the soul with some beautifully designed gardens. Across the globe, architects and designers are putting pen to paper to create what can be best described as spatial shorthands for sanctuary. From local parks to outdoor museums and city […]

Holcim Australia unveils low carbon ECOPact concrete

Global building materials and aggregates company Holcim has just released its new low carbon ECOPact concrete onto the Australian market. Unveiled in April 2021, ECOPact reduces embodied carbon by 30 to 60 per cent, using “upcycled waste by-products” in place of natural resources. Holcim designed the product after pledging to achieve net zero carbon emissions […]