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 […]

ASPECT Studios creates playful curvaceous sky park in Chengdu

ASPECT Studios has designed a multi-level linear sky park filled with curved pools and impromptu performance spaces in Chengdu, China. Dubbed the HyperLane, the 2.4-kilometre park links the Chengdu fast train station with the city’s music and arts university district. The site in China’s Sichuan province was originally a series of “derelict walled spaces” that […]

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 […]