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.

The social science of hotel design

ADR chats to social scientist and founder of Hatch Analytics, Monica Parker, to find out how human behaviour plays a role in design.

Shifts in mixed-use developments with Mark Eden of ThomsonAdsett

As urban centres become denser a need for mixed-use developments brings with it an equally great need for exciting design writes Mark Eden of ThomsonAdsett.

Will your building plans meet Victoria’s new garden area requirement?

With changes in minimum backyard sizes from the Vic government, Mike Dawkins helps to unpack what constitutes garden area under the new regulations.

GBCA partners with Passive House organisations

Three building organisations are partnering to advocate for sustainable, energy efficient buildings in Australia. The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) the Passive House Institute (PHI) and the Australian Passive House Association (APHA) have agreed to work together to promote ultra-low energy buildings in Australia. Passive House (Passivhaus) is a building metric which is voluntary […]