An environmental approach to social housing design

Parisian practice Barrault Pressacco has recently completed a social housing project built using massive stone and hemp concrete. The building is located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, where vernacular architecture coexists alongside Hausmannian renovations from the late 19th century. The architects took an environmental approach to the design while echoing the Hausmannian building tradition […]

Is the open building movement a solution to Australia’s urban challenges?

A growing and ageing population, inadequate infrastructure, unaffordable housing and the challenges created by outward urban growth are all issues that Australians living in urban areas are facing. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, New South Wales and Victoria are “sitting on a glut” of 100,000 underused houses, with more than 2000 six-bedroom homes across […]

Margot Krasojević’s latest project is a positive energy hotel

Experimental architect and psychologist Margot Krasojević is known for designing structures that engage smart materials and sustainability and her latest project doesn’t disappoint: she is currently working on ‘the first renewable resource positive energy hotel’. The Harmonic Turbine Tidal hotel, located on Yalong Bay, on the island of Hainan in the South China seas, has been designed […]

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, […]