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 […]

Low-grade to A-grade: EMBT’s timber installation

Sitting in stark contrast to the existing intricately carved marble columns of the Università degli Studi di Milano is the Too Good to Waste installation designed by Spanish architecture studio EMBT. The project is the result of a collaboration between EMBT, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and Benchmark for the Fuorisalone at this year’s […]

Freestate’s Adam Scott on smart cities vs human cities

"I think across the world, whether in Australia, Shenzhen or Songdo, city makers are in danger of fetishising the power of technology and infrastructure to create the most efficient and effective human service environments, ultimately losing sight of what cities are all about: the experiences of people being people."