With battery storage now an affordable adjunct to solar power generation, ADR talks to Gold Coast-based architect Peter McArdle of ptma architecture, who installed a Tesla Powerwall in November last year, to find out how the economics of solar versus grid-based power supply stack up when you add a battery to the mix. When US […]
As the distinction between online and offline continues to blur, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a major consideration in how we plan our homes, both for the future and today. While much of the tech through which we control appliances, furnishings and systems in our homes is not entirely new, we’re rapidly approaching […]
Revolving doors may have evolved through bad manners, but their advantages have far outstripped their original application, reports David McCall.
Mission critical describes any system that contributes to the successful operation of a business or organisation, and buildings are now playing a role.
UNSW has invented a way to make small-scale recycling cost-effective, even for the most problematic and complex wastes, as Veena Sahajwalla writes.
The journey from a set of problems presented by a client to the architects’ final solution can take many different roads. Debbie-Lyn Ryan from McBride Charles Ryan (MCR) says this road requires a combination of a flexible approach and using the right tools for the job. “Normally the client will give us a brief of […]
With inner-city space at an increasing premium, many believe the only solution is to reach for the skies. But how do we ensure these tall and super-tall skyscrapers are truly sustainable?
The rise of virtual reality presents a number of opportunities to architects, including huge advantages when presenting your ideas to builders and clients. Meanwhile, the commercialisation of this technology has brought it into the hands of almost anyone with a smartphone and as little as $50.
Access control for people with dementia and related conditions is a significant issue for those creating the infrastructure where sufferers will live, reports Shayne Bamford. Lateral thinking has led to the development of a product and system that makes it all that much easier.
“We’re excited to be launching one of the most progressive, socially oriented, community driven housing projects that Australia has ever seen, at a time when new options in affordable housing have never been more vital,” says architect Alexander Symes. The Big World Homes can be built in days using only a hammer and a drill.
"I wanted to create something that uses tulipwood CLT in its largest format possible." The AHEC has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a giant, cross-laminated tulipwood structure that showcases the true strengths of timber.