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Urban dwellers might be reaping the benefits of apartment living in a booming property market, but if acoustics aren’t properly chosen, the resulting noise pollution can tarnish the quality of life.
With our built environment being one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions, there has been an increasing focus on making our existing and new buildings more energy-efficient and, ultimately, net-zero carbon.
The Gen Y House is out to prove that medium density can be achieved in a single home lot.
While there are now more solar panels in Australia than people, the many Australians who live in apartments have largely been locked out of this solar revolution by a minefield of red tape and potentially uninformed strata committees.
The Victorian government’s 2017 housing policy contains a bulk transfer of public housing to housing associations. Housing Minister Martin Foley’s explanation is that “the state is a terrible housing manager”.
Following the tragic Grenfell Towers fire in the UK, the CEO of the Fire Safety Australia, Scott Williams, is urging the federal government to consider setting up a national register of fire-rated building materials to help prevent a similar situation happening here.
The closure of the Gatwick Hotel in St Kilda represents a new front in the ongoing gentrification debate in inner Melbourne. It highlights inconvenient truths about cultural appropriation, heritage as a driver of urban renewal, and the marginalisation of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
As conversions of existing homes to be fit for purpose, alterations and addition are, by definition, a measure of environmentally-sustainable design. However, architects working on A&As are not exempt from the same sustainability challenges faced with new builds.
The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union has thrown down the gauntlet to the Turnbull government’s Australian Building and Construction Commission after a ruling by the ABCC Commissioner that SA Power Networks employees are to be covered by the code.
Although the concept of ‘smart windows’ is not new, this project could be the first to commercialise and integrate the material into glass manufacturing processes at scale and with a low associated cost.
Psychogeography, as the term suggests, is the intersection of psychology and geography. It focuses on our psychological experiences of the city, and reveals or illuminates forgotten, discarded, or marginalised aspects of the urban environment.
When it comes to managing the risk of fire, builders and architects are guided by three simple principles: prevent risk, evacuate users and minimise damage.
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