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Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities.
Tiny houses are now so popular that someone was recently charged with stealing one.
Director of award-winning architecture practice Bates Smart, Philip Vivian, says while there are obvious influences on educational design from other sectors such as workplace and even hospitality, it is all about re-imaging the educational social space.
Over the past two years, urban issues – from sustainability in the built environment, to inequality in cities – have become an international priority. Cities, in turn, are taking on a more important role in global politics; the growth of city diplomacy has forged hundreds of city networks and thousands of transnational initiatives.
Generally the design of public furniture has a strictly defined scope. It has to be vandal-resistant, easy to install, require little to no maintenance, not encourage littering, tie in with the style of the precinct, etc.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ most recent Australian project, Mayfair, is soon to launch in Melbourne. In the lead-up to its unveiling, A&D sat down with ZHA principal Patrik Schmacher, who shed light on how the rise of parametric design technologies are allowing architects greater freedom within budgetary constraints.
Lot sizes and backyards are shrinking in Australia at the same time as building density is increasing. So we cannot afford to overlook the potential of existing – but neglected – spaces in our suburbs, like drains.
Even if subsidies for coal are built into a new “reliable energy target”, there’s no sign that the market has any appetite for building new coal.
When the City of Sydney’s public art plan for the newly revamped CBD was unveiled in 2014, the public response was mixed. But three years on – after the council announced it would rubber-stamp the project despite a cost blow-out from $3.5 million to $11.3 million - the public response has changed its tune.
Users aren’t at the centre when we design buildings and infrastructure. So are we wasting millions on aesthetically pleasing but useless legacy buildings?
This new project documents enterprises that actually use urban industrial lands. It’s a story of surprising and largely hidden vibrancy at the interface between creative industries and small manufacturing.
Housing for people with disability is being transformed from grants-based funding to a market-based system where people with disabilities control their own funding. This market has the potential to grow in size by around A$5 billion over the next five years in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).