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    Sustainable cities? Australia's building and planning rules stand in the way of getting there
    Sustainable cities? Australia's building and planning rules stand in the way of getting there

    Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities.


    Interest in tiny houses is growing, so who wants them and why?
    Interest in tiny houses is growing, so who wants them and why?

    Tiny houses are now so popular that someone was recently charged with stealing one.


    Building value and embracing sustainability through smarter educational institution design
    Building value and embracing sustainability through smarter educational institution design

    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.


    Cities are gaining power in global politics – can the UN keep up?
    Cities are gaining power in global politics – can the UN keep up?

    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.


    People-friendly furniture in public places matters more than ever in today's city
    People-friendly furniture in public places matters more than ever in today's city

    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 principal, Patrik Schumacher, on how parametric design can bring architecture back to nature
    Zaha Hadid principal, Patrik Schumacher, on how parametric design can bring architecture back to nature

    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.


    More than just drains: recreating living streams through the suburbs
    More than just drains: recreating living streams through the suburbs

    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.


    More coal doesn’t equal more peak power
    More coal doesn’t equal more peak power

    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.


    Sydney's Cloud Arch critics and our mean-spirited approach to public art
    Sydney's Cloud Arch critics and our mean-spirited approach to public art

    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.


    Google architecture and what do you see? And what's a building without people?
    Google architecture and what do you see? And what's a building without people?

    Users aren’t at the centre when we design buildings and infrastructure. So are we wasting millions on aesthetically pleasing but useless legacy buildings?


    Can our cities' thriving creative precincts be saved from ‘renewal’?
    Can our cities' thriving creative precincts be saved from ‘renewal’?

    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.


    How the NDIS is using the market to create housing for people with disability
    How the NDIS is using the market to create housing for people with disability

    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).


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