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    School landscapes echo contemporary design changes
    School landscapes echo contemporary design changes

    Looking purely at the historical evolution of the Australia’s residential outside spaces, things have changed mightily in a just a few decades.


    Is it time we tackled under-compliance in the residential building industry?
    Is it time we tackled under-compliance in the residential building industry?

    An educated workforce will ensure that everyone in the industry is aware of the whole homebuilding process, and the collaborative role each individual plays in achieving a compliant build or one that goes beyond.


    Learning by colour: Paints and coatings in the education sector
    Learning by colour: Paints and coatings in the education sector

    Designed by Atelier Alter, the Beijing No.12 Kindergarten is a visual feast of bold colours and clean lines. Building blocks served as inspiration for the project team, who say they began the project by converting its scale from a grown-up’s point of view to a child’s perspective.


    Learning the lessons of fire-resistant design
    Learning the lessons of fire-resistant design

    Even though it is now six years old, the dramatic, energetic and cantilevered form of the Mabel Fidler building at the prestigious all-girls Ravenswood School in Sydney is still a show stopper. Thanks to the translucent quality of the walls – created using a polycarbonate exterior cladding – the building literally glows day and night.


    Making ground in the education sector
    Making ground in the education sector

    Whether designing a day care, school or university, the choice of flooring can have a significant impact on the learning experience. But with so many flooring types on offer, how can designers find their footing?


    Designing the right architectural marketing campaign
    Designing the right architectural marketing campaign

    In a competitive market a ‘great’ product is not necessarily a recipe for success. Without a solid method of marketing, the product can quite easily be left behind. This is no different for architecture; even more so when the project itself hasn’t been built.


    Is it time to finally start putting a price on green infrastructure?
    Is it time to finally start putting a price on green infrastructure?

    According to a team of UNSW researchers, government and industry regulators need to carefully consider green infrastructure when approving new property developments.


    Six climate change solutions we can all agree on
    Six climate change solutions we can all agree on

    Few issues seem to be as divisive as climate change. Although the science is unequivocal, political polarisation has taken climate change hostage. Fortunately, there are solutions that people on both sides of the climate divide might be able to agree on. Here are six solutions that could help advance these goals.


    Greening the workplace
    Greening the workplace

    Huge amounts of time, money and effort have been poured into perfecting green office design, off the back of growing recognition of the positive impact such environments have on workers’ wellbeing.


    Keeping your office air pure and clean
    Keeping your office air pure and clean

    Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can cause fatigue and concentration difficulties. A 2015 study found that, “on average, a 400ppm increase in CO2 was associated with a 21 percent decrease in cognitive function scores”.


    Play to work: leisure in office design
    Play to work: leisure in office design

    Business is, by definition, geared towards profit. So how then to justify spending money on employee’s leisure zones?


    Illuminating the benefits of optimised office lighting
    Illuminating the benefits of optimised office lighting

    Office design has come a long way since the cubicle farms of the 1950s, where employees were generally treated like cogs in a machine, with little thought given to their health and wellbeing. Thankfully, nowadays, an increasing amount of thought, research, and money is being thrown into office spaces that nurture employee well-being.


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