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With population movement and tourism affected by the global pandemic, growth in the architecture and building sectors has slowed to match. Is now the time for architects to steer towards a more sustainable approach to the built environment?
Urban tree canopies and green spaces have become unwitting casualties of current environmental planning and engineering standards, says leading urban planning and design practice Hatch RobertsDay.
Permaculture started as a radical rethinking of plants and agriculture, developed by observing nature to create more effective and productive systems of growing food. The design ideas were created by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren over four years and published by Corgi in Permaculture One in 1978.
Permaculture is a set of design principles using patterns observed in natural ecosystems to develop regenerative agriculture. Originally a contraction of ‘permanent agriculture’, it later stood for ‘permanent culture’ and is one of the great design ideas of Australia.
Australia is often regarded as the hottest continent on earth. So it is no surprise that refrigeration forms a large part of our design history, including the Coolgardie Safe, culminating a great Aussie invention: the motorless insulated cooler box known as the Esky.
The concept of the 20-minute neighbourhood first came to prevalence in 2017, when research indicated 20 minutes (or 800m) was the maximum people were willing to travel to meet their daily needs within their local area.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that something as microscopic as a virus is enough to weaken our strongest city technology.
In 1964 Dennis Jackson, a design engineer for Wiltshire cutlery in Melbourne saw a US market survey that showed that 80 percent of Americans didn't know how to sharpen a knife. Rather than respond with better knife sharpener he saw an opportunity to create a self-sharpening knife.
Housing rental is one of the many sectors in Australia that’s been pummelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the first three months of 2020 alone, Aussies spent close to $30 billion on renovations, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
We’re a sports mad lot, by which we mean Australians generally, not us in particular. But as Roy and HG say, if it moves and sweats, we’ll watch it.
More than 90 percent of Australians live at the green edge, where the climate is relatively benign; less than 10 percent live in the bush, the dry interior or the deserted centre.