Talking Architecture & Design Podcast (Episode 63) - Chris McCue from Carr on New Brutalism, Biophilic design and his new project at Brunswick Yard Listen Now
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    Stuck in the past: why Australian heritage practice falls short of what the public expects
    Stuck in the past: why Australian heritage practice falls short of what the public expects

    Knowledge of local heritage protection measures and support for these are often lacking, according to a recent Heritage Council of Victoria report. The report suggests this points to a need for public education.


    Is choosing to live the ‘van life’ la vida loca?
    Is choosing to live the ‘van life’ la vida loca?

    When the Volkswagen Kombi rolled into Australia in the 1970s, it brought with it a whole new lifestyle. The campervan movement has taken on many a skin in its lifetime, but mobile living is a true subculture of home life.


    Indigenous expertise is reducing bushfires in northern Australia. It's time to consider similar approaches for other disasters
    Indigenous expertise is reducing bushfires in northern Australia. It's time to consider similar approaches for other disasters

    Northern Australia is by far the most fire-prone region of Australia, with enormous bushfires occurring annually across thousands of square kilometres.


    Here are 3 lessons for Australia from the Texas deep freeze
    Here are 3 lessons for Australia from the Texas deep freeze

    The US state of Texas has this month experienced some of its coldest weather on record. Houston recorded a temperature of -10.6℃, which is around 20℃ below average. And Dallas-Fort Worth recorded its lowest-ever temperature of -18.9℃.


    Fires bring home climate-driven urgency of rethinking where we live – and how
    Fires bring home climate-driven urgency of rethinking where we live – and how

    As we were still recovering from last summer’s fires in southeast Australia, the southwest fires brought in 2021. Both were far more intense fires than seen before, driven by deep drying, extreme heat and powerful winds. It’s a harsh reminder that climate change is going to bounce us up and down with increased frequency.


    A century that profoundly changed universities and their campuses
    A century that profoundly changed universities and their campuses

    This history of the development of universities is the first of two articles on the past and future of the campus. This is a long read, so set aside the time to read it and enjoy.


    Ten years on, the earthquake still casts its shadow over Christchurch’s past, present and future
    Ten years on, the earthquake still casts its shadow over Christchurch’s past, present and future

    When the deadly second earthquake struck Christchurch ten years ago today, among the many things toppled by natural forces were statues of the city’s founding father John Robert Godley, colonial politician William Rolleston and imperial hero Robert Falcon Scott.


    You need all 6 pieces of the puzzle to build urban resilience, but too often it's politics that leaves a gap
    You need all 6 pieces of the puzzle to build urban resilience, but too often it's politics that leaves a gap

    With most of the world’s people now living in urban areas, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of urban resilience. It’s just as important for adapting to climate change.


    The positive impact of sustainable building materials
    The positive impact of sustainable building materials

    The events of 2020 have seen their impact across all industries, and architecture and design is unfortunately no exception. There are clear challenges for the AECD industry going forward and with this comes a reminder of the importance of supporting Australian companies and products.


    How Chinese courtyard housing can help older Australian women avoid homelessness
    How Chinese courtyard housing can help older Australian women avoid homelessness

    Recent attempts to meet this need for older women’s housing include “pop-up” or “meanwhile use” accommodation in vacant aged-care facilities and tiny houses. While both types provide good short-term options, they do not create long-term housing that meets older women’s needs to age in place and have secure tenure and a sense of belonging. All these aspects are important for their well-being.


    Designing for the sunburnt country
    Designing for the sunburnt country

    Australia records some of the longest sunshine hours in the world, paired with some of the world’s harshest UV rays. This brings some unique design challenges (and possibilities) to Australian residential architecture, which has historically struggled to fully capture the benefits of the local climate.


    Has COVID really caused an exodus from our cities?
    Has COVID really caused an exodus from our cities?

    Internal migration resulted in a net loss of 11,200 people from Australia’s capital cities in the September quarter of 2020, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data released this month.


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