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    Scratching beneath the surface of veneers
    Scratching beneath the surface of veneers

    The word ‘veneer’ has managed to traverse various meanings, or at least garner many understandings. Once a decorative layer applied to anything at all, it was then said a veneer was a thin layer of good wood bonded to woods of lesser notoriety.


    Refuge City, a new kind of city for our times
    Refuge City, a new kind of city for our times

    Australia is one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world. Nonetheless, in recent times many Australians have come to regard population growth, and particularly immigration, as a problem – at best – to be solved. In contrast, we believe population growth and migration present a creative opportunity to shape new Australian cities unlike any we have built to date.


    The evolution of doors and windows
    The evolution of doors and windows

    Society is a fickle beast, while oversharing pictures of our lives on social media, we are keen to have the chance to retreat to our personal planets of solitude when the chance arrives.


    It's back to black for kitchen design
    It's back to black for kitchen design

    While kitchens as recently as the noughties were spectacular showcases of money, with benchtops crammed with every juicer, blender, mixer and bread maker, as a society we seem to now blush at the suggestion that we spent $6,000 on a fridge.


    Looking past the hype about 'trackless trams'
    Looking past the hype about 'trackless trams'

    The optically guided bus is the latest in a long line of initiatives to repackage the bus as premium rail-derived technology. The name “trackless trams”, the vehicle design, and the modest deployment costs all have broad appeal. The concept has gained traction in Australia, with prominent advocates including Professor Peter Newman.


    Educated Lighting
    Educated Lighting

    As I write, I recall northern hemisphere school days and classrooms which I remember as being pleasant and happy spaces.


    Healthcare: Security and safety
    Healthcare: Security and safety

    There is a lot to be said of making security an obvious element of design, an easy tool to dissuade those considering breaching the perimeter for whatever reason, from actually making a move.


    Big BIM benefits for healthcare design
    Big BIM benefits for healthcare design

    In the rich legacy of architecture and design, the technology-driven tool of BIM is a relative newcomer.


    The health benefits of good air
    The health benefits of good air

    The engineering involved in creating a safe and pleasant air atmosphere is actually a very delicate balancing act.


    Colour by design with a view to lightness
    Colour by design with a view to lightness

    Welcome to the magic show that is healthcare design. And the ticket cost is eye watering.


    Why we need Human Centric Lighting in the workplace
    Why we need Human Centric Lighting in the workplace

    Achieving a good circadian rhythm requires a good Human Centric Lighting (HCL) solution.


    Australia's risk of mortality from extreme heat set to rise
    Australia's risk of mortality from extreme heat set to rise

    Hazards multiply when extreme heat and humidity join in lethal combination and Australia's heat-related mortality risk is intensifying.


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