Talking Architecture & Design Podcast (Episode 108) - Builder, designer and sustainability advocate David Coates gives the hard truth about sustainability Listen Now
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    Roundabouts and car parks? The major parties are promising much on transport, but they should stick to their jobs
    Roundabouts and car parks? The major parties are promising much on transport, but they should stick to their jobs

    In the seat-by-seat slugfest that is the federal election, transport infrastructure is once again at the forefront. Small, hyper-local projects are a favourite of both major parties this time around. That’s even though small local projects, such as roundabouts and carparks, simply aren’t the job of the federal government, and in practice often go badly.


    Super for housing or the government as a co-owner: How Liberal and Labor home-buyer schemes compare
    Super for housing or the government as a co-owner: How Liberal and Labor home-buyer schemes compare

    At their first televised debate four weeks ago, Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese were asked by an audience member how each would help his kids afford to buy their own home. Neither had much to offer.


    Australia could rapidly shift to clean transport – if we had a strategy. So we put this plan together
    Australia could rapidly shift to clean transport – if we had a strategy. So we put this plan together

    Australia has no clear strategy to decarbonise transport. That’s a problem, because without a plan, our take-up of clean technologies like electric cars, trucks and buses is slow. It’s stopping us from meeting our climate commitments.


    Why the budget should treat public health like transport – vital infrastructure with long-term economic benefits
    Why the budget should treat public health like transport – vital infrastructure with long-term economic benefits

    The global pandemic might have revealed the importance of robust public health infrastructure, but we still have trouble grasping the vital need to invest in it.


    Climate change hits low-income earners harder – and poor housing in hotter cities is a disastrous combination
    Climate change hits low-income earners harder – and poor housing in hotter cities is a disastrous combination

    Cost of living is a major focus in this election campaign, and yet political leaders have been unacceptably silent on the disproportionate impact of climate change on Australians with low incomes. This is particularly true for Western Sydney, home to around 2.5 million people.


    Analysis of 5,500 apartment developments reveals your new home may not be as energy efficient as you think
    Analysis of 5,500 apartment developments reveals your new home may not be as energy efficient as you think

    Apartment living is booming in Australia. Many people choose apartments for their good energy efficiency, which reduces the need for heating and cooling and leads to lower power bills. But not every apartment is as energy efficient as the development advertises.


    Tiny and alternate houses can help ease Australia’s rental affordability crisis
    Tiny and alternate houses can help ease Australia’s rental affordability crisis

    Rental housing in Australia is less affordable than ever before. It is no exaggeration to call the situation a crisis, with vacancy rates at record lows.


    Homelessness is common for teens leaving out-of-home-care
    Homelessness is common for teens leaving out-of-home-care

    Young people transitioning from out-of-home care – whether it’s foster, kinship or residential care – are disadvantaged in many ways. Many have experienced abuse, neglect, family hardship or illness. They may feel long-term grief due to family separation.


    How can Aboriginal communities be part of the NSW renewable energy transition?
    How can Aboriginal communities be part of the NSW renewable energy transition?

    The New South Wales government’s roadmap to transition from coal-based electricity to renewable energy involves the creation of five “renewable energy zones” across the state.


    How our bushfire-proof house design could help people flee rather than risk fighting the flames
    How our bushfire-proof house design could help people flee rather than risk fighting the flames

    By 2030, climate change will make one in 25 Australian homes “uninsurable” if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, with riverine flooding posing the greatest insurance risk, a new Climate Council analysis finds.


    How electrifying trucks, buses, tractors and scooters will help tackle climate change
    How electrifying trucks, buses, tractors and scooters will help tackle climate change

    When you think of an electric vehicle, chances are you’ll picture a car. But there’s a quiet revolution going on in transport.


    Which party's first homebuyers scheme is better?
    Which party's first homebuyers scheme is better?

    Each side is offering something for first homebuyers this election, but the nature of the support is quite different.


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