As February closes and 2016 begins to pick up speed, we reflect on the articles that made headlines this month. The "Top 10" list below is an even mix of projects, news and comment articles. Click through to see what you’ve missed or for a refresher on what the design and construction industry found most pressing this month.
The list of Melbourne buildings found to have flammable cladding is growing as the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) continues its External Wall Cladding Audit of high-rise building permits in Melbourne.
A Western Australian multi-residential project by Luigi Rosselli which features the longest rammed earth wall in Australia now also lays claim to be the world’s most popular housing project for 2016
Woods Bagot have submitted a Stage 1 Development Application with the City of Sydney for a 22-storey hotel that will rise out of a century-old former meat packing building on the city’s busiest street
We have it on good authority that cross-laminated timber (CLT) will be a major player in sustainable mid-rise building construction in the future. However, how far into the future that is, and how widespread its effect on Australia’s built environment will be is still a little up in the air, and according to some is much in the hands of the developer.
Three out of four development applications were supported by the City of Melbourne at a recent Future Melbourne Committee meeting, including one each from Elenberg Fraser, Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) and Hayball architects.
The Iglu student accommodation building on Mary Street in Brisbane has been refused occupancy permits by the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works due to concerns over the installation of potentially combustible non-compliant cladding on its exterior.
Home power storage batteries are coming to a house near you as the game-changing technology – which promises to let you store solar energy for later use when the sun isn’t shining – begins appearing across Australia’s suburbs.
The developers of the 90-storey ‘Aspire Tower’ slated for Parramatta, Sydney has reopened a design competition for the project that will likely see the old concept by Grimshaw architects scrapped.
As the name suggests, Karri Fire House is designed foremostly to mitigate the danger of bushfire to the home’s occupants. Less obvious is the intention of the architects to position the building as both a model for affordable bushfire response architecture and as a model for good design in lieu of incessant vegetation clearing in bushfire-prone areas.
Four architecture teams have been shortlisted by Parramatta City Council to design the centrepiece of the $2 billion Parramatta Square urban renewal project.