Talking Architecture & Design Podcast (Episode 208) - How NSW transformed the old White Bay Power Station into a site for a world-famous art festival Listen Now
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    Embodied carbon and rework and their combined influence on construction emissions
    Embodied carbon and rework and their combined influence on construction emissions

    Developers and designers looking for supplementary ways to net zero targets should focus on an overlooked source of emissions right in front of them: rework.


    Why are construction companies 'toppling like dominoes'?
    Why are construction companies 'toppling like dominoes'?

    Residential construction companies in Australia have been toppling like dominoes, and this has left many depositors in a very difficult financial position.


    BTR can help create more sustainable cities says Harvey Male
    BTR can help create more sustainable cities says Harvey Male

    Build-to-rent (BTR) has gained significant momentum in Australia in recent months. Driven largely by overseas investment, proof of concept now exists across several Australian states, with a range of service models demonstrating commercial viability.


    Tone on Tuesday 212: The most sustainable homes
    Tone on Tuesday 212: The most sustainable homes

    At the end of last week’s ToT on the history of sustainability we arrived at our current dilemma: finding the ‘Goldilocks’ density.


    Design Notes: Ideas, issues and idiocies from the last fortnight
    Design Notes: Ideas, issues and idiocies from the last fortnight

    The Reserve Bank of Australia has to be the most malevolent of institutions.


    Tone on Tuesday 211: A short history of sustainable houses
    Tone on Tuesday 211: A short history of sustainable houses

    The environmentally responsible home morphed over the last 80 years, from passive solar to alternatives to ‘passivhaus’ to inner-urban apartments. The changing focus, and names, is the story of sustainability itself.


    Jessica Kazenwadel on mapping the multi-residential market
    Jessica Kazenwadel on mapping the multi-residential market

    Beginning her career as an interior designer more than 10 years ago, Associate Jessica Kazenwadel (pictured) brings a varied and collaborative interest to the creative but logistical nature of the profession.


    After 15 years, Vivid Sydney’s future seems bright if it can balance spectacle with subtlety
    After 15 years, Vivid Sydney’s future seems bright if it can balance spectacle with subtlety

    It’s the year 2008, and some members of the International Association of Lighting Designers are gathered in a boardroom in North Sydney, myself included. My colleagues Mary-Anne Kyriakou (who would later be Vivid’s inaugural festival director) and Michael Day are sharing a vision of what’s almost unthinkable at the time.


    Could your building’s design no longer be enough in the fight against mould?
    Could your building’s design no longer be enough in the fight against mould?

    For many building facility managers and homeowners across Australia’s East Coast, soaring summer humidity has left a dangerous legacy — mould. Respiratory infections and irritation to the eyes and skin are just some of a long list of potentially serious side effects from exposure to mould.


    Tone on Tuesday 210: Housing in the Missing Middle - 6 bedrooms, 6 packs, 6 storeys
    Tone on Tuesday 210: Housing in the Missing Middle - 6 bedrooms, 6 packs, 6 storeys

    In recent weeks, Tone on Tuesday has been looking at suburbia: ways to make it more sustainable, how to develop good quality social housing, and addressing homelessness. This week the iceberg issue: How to increase housing density in our suburbs.


    Design Notes: Ideas, issues and idiocies from the last fortnight
    Design Notes: Ideas, issues and idiocies from the last fortnight

    The NSW government has released a map of about 100 well-designed housing schemes, collected together by the Government Architect (industrious advocates for ‘design excellence’). Launched in a media release this month (see top of image) it extolled the virtue of built examples in ‘your backyard’.


    Tone on Tuesday 209: Homes won’t solve homelessness.
    Tone on Tuesday 209: Homes won’t solve homelessness.

    In addition to the $9.3bn in last week’s federal budget for social housing (discussed in ToT 208 last week), there’s another $1bn for homelessness. Good intentions. Presuming they mean to alleviate, not increase, it. But the idea is fraught.


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