Australasia News

W Melbourne Proposal

Posted on Wed, 2020-08-19 14:40 by matt

The City of Melbourne will consider a proposal to create a mixed-use precinct on a large swathe of land on the edge of the Maribyrnong River.

Designed by Foster and Partners and Fender Katsalidis, the development proposes to create “new opportunities to connect and engage with the Maribyrnong River.”

The site occupies five parcels of land totally approximately 2.8 hectares at 156-232 Kensington Road in West Melbourne.

Brisbane Green Tower

Posted on Mon, 2020-08-17 16:40 by matt

The vision is aligned with BCC Policy and the 'Brisbane Vision Blueprint' so it's no wonder developers are acting through DA proposals like this.

An inner-city suburb on the Brisbane River could be home to the “greenest residential building in the world” with ambitious plans currently under review by the city’s council.

Development plans lodged last week by the Aria Property Group propose a 30-storey “vertical forest” and “a beacon for sustainability in South Brisbane”.

Brisbane City Green Expansion

Posted on Mon, 2020-08-17 16:24 by matt

Dense landscaping with more than a thousand trees is planned for a green residential development dubbed "The Urban Forest" in South Brisbane.

Aria Property Group and Koichi Takada Architects have lodged a development application for the building they claim will be the "greenest residential building in the world".

Aria's development manager Michael Hurley says the building would set a new Australian benchmark, and he hopes over time Brisbane will be mentioned in the same breath as Singapore as a global leader in green buildings & sustainability.

NSW_Backyard Vision

Posted on Fri, 2020-07-24 17:31 by matt

Parks and other open spaces should be within 200m of high-density homes and 400m from schools and workplaces, under new NSW government guidelines prioritising greenery in the wake of COVID-19.

NSW Government Architect Abbie Galvin said the deadly summer bushfires, combined with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, had highlighted the necessity for the first Greener Places policy.

Atlassian Hybrid Tower

Tech Hub Tower Sydney
Posted on Thu, 2020-06-25 14:27 by matt


Unfortunately, the perfect Green storm only occurs on a new development when there are clients like Atlassian; designers like SHoP Architects from NYC and BVN from Sydney. Similarly, Stanley Quek from Frasers pushing for 'One Central Park' on Broadway. These iconic projects occur because they are commercially driven based in sound CSR principles and not because of sustainable, innovative government planning codes demanding them.

Cost of Australian Heat Waves

Posted on Wed, 2020-04-15 16:53 by matt


What are the costs of heatwaves?

Increased exposure to heatwaves amplifies the adverse economic impacts on industries that are reliant on the health of their outdoor workers. This is in addition to the extreme heat-related fatalities and health-care costs of heatwave-related medical emergencies. As a PwC report to the Commonwealth on extreme heat events stated:

Just Add Green

Posted on Wed, 2020-04-15 15:52 by matt


Green infrastructure refers to standalone and strategically networked environmental features designed for environmental, social and economic benefits. Examples include permeable surfaces, green walls, green roofs and street trees.