Built Environment Category

Convenience or adventure and happiness?

Convenience comes at a price, it also comes at cost to the environment but is it costing us our sense of adventure and connection? I watched a movie recently that is set part in the 1950s, there is a scene where a lady has travelled by boat and train from America to Paris. Her sister […]

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Another one bites the dust – mitigation to adaptation

In a recent article on Climate Spectator, Ziggy Switkowski a self proclaimed climate change believer strongly suggested that maybe we need to focus on adaptation rather than mitigation. Ziggy joins a number of significant thought leaders around the world who are leaning towards a focus on adaptation, my recent post of Germany’s redirection being one […]

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Repurposing – solar hot water for $3.76

I love repurposed materials and products. Pallets for chairs or tables, shipping crates for retail stores and this one – solar hot water panels from old fridge radiators. The Sietch website as a few repurposed products, including making a solar hot water panel from the heat rejection device on the back of a fridge. With […]

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Tri Harder – Part 4, Why do we consider carbon payback?

What is carbon payback and why do we consider it? We tend to focus primarily on operational energy and carbon in the property industry forgetting about the carbon associated with the manufacture and installation of building components. The amount of information and awareness of carbon emissions is increasing at a rapid rate. We can now […]

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Sunday morning disruptive building technology

The HSBC building in Hong Kong was a major disruptor. Designed in the late seventies and completed in 1985 it paved the way for many things we now take for granted. Solar reflectors on the roof to maximise daylight, prefabricated structure and floor modules from around the world, the list goes on. I always pay […]

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Every architect should have one of these

Ever wondered what to do with all the plastic waste that you get in your office? Always wished you could recycle 3D models? Awesome new invention allows all this to happen in your office. The advent of 3D printing for architectural firms opens up many possibilities for testing details, connections and concept designs. You can […]

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Collaborative Occupancy

Another great initiative using collaborative models of engagement, this time in office and meetings spaces. Australian property group GPT have invested in liquidspace a US start up that connects people with space. It shows a continuing trend of companies moving from products and things to service providers – from owning buildings to investing in the […]

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