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Cycle commuting made easier – fixing stations

Noticed this one just near our office, took a photo, walked back past it 5 mins later and it was being used by two cyclists – love it. Don’t know if it’s North Sydney or City of Sydney that put it in but what an awesome idea. The workstation has spanners, allen keys, all sorts […]

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How to be green – cost your externalities

Following on from my post yesterday about moving to the Ecological Model (don’t forget the free book competition) and how we need to shift from our current economy to an ecological economy and what does that mean for the property industry, I thought this was quite interesting. A UK firm called TruCost specialises in calculating […]

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From Green to Ecological, but what is Better in the property industry?

In the awesome book “Is sustainability still possible?” there was a table that described the need for a shift in our economic models and that ‘green’ is only an intermediary step. The outcome of the final model is ‘Better’ but what is ‘Better’, tell me what you think it is for your chance to win […]

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Sunday Morning Disruptive Tech – Carbon Fibre Concrete Composites

I haven’t posted a disruptive tech one for a while, not for lack of interest. This one caught my eye though – lots of opportunities for construction of the built environment. Smart Planet was yet again the source for new technologies, featuring an article on the construction of a bridge in 10 days. The video […]

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How to be green – don’t drink single serve pod coffee

There are many definitions of innovation and the one I like the most is ‘innovation means cutting out the unnecessary‘. The ‘invention’ of single serve coffee is then the antithesis to the definition of innovation. Smart Planet covered the increasing mountain of used ‘pods’ with 13% of offices and over 10% of households in the […]

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Technology is revolutionising participatory planning – what will you do?

Technology is revolutionising the opportunities for and depth of participatory design and planning – here are three software solutions you should know about. Participatory design is gaining traction around the world, it started off as co-operative design and has some origins in Human Centered Design as well. The basics of participatory design are that the […]

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What is sustainability – Ocean Fish Farming

Depleting fish stocks, super trawlers, fishing rights and increasing demand for fish to eat have all led to new forms of ‘farming’ fish. It makes sense – confine the space to an area that can be easily managed, net the farms to avoid other fish entering the enclosures, no need for trawlers and it avoid […]

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