Sydney’s housing is rated less affordable than global metropolises New York and London in a report that paints a dire picture for the city’s middle-income earners :: Read the full article »»»»
Urban planners and researchers warn increasing housing density in Australian cities must not be at the expense of tree cover and its cooling benefits.
A pilot study done by a team from the University of Melbourne warned “treeless” outer suburbs were a risk to health and wellbeing :: Read the full article »»»»
A team from the University of Wollongong UOW and TAFE Illawarra Institute have won a coveted international competition to design a zero-emissions solar home, the teams entry – a retro-fitted Aussie fibro shack – beat-off 24 other entrants to place first in the solar, engineering and architecture categories, with a team from China coming in a sound second.
It’s the first time an Australian team has entered the Solar Decathlon – held in Datong, China since 2002 – the 51-strong team built the Flame House to inspire the Australian community, housing and building industries to embrace sustainable retrofitting technologies.
The retrofitted fibro cottage was also designed to appeal to older builders nearing retirement. The team aimed at building a sustainable home that would sit comfortably in it’s suburban environment :: Read the full article »»»»
Boasting its own artificial sun, a floor area three times the size of the Pentagon, the “world’s largest building” has opened in Chengdu – a metropolis in China’s Sichuan Province – to mixed reviews from its first visitors. The towering 100-metre high New Century Global Centre, which is said to be big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses, recently opened its doors in Chengdu.
The complex, which Chinese officials say is the world’s largest standalone structure, is 500 metres long by 400 metres wide, offering 1.7 million square metres of floor space, big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses.
But the first wave of visitors were divided over the attractions of the the structure, which houses 400,000 square metres of shopping space, offices, conference rooms, a university complex, two commercial centres, two five star hotels – including an Intercontinental Hotel – and an IMAX cinema :: Read the full article »»»»