Reported today by 3 News New Zealand that the Otago District Council is banning Oamaru Stone as a building material as it is too bright and reflective. One has to wonder if the local council has heard of sustainable design? To ban a locally sourced product that has reflective and thermal qualities seems absurd, shall architects and builders start using Australian yellow sandstone or Chinese Shanxi Black granite to placate the local council?
read more about the saga at the SOURCE: 3 News > National > Story > Otago bans new homes from using Oamaru stone
PERTH should grow to more than three million people by 2050, Richard Weller, a professor of landscape architecture at WA University, says.
The author of Boomtown 2050 – Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City believes Perth still has the opportunity to plan for its expected population surge and use the energy of growth to make a better city.
Read more at the SOURCE: PerthNow- Perth grows at boomtown rate
Purchase Boomtown 2050 at UWA Publishing
A new gallery showcasing Australian Design has been opened in Canberra known as the Gallery of Australian Design. The Gallery is a partnership between National Museum of Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Australian Institute of Architects, and the University of Canberra.
National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Mr Neil Hobbs, is delighted at the opportunity to be able to present the best of Australian design. “Having such a facility in the centre of Canberra will showcase the best of Australia’s designers to the public. It will also allow enhanced collaboration between design disciplines.”
Department of Culture and Arts – Western Australia annnounces
situate is an international sculpture competition for Perth, Western Australia.
Forrest Place, which is the location of a proposed major multi-million dollar upgrade, has been announced as the site for the artwork.
situate has been designed to encourage innovative partnerships between creative minds from a range of disciplines.
$1million is being offered for an artwork to transform the city landscape and represents a new challenge to public art and its interaction with the built environment in WA.
SOURCE: Department of Culture and Arts – Western Australia via ArtDaily
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WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS COMPETITION IN ANY WAY. IF YOU WISH TO OBTAIN INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE ORGANISER – Department of Culture and Arts – Western Australia
Geoff Maslen of The Age reports
“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?
Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”
[SOURCE: theage.com.au – Fire-safe designs for the future]
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Sydney Morning Herald reports that “SYDNEY will be reinvented as a high-density metropolis serviced by mass-transit subways under a transport blueprint being developed by senior state and federal government bureaucrats.
Powerful new legislation underpinning a proposed metro network costing $13 billion will enable transport and planning officials to reshape the inner suburbs of Sydney, paving the way for apartment towers as high as 15 storeys as well as large-scale retail and office blocks.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE smh.com.au – Get ready: high-rise suburbs coming]