Archives for August 2014

Urban SOS: towards a new industry

Images courtesy of Urban SOS 2014 finalists. In post-industrial cities, many sites that were once centers of production are now dead zones in the urban fabric. In its fifth year, the Urban SOS competition invited students worldwide to imagine these spaces reinvigorated by new forms of industry appropriate to their modern contexts. The competition calls for […]

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Townsville 2100: turning risk into resilience

AECOM’s Design + Planning practice in Australia recently responded to a challenge issued by Townsville Enterprise: “Imagine Townsville as a metropolitan landscape of millions.” For those not familiar with the city, Townsville is a well-established and distinctive regional centre half way up the eastern coast of Queensland. As the ‘capital’ of North Queensland, it is […]

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Putting people first: “Building Healthy Places”

Ayala Triangle, Manila. Copyright AECOM photo by Robb Williamson. There is clear evidence that developers, planners, engineers and designers have contributed to the global health and obesity crisis since the inception of the mass-produced affordable automobile. Seemingly inexplicable decisions were made during the 1950s in cities such as Sydney, to tear up extensive light rail […]

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Unlocking energy upgrades with EPCs

Energy performance contracting (EPC) is a delivery model in its infancy in Australia. Its introduction was catalysed by the Victorian Government’s formation of the (now closed) Greener Government Buildings Programme. EPCs have been around in the U.S. for over 30 years but Australia is still trying to work out how to get maximum gain with […]

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Harnessing the edge effect

Milan’s Piazza Gae Aulenti draws people to its “edge” and to the surrounding mixed-use development. Photo by Cannon Ivers. Ever gone to a party where you know no one and found yourself standing close to a wall, leaning against a doorway or hanging out around the kitchen counter? This is what environmental psychologists call ‘the edge […]

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The renaissance of timber structures

Image courtesy of Marks and Spencer. Timber structures are undergoing a renaissance worldwide and look poised to make an impact in Australia. Recently completed buildings like Forte in Melbourne – the tallest timber apartment building the world – and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in New Zealand are showcasing new technologies and the way […]

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