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Made Here RMIT Furniture Design graduate show

20 Nov, 2014

Over the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of November, between 10am – 4 pm, ‘Made Here’ exhibition opens. The exhibition will showcase the works of graduating students from RMIT’s Furniture Design Program. This year’s Furniture Design Students have been widely recognised for their innovative and sustainable designs in…

Holcim Awards 2014 prize-winning projects, Asia Pacific

17 Nov, 2014

The winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 Asia Pacific show how building with sustainable construction in mind can enhance the region’s human, natural and economic performance. A bird sanctuary in Thailand, a locally-adapted orphanage in Nepal, and a community library in Sri Lanka received the top prizes. An independent…

The Chairity Project

12 Nov, 2014

14 Australian and New Zealand creative talents have bravely reinterpreted the work of Hans J. Wegner’s CH33 chair for Carl Hansen & Søn. The Chairity Project brings together charity, creativity and iconic Danish Design. The 14 completed chairs will be auctioned off online at http://stores.ebay.com.au/bidsforgood/chairity The bidding will open at…

Canberra’s Ethical Makers DESIGN Canberra

12 Nov, 2014

The terms ‘ethical’ and ‘sustainable’ are ubiquitous, few places more so than in craft and design. Rejected and embraced, ridiculed and revered, ethics and sustainability are themes that underwrite all aspects of life in the twenty-first century. It is apt, then, that a major design festival would incorporate responses to…

Example of early sustainable architecture preserved

12 Nov, 2014

The City of Sydney has moved to preserve a two-storey 1970s building for future generations because of its architectural importance. The 1974 Calidad building at 163 Brougham Street, Woolloomooloo, was designed by Ian McKay, an award-winning NSW-born architect and one of the leading lights of an architectural movement known as…

Desso launches new circular economy material stream

12 Nov, 2014

In a bold new move on the transformational journey to the circular economy, Desso, a leading global carpets and sports pitches company has developed a new material stream for its carpet tiles based on a partnership with a group of drinking water companies in the Netherlands. As a Cradle to…

Fair Food

11 Nov, 2014

Fair Food is Australia’s first feature-length documentary that tells the story of our farmers, social entrepreneurs and communities pioneering new approaches to food production, marketing and distribution. After a year of production by The Field Institute and Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, the premiere screenings of this very special documentary will…

Frank Gehry’s UTS building complete

11 Nov, 2014

A state-of-the art business school and hi-tech learning hub is the latest milestone in the University of Technology, Sydney’s billion-dollar City Campus Master Plan – for Australia, it’s our very own one-of-a-kind Frank Gehry architectural marvel. Construction work has now finished on site as scheduled, with the building’s architect set…

Initiative to conserve native grasslands wins Banksia Sustainability award

11 Nov, 2014

Bush Heritage Australia and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy have won a prestigious Banksia Award for their work with farmers in helping to conserve the Tasmanian Midlands. The Midlands Conservation Fund has scooped the prize in the Natural Capital section of the 2014 Banksia Foundation Sustainability Awards, recognising demonstrated leadership and…

The Samuel Griffith Centre wins at AIQS awards

11 Nov, 2014

Australia’s top construction, engineering, architecture and design people and projects have been celebrated at the recent Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors Infinite Value Awards in Brisbane. In their third year, the national Infinite Value Awards have established themselves as one of the most coveted accolades in the construction industry with…