Updates

AFDA finalists announced

1 Jun, 2017

JamFactory and Stylecraft are thrilled to announce six outstanding finalists have been selected for the 2017 Australian Furniture Design Awards. The judges reviewed 103 entries from all around Australia, including some from eligible Australian designers in the US, Canada and Singapore, all hoping to win the $20,000 cash prize and…

Western Australia shows green ambition

31 May, 2017

National recognition of local sustainable developments is giving Western Australia a reputation as a state with a green ambition, with an apartment project in White Gum Valley the latest to receive a highly-regarded sustainability accolade. This week Yolk Property Group’s Evermore development was recognised by Bioregional Australia Foundation as a…

Launch of $1.2 million fund to green Melbourne

31 May, 2017

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has today announced that the City of Melbourne will allocate $1.2 million from its new Urban Forest Fund to encourage more greening in the city. The City of Melbourne will partner with philanthropists, property developers, community groups and other Government organisations on greening projects. The initiatives…

Solar with smarts: Part 2

31 May, 2017

We are now well into our solar project (read Part 1 here). The home has enjoyed over two months of solar power with storage and the associated smart reporting and monitoring. We have become avid weather heads, adjusting our daily routines like clever chipmunks. With a forecast of sunny days the…

2017 Good Design Awards finalists announced

29 May, 2017

The finalists for Australia’s peak industry design awards have been announced for 2017, recognising the exemplary achievements over the past year of designers from around the world, from all walks of life, and across different age groups.  The winners of the Good Design Awards will be announced at a black…

Shortlist announced for 2017 NSW Architecture Awards

26 May, 2017

A total of 88 projects have been shortlisted for this year’s NSW Architecture Awards, the Australian Institute of Architects announced today. The shortlist comes from a record field of over 200 entries from around the state following an extensive review by a team of 17 jurors across 12 categories. In…

What’s in your paint?

25 May, 2017

There’s nothing quite like a fresh coat of paint to refresh and transform a space. There’s also nothing quite like the acrid scent of paint off-gassing for days afterwards. The toxicity of paint is a concern for all home-makers because it reduces air quality by way of released Volatile Organic…

New Zealand’s first ‘no negative impact’ building

24 May, 2017

The first building in Aotearoa New Zealand to leave no footprint, and be globally recognised as actually replenishing its environment and community, was honoured on Friday in Seattle. Ngāi Tῡhoe’s tribal headquarters in Taneatua (Te Kura Whare) set out to be the first certified building in the Living Building Challenge…

Up-Cycle House

22 May, 2017

Born again: Up-cycling gives an ageing home a new lease on life. Up-Cycle House is a freestanding three-bedroom, two-bathroom house located in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains. Architect Alexander Symes designed and built Up-Cycle House to address the question of what happens to a house when it reaches the end…