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Video: Australia’s return to local, sustainable manufacturing

Video: Australia’s return to local, sustainable manufacturing

Lagging procurement times and difficulty sourcing materials from overseas has driven a return to local manufacturing. Our colleagues at Habitus looked into this return to local and sustainable practices.

The proof is in the project – how four people are making sustainable change

The proof is in the project – how four people are making sustainable change

There’s no time like now to celebrate the nation’s best advocates and aficionados of sustainable design. We take a look at the winners of the Sustainability Awards 2021 – and everything they’re doing to champion change in the industry.

These beautiful objects are made from waste

These beautiful objects are made from waste

Waste not want not! These bold and innovative creators are designing objects and fashion using waste as their starting point.

This basketball court is made from 20,000 recycled sneakers

This basketball court is made from 20,000 recycled sneakers

London design firm Accept & Proceed has paired up with Nike on the brand’s ‘Move to Zero’ initiative to deliver a revamped and recycled park and recreation area in New Belgrade, Serbia.

The world’s best work chair just got better

The world’s best work chair just got better

With the re-release of their most acclaimed performance chair, Herman Miller boosts Aeron’s sustainability credentials – and proves that perfection can, in fact, be improved upon.

Forget sustainability, regenerative architecture is the future

Forget sustainability, regenerative architecture is the future

“It’s the only way to go in our attempt to stave off climate change,” says architect and accredited leader in energy and environmental design, Nadine Samaha.

Bringing iconic design back home

Bringing iconic design back home

Launched last month, Herman Miller’s new localisation programme hones in on the importance of supporting local, Australian manufacturing and sustainability in design.

Generation Alpha demands we make “audacious change”

Generation Alpha demands we make “audacious change”

Warren & Mahoney principal, Simon Topliss, outlines the architectural strategies required to educate the generation that understands they need to ‘be the change’.

11 certified carbon neutral Australian architecture firms

11 certified carbon neutral Australian architecture firms

How far have Australian architects come since pledging to become carbon neutral? We explore Australia’s leading certified carbon neutral architecture firms.

Gensler puts its sensitive, sustainable stamp on Hanoi

Gensler puts its sensitive, sustainable stamp on Hanoi

More than an exploration in form, Gensler’s Viettel building pushes forward ideals of open and collaborative working and environmental responsibility.

HY William Chan aptly appointed to lead Global Shapers

HY William Chan aptly appointed to lead Global Shapers

Future-focused Sydney architect and “visionary entrepreneur” HY William Chan has been appointed to lead the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community.

Koichi Takada on his philosophy of conscious architecture

Koichi Takada on his philosophy of conscious architecture

For Koichi Takada of Koichi Takada Architects the reigning imperative of our time is not simply to look back at history and preserve it. It is to move inexorably forward – in an environmental sense.

Oku Space rises from the ashes of Melbourne’s lockdowns

Oku Space rises from the ashes of Melbourne’s lockdowns

When two expert craftsmen join forces there can only be one result, fabulous design with a great future.

Australian architects have new national standards to adhere to

Australian architects have new national standards to adhere to

The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia has released the new National Standard of Competency for Architects prioritising First Nations peoples and sustainability.

Brodie Neill brings out the design potential in your recyclables

Brodie Neill brings out the design potential in your recyclables

At the nexus of material, time and nature, Brodie Neill brings an approach to design that treads lightly while delivering big impact.

Caroma on Collins is hosting a sustainability focused CPD day

Caroma on Collins is hosting a sustainability focused CPD day

On Friday, 18 June 2021, Caroma on Collins is opening its doors to local architecture and design professionals, one and all, to gather, learn and grow knowledge together, around the pertinent topic of sustainability.

How to talk (constructively) about sustainable design

How to talk (constructively) about sustainable design

Rachael Bernstone distills her 18 years’ worth of wisdom on architecture and sustainable design down to 5 pertinent steps that architects and design practices can action now.

This chair redefines home ergonomics and everyday wellness

This chair redefines home ergonomics and everyday wellness

Hailing from across the pond, noho’s move chair is backed by extensive research and the determination to create ergonomically outstanding home furniture.

Behold the ‘new European Bauhaus’ à la Takada

Behold the ‘new European Bauhaus’ à la Takada

Climate crisis, meet your comeuppance; the dawn of the new European Bauhaus has come. And here’s Koichi Takada to show us how it’s done.

The purposeful practice that is Collectively Ours

The purposeful practice that is Collectively Ours

Design consultancy COLOURS tears down the architecture and public space silos to create meaningful places for people and the environment.

The powers of Herman Miller and Knoll combine

The powers of Herman Miller and Knoll combine

Here’s what the acquisition means for both companies, stakeholders and the design community as a whole.

Cult’s environmentally conscious Considered Collection

Cult’s environmentally conscious Considered Collection

Residing within three different credentials – sustainable materials, sustainable manufacturing or ethical production, Cult’s new range does their bit for the Earth while looking sensational.

What not to miss during Melbourne Design Week 2021

What not to miss during Melbourne Design Week 2021

Melbourne Design Week 2021 comprises a provocative lineup of talks, exhibitions and more, centred around the topic ‘design the world you want’. Here’s our two cents on what events are not to be missed.

Cult joins the circular economy with sustainability initiative

Cult joins the circular economy with sustainability initiative

In the fight for sustainability, Cult Design has announced the launch of its in-house initiative, Cultivated, which offers buy back, refurbishment and recycling services for well-loved items of authentic design.

1 Bligh Street reaches a milestone moment in built history

1 Bligh Street reaches a milestone moment in built history

Ten years on and Sydney’s 1 Bligh Street remains a global exemplar of tall building design, having just been awarded a 10 Year Award of Excellence from CTBUH.

A conscious design collection for the design conscious

A conscious design collection for the design conscious

The new Ellipse collection from Armadillo, designed in collaboration with House of Grey, is a conscious design collection for the design conscious that puts sustainability and wellbeing at its core.

This sustainable office begets the phrase ‘waste not, want not’

This sustainable office begets the phrase ‘waste not, want not’

True or false: it’s possible to design and execute a contemporary office fitout that is equal parts thrifty, sustainable and stylish?

Sustaining the future in more ways than one

Sustaining the future in more ways than one

It’s not only aesthetically beautiful and innovative but the latest project from ZED Lab embraces the ideas of sustainable design with gusto.

Space, craft and the power of perception

Space, craft and the power of perception

Exofood is a futuristic retail and laboratory space in Thailand, designed by Space+Craft to alter how people view alternative food sources—namely, insects.

Architectus leads Western Sydney in a sustainable direction

Architectus leads Western Sydney in a sustainable direction

In cahoots with Bligh Tanner and Sydney Water, Architectus has explored urban typologies and stormwater management, with a look to shape a sustainable urban environment in Western Parkland City.

Carbon Neutral to Carbon Negative – The Steelcase Initiative

Carbon Neutral to Carbon Negative – The Steelcase Initiative

Leading an agenda of change, Steelcase has released plans that will help ensure sustainability for the company and the planet with a firm focus on the future.

Meet Proteus: the intrepid brainchild of Science x Design

Meet Proteus: the intrepid brainchild of Science x Design

Conceived by aquanaut Fabien Cousteau and designed by Yves Béhar with fuseproject, Proteus could hold the key to mitigating climate change impacts.

Living in the age of environmental enlightenment

Living in the age of environmental enlightenment

In Melbourne, HIP V. HYPE teams up with V-ZUG to deliver four high-performance homes that puts quality of life front and centre.

Burwood Brickworks gives more than it takes

Burwood Brickworks gives more than it takes

In a new era of climate consciousness, what does it mean to be sustainable? Burwood Brickworks puts forward a proposal for development and design that gives more than it takes, environmentally and socially.

Building A Workplace for All

Building A Workplace for All

NBBJ have been selected to design the new vivo Headquarters in Shenzhen, China with a 32-storey spiralling tower that integrates nature, health and equal access to amenities.

Designing a net-zero energy plan with the Australian Academy of Science

Designing a net-zero energy plan with the Australian Academy of Science

Merging heritage principles with pioneering sustainability values, leading professional services company, GHD is playing a major role in shaping Canberra, Australia’s heritage-listed iconic landmark – Shine Dome.

Green Star Champions of 2020 announced!

Green Star Champions of 2020 announced!

Recognising those in our industry building a more sustainable future, the Green Star Champions of 2020 have been announced as a part of GBCA’s annual Green Building Day conference.

Remembering Gabriel Poole: Regional Hero

Remembering Gabriel Poole: Regional Hero

It is with great regret that we report the passing of Gabriel Poole, a leader in Australia’s architecture community.

Design for the next generation

Design for the next generation

There has never been a more pressing time for architecture and design to save us than now. In an era of catastrophic environmental lows, a generation of a new age of sustainability is emerging and is ready to disrupt our ‘new normal.’

Taking back our climate

Taking back our climate

In the hopes of a regenerative future, voices of passion and activism are leading the way in restoring our landscape to give generations the brighter planet that they deserve. A leader in global sustainability, Interface® is changing the game by overcoming humanity’s biggest challenge of climate change.

Context vs climate: Balancing cultural sensitivity and sustainability in modern architecture

Context vs climate: Balancing cultural sensitivity and sustainability in modern architecture

Jeremy Deale, principal of creative powerhouse, Architectus explores how boundaries can be pushed in pursuit of high environmental and social performance, whilst retaining an aesthetic sympathetic to heritage, celebratory of context and expressive of contemporary architecture.

The world’s most sustainable shopping centre? First look at Burwood Brickworks

The world’s most sustainable shopping centre? First look at Burwood Brickworks

With a design that centres community and a building that gives more than it takes, Melbourne’s soon-to-open Burwood Brickworks looks to be forging a new path for retail.

The winners of the 2019 Sustainability Awards!

The winners of the 2019 Sustainability Awards!

Back for its 13th edition, this year’s Sustainability Awards was bigger and better than ever. The gala dinner took place Sydney’s, The Star, and highlighted the most creative, innovative and sustainable minds across the industry. With nearly 200 entries and a record-breaking number of 65 finalists, the winning list of 17 awardees definitely impressed.

All together now: Barkly Street Collective by HIP V. HYPE

All together now: Barkly Street Collective by HIP V. HYPE

Co-working is well and truly part of the working vernacular. But this co-working space by HIP V. HYPE is founded on much more than just being a place for freelancers to come and work.

2019 Sustainability Awards finalists revealed

2019 Sustainability Awards finalists revealed

Across 17 categories the finalists have been revealed for the 2019 Sustainability Awards, take a look at the entries that have made the cut.

Meet Natalie Busch – HASSELL’s new principal

Meet Natalie Busch – HASSELL’s new principal

The newly appointed principal at HASSELL believes that designers have a social responsibility to create sustainable, healthy places for the next generation.

5 minutes with HY William Chan – the recently awarded “Forbes 30 Under 30”

5 minutes with HY William Chan – the recently awarded “Forbes 30 Under 30”

Recognised for his game-changing disruption of the architecture and design industry, HY William Chan has earned a well-deserved place on Forbes magazine’s coveted “30 Under 30” list for architectural leadership and advocacy in 2019.

EcoSoft: Diverting plastic waste from the oceans with Upstream carpet tiles

EcoSoft: Diverting plastic waste from the oceans with Upstream carpet tiles

The amount of plastic the world produces is of increasing concern to designers and environmentalists alike. Thankfully, Carpets Inter has a solution – EcoSoft.

Case in point: Interface’s work with Knight Frank and Real I.S. shows the impact of ReEntry

Case in point: Interface’s work with Knight Frank and Real I.S. shows the impact of ReEntry

Consistently seeking out the boldest and most progressive ways to push a sustainable agenda, Interface’s ReEntry project with Knight Frank and Real I.S. goes above and beyond for a climate-smart future.

Living On  | As Green As Can Be: Woodside

Living On | As Green As Can Be: Woodside

Perth’s new Woodside Headquarters takes ‘leading by example’ to the next level – combining advanced sustainability operations with direct commercial imperatives.

Westpac NZ Bins & Wins With Method Recycling

Westpac NZ Bins & Wins With Method Recycling

There is a strong culture around looking after the environment and reducing carbon footprints at Westpac, and nowhere is this clearer than at their New Zealand offices which have implemented Method Recycling.

A top to bottom sustainable office: Visy Melbourne HQ

A top to bottom sustainable office: Visy Melbourne HQ

Taking eco thinking to the next level, the Visy headquarters in Melbourne takes sustainability to new heights.

The Suited Collection: what suits you?

The Suited Collection: what suits you?

Designed to inspire and engage, Suited brings a sense of comfort and belonging to flooring solutions. Discover the new, laid-back sophisticated, timeless and tactile collection by Shaw Contract.

Design for play: Bundoora Childcare Centre

Design for play: Bundoora Childcare Centre

Designed by Gardiner Architects, the Bundoora Childcare Centre is a striking example of design that lays emphasis on a child’s experience of built space.

The collision of new technology and energy-efficient skyscrapers

The collision of new technology and energy-efficient skyscrapers

Now more than ever, it seems our skyscrapers are being designed to be as energy-efficient as possible.

Blue-sky thinking: Woodside Perth by Cox and Unispace

Blue-sky thinking: Woodside Perth by Cox and Unispace

As the ‘well’ movement gathers momentum, we see numerous workspaces re-skinned as colourful, enticing work-life centres. But just how well do these workplaces deliver on the promise? Enter, Woodside.

A new age of sustainable products as seen at Salone del Mobile

A new age of sustainable products as seen at Salone del Mobile

There’s a surprisingly sparse emphasis on sustainable products during the world’s biggest furniture-design week. We’ve been scouring the brand offerings in Milan for beacons of progress. Here are some we’ve found.

5 minutes with Maddison Ryder, designer of Lettuce Eat

5 minutes with Maddison Ryder, designer of Lettuce Eat

Proving that the next generation of designers have their eyes on solving some of the world’s most pressing issues – waste and plastic use among them – we spend five minutes with rising talent Maddison Ryder to hear more about her award-winning Lettuce Eat project.

The hybrid design approach of Archier’s Caroma on Collins

The hybrid design approach of Archier’s Caroma on Collins

Caroma on Collins by Archier combines a groundbreaking retail offering together with staff offices, all while ensuring a cohesive design resolution.

All aboard! Interface’s new Sydney HQ transforms a heritage-listed railway building

All aboard! Interface’s new Sydney HQ transforms a heritage-listed railway building

After taking +Positive Spaces around the world, Interface is designing the change it wants to see in the world in its new headquarters in Sydney, Australia.

SANAA’s Sydney Modern Project to go ahead

SANAA’s Sydney Modern Project to go ahead

The new expansion of the Art Gallery of NSW’s Sydney Modern Project, designed by Japanese studio SANAA, has received planning approval.

Hear from Climate Changemakers at The Office Space

Hear from Climate Changemakers at The Office Space

The latest instalment of The Office Space’s popular Insight talk series brings together Australia’s best and brightest champions of sustainability.

If it ain’t broke… 5 ways to work with existing buildings, as told at FRONT

If it ain’t broke… 5 ways to work with existing buildings, as told at FRONT

In the face of mounting pressure on designers to balance environmental and financial considerations, Todd Hammond of Hammond Studio chaired a session at the inaugural FRONT event on the true value of adaptive reuse.

Indesign Q&A: A chat with the environmental design experts at Carpets Inter

Indesign Q&A: A chat with the environmental design experts at Carpets Inter

A unique blend of old world artistry and cutting-edge technology… Carpets Inter is more than a great design product – this is a message of sustainability in the face of a changing world.

Looking at the big picture: the value of whole of life costing

Looking at the big picture: the value of whole of life costing

Here’s what whole of life costing can offer your next commercial project.

Design for social impact the focus at the 60th Good Design Awards Australia

Design for social impact the focus at the 60th Good Design Awards Australia

Among a glittering crowd at the Sydney Opera House, it was the products designed to change people’s lives that became the centre of attention at the 60th annual Good Design Awards Australia.

Playing by the rules: why compliance matters

Playing by the rules: why compliance matters

The Australian design industry is beset with certifications, regulations, and laws. What’s the difference between the three, and what do they mean for you?

What’s the deal with Green Design?

What’s the deal with Green Design?

Confusion surrounding sustainability, certifications and best practice is increasing exponentially. Here, we cut through the confusion and set the story straight.

Optimising social sustainability within high-rises

Optimising social sustainability within high-rises

As sustainability matures in the built environment, it’s no longer just about the tangible elements that can be deemed sustainable, increasingly social sustainability comes into play.

Thinking green with plant based paint

Thinking green with plant based paint

Designer furniture group Pedrali has always been committed to environmental sustainability, but now they’ve take a whole new step on that journey – entirely plant-derived water-based paints.

How sustainable is local fashion and design?

How sustainable is local fashion and design?

Featuring Ross Gardam, Holly Ryan and speakers from Arnsdorf and Sussex Taps, the VAMFF panel discussion explored environmental best practice across industrial design, handcrafted jewellery, and fashion.

Pushing the limits: CLT structure built in two days

Pushing the limits: CLT structure built in two days

A recent pilot CLT project in Japan by Junichi Kato showcases the benefits and appeal of CLT and hopes create demand for a sustainable and more sophisticated ecosystem for CLT production.

Zip Achieves and Industry-First Sustainability Benchmark

Zip Achieves and Industry-First Sustainability Benchmark

It’s no secret that the world-class designers and engineers at Zip Water are committed to sustainability. With energy efficiency at the fore of their research and development, it’s little surprise to learn they’ve taken the next step in sustainability.

Materials in Mind, GECA’s shipping container showcase at SID17

Materials in Mind, GECA’s shipping container showcase at SID17

At Sydney Indesign 2017, GECA is introducing the Materials in Mind pop-up container exhibit – an immersive, fully interactive shipping container showcase!

Is It Time We Redefined ‘Sustainability’?

Is It Time We Redefined ‘Sustainability’?

When we talk about sustainability there’s a very compelling argument to take a more holistic approach. Just look at Interface and the huge impact it has had not only on the environment but the economies of small communities throughout the developing world.

We’re In The Age of Plastic … and It’s Ruining Our Oceans

We’re In The Age of Plastic … and It’s Ruining Our Oceans

Can A+D help clean up the 311,000,000 tonnes of rubbish contributed to our oceans each year? Well … it’s starting to look more achievable than ever!

Why ‘Paperless’ Might Be A Pipedream

Why ‘Paperless’ Might Be A Pipedream

Paper was there on desks in the world’s first office, and it’s there on desks around the world today, still! The ‘paperless’ debate continues to wage war, but we want to know if we’re not looking at going ‘paperless’ in the right way

Talking with Michael Fitzsimons after 30 years of Instyle

Talking with Michael Fitzsimons after 30 years of Instyle

In 2017, Instyle is celebrating 30 years of trend setting fabric design. We were lucky enough to sit down with founder Michael Fitzsimons to talk about the past and future of the great brand.

A Failure to Lead: How the BCA’s Environmental Responsibilities are Falling to Other Groups

A Failure to Lead: How the BCA’s Environmental Responsibilities are Falling to Other Groups

The Building Code of Australia is beginning to show that standards of best practice in sustainability across the country are below par.

Five minutes with Zev Bianchi

Five minutes with Zev Bianchi

We take five minutes to chat with Director of Bcompact design, Zev Bianchi.

PATRICK BLANC GREENS OUT AT CENTRAL PARK

PATRICK BLANC GREENS OUT AT CENTRAL PARK

Sydney’s fast-finishing Central Park has the largest green façade on any residential tower in Australia. Indesign Media’s Editorial Director Paul McGillick reports from French botanist and vertical garden expert Patrick Blanc’s final inspection of the project.