Humanitarian architecture, transitional shelter, temporary shelter, emergency shelter, settlements, humanitarian engineering, humanitarian response, disaster, shelter - all of these terms sound like the same thing, right? Yes and no. They are about housing people in need of shelter because their communities have been devastated by an environmental disaster or by persecution. But each term has … Continue reading Want to design humanitarian shelter? Better know what you’re talking about.
In February 2020, 121 multi-generational professionals from 60 built environment design and senior living organisations rolled up their sleeves and got to work in sixteen cross-disciplinary creative teams to explore what longevity looks like in the built environment, and the extent that baby boomers will change the landscape of living, learning, working and playing. Three … Continue reading A charrette to change the way we design our cities
As part of a background scoping study for a technical design guide for Sunshine Coast Council, I asked the experts what makes Sunny Coast buildings climate-responsive, liveable, affordable, resilient and sustainable. All the locals I interviewed nominated the 'living landscape' as the number one quality they look for. Climate responsive design is centred on creating … Continue reading What makes a sustainable Sunshine Coast building?
"Does the glass skyscraper have a future?" Last year as architects around the world declared the Climate Emergency, the AIA's Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN) interviewed me along with others. While it seems office and apartment towers with walls of glass have not yet had their day in Brisbane, I note that elsewhere around … Continue reading The Future of Glass Skyscrapers
My report on Next Generation Apartment Buildings is now available here: R Kennedy Dunbar Fellowship Report 030619 V2 This version, posted 3rd JUNE 2019 corrects two inadvertent errata in the version posted 23 May 2019 and supersedes that version. Corrections are noted on Page 2. I recently had the pleasure of presenting the results of research I … Continue reading Next Generation Apartment Buildings: The Dunbar Fellowship Report
In his collection of poems The Daylight Moon Les Murray calls up life in the lightweight timber and tin buildings of Australia’s “louvred latitudes” and describes the “…handbreadth shelving open and shut, it is ruled across with lines…”. Vale Les Murray 30 April 2019
I recently made a visit to Shenzhen in SubTropical Southern China. The city core has a well-established grid of tree-lined streets with separate traffic lanes for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians demarcated by trees and tropical greenery. The tree canopies overlap, providing continuous street level shade, just as I have advocated for the past twenty+ years … Continue reading Shady street trees: a great investment in urban quality