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Sourceable: The benefits of biophilia and greenery in retail

When it comes to sustainability in the built environment, office buildings are often the testing ground for new design principles and technologies. Perhaps this is because they offer a manageably-sized microcosm to monitor, tweak and report on. Whatever the reason, I’m happy to see the expansion of sustainability (and living infrastructure) into other facets of the built environment. People today spend a lot of time in retail centres indulging in our passion for “consumerism” or “retail therapy.” It’s where we buy our groceries, catch up with friends, spend our lunch breaks (and our pay cheques). Shopping is pretty much a daily exercise. It’s time we make the spaces we spend [...]

2017-06-11T17:59:01+00:00 June 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Five creatures, birds and bugs making our world more liveable

I’ve already told you about the benefits of living infrastructure (check out my blog archive for a refresher). I’ve told you about the great things a little bit of plant life can do for your business and your city, your health, stress levels and productivity, as well as benefitting the planet itself. Plants are amazing. But what about the creatures, birds and bugs that call that greenery home? Where do they fit in? This blog is my take on a ‘Buzzfeed’ top 5 list. Well it’s my take on a High Fidelity top five list but people seem to think Buzzfeed is a more ‘current’ reference. (Kids these days…) So [...]

2017-06-11T18:02:10+00:00 June 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorised|Tags: , , , |

Spotlight on the High Line, New York City

Living infrastructure in public spaces: Part 2 This is the second blog in a series on living infrastructure in public spaces. Public spaces are so varied that I felt one blog just wouldn’t do the subject justice – especially when there are so many great examples of living infrastructure around the world! This project is definitely one of my favourites and is top of my list when we head to New York in September this year. I think it’s a great example of innovation, planting design and people power. Let me know what you think in the comments section below. Owned by the City of New York and located on [...]

2017-06-11T18:02:17+00:00 May 11th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure|Tags: , |

The Daily Telegraph: Peregrine falcons, frogs and bees move into Sydney’s Central Park in unprecedented natural growth

BEN PIKE, The Daily Telegraph May 1, 2016 This article was first published in The Daily Telegraph. Read the full article... If you are getting sick of mowing your lawn and trimming your hedges, spare a thought for these blokes. Not only do horticulturalists at Broadway’s Central Park have to dance with death on a daily basis while pruning, they are also swatting away an unprecedented number of bees and wasps. A small colony of green frogs and two peregrine falcons have also moved in, turning the high-rise into the ultimate urban jungle. With a small colony of green frogs and two peregrine falcons calling the gardens home. Picture: John [...]

Sourceable: Living infrastructure report card

From the formation of an industry alliance and a biodiversity sensitive urban design protocol, to promises of increased greenery and infrastructure for a new age, the last nine months have seen quite a bit of activity around our industry. But even with all this change, I’m wondering, what is really going to drive change and create opportunities? Here I offer my ratings of four major developments for living infrastructure in Australia today, highlighting which ones I feel are going to make a real difference. RMIT Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design protocol Grade: A+ RMIT University released its Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design (BSUD) protocol late last year. Based on five key principles, [...]

2016-04-26T14:05:55+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure, Published Articles|Tags: , |

Spotlight on Orange Regional Museum

Living infrastructure in public spaces: Part 1 This blog is the first of several I’ll be writing about living infrastructure in public spaces. In this thematic series I’ll discuss a range of projects from around the world and try to shed some light on what makes ‘good’ green infrastructure in public spaces. Of course I had to start with an Aussie one so here it is – Orange Regional Museum, a project Junglefy was lucky enough to be involved in. Currently in the final stages of construction, the new Orange Regional Museum in central west NSW brings exhibition and public spaces together with the creation of a publicly accessible grass [...]

2016-04-21T16:39:11+00:00 April 21st, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , |

The business case for living infrastructure: Part 2

Living infrastructure like green roofs, walls and facades can deliver a range of benefits to cities, building owners and tenants. Here is the second of two blogs I’m writing on the business case for living infrastructure. This one focuses on the benefits building owners, tenants, employers and urban residents can look forward to.   Health benefits ‘Urban forests can be viewed as a “living technology”, a key component of the urban infrastructure that helps maintain a healthy environment for urban dwellers.’ [ref]Dwyer, John F., Gregory McPherson, E., Schroeder, Herbert W., Rowntree, Rowan A., ‘Assessing the benefits and costs of the urban forest’, Journal of Arboriculture, 18(5): September 1992, p.228[/ref] As [...]

2016-04-11T16:20:25+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , , |

The Garden Gurus: One Central Park

In this episode of the Garden Gurus, Nigel looks at One Central Park in Sydney, recently voted the world’s best tallest building, this truly incredible building is home to the world’s tallest vertical garden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVcnI8vTBu0  

The business case for living infrastructure: Part 1

Living infrastructure like green roofs, walls and facades can deliver a range of benefits to cities, building owners and tenants. Which ones are going to get you, your local government and big business to part with some cash? Here is the first of two blogs I’m writing on the business case for living infrastructure. This one focuses on the societal benefits developers, local, state and federal governments can look forward to.   Health benefits ‘We should think of the built environment as a potential ‘treatment’ for chronic disease, as well as a place for ‘prevention’ of disease.’[ref]Capon, A. ‘The view from the city’, World Health Design, July 2011, p.8[/ref] In [...]

2016-03-17T17:45:39+00:00 March 17th, 2016|Categories: Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , , |

The grass is greener in Orange

The Junglefy team recently created an innovative new green roof for the new Orange Regional Museum which included over 1200 rolls of turf. The new museum is attracting widespread media attention, including Prime 7,  The Central Western Daily and ABC News and is set to become a feature of this bustling regional town. Orange City Council have taken a progressive approach to the design and sustainability aspects of the new museum, and the new grass roof will not only be a beautiful place for people to enjoy, it also has numerous sustainability features, including serving as an insulator for the building. In order to ensure the grass and soil don't erode from the roof, we used a product called [...]

2016-02-24T13:48:14+00:00 February 24th, 2016|Categories: Case Studies, Living Infrastructure|Tags: , , , |
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