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Australia’s largest Junglefy Breathing Wall opens in Melbourne

Australia’s largest Junglefy Breathing Wall opens in Melbourne L-R: Jock Gammon, Junglefy; Deputy Mayor Arron Wood, City of Melbourne; Scott Mosley, Lendlease Australia’s largest Breathing Wall was unveiled on Friday 13 October at 485 La Trobe Street in Melbourne. At 88sqm, the large-scale Breathing Wall sets an aspirational benchmark for incorporating living infrastructure in our cities. The Junglefy Breathing Wall was officially opened by Scott Mosely from Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial, Lendlease and Deputy Lord Mayor from the City of Melbourne, Arron Wood who said, “The refurbishment at 485 La Trobe St demonstrates Lendlease’s ability to reposition an asset with sustainability as the first principle, guiding [...]

Another award win for City of Adelaide

City of Adelaide receives Award of Excellence The City of Adelaide has received an Award of Excellence in the 2017 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) National Landscape Awards for its capacity to respond to big challenges. The Colonel Light Centre in Adelaide's city centre was transformed through the addition of living infrastructure to its facade and columns, creating a living building that provides a aesthetic beauty, a wildlife habitat, rainwater harvesting and cooling properties. The City has also previously received an AILA 2017 SA award for this project and were commended on their leadership in creating a more liveable city. Read more about this project: [...]

LFIA Symposium 2017 – recap

By Suzie Barnett and originally published on the Living Future Institute of Australia's website The venue: Quarantine Station I was lucky enough to attend the first Living Future Institute of Australia (LFIA) Symposium in Manly on 15 September and thought I’d share some thoughts inspired by the event. When Paolo Bevilacqua, Director and Chair of the LFIA opened the day’s discussions he said something that stirred me. He said “we all spend too much time creating spaces that are just less bad. Less bad for us, for the people that use them, for the communities around them, and for the environment.” Less bad. Could it be true? [...]

2017-10-09T11:24:04+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Categories: Events, Industry News|Tags: |

City of Melbourne’s Rooftop Project

Leading by green example - City of Melbourne's 'Rooftop Project' As London's mayor announced an impressive plan to make London zero-carbon and 50% green by 2050, we are now seeing local initiatives emerging to benefit Australians too. The City of Melbourne currently has its Urban Forest Fund in place and has now developed the Rooftop Project to encourage urban rooftops to be used for solar, cool or green roofs.  With Melbourne rooftops totaling 880 hectares of potential usable space, the new initiative could help to drive the uptake of green and living infrastructure on what has traditonally been an underutilised space. The Rooftop Project's webpage provides an interactive map [...]

2017-10-17T10:38:24+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Green Roofs, Industry News, Living Infrastructure, News|

‘Healthy Offices: Why Wellness is the new Green’ report

‘Healthy Offices: Why Wellness is the new Green’ report The property industry has undergone a seismic shift over the last few decades with the design and construction of sustainable buildings now the norm in building standards. The last piece of the puzzle yet to be addressed is the health and wellbeing of building occupants. In the recently published ‘Healthy Offices: Why Wellness is the new Green’ report by The Fifth Estate, it reveals that the average Australian spends 90% of their time indoors, and a large portion of that time is in an office. Healthy workspaces lead to increased staff productivity, increased profitability, reduced sick days and a reduced [...]

2017-08-30T10:47:32+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Industry News|

‘Green’ environments linked to improved cognitive function

New research provides more evidence to support the argument that green office environments are conducive to higher cognitive function when it comes to strategy development and responding to a crisis. The American study was carried out by the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University. It involved testing the cognitive capacity and decision-making performance of a group of participants after they had worked in both ‘green’ and ‘non-green’ buildings. The ‘green’ environments simulated in the test constituted “well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide”. Results showed that, on average, cognitive performance was [...]

How green is your roof?

Nothing beats spending time in the great outdoors, getting in touch with nature, letting the little kid inside us run free. For many of us city folk though, we seldom get the opportunity, with the reality of a job, study and/or family responsibilities leaving little time for us to enjoy what nature has to offer. That’s why the recent trend of ‘junglefying our cities’ is so exciting, and with the technical advancements in living infrastructure, no rooftop is safe from going green. . As major cities continue to face issues related to high-density living and a rapidly growing population, many owners and developers are looking to the sky. Rooftops provide [...]

Active Designs Supporting Healthy Living

Whether we realise it or not, design has a huge impact on our health, wellbeing and overall quality of life. This article by Fast Company acknowledges 6 outstanding projects from around the globe that have adopted the emerging concept of "active design". "Active design" is centred around improving the health, fitness and wellbeing of the public through appropriate architecture and urban planning solutions that encourage daily physical activity and make healthy foods more accessible and appealing. It urges architects, builders, planners and designers alike to consider the potential for their work to positively influence and contribute to the health of the public through one of four pathways: active recreation, active building, [...]

Greenhouses Cleaning the Air

According to the World Health Organisation, 6 of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India, with New Delhi taking out the highly undesirable number one spot. The extreme levels of air pollution in Delhi have triggered a public health emergency that needs to be addressed before things get any worse. In a recent interview, Kamal Meattle, CEO of Parharpur Business Centre, raised a great point; people are stuck in the mindset that air pollution only occurs outdoors, whereas the reality is that "indoor air is typically 10 times more polluted than outside". To combat this, many businesses have started bringing plants inside in an attempt [...]

2017-06-11T18:02:17+00:00 February 25th, 2015|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Industry News|

Grow Up – Urban Farms

Built in 2013 with the help of over 300 supporters and a successful Kickstarter campaign, The GrowUp Box is a small-scale agricultural production unit as well as a space for events and community engagement. We are following with keen interest how their current venture into developing London’s first commercial aquaponic farm will go.

2017-06-11T18:02:17+00:00 January 17th, 2015|Categories: Health & Wellbeing, Industry News, Urban Farming|
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