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Education | Infrastructure | Planning & Design

How vertical schools are affecting children’s health and development

Fatter, sicker, sadder. It’s a phrase planning and design expert, Dr. Tony Matthews, doesn’t particularly like, but one which quite accurately captures the way modern, urban environments are impacting our children’s health and wellbeing. “Just a few decades ago, the air was cleaner, the streets were safer and children were able to enjoy a more…

6 Sep 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure | Planning & Design

Raising funds for new campus buildings – implications for the masterplan

Using philanthropic investment to finance all or part of a new campus building is an approach that has long been used in the USA, the UK, and in Australian private schools. With the recent government freeze on commonwealth supported places (CSP), campus buildings are expected to appear more often on the fundraising agenda of Australian…

6 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Legal | Planning & Design

Inclusive egress – making buildings safer and more accessible

Seven years ago, new legislation was passed in Australia to make all public buildings fully accessible for people with disability. While the legislation was deemed a giant leap forward in terms of disabled rights, what it didn’t consider was how to safely evacuate people with disability from those very same buildings, in the event of…

1 Jun 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Planning & Design | Uncategorised

Improving inmate rehabilitation with innovative design concepts

As the recidivism rates of Nordic nations continue to outshine Australia’s, the Prisons 2018 Conference explores the link between various architectural design concepts and improvements in inmate rehabilitation. Conference speaker, Kavan Applegate, is a Director at Guymer Bailey Architects and first turned his hand to prison architecture twenty years ago. Since then he has delivered…

22 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Planning & Design | Social Policy

Preventing cruelty in Prisons – how to meet your OPCAT obligations

In December 2017, Australia ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) – a protocol to prevent torture and other forms of mistreatment in prisons. As part of the initiative, institutions will be required to undergo a series of thorough inspections; and will face greater accountability for the mismanagement of antisocial behavior. In…

15 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Infrastructure | Legal | Planning & Design

Raising Australian building standards – what needs to change?

Jurisdictions need a common language, more rigorous regulation and better oversight if they are to truly raise building standards in Australia, according to a Federal Government report by Bronwyn Weir and Peter Shergold. At present the lack of cohesion in how construction is regulated throughout the country makes for a frustrating system, in which practitioners…

10 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure | Planning & Design

Urban planning and the university masterplan

Planning university campuses in the 21st century is an intensive exercise in innovation and Curtin University’s Greater Curtin Plan, which attracted the largest ever Smart Cities grant from federal government, is a high-definition example. Located in Perth’s middle suburbia, Curtin aims to serve not only its students, but the region in general, by acting as…

27 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Planning & Design

An Insight into School Planning with David Asteraki

Examining how to build adaptable learning environments that effectively serve Australia and it’s growing population as well as meeting the needs of students and teachers, the fourth annual School Planning, Design & Construction Conference is fast approaching. In the lead up to this not–to-be missed Conference, we spoke to David Asteraki, Director, Infrastructure Finance, ACT…

14 Mar 2018, by Informa Insights

Education | Planning & Design

An Insight into School Planning with John Neish

The fourth annual  School Planning, Design & Construction Conference will examine how to build adaptable learning environments that effectively serve the country, it’s growing population and the needs of students and teachers. Held in May at the Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, this event is fast approaching.  In the lead up to this unmissable conference, we spoke to…

5 Mar 2018, by Informa Insights

Energy & Utilities | Infrastructure | Planning & Design | Social Policy | Technology | Transport & Logistics

Ethical innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship – how Tia Kansara is paving the way for a new economy

  The word ‘innovation’ means different things to different people. To many it is synonymous with artificial intelligence, quantum computing, or the automation of roles previously carried out by humans. But for ecosystem designer and founder of Replenish.Earth Ltd, Dr Tia Kansara, the word innovation is more about ethical rather than digital advancement. Dr Kansara…

20 Jul 2017, by Amy Sarcevic
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