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Navigating public hospitals – the role of Urbanite

Designing the signage and wayfinding for a 488-bed, six storey public hospital is no easy feat; but it's part of the challenge for multi-award-winning designer, Carlo Giannasca. Giannasca heads up wayfinding consultancy, Urbanite - the firm tasked with designing the 6000 signs and 300 wall graphics that comprise the $840 million Northern Beaches Hospital in Sydney.…

21 Nov 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Planning & Design

Balancing aesthetics, amenity and sustainability in Sydney’s public spaces

Award winning design firm ASPECT Studios is bringing Sydney’s vision of a more connected, sustainable and innovative city one step closer to a reality, through a series of transformational upgrades. Projects including the Goods Line, Darling Square and Chinatown Laneways, demonstrate the potential for design to balance aesthetics, amenity and sustainability, whist enhancing the life…

26 Sep 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Planning & Design

Addressing the complex needs of young offenders

Youth detention provides an opportunity to positively intervene in the lives of disadvantaged young people, address their complex needs, and restore them to productive, high-functioning members of society. However, a report by the Victorian Auditor General’s Office has found that the current system does not adequately address the needs of young offenders on a number of…

30 May 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Planning & Design

How Southern Cross University is growing its student profile

Situated just 400 metres from North Kirra Beach, and with views of the Pacific Ocean from many vantage points in the campus buildings, Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus is unique in Australia. But it is the University's relationship with the adjacent Gold Coast Airport that really sets it apart from other tertiary education institutions -…

1 May 2019, by Amy Sarcevic

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
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