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Block’hood – a video game for budding urban planners

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Calling all aspiring urban planners. There’s a new video game on the block. Quite literally. It’s called Block’hood – and it challenges you to create a functioning community on just one city block.

Similar to games such as SimCity and Cities: Skyline, the game allows you to experiment with constructing virtual environments. But the goal in Block’hood isn’t to build an entire city. In fact you only have one city block to build on. And because land quickly runs out the only way is up, with the constraints and scale forcing you to place single structures with a more urban perspective.  (more…)

Our one year Instagram birthday

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Time really does fly when you’re having fun – we can’t believe it’s been one year since our first Instagram post!

Below are our 5 most liked and talked about posts from the past year.

A big thanks to our followers – we’re looking forward to sharing with you more modular magic and behind-the-scenes snaps in the year to come. And if you haven’t already, we’d love to have you join our insta family and follow us @modscapeaus

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Modscape’s Wye River project: a CSIRO post-bushfire case study

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On Christmas Day 2015 a raging fire tore through the Wye River and Separation Creek region. Thankfully no lives were lost, but the impact to the small beachside towns were nonetheless devastating. Over 100 homes were destroyed with roughly 80% of buildings in the fire area lost to fire.

Following the fire the CSIRO reviewed the houses that were impacted in the Wye River fire footprint with the aim of identifying factors that led to the loss, damage and survival of these houses. A Modscape home at Wye River survived the fire and was assessed as part of the CSIRO’s report.

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Creating a Sustainable Home Through Passive Design

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Passive design is a sustainable building standard that responds to local climate and site conditions to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home. It focuses on renewable sources of energy such as the sun and wind to provide household heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.

Through passive design, energy usage is dramatically reduced, temperature fluctuations are fewer, and indoor air quality is improved. Usually, approximately 40% of household energy is used for heating and cooling (even more in some climates), and this can be cut to almost zero in new housing through sound climate responsive design.

Shoreham install video

Check out this little teaser video showing the installation of our latest residential project in Shoreham.

With an upstairs living arrangement and decking on both the northern and southern sides, this design takes full advantage of the property’s beautiful sea views – while providing an array of options to entertain or relax.

More detail and photos of the Shoreham project will be online soon, so watch this space.

 

Things we love: Miniature treehouse sculptures

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Treehouses are not just a plaything for kids – as we discovered when selecting 50 of our favourite treehouse designs from around the world.

They can be wild realisations of the union between man-made abodes and plant life in its most archetypal, grounded form. They can be reflections of eco-friendly sustainable design. Or they can be beautiful pieces of architecture, existing for their own sake as the manifestation of a creator’s mind. Just like these delightful miniature treehouses by artist Jedediah Corwyn Voltz that are perched among potted plants.

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Field of Light – Uluru

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Now here’s an exciting way to use solar power.

British artist Bruce Munro has created an immersive large-scale installation that incorporates 15-tonnes of solar-powered LED lights to transform the striking landscape at Uluru.

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Modular green wall that generates energy

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Student Elena Mitrofanova and biochemist Paolo Bombelli have developed a green façade system that aims to explore how moss might be used as a source of renewable energy at an urban scale. Thanks to a series of hollow, modular clay bricks, the system utilizes the natural process of photosynthesis to generate electrical energy.

The moss consumes carbon dioxide and water from the environment and converts it into organic compounds. Bacteria that lives alongside the moss feed on the compounds, breaking them down to release free electrons. By harvesting these electrons we are able to generate electricity.

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Project Mt Martha

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Located 200m from Birdrock Beach on the shores of Port Philip bay stands this striking home, raw in modular form.

The arresting design developed out of a strong collaboration between the client and Modscape’s design team. Directed by the client’s proposed concept the team further refined and optimised the design while honouring the client’s desire to exploit the characteristics of modular construction.

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Minimalist dog accessories

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Japanese design studio Nendo is best known for designing furniture, retail stores and exhibition spaces. With a diverse range of products under their belt, the studio has recently added a new line of minimalist accessories – but this time for your dog.

The new range of pet accessories favours simple geometric shapes and is a welcomed alternative to the typically garish and bright toys currently dominating the market.

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