Living Cities Forum 2017

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Join the international design discussion about livability in Melbourne next month when the Living Cities Forum comes to town. Melbourne’s 6 year place atop the Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking makes it an obvious choice of host for this event.

Despite Melbourne’s aforementioned ranking the forum is designed to take a deeper and more critical look past the considerations of the liveability equation to answer the question: what visionary thinking is required to sustain the urban attributes that make Melbourne arguably “the most liveable city”? 

Miniature Modular Homes

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We’ve found 3D printed models to be a powerful tool to communicate and develop design ideas with our clients.

The models stimulate conversation and debate, which facilitates the design development process. Crucial lessons can be learnt through the testing of ideas in a miniature format.

On occasions when floorplans and technical drawings can be difficult to understand, a 3D model makes the design more tangible. In turn, the increased level of client understanding allows for design changes to be incorporated at the early stages, saving time and money.

Below are some 3D printed models of upcoming modular homes that are currently in progress. 

Manufactured in Melbourne – delivered nationwide. We can build by the ocean, in the bush and in cyclone prone areas

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From the windy Great Ocean Road to the sandy beaches of Cottesloe, from the picturesque Blue Mountains to the remote outback in the Northern Territory – we can build almost anywhere in Australia.

Building with modules allows us to easily transport our homes all across Australia. Made from fully-welded structural steel frames, the modules can be combined to create almost any shape or design.

Our modular homes are precision built and finished here in our factory in Brooklyn, Melbourne prior to them being delivered to site. Thanks to the rigidity and strength of the steel frame we are able to transport our modules with all internal works such as painting, tiling and joinery complete. 

Wearable Technology – World’s First Colour-Changing Graphene Dress

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In recent years, the fashion industry has been experimenting with wearable technology (see Solar panels go Couture), blurring the boundaries between textiles and tech. The little black dress is one such garment that has received a hi-tech revamp, being christened the world’s first graphene dress.

So what is graphene and what makes this dress so amazing?

Graphene is a super-thin “wonder material” scientists think could revolutionise every aspect of human life. It is just one atom thick and a million times thinner than human hair, it is 200 times stronger than steel and conducts electricity better than anything else known to man. 

How Modular Can Help in the Urban Housing Crisis

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There is much debate in the news lately about the effectiveness of extending the Melbourne urban border and creating new suburbs to overcome Melbourne’s housing affordability and availability challenges.

Some of a recent suite of changes to make housing more affordable will see the Government introduce a new tax levied 1 per cent on vacant residential property, with the hope of pushing property holders to empty properties rather than pay the tax. 

Cabin Vindheim – A Minimalist Winter Retreat

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Located deep in the forest near the Norwegian town of Lillehammer is a cabin designed by architect Håkon Matre Aasarød, providing residents a cosy weekend reprieve in a region of heavy snowfall.

The external shape is inspired by snowbound cabins that only have their roof protruding through the snow. The form is a series of gabled roofs of which the edges stretch all the way down to the ground. The shape not only allows the building to support the weight of the heavy loads of snow, but creates interesting nooks and spaces internally. When snow covers the structure, the volume of the cabin is camouflaged and the contrast between architecture and nature become blurred.

Things We Love: Cabins Book

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The idea of a cabin retreat located in a secluded landscape is a dream of many. As our cities continue to swell and we repeatedly cram our lives full of activity there is an ever-increasing desire to escape it all and run away to an isolated refuge.

Architects worldwide have dabbled and experimented in the many possibilities and design outcomes involving the minimal shelter – a number of which have been presented in this wonderful Cabins book

Cloud House Makes It Rain On Demand

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There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to the rain fall on a tin roof when you’re all warm and cosy inside. Now you can listen to the soothing sound anytime you please thanks to Matthew Mazzotta’s latest project, Cloud House.

The house is built under a permanent cloud and rocking in the chair situated inside activates ‘rain’. The rain then falls onto the metal roof above, producing that warm and pleasant sound. Stay seated and you can relax watching the water drip down from the window lintel, watering edible plants sitting on the sills. 

Home Sweet Home – 3 Scientifically-Backed Tips to Create a Happier Home

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1. Furnish your home with round items

Research by the Harvard Medical School revealed that the type of contour an object possesses has a critical influence on a person’s attitude towards it. The study revealed a distinct affection towards curves, as they convey warmth. People showed less inclination to sharper edged objects, which were perceived as being more threatening and aggressive. Why not furnish your modular home with round items?


How Green is Your City?

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A greener city is more enjoyable for us and more beneficial for the environment. Through the evolution of intersectional technologies we now have a greater understanding of how we interact with the built and natural environment. A recent innovation from MIT’s Senseable City Lab, is one such innovation – it measures the density of greenery in cities across the globe but at a human eye-level.

Named Treepedia, the program assesses street-level urban greenery using Google Street View and the Green View Index. It measures the obstruction of greenery in Google’s street-level visualisation maps and classifies the images accordingly.