Josh Byrne, in conjunction with the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute and the Low Carbon Living CRC, recently launched a new online design series, Density by Design, delving headlong into how good design is changing the concept of the great Australian dream.
As houses soar in price and size, more and more Australians are living in higher density developments than ever before. While this might seem like the end of the great Australian dream of owning your own house and garden, Josh’s new series explores how innovative design can change the way live for the better.
The series looks at how a trailblazing new breed of architects are eschewing the cookie-cutter approach to high density design and moving towards well-designed small spaces with impeccable environmental credentials. The series brings together low-carbon impact development, water and waste management and urban ecology to show that a move towards apartment living doesn’t mean having to sacrifice liveability.
The first four episodes follow projects in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne that are setting new benchmarks in innovation. Plants feature heavily in all the projects Josh visits, from communal rooftop gardens to extensive green wall facades, it showcases how horticulture is moving from the backyard to the balcony with some stunning results.
The series will continue with new episodes focusing on the Whitegum Valley Living Laboratory development in Perth. The 2.2 hectare project will see 100 dwellings built and a number of novel energy conservation and generation strategies for urban environments.
Visit the Density by Design website for more.