Buildings used to be large, dumb constructions of concrete and steel designed with a specific utility in mind – usually to cram as many people as possible into the smallest possible space without sacrificing safety and productivity. Times have changed with a realisation that great buildings can be self sufficient, operating independently of electricity grids and other infrastructure, and incredibly comfortable.
The annual Festival of Landscape Architecture wrapped up in Melbourne, attracting over 500 festival-goers to more than 30 public and industry events across the city.
Over the past 40 or so years, the changes in the way the construction industry operates have been many – some good, some not so good. However three in particular stand out, and bring to mind George Santayana’s proposition: “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
While a true appreciation of a building lies in its operational and experiential value, first impressions still count.
Spring traditionally brings the promise of new life, and likewise on the interiors front, the season customarily calls for a refresh.
A 2013 report prepared as part of the Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership (2011–2014) research project by Parlour observed that women graduating from architecture schools in Australia had increased dramatically from an estimated 10% of all architecture graduates in 1974, to an average of 41% between 2000 and 2010. Post-graduation however, the data shows a concerning pattern of women leaving the profession over time.
In November of last year, 13 floors of an apartment building at Melbourne’s Docklands were rapidly destroyed in a blaze originating from a discarded cigarette.
Latest industry forecasts for the building and construction industry in Australia show that the economy is changing gears, making a big impact on the one million-plus people employed in the sector.
As the building and construction industry anticipates the next release of industry data by Australian Construction Industry Forum, one call is heard loud and clear: Show Me The Money!
Sika has partnered with Master Builders Association New South Wales (MBA NSW) as the official sponsor of its suite of waterproofing courses. Under the agreement, Sika will supply waterproofing products for more than 30 courses a year and provide expert insights with presentations from the Sika team.