The future of housing: Architects with vision take the stage in Sydney

Good Habitat was recently invited to report on the Housing Futures conference in Sydney. This is what we learnt.

The future of housing: Architects with vision take the stage in Sydney

Good Habitat was recently invited to report on the Housing Futures conference in Sydney. This is what we learnt.

City as above ground mine

We recently sat down with Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the SMaRT Centre at the University of New South Wales, and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, to find out more about green manufacturing and her vision for cities as mines of the future.

City as above ground mine

We recently sat down with Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the SMaRT Centre at the University of New South Wales, and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, to find out more about green manufacturing and her vision for cities as mines of the future.

Spring in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Grange is one of the world’s largest urban agriculture farms, covering two warehouse rooftops in New York and producing more than 50,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables every year.

Spring in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Grange is one of the world’s largest urban agriculture farms, covering two warehouse rooftops in New York and producing more than 50,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables every year.

Pecha Kucha Night

Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) began in Tokyo in 2003 and is now hosted in cities around the world from Mumbai to Berlin to Sydney. As producers of Pecha Kucha Night Sydney we meet incredibly inspiring and talented people and get the chance to spread the word about their good work.

Pecha Kucha Night

Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) began in Tokyo in 2003 and is now hosted in cities around the world from Mumbai to Berlin to Sydney. As producers of Pecha Kucha Night Sydney we meet incredibly inspiring and talented people and get the chance to spread the word about their good work.

The Shed

Located in the Sydney suburb of Randwick in a back lane hemmed between suburban blocks, The Shed is a 74 square metre industrial building built in 1890 as a farrier’s workshop, turned into a compact home that demonstrates the beauty of living small.

The Shed

Located in the Sydney suburb of Randwick in a back lane hemmed between suburban blocks, The Shed is a 74 square metre industrial building built in 1890 as a farrier’s workshop, turned into a compact home that demonstrates the beauty of living small.

Café de France

Like a traditional ‘restaurant du coin’ in France where locals love to eat, Café de France is a neighbourhood café that expands the culinary offering of Sydney’s Coogee Beach. It is small, local and independent.

Café de France

Like a traditional ‘restaurant du coin’ in France where locals love to eat, Café de France is a neighbourhood café that expands the culinary offering of Sydney’s Coogee Beach. It is small, local and independent.

Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific

Uncovering the optimism and inspiration found in our own Asia Pacific backyard, Unlimited: designing for the Asia Pacific was a festival initiated and hosted by the Queensland Government in Brisbane.

Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific

Uncovering the optimism and inspiration found in our own Asia Pacific backyard, Unlimited: designing for the Asia Pacific was a festival initiated and hosted by the Queensland Government in Brisbane.

Garden Post

A newspaper produced from The Newsroom workshops, Garden Post is a new local paper made in collaboration with cub reporters from the City of Randwick. This is the first stage in an ongoing program focusing on the theme ‘know local’.

Garden Post

A newspaper produced from The Newsroom workshops, Garden Post is a new local paper made in collaboration with cub reporters from the City of Randwick. This is the first stage in an ongoing program focusing on the theme ‘know local’.

Flower, Stringybark. Region, Southern Tablelands

Twig & Petal honey by Good Habitat is arriving soon. Our first batch comes from the bees and flowering eucalypts of Australia’s Southern Tablelands.

Flower, Stringybark. Region, Southern Tablelands

Twig & Petal honey by Good Habitat is arriving soon. Our first batch comes from the bees and flowering eucalypts of Australia’s Southern Tablelands.

Turning tyres into steel

The goal of the work that we do is to appreciate the kind of resources we as human beings throw away into landfill sites. We look well and truly beyond a conventional recycling strategy where the goal is to convert plastic into plastic and glass into glass”. – Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director , SMaRT Centre, UNSW

Turning tyres into steel

The goal of the work that we do is to appreciate the kind of resources we as human beings throw away into landfill sites. We look well and truly beyond a conventional recycling strategy where the goal is to convert plastic into plastic and glass into glass”. – Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director , SMaRT Centre, UNSW

The Newsroom

Our ‘know local’ kids’ workshop was the pilot for a continuing program designed to open new ways for children to engage with their local community through storytelling and photography. Our first group of ten budding reporters headed to the Randwick Community Organic Garden.

The Newsroom

Our ‘know local’ kids’ workshop was the pilot for a continuing program designed to open new ways for children to engage with their local community through storytelling and photography. Our first group of ten budding reporters headed to the Randwick Community Organic Garden.

Australian Design Unit

Launched in 2008 with funding from the Australia Council and AusIndustry, the Australian Design Unit‘s (ADU) first program was the Springboard Project, designed to develop the careers of young Australian product designers and to teach business skills specific to sustainable design practice — all connected by an open source website.

Australian Design Unit

Launched in 2008 with funding from the Australia Council and AusIndustry, the Australian Design Unit‘s (ADU) first program was the Springboard Project, designed to develop the careers of young Australian product designers and to teach business skills specific to sustainable design practice — all connected by an open source website.

Walls and Bridges

This picture is from a late 2011 interview I did in Berlin with Matthias Rick from the experimental architecture practice, Raumlaborberlin.

Walls and Bridges

This picture is from a late 2011 interview I did in Berlin with Matthias Rick from the experimental architecture practice, Raumlaborberlin.

Mexico, recycle project

In Puerto Vallarta on the west coast of Mexico, Gabino Sandoval began designing and making with waste materials four years ago, first with plastic bags, old chip packets and sweet wrappers and then with paper and aluminium cans. It took a while for friends to understand what he was doing but now he has a team of six who work with him, collecting, cleaning and preparing ‘components’ ready for the making process.

Mexico, recycle project

In Puerto Vallarta on the west coast of Mexico, Gabino Sandoval began designing and making with waste materials four years ago, first with plastic bags, old chip packets and sweet wrappers and then with paper and aluminium cans. It took a while for friends to understand what he was doing but now he has a team of six who work with him, collecting, cleaning and preparing ‘components’ ready for the making process.

Tokyo Bike

Identifying a back lane in Sydney’s Surry Hills that evoked the hidden laneways of Tokyo, the Tokyo Bike project involved the design of a retail shop, a new brand identity and website, including photography and film making on the streets of Tokyo with Kento Mori.

Tokyo Bike

Identifying a back lane in Sydney’s Surry Hills that evoked the hidden laneways of Tokyo, the Tokyo Bike project involved the design of a retail shop, a new brand identity and website, including photography and film making on the streets of Tokyo with Kento Mori.

City up close

Berlin Haushoch is a magazine designed, edited, photographed and largely written by three people — Ana Lessing, Alexandra Bald and Esra Rotthoff.

City up close

Berlin Haushoch is a magazine designed, edited, photographed and largely written by three people — Ana Lessing, Alexandra Bald and Esra Rotthoff.

Kids’ Design Workshop

The Kids’ Design Workshop program brings children between the ages of 8 and 12 together with architects and designers to openly explore ideas and creativity across a range of projects – from dreaming up new cites to using traditional weaving methods to rethink our homes.

Kids’ Design Workshop

The Kids’ Design Workshop program brings children between the ages of 8 and 12 together with architects and designers to openly explore ideas and creativity across a range of projects – from dreaming up new cites to using traditional weaving methods to rethink our homes.

Happy Talk House

We worked with our friends at Happy Talk on the Happy Talk House for Art & About Sydney, a project that brings together people and ideas to rediscover traditions and resourceful ways to make everyday things.

Happy Talk House

We worked with our friends at Happy Talk on the Happy Talk House for Art & About Sydney, a project that brings together people and ideas to rediscover traditions and resourceful ways to make everyday things.

Hill Street Precinct & food forest

The idea for HIll Street Precinct was to retain the diversity that already exists and to create places for more of it to happen – with new botanical spaces, walkable laneways and venues for local participation. Our proposition was to capture the precinct’s unique identity with an online publishing platform and seasonal arts program, which included a collaboration with Melbourne landscape designers The Artist as Family.

Hill Street Precinct & food forest

The idea for HIll Street Precinct was to retain the diversity that already exists and to create places for more of it to happen – with new botanical spaces, walkable laneways and venues for local participation. Our proposition was to capture the precinct’s unique identity with an online publishing platform and seasonal arts program, which included a collaboration with Melbourne landscape designers The Artist as Family.

Giovanna Castiglioni

We worked with Giovanna Castiglioni and the expansive archives of her father, Achille Castiglioni, to develop an interactive film and presentation that took Sydney and Melbourne audiences inside his Milan studio and up close with archival drawings, sketches, photographs, prototypes and works from a career that spanned 60 years.

Giovanna Castiglioni

We worked with Giovanna Castiglioni and the expansive archives of her father, Achille Castiglioni, to develop an interactive film and presentation that took Sydney and Melbourne audiences inside his Milan studio and up close with archival drawings, sketches, photographs, prototypes and works from a career that spanned 60 years.