Cities

Architecture meets nature inside Singapore’s thriving urban forest

We caught up with Formwerkz director Gwen Tan to discuss the studio’s love of plants and design experimentation, the impact of narrative in their work, and the testing of design ideas in Tan’s own house that have resulted in a new understanding of the importance of nature in our everyday lives – what the Japanese refer to as “forest bathing”.

Architecture meets nature inside Singapore’s thriving urban forest

We caught up with Formwerkz director Gwen Tan to discuss the studio’s love of plants and design experimentation, the impact of narrative in their work, and the testing of design ideas in Tan’s own house that have resulted in a new understanding of the importance of nature in our everyday lives – what the Japanese refer to as “forest bathing”.

Open House Melbourne opens more than buildings, it also opens conversations about city making

Open House Melbourne has been steadily gaining momentum by drawing the public into conversations about the built environment, asking questions about what we want our cities to look like now and into the future.

Open House Melbourne opens more than buildings, it also opens conversations about city making

Open House Melbourne has been steadily gaining momentum by drawing the public into conversations about the built environment, asking questions about what we want our cities to look like now and into the future.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.