Monthly Archives: March 2017

Creating Cities For The Future


  Words by Peter Gahn, Illustration by Ilya Milstein  Cities are one of humankind’s greatest – and most resilient – inventions. Today, cities continue to be the centre of human economic and cultural activity, and account for a growing proportion of the world’s population and economic output. Yet many long-established cities face a challenge of reinventing themselves – or face the prospect of decline and economic hardship. For many governments, town planners and architects, the question of how to build a city of the future is one they are [...]

The Human Nature Connection between Biophilic design for wellbeing


In 2030, more than half the world’s population will live in urban environments. What does this mean for designers? The UN predicts that within the next 15 years 60 per cent of us will dwell in towns and cities. This seismic shift in population density from regional areas to the proverbial ‘concrete jungles’, combined with the fact that we spend a majority of our time indoors, raises the question: are we becoming disconnected from human nature? How can we mindfully design our built environments and interior spaces to stimulate [...]

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow


By Penny Craswell Florist turned eco-warrior and sustainable designer, Joost Bakker, is making waves both at home and abroad with a zero waste approach to hospitality and architecture. Bakker talks his past, present and future.  After growing up on a flower farm in the Yarra Valley, Joost Bakker started his own business in the early 1990s as a wholesaler, sending locally grown flowers around Australia and the world. It was through sharing a workspace with an exotic mushroom importer that he first came into contact [...]