Cross Laminated Timber in Australia

CLT or ‘Cross Laminated Timber’, as it is known is not a new building material, its use in Europe throughout construction is widely recognized and implemented. However, recent innovations in its use has seen projects like Waugh Thistleton Architect’s’ Murray Grove scheme’ in the UK emerge. The Murray Grove building is a 9 story structure […]

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Small is the new big in homes

Supersize is suddenly becoming downsize as home buyers opt for smaller, more efficient homes, one of Australia’s largest property developers says. Stockland chief executive for residential communities, Mark Hunter told Fairfax newspapers on Thursday that the average four-bedroom home had shrunk 20 per cent since 2007. Mr Hunter said smaller three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes were “the […]

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Reports

Thank you for subscribing to the bléuscape design blog, and welcome to our reports page. Report 1 This is a description of Report 1 Report 1 (PDF / 100 Kb)    Comments comments

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Quote of the day 01/09

If architecture does not change the way the ninety-seven percent live, then it only emphasises the difference between the have’s and the have-nots and therefore is ultimately destructive upon the very culture it seeks to impact. – Anthony Rigg of Bleuscape DesignComments comments

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The contribution of monotony

Monotony and plainness are rarely considered as factors supressing the Australian psyche. But consider for a moment that most project homes built in estates are by and large the same across the continent. Could we be contributing to what Alain De Botton calls ‘Status Anxiety’? He suggests that our level of satisfaction in life is […]

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Quote of the day 06/07

The architect is charged with the responsibility of progressing spatiality that which benefits human condition. – Hani Rashid of Asymptote ArchitectureComments comments

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One core ingredient

If you are a regular fan of the Australian reality cooking show ‘Masterchef’ you would know that last week George Calombaris cooked an amazing restaurant quality dish by using just one core ingredient, corn. Through his creativity and knowledge of a singular product we saw him manipulate it in ways not many of us would […]

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The professions offerings

Recently VicUrban, the Victorian Government’s land and development agency, commissioned seven well known Australian architectural practices and volume home builders to collaborate in the design and construction of 5 houses that offer a sustainable/affordable alternative to the current project home offerings. These designs have now been constructed and right ups published. The project is called […]

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Greed and falsity

At the centre of the housing debate there is this seemingly never ending ethical dispute between profit verses environmental sensitivity. It has forced me to reflect on how we might have arrived at this point which, in my mind, could have been avoided. Institutionalisation means: to physiologically make part of a structured and usually well-established […]

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The design journey

Our interest in modular and prefabricated systems has seen us embark on a very interesting design journey. It has lead us to believe that the parameters produced by building with prefabrication and/or modular systems can elevate the experience of living and at the same time produce outcomes that cost no more than the project home alternatives.  […]

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