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5 reasons YOU should come to the Smart Building and Living Expo!

5 reasons YOU should come to the Smart Building and Living Expo!

Planning on renovating or building? Want an energy-efficient home?Want to live a more a sustainable life? Want to talk with some passionate experts? Then come to the Smart Building and Living Expo! Well it’s that time of year again! The nation wide Sustainable Living Festival is on once again – including our very own local Ballarat…

My photo of the fabulous old-school paper program, printed by The Saturday Paper - love it!

Open House Ballarat 2017!

Have you heard the exciting* news?! (*Well there’s plenty of people who are excited, and I hope you will be too!) Open House Melbourne has joined forces with the City of Ballarat and Visit Ballarat to bring the first regional event here to Ballarat! Hurrah! Welcome to the inaugural Open House Ballarat! It really is like…

My new Studio!

My new Studio!

Hi there, I know things have been a bit quieter than usual here on the blog. There’s plenty of posts waiting patiently in the wings, ready for their time to shine! But they’ve been on the sidelines as a lot of fabulous new sustainable home designs are taking up my precious time! You might have noticed on Social…

Sustainable House Day 2016 in Ballarat

Sustainable House Day 2016 in Ballarat

  Sustainable House Day 2016 comes to Ballarat! (And it’s just a few weeks away!) This year it is on Sunday 11th September, with a large list of houses all over the country available for you to visit and be inspired. The full list of houses is still being updated, so keep an eye on…

Inspiring Ballarat Women Leaders (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

Inspiring Ballarat Women Leaders (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

This post is part of my #Ballarat series of guest posts for Archi Parlour on instagram. This series is all about Ballarat’s Inspiring young women leaders. Parlour is all about supporting women in architecture, but since there are only a small handful of female architects in Ballarat,  I wanted to introduce you to some of my…

Ballarat Contemporary Architecture (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

Ballarat Contemporary Architecture (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

This post is part of my #Ballarat series of guest posts for Archi Parlour on instagram. This series is all about Ballarat’s Contemporary Architecture. Our city is more well known for it’s heritage buildings, but there are some great examples of contemporary architecture too… and hopefully many more to come in the future! So I…

Ballarat Heritage Architecture (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

Ballarat Heritage Architecture (Parlour Instagram Guest-Host Series)

This post is part of my #Ballarat series of guest posts for Archi Parlour on instagram. This series is all about Ballarat’s Heritage Buildings – as we have a wealth of historic architecture, dating back to the days of the gold rush when the city boomed in the late 1800s. Our city has many beautiful…

Parlour Instagram Guest-Host: Ballarat Series

Parlour Instagram Guest-Host: Ballarat Series

The Australian Archi Parlour is a fabulous website full of helpful research about women, equity and architecture. PARLOUR: a space to speak – bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture. Last year I supported their crowdfunding campaign which raised funds for their ongoing research. As part of my ‘reward’ for…

Three (very tempting!) reasons YOU should come to the Sustainable Living Festival in Ballarat!

Three (very tempting!) reasons YOU should come to the Sustainable Living Festival in Ballarat!

Want to live a more a sustainable life? The Smart Living and Building Expo can help you!       Well it’s that time of year again! The nation wide Sustainable Living Festival is on once again – including our very own local Ballarat (Buninyong) version – The Smart Building and Living Expo!This is the third…

So what is ‘Passive House’?

So what is ‘Passive House’?

If you are at all interested in sustainable building, it is highly likely you have heard of ‘Passive House’. Passive House (also known as Passivhaus where it originated in Germany) is an international method or technical standard of designing and construction a building to achieve a very high level of energy-efficiency, with little or no heating…

Know the way, go the way, show the way

Know the way, go the way, show the way

Hello there! How’s the new year treating you so far? Hope you’ve got off to a good start, and had a chance to have a break and some time for reflection about what your dreams are for 2016! I’m really excited about the year ahead, and this is for a number of reasons, and today I want…

Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards – Winners announced!

Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards – Winners announced!

I was thrilled that the winners were announced last week for the Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards – and local charity, Eureka Mums (with sister organisations St Kilda Mums and Geelong Mums) were awarded both the Community Award and the top gong with the Premier’s Recognition Award! The Premier’s Sustainability Awards have been run by Sustainability Victoria since 2007,  rewarding…

Folio: ‘Holiday’ at Work [Lifestyle Travel ]

Folio: ‘Holiday’ at Work [Lifestyle Travel ]

How can you get that holiday-vibe at work? Here’s what we did at a new workplace for a Travel Agency. When Leonie Spencer of Lifestyle Travel approached me to help out with the design of their new workplace, I immediately wanted to be involved. Leonie already had a great team on board, including a local…

Creative Cubby Project at Ballarat Heritage Weekend 2015

Creative Cubby Project at Ballarat Heritage Weekend 2015

Here’s some images from our Creative Cubby Project event at the 2015 Ballarat Heritage Weekend. This year’s theme was “A Century of Service”, and we were commissioned by The City of Ballarat for the “In Their Boots” children’s’ activities. We designed and constructed an interactive maze-like installation that replicated World War 1 trenches for the”Kids Trail”, that was fun, educational…

How much fun is a cardboard box?!

How much fun is a cardboard box?!

   Here’s a few pix from our Creative Cubby Project at the Ballarat Begonia Festival Weekend to show you just how much fun a cardboard box (or dozens of them!) can be!

The Creative Cubby Project is back!

The Creative Cubby Project is back!

Our fabulous Creative Cubby Project which teaches kids more about sustainability and design while making eco-cubbies out of recycled materials, is back! We will be at the Ballarat Begonia Festival THIS Weekend (Sat 7th – Mon 9th March)! For those who don’t know, Ballarat Begonia Festival was the 2014 winner of “Australia’s favourite event”! It is FREE with loads to see and…

Ballarat Smart Building and Living Expo & a GIVEAWAY!

Ballarat Smart Building and Living Expo & a GIVEAWAY!

Talina Edwards Architecture is proud to announce we will be attending Ballarat’s Smart Building and Living Expo once again this year, as part of the statewide events for the Sustainable Living Festival. Last year was such a great day – with lots of sustainable products and services – and I met so many lovely people who…

It’s all about me…and sharing the love! (Liebster Award)

It’s all about me…and sharing the love! (Liebster Award)

So, my blog has been nominated for a Liebster Award! Thanks so much Louise! Which means you get to know a bit more about me on the blog today! (Feel free to change channels now…or if you’ve ever wondered where my name came from, read on and you’ll get to find out the answer)! Some people may think of…

Charity begins at home: an alternative giving guide to help ‘save the world’

Charity begins at home: an alternative giving guide to help ‘save the world’

[UPDATED 01.12.14] Well as the year draws to an end and with the smell of Christmas is in the air already, it engages our spirit of generous giving to loved-ones… But I do hate the over-spending and over-consumption of so much non-ethical and non-sustainable “stuff”!  But this post is not a gift guide (you can find one of…

Creative Cubby Project – Ballarat Show 2014

Creative Cubby Project – Ballarat Show 2014

You probably know by now that I’m not “just an architect” (nor just a mother), but that I also love sharing my passion with others about sustainable design, often by writing and speaking about it, and being involved with the local community. I’ve been involved with a fabulous project with a great team that brings…