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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…

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…

Japanese Architecture! What’s not to love?!

Japanese Architecture! What’s not to love?!

Did you know I have a love for all things Japanese-ey? What’s not to love?! The food! Kimonos! Cherry blossoms! Japanese flute! The temples! Tea ceremonies! The contrast between ancient culture and fast high-tech! But of course I especially love zen gardens and traditional Japanese architecture! I think my interest started as a child when…

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…

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…

What does an architect DO?

What does an architect DO?

So, what exactly does an architect do? Contrary to popular belief, architects do a lot more than just ‘draw plans’. We specialise in design and in getting to know you and listening to your requirements, so we can provide a high quality service to help you navigate the complex building process, and create a solution specifically…

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…

10 ways to love your ‘staycation’

10 ways to love your ‘staycation’

  10 ways to love your ‘staycation’ (or how to turn your home into a holiday retreat)! Not getting away this summer? Never mind, you can still create your own holiday at home with these top tips for re-creating that relaxing vibe! 

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…

Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2014

Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2014

Grand Designs Live Melbourne 2014 I have a confession to make… … I do rather like attending a home-show! Whether they’re industry-specific and more of a trade-show for construction-professionals, or a show aimed at DIYers and the average-joe, I’m all for it! There is always plenty to learn – not only from exhibits showcasing new products,…

Creative garden wonderland for Ballarat kids!

Creative garden wonderland for Ballarat kids!

I wanted to share with you a few photos of a gorgeous art exhibition/installation/experience that is currently on in Ballarat. It is called “Emily and Margie’s Marvellous Magic Garden“…. and it truly is magical! Local designers, artists and mothers, Margie Balazic and Emily Van Der Molen (Bunty and Sars) both spent many months putting this…

Are all sustainable homes the same? (The past, present and future of green buildings.)

Are all sustainable homes the same? (The past, present and future of green buildings.)

This post continues on our the theme of what a sustainable home is – and are they all the same? We’ll take a quick look at past, the present, and where we are (or should be!) headed in the future with regards to green buildings. Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, specialising in sustainable design, green…

WHAT Is A Sustainable House? Ballarat Green Drinks Presentation

WHAT Is A Sustainable House? Ballarat Green Drinks Presentation

  Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, specialising in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions about environmental design. We recently began a series of posts covering the WHY, WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and HOW of sustainable design. You can read about the “WHY” here and the…

Green building resource guide

Green building resource guide

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, with a passion for sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, so if you have a query  please let us know! We’ve recently added a “Resources” page to our website, as we often find that we’re recommending links or websites to people for…

Talina Edwards Architecture: elemental design philosophy

Talina Edwards Architecture: elemental design philosophy

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, with a passion for sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, and this post hopes to answer some questions we are often asked: “So what sort of architecture do you do?” and”What sort of ‘sustainable’ design do you do?”  For out latest blog post,…

Do what you love, make money, and save the world. #BHB2014

Do what you love, make money, and save the world. #BHB2014

Wow! What a weekend I’ve just had. I’ve just attended Clare Bowditch‘s AWESOME Big Hearted Business (un-)conference for the second year…and to think that both times I almost didn’t go! Last year I wasn’t sure that I (or my new business) was “creative” enough, until I kept getting signs front the universe that indeed I was and…

WHO should do sustainable design?

WHO should do sustainable design?

Talina Edwards Architecture is a Ballarat-based studio, specialising in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes. We like to help answer your questions, and this post is one in our series of informative articles about environmental design. We’ve already covered WHY do sustainable design, and will be covering what, where, when, and how…This week’s questions is:…

‘Sustainability Day’ at Design Build Expo 2014 Melbourne

‘Sustainability Day’ at Design Build Expo 2014 Melbourne

At Talina Edwards Architecture, we’re committed to keeping up to date with the latest news and developments in sustainable design, green buildings and healthy homes, specifically relevant to our local climate here in Ballarat (where our studio is located and much of our work), but also surrounding areas including Melbourne where many of our past and…