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What on earth is an “Earthship”?

  Michael Reynolds – founder of Earthship Biotecture This guy has been experimenting with bio-climatic, site-specific, passive-solar-design, self-sufficient, cradle-to-cradle approach, off-grid, & eco-homes for over 40 years now! (So he has been into true-sustainability well before any of those terms even existed – a real hero of the environmentally sustainable design movement!) I was fascinated by the ethos & earthy curves…

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…

How would you like your architecture?

This diagram is often referred to the “Iron Triangle” or “Triple Constraint” when it comes to Project Management. I first saw a similar venn diagram illustration in relation to graphic design, designed by Colin Harman), and the relevance was soon picked up by the architecture community. The three opposing points if the triangle are: – QUALITY: good…

Finding Equilibrium

  When the Parlour team asked me to be a part of this inspiring series of ‘Letters to my younger self’, they posed a few questions I could reflect upon. The BIG question that is always asked is about work-life balance, and the answers are as elusive as the quest for the holy grail… So, this…

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…

Join Our Team!

EDIT: (04.12.17) We have now filled the position for Architectural Assistant. We were very grateful for the high number of applications and thank each and every candidate for applying. If you’re reading this, and everything about us resonates with you, and think this sounds like your ‘dream job’, then please do still get in touch! As we…

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…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 08 SITE ORIENTATION

#ElementalDesign Advice 08  SITE ORIENTATION “Understand the sun’s movement across your site throughout the day/year, and design to take advantage of it.” – Talina Edwards What does orientation really mean and why is it important? This is really all about the sun’s movement across your site (and the shade), and needs to be assessed for different times…

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10 ways to keep cool this summer (without air-conditioning)

After a long, wet and cold Winter, we are finally embracing Summer! We’ve been craving the warmer weather, however we’re now faced with trying to stay comfortable during the heat…ahh the joys of living in a temperate climate! There are ways to keep you and your home cooler, without immediately installing energy-guzzling air-conditioning. ‘Why wouldn’t…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 07 PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN

  #ElementalDesign Advice 07 PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGN “Ensure your home design responds to your climate to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home.” – Talina Edwards What are Passive Solar Design principles and why should we care? When it comes to designing a building, it just makes good sense to employ these principles as the fundamental essentials…

“Taking Stock” (time for some reflection)

  Hi there! It is time for a quick interlude between my new blog series of #ElementalDesign Advice posts. So if you’re interested in learning a bit more about me (and my quirks!), please read on. Otherwise we will return to normal broadcasting again soon!

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#ElementalDesign Advice 06 DESIGN FOR COMFORT

#ElementalDesign Advice 06  DESIGN FOR COMFORT “We like 21 degrees Celsius to be comfortable – design your home to achieve this all year” – Talina Edwards Air, Water, Food, and Shelter are said to be the basic elements that humans need for survival. However when it comes to shelter, we’re no longer satisfied with a bark hut or…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 05 DESIGN FOR CLIMATE

#ElementalDesign Advice 05  DESIGN FOR CLIMATE “Ensure your home is designed for your local climate, throughout the seasons and into the future.” – Talina Edwards Depending on the geography and location of where you are on this planet, you will experience different climates. Theses climates are identified by their temperature (whether they are predominantly hot, mild, cool, cold)…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 04 SITE SELECTION

#ElementalDesign Advice 04 SITE SELECTION “When choosing your site, ensure you undertake a holistic site analysis & understand all the opportunities and constraints.” – Talina Edwards You might have a site, it might be your existing home, or you might be on the search for a new one. Whichever the case, it’s really important to gain a…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 03 BEFORE YOU START

#ElementalDesign Advice 03 BEFORE YOU START “Have a clear idea of WHY you want to build/extend. Ask what is your biggest dream & your greatest fear.” – Talina Edwards Before you embark on your project, you should always start with ‘why?’. There are no right of wrong answers, but it will be so much easier to set the…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 02 TRUE SUSTAINABILITY

  #ElementalDesign Advice 02: TRUE SUSTAINABILITY “I love the analogy that for house to be truly sustainable, it should be like a tree” – Talina Edwards I first hard about this idea from Michael Mobbs, in his “Sustainable House” book:  “A tree must meet all its needs for food, energy and water where it stands.” (and a…

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#ElementalDesign Advice 01 DEFINING SUSTAINABILITY

#ElementalDesign Advice 01 DEFINING SUSTAINABILITY What does “sustainability” actually means when it comes to design? Buckminster Fuller (Architect and Theorist) defined sustainability as:  “the conscious design of our total environment, in order to help make the Earth’s finite resources meet the needs of all of humanity without disrupting the ecological processes of the planet”. In recent…

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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…

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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…

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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…