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2018’s Electric Vehicle Conference & Expo

The AGDF was proud to attend this year’s Electric Vehicle Conference & Expo, held in Brisbane on the 9th & 10th of November.

We were thrilled by the event’s  ‘electric’ atmosphere, and the industry-encompassing spread of products & presentations. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was ‘positively charged’ with passionate EV owners, enthusiasts, investors, professionals, and public servants.

Puns aside; there were a few standout presenters & products that we feel are worth giving a shout out here; including Tritium, Fast Cities Australia, and SEA Electric. Strangely Tesla was not in attendance – at least not via a sponsorship or presentation on the Friday.

The event was both exciting & inspiring, and we can’t wait for the next.

AGDF’s Mark Thomson’s look at European Sustainability

Current Board member and

AGDF Immediate Past President Mark Thomson, recently returned from Europe where he judged a segment in the World Architecture Festival and was impressed with the standard of sustainable design implementation underway around the world.  While he was in the area, he also swung by Geneva and gave two presentations to the PEFC General Assembly – all in a (few) days work!

The trip gave Mark the change to study firsthand how sustainability is approached in Europe and, considered the (stark) contrast to Australian attitudes to sustainability. ”There was a visible community concern for environmental issues with corresponding daily lifestyle responses, particularly in urban areas” he said.

In an interview for The Fifth Estate, Mark mentioned how the many wind and solar farms as well as the variety of electric vehicles, stood out to him as reminders of just how far ahead Europe is in the uptake of renewable energy – which is really only just beginning in Australia.

Of course, Mark’s attention was largely captured by what was happening in his own field, where he again noted a gap between Europe & Australia. “What surprised me most was the sustainability entrenched in the architectural projects I saw at the World Architecture Festival. I know most Australian Architects say sustainability is embedded in everything they do,” Mark told The Fifth Estate, but in Europe he saw a “depth of sustainability fully integrated in projects, major and minor.” Many “Energy plus” buildings were presented, along with projects supporting social sustainability implementation.

 

The full article can be read at https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/innovation/architecture/views-from-the-world-architecture-awards/

Annual AGDF President’s Award for Contribution to Sustainability

Nominations are now open for the annual AGDF President’s Award for Contribution to Sustainability. The winner will receive a framed award from the AGDF, as well as publication in our AGDF Newsletter & on our website – reaching thousands of industry professionals, sustainability enthusiasts, and environmental buffs across Australia & abroad.

The AGDF is now accepting nominations for Australian-based:
– Individuals
– Companies
– Projects or activities undertaken in 2017/2018

Submissions should include a 500 word project/submission summary, as well as any supporting photos, videos, or media.
Nominations close on the 7th of December, and the winner will be announced on the 12th of December – so get in quick!

Forward submissions through to us here to be considered

European Parliament leads the way in plastics ban

In a landslide majority, the European parliament has voted to ban all single use plastics starting in 2021.

This ban would affect single use plastic items that have a valid alternative, which will include things from plastic straws to fishing nets. The staggering 571-53 majority vote shows how seriously this issue is being taken internationally. Given how seriously we take sustainability, the AGDF is excited to see international progress toward a greener future.

2018 Sustainability Awards

The 2018 Sustainability Awards for Architecture and Design have been announced, and the AGDF sends out a big congratulations to this year’s winners who are recognised as being at the forefront of Ecologically Sustainable Design.

 

Best of The Best –  EME Design  with ‘Passive Butterfly’

CommercialAurecon  with ‘One Malop Street’

EducationArchitectus  with ‘Macquarie University Incubator’

Emerging Architect of the YearJean Graham, Director of Winter Architecture

Green Building of The YearDefence Housing Australia  with ‘The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide’

HealthcareCrosshatch with ‘Wallan Veterinary Hospital’

Innovation or ApplicationWinya with ‘E-Board’

Interior ArchitectureStable Innovations with ‘The Burcham’

Landscape and Biophilia DesignBent Architecture  with ‘Phoenix Rooftop’

Multiple DwellingDefence Housing Australia with ‘The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide’

Public and Urban DesignTaylor & Hinds Architects  with ‘krakani lumi’

Single Dwelling, Alteration or AdditionEME Design  with ‘Passive Butterfly’

Single Dwelling, NewMahalath Halperin Architects with ‘Drumkerin’

Smart BuildingLippmann Partnership / Rodgers Stirk Harbour & Partners with ‘8 Chifley Square’

Achievement of Merit – Humberto Urriola, founder of Atlantis Corporation

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