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Transport Dreaming 2019

The National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Corporation (NATSIC) is holding their second ‘Transport Dreaming’ conference.

The conference aims to provide an enabling platform for open dialogue to explore and define Indigenous specific transport options and innovations in remote, regional and urban locations. This will be achieved through promoting a strong focus on innovative transport solutions across areas that have significant impacts on the health, well-being, cultural obligations and social inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities across Australia. The conference content will also target transport related issues focusing on strengthening and increasing equity and access to My Aged Care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Register now to secure your place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in May 2019 and enjoy innovative and thought-provoking presentations from industry leaders, emerging leaders, providers and influential decision making bodies from across Australia.

Check out the Transport Dreaming website for more info & booking!

CUBO Wins ‘Cities of our Future’ Competition

CUBO – a low-cost housing design – has won first prize in the international Cities of our Future competition run by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). CUBO uses engineered bamboo for a sustainable, low cost modular housing option, with an incredibly fast build time. Earl P Forlales, the building’s designer, aims to help provide housing for Manila’s urban slum population – which is estimated to be the highest in the world.  CUBO takes its inspiration from traditional bamboo huts in rural Philippines, giving it a culturally familiar feel.  The design has great international potential and would work well in any country capable of growing bamboo – Australia, most of Southeast Asia, and parts of Africa and Latin America.  The prize money (Equivalent $92,000 AUD) will fund the project prototype and actual units in the coming year. 

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AGDF Webinars

Looking for a fast, convenient way to learn more and stay informed about current sustainable development?

The AGDF’s webinars follow our Green Speed Learning Forums (GSLFs) and are some of the best courses available online in the sustainable development arena. Our web-based platform allows you to learn at your own pace, on any mobile device. They facilitate engagement with the instructors and offer great support along the way.

Our online courses are free for AGDF members! We offer our Webinars to non-members for $30.

Current topics include Net-zero and Net-Positive Design; Modest Approach to a Liveable Future; Urban Climate Governance; and more.

Sustainable Design in Japan

The massive Green Wall on top of the “Tokyu Plaza” project forms a magnificent frame to the roof-top plaza area which creates much needed urban space in Tokyo’s dense Ginza Area.

Japanese Architects Nikken Sekkei have successfully combined the aesthetic value of green walls to create an air freshened respite and a place to recharge, before returning the surrounding shopping frenzied environments.

Nikken Sekkei have an impressive portfolio of projects which demonstrate their sustainability expertise.  Their recent Singapore mixed use project achieved the 2018 ‘Best Building’ in the World Architecture Festival late last year, judged by the AGDF’s Mark Thomson.  A visit to their website is well worthwhile.

Good News for Offshore Wind Farms

The prospect of Offshore Wind Farms in the U.S. is gaining momentum, which is great news in the push for renewable energy. A recent  offshore wind lease auction brought in a staggering $405.1 million, shattering the previous $42.5 million record.

This represents a huge leap in interest (both literal & financial) in offshore wind farming. Recent technological advancement in ocean wind turbines is said to have figured into the climbing bids for the acreage off the Massachusetts coast. The new lessees have a year to submit a site assessment plan and then four years to submit a development plan for approval by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management before the 33-year lease will begin.

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