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Activating vertical villages

Activating vertical villages

The Heart Foundation has long advocated walkable neighbourhoods with connected streets and open spaces to promote physical activity, but what opportunities are there in our high-density vertical villages? One popular future view of high-density living is that people will give up their cars and become “active transport users” – walking, cycling and running for trams, trains and

Litter from the heavens

By Janette Corcoran, SkyPad Living Recycling is one way of dealing with high-rise waste but, unfortunately,  there are other routes taken by our rubbish.   Building based recycling is growing in popularity for vertical dwellers and we are told that there are just two key ingredients. The first is the recycling facility that best suits

Urban forests in a concrete jungle

By Janette Corcoran, SkyPad Living For a seventh consecutive year Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) –  but how liveable are our fast growing high density precincts? Skipping over the vexed issue of what precisely the EUI measures when assessing “liveability”, it is interesting that its

Safe and secure in our vertical villages

By Janette Corcoran, apartment living expert Safe City, Liveable City, EcoCity, Resilient City, Smart City, Knowledge City, Compassionate City – our Melbourne is a multi-themed and highly-considered metropolis!   Last month, for instance, Melbourne played host to the international EcoCity World Summit, which had as a theme Changing Cities: Resilience and Transformations – and aimed

Sharing and taking in vertical villages

By Janet Corcoran, apartment living expert “Airbnb is not accommodation sharing, it is formalised lending. Uber is not ride sharing, it is a transportation service,” so writes John Harvey of the University of Nottingham.   And he continues, “The sharing economy is a harmful misnomer. It conflates people who actually share with those who make

The vertical war on food waste

The month of May played host to International Compost Awareness Week – and if we lived in San Francisco, this would mean a great deal more to us as vertical dwellers. According to Dr Vivienne Waller from the Centre for Urban Transition, Swinburne University, this is because: “In San Francisco, two thirds of the residents

Not just droning on !  

Last month a resident’s letter was published on drones in Docklands, raising concerns over privacy and safety.  As many depictions of our high-rise future involve drones delivering and picking up packages from our vertical villages, it seemed timely to look at the local state of play (or flight!). Regarding safety, research conducted by Dr Wild

Double duty furniture

“Vertical living is more than suburbia turned on its side”, so says Mond Qu, a Melbourne-based designer and creator of the DEBLE – a DEsk taBLE combo.  Architecturally trained in Melbourne and London, Mond was the 2016 recipient of the Credit Suisse Scholarship at The Wade Institute where he studied for a masters of entrepreneurship.

3D printing vertical villages

At Melbourne’s Sustainability Festival in February, four RMIT students showcased their “green innovations”.  Arthur Georgalas presented his project on Turning the Tide which re-imagines recreational boating, courtesy of a lightweight venturi hull, constructed using naturally derived resins and hemp fibre composites. In a related vein, Finbar McCarthy spoke about his contribution to the future of

Modular means flexible vertical living

There is no time like the summer holidays to test our design ingenuity as we organise and reorganise our compact apartments to accommodate hordes of visiting friends and relations (e.g. Christmas dinner for 15 at my place?). As summer also sees our local unis enjoying a break, I looked to see what students on the

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