SKYPAD Living articles

Future-proofing vertical villages

By Janette Corcoran  Are our vertical villages becoming obsolete? Anticipating forthcoming trends and developing ways to minimise their shocks while maximising their benefits is a process called future-proofing. Widely used in industries such as industrial design, electronics and climate change, future-proofing techniques have also been applied to historic buildings to help direct major refurbishments.  

Energy vulnerable vertical villages?

Energy is the bedrock of modern life but are we high-risers too exposed? Our vertical villages stand already accused of energy guzzling with claims that apartment living can consume 25 per cent more energy than detached dwelling living.  A large percentage of this goes to our dependence on air conditioning due to our floor to

Blockchain for residential blocks

 “Blockchain will do for transactions what the internet did for information” and thereby change many aspects of our vertical lives.  The claims for blockchain are impressive.  It is widely espoused, for instance, that blockchain will fundamentally disrupt many existing industries, in particular those which “check and balance” our transactions – think accountants and bankers. Some

Welcome to your vertical village

By Janette Corcoran Rolling out the welcome mat is not just for the new arrival. Engaging new residents from the get-go is widely claimed as a good thing to do, but it is often a hit-and-miss affair in our “vertical villages”. However, the cost of not properly engaging our new arrivals from day one (or

Ageing in vertical place

By Janette Corcoran With the announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the option of ageing in our vertical villages seems all the more appealing.  By 2056, Australia’s 65-and-over population is projected to reach  8.7 million – with many expected to “stay put” in their homes rather than enter purpose-built facilities.  Referred

Sky gardens

By Janette Corcoran Melbourne may have lost its liveability crown this year but might better green infrastructure help win this back?  “Liveability” has many factors, such as residents feeling safe and socially connected, having affordable housing with linked-up public transport, being able to access health, education and shopping services and, increasingly, being surrounded by robust

Vertical democracies

By Janette Corcoran Democracy, the art of thinking independently together, may be the missing element for vertical village wellbeing, but are we prepared to risk the cost? Strata living is claimed to have its own fourth tier of government, namely the owners’ corporation committee (OCC). This is because the OCC is an elected group, imbued

Luv thy NABERS (for apartments)

By Janette Corcoran Awareness of our vertical living lifestyle is slowly growing, but unfortunately, one key characteristic is that we are “energy guzzling”. According to City of Melbourne, more than 83 per cent of its residents live in apartments and each year, vertical villagers account for 22 per cent of the city’s water usage, 9

SurroundSound in vertical villages

Sleep is not a trivial issue – though the design and diversity within our vertical villages can make it scarce.  According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), poor sleep is associated with a doubling of heart attack risk and a possible four-fold increase in the risk of stroke. Along with smoking, lack of exercise and

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