SKYPAD Living articles

High-density cycling

By Janette Corcoran – Apartment living expert The City of Melbourne’s Transport Strategy discussion paper is open for comment – but how might a bike-filled future suit our vertical villages? We are reminded that “When people choose to ride, they reduce emissions, noise, congestion and free up public transport capacity.” Added to this are the

Vertical village parcel delivery

Mail types and volume have changed but how are our mailrooms coping?  Recent years have seen a rapid decline in the number of letters delivered to our vertical villages, while the amount of sent parcels has soared.  This change is inline with the national shift towards parcel delivery as Australians continue their love affair with

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

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