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As the year speeds to its inevitable end we would like to wish you all the best for the festive season and a sustainable new year! We will be closing our doors at 12pm on Friday 21 December 2012 and opening them again on Monday 14 January 2013.

What a year 2012 has been - much uncertainty and divisive politics mixed with creative thinking and interesting achievements. We certainly are living in interesting times… The New York storms that Mayor Bloomberg noted "Its Global Warming, Stupid", the melting permafrost in the Arctic and the discussion in Doha about possible 4 - 6 degree global temperature increases are very clear signs of why finding sustainable ways of living is so important - right now. We have been excited by the very positive and poetic approach of the Living Building Challenge, which we aim to bring to our work in 2013 and onwards - see more below.


2012 @ PIDCOCK

Here at PIDCOCK, there have been a number of achievements this year we would like to acknowledge.

  • The completion of numerous projects, which we are uploading in the Create section of our website as we have them photographed. We have highlighted a couple below.
  • Fergal continued with his Masters in Environmental Design (Cardiff), which should be completed late in 2013.
  • Kathy, Fergal and Caroline contributed to the SOPA Eco Youth Summit where thousands of students went to Sydney Olympic Park to engage in interesting sessions on the environment.
  • Kathy, Fergal and Caroline were all trained in the Living Building Challenge and One Planet Living sustainability frameworks.
  • Toby finished a big semester of tutoring design and thermal principles at UTS.
  • Rhys finished his Master of Architecture studies and will graduate early in 2013.
  • Caroline finally got married, which she combined with her 50th birthday!

Boards, Panels and Groups

Caroline was appointed Chair of the Carriageworks Board in January this year. It has proven to be an exciting time to be part of this significant cultural institution, as it goes from strength to strength under the great guidance of Director Lisa Havilah and a strong Board.

Caroline joined the Greening Australia (NSW) Board in June. Undergoing significant and necessary evolution, this has been an interesting time. 2013 aims to be a year in which the organization can concentrate in a nationally coordinated way on the great work it undertakes across the nation of "protecting and restoring the health, diversity and productivity of our unique landscapes".

The Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA) was launched during a national tour at the end of August, where Jason McLennan, the creator of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), was able to inspire many with this poetic and elegant sustainability framework. The LFIA will promote the LBC in Australia, along with other leading edge sustainability tools.

Caroline was appointed as a member of the inaugural board and then elected as Chair, making the most of her experience on various Boards. Kathy has been appointed to the Greentag LBC Expert Panel to see how the materials petal can be assisted in Australia. The Living Building Challenge poses the question - what if every act of development is positive and regenerative? We believe this is an exciting way of looking at what we do, and we look forward to letting you know of the developments of this group in 2013.

One Planet Living founder Pooran Desai came to Australia in November and stayed with Caroline while in Sydney. We were delighted to host a lunch here at Resource88 with Pooran and others, to talk about how this framework can work with others and help deliver sustainable companies and projects.

Caroline was appointed to the Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) Design Review Panel in November and looks forward to contributing to better design outcomes in the development of this important site going forward.

Caroline continues to contribute as a member of the Sacred Heart Education Ministry Board, which looks after the property and assets of the Sacre Coeur nuns in Australia. Her architecture and sustainability experience is proving helpful in consideration of the planning for the three schools in the portfolio.


There has been much travel by the PIDCOCK team as they manage their work - life balance.

  • In late March, Toby went with his family on a boat trip down the Murray, which was resplendent with water after a wet season.
  • At the beginning of May Caroline travelled to Portland, Oregan to attend a workshop on the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the 2012 unConference Living Future - Women Reshaping the World and a Biomimicry workshop and returned via site inspections to LBC buildings in San Jose and Hawaii.
  • Fergal ducked over to Ireland in June for a relative's wedding and compulsory showing of his baby son to the wider Irish family.
  • Rosie spent June visiting her grandmother and others in southern Germany, with a side trip to Switzerland.
  • Maria did a batton swap and headed off to see her family and reacquaint herself with her heritage in Spain (and adjacent Portugal) for July.
  • Fiona went camping with her family at Bream Beach for some sustainable fishing (nothing caught) and relaxation in October.
  • Caroline went to Lord Howe Island for a honeymoon in November.
  • And finally, Kathy is about to head over to Ireland for an extended visit with her family, returning mid February.

Mindful of the emissions such travel incurs, we are striving hard to ensure all our other activities effectively address this critical issue.

2013 @ PIDCOCK

With signs of change this December, we are optimistic that the interest in the desirable, sustainable built environments we offer will continue to gain momentum in 2013.

To start the year off, we are negotiating to move to 16 Kent Street Millers Point on Friday 1 February. After 5 successful and enjoyable years at Resource88 in Redfern, we have decided to move to these beautifully renovated ex-school rooms in one of the most exciting parts of Sydney. We will be sharing the space with John Graham, a respected heritage architect. We are looking forward to strengthening our approach to existing buildings, with a particular emphasis on those with heritage status. We are excited about respecting the past while future proofing it in a sustainable way. Caroline's own heritage house around the corner will be first off the rank! Millers Point is easily accessed by public transport, being approximately 10 minutes walk from both Wynyard and Circular Quay and with many buses terminating in Argyle Place. Located right at the end of the Harbour Bridge cycle way, it is well placed for cyclists. And car parking is surprisingly easy! We will send out information in the new year.

Resource88 will continue to offer superb sustainable office and meeting spaces under the management of Mary Lynne Pidcock. There are desks available - please see www.resource88.com.au if you are interested.

We are also looking forward to restarting the First Steps Count project at Taree, which we hope to see accredited as our first Living Building Challenge project. As noted above, this inspiring sustainability framework aims for projects accredited under it to be positive and regenerative. We hope to bring these ideas to all our clients so we help realise the greatest potential of their projects.

We look forward to working with you as the year develops!

Inspire - Awards, Juries/Panels,Talks

2012 has been a busy and inspiring year, with some awards and involvement in lots of workshops, juries and talks concerning positive design outcomes.

Inspire - Social media

2012 has seen PIDCOCK get more involved in social media - still with our learning wheels on, we hope to expand this in 2013.

Inspire - a wedding!

On a beautiful Sydney afternoon in November, Caroline and John tied the knot under the generous boughs of a giant Port Jackson fig on Observatory Hill!

Create - Barnett Residence

The challenge for this project was to bring a modest and simply constructed "Sydney School" home into the 21st century, while maintaining its good points.

Create - Mosman Apartments

The challenge for this design was to deliver attractive and sustainable apartments that could be easily lived in by a range of potential future tenants or owners.

Create - Pidcock Wright Residence

The challenge for this project was to retain the existing house while adding on a new section that could seamlessly connect inside to outside in this wonderful riverside location.

Create - Point Preschool

The challenge was to adapt and extend the modest existing building into a delightful, sustainable place that connects to its site and enriches the children and staff.

Empower - Home data

As soon as we get back in 2013, we are going to start collecting data from our clients regarding how much energy and water they use for anonymous display and general use.