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As I started on this long overdue newsletter, I realized the last one I wrote was at Christmas in 2015… I also note that it started with an acknowledgement of it having been a “year of great disruption and change”. I think the same can be said for 2016. As the French say, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

In this supposedly post-truth world where climate change is still being questioned by people in powerful places, it is important to note that there are many wonderful things happening as well, particularly at the grass roots level. I would particularly like to thank our wonderful clients who enable us to demonstrate that a sustainable future is very desirable and exciting.

The three areas I believe are going to be a big part of our future include biomimicry, co-housing and prefab. We will be looking at how we can develop our expertise in all and bring the benefits to our clients and beyond as we enter our 25th year.

We will be taking a break from 1pm Friday 23 December 2016 until Monday 9 January 2017. We look forward to connecting with you in the new year and continuing to create wonderful places and environments.


Inspire – Talks: Lots of talks on sustainable dream homes, zero emissions, prefab and passive house

Caroline talked in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Port Macquarie, Brisbane and the web on desirable sustainable housing, while Fergal talked in Melbourne and Sydney on passive house.

Inspire – Juries/Panels: Caroline has joined a number of panels

Caroline is now contributing to a variety of panels looking at co-housing, high performance architecture and residential energy efficiency.

Create – Recent Projects: Many new interesting projects are on the go

We have a number of projects on site at the moment, several in Council hoping to start in the new year, and some exciting new ones just commencing.

Create – Recent Projects: Projects photographed this year at Randwick and Darlinghurst

A couple of our recently completed projects were beautifully photographed by Craig Hayman prior to his leaving, showcasing the great work we have achieved for our clients’.

Empower – People: Goodbye to Craig + welcome to Emma

We wished Craig well as he headed over to Africa to head up the design team for an eco-tourist resort in Botswana, and welcomed Emma as our new student architect.

Empower – Policies: We are finalising our policies in order seek JUST certification

To ensure we are doing all we can to contribute to the creation of an equitable world, we are getting our policies in order to seek JUST certification.

Collaborate – Origination | &U: This project is on hold as options for the future are investigated
With the prototype work completed, &U has been put on hold until additional resources can be found for full commercialisation of this great project. 
Collaborate – Liveability: Looking forward to the relaunch in 2017

The Centre for Liveability Real Estate was purchased by CSIRO in 2016, and is getting set for a relaunch in 2017. We look forward to working with Cecille Weldon on this great project.

Collaborate – Living Future Institute Australia: An exciting year with many plans for 2017

The LFIA had great success in 2016 with a competition for the most sustainable shopping centre in the world, and is poised for great things with an enlarged and energised board.

Collaborate – Wollongong: PIDCOCK has been collaborating on UOW’s next Solar Decathalon

Caroline has been working with Mark Jones of EJ GBB to contribute to the UoW’s next Solar Decathalon house. This time it will be located in Dubai and aiming to help Muslims to age in place.