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As 2014 unfolds, the Year of the Horse seems to be living up to its reputation - energetic with financial volatility and impulsiveness. While the uncertainty of how Australia will deal with its international obligations regarding climate change and refugee settlement is disturbing, it is inspiring to see how many people are taking matters into their own hands and doing what they can.

In November 2013 within a highly competitive environment, the Commercialisation Australia Board agreed to a substantial dollar for dollar grant to Origination Pty Ltd to develop prototypes and prove the commercial viability of the &U (formerly House of Parts) building system designed by Directors David Pidcock and Caroline. We are currently in the process of developing the tooling and manufacturing the parts prior to construction our prototypes, and are looking for some vacant land or a disused warehouse (minimum 600m2) to make the designs a reality. Ideally this space would be in or around the inner west or airport of Sydney. If you know of anything that might be immediately available for a twelve-month period please get in contact. We'd love to think one of our supporters could be instrumental in the realization of this concept. For more information or if you think you can help, please give Caroline a call.

To free some much needed time for the commercialization of the &U modular building system, Caroline has resigned her role as Chair of the Carriageworks Board. After 2.5 years of exciting and positive growth, Caroline leaves the organization in a very strong position with a great Board to guide Director Lisa Havilah and her skilled staff into its next phase.

There are some visionary moves whereby university academics and the commercial world are coming together to look at the ways our neighbourhoods and cities move towards being livable and sustainable. Pidcock Architects + Sustainability is honoured to have been asked to contribute to these concepts for Sydney and Melbourne at two separately organized conferences and feel the forums and discussions can only have a positive impact for our future urban existences. See the links below for more detail.

After settling into the new office in Millers Point, the New Year has heralded renewed vigour, and Caroline and the staff have re worked the areas in the office to be even more wonderful. Our office is a reflective and inspiring space in which to work, meet and collaborate and we are aiming to be able to host interesting talks and information evenings in the future. We are investigating the options (through platforms like Liquid Space) for sharing and connecting the available meeting and desk areas to ensure they are utilized as fully as possible. If you ever have a need for a city meeting space on a temporary or more regular basis, give our office a call.


Our serene yet inspiring meeting room in Kent Street Sydney

Inspire - Living Building Challenge "Hero" award

Caroline has been recognised for her efforts in establishing the Living Future Institute Australia with a "Hero" award.

Inspire - Visions and Pathways 2040 Project

Caroline and Fergal both contributed their expertise to this exciting undertaking formulating ideas for sustainable future development in buildings, precincts and cities.

Inspire - A Cool Future for a Hot Melbourne

A forum to consider mitigating the adverse effects of climate change using clever design of buildings, neighbourhoods and suburbs with Caroline as one of the speakers.

Inspire - 2014 Pidcock coverage in the media

2014 has started with a number of projects covered in the media, industry journals and websites including The Livability Website.

Create - Projects

We are pleased to have started and completed some great new projects, which are highlighted on our new Create section under "Recent Projects".

Collaborate / Livability.com.au

PIDCOCK is delighted to be a community partner and curator of the "Be Inspired By Design" through Livability - helping people to live the life they want, sustainably.

Blog - Caroline's Project

Read Caroline's own renovation story as it happens, as she brings new life to her heritage-listed terrace in Millers Point.

Blog - What epitomises Australian design

In 15 words "what [do] you think epitomizes Australian design?" Click here for Caroline's winning answer.