148 Designing for your climate

Graham Hunt goes into a lot of detail when researching the local climate that will impact the comfort of a home. Designing for your climate includes an analysis of both the macro – the temperature, rainfall and humidity of the region, but also the micro – the local wind, shading and exposure of a particular site. Read More …

126 What’s the Responsibility of Architecture?

Dominique Gettliffe and Alejandra Baltodano believe in the responsibility of architecture to make spaces that are good for people. Architecture shouldn’t be about the ego of the artist. The responsibility of architecture is to be a catalyst for people to create amazing spaces. Spaces Make a Difference to Life What is it about a building Read More …

110: Peter Hogg and Toby Reed Architects

Listen to this interview in iTunes or Stitcher radio. How do you make a power plant in the middle of an urban setting, look interesting and attractive? And what’s that got to do with designing sustainable homes? Peter Hogg and Toby Reed are award winning, Melbourne based architects and I spoke with Peter about why Read More …

104: Architecture in Harmony with the Earth

Can you imagine meeting someone at university with similar interests, falling in love with them, then starting a practice together offering complementary design services to provide beautiful, functional architecture in harmony with the Earth? Sounds pretty idillic. And it’s what Matthew Swett and Sarah Birger have done to create Taproot Architects. Throw in the fact that they Read More …

103: It’s All About Airtightness

Derek Ward’s strength is the science that connects good design with good performance. Clioma House specialises in ‘airtightness and effective insulation’. They help bridge the gap between the drawing board and the construction site. Call the Experts, Early The sooner you think about how much you want to do in relation to performance, the cheaper Read More …

101: Vernacular Construction

Episode Foundations (the bottom line at the top) Invest up front in a good designer and you’ll save during construction. Vernacular construction is about designing and building appropriately for the local conditions. For a sustainable home, focus on insulation and ventilation.

How big should eaves be?

Eaves are the classic case of form following function. In this podcast I lay out my three key reasons for having them, but a key question is, ‘how big should eaves be?’ Why have eaves? Radiation – They help shade you and your home from the summer sun, while still allowing light and warmth in Read More …

Map Wrap Gaps Taps and Apps

Over the last few years, I’ve developed this model for good home design: Map, wrap, gaps, taps and apps. A model for good home design: Map, wrap, gaps, taps and apps.  Click To Tweet Map Map was an obvious (albeit later) addition to the original model. Good design starts with location. This is about where you Read More …