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Sustainability

At Hames Sharley the philosophy of sustainability underpins our goal in enabling communities to flourish. It is one of our key values employed by all staff as we believe it is crucial in safeguarding the future. From the outset, we understand that our clients need to create assets that maintain or increase in value. This must be considered from an ecological, social and economic standpoint. Our design process takes this into account and is outlined by a three-fold approach that combines commercial intelligence, considering future risks and design; to create intergenerational assets that stand the test of time.

Hames Sharley define intergenerational assets as any type of natural or built asset that increases in value over time. To do this, we aim to design places that produce benefits to those that will use the space both in this generation and for generations to come.

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15 Nov 2018

The bee-all and end all

Why architects and planners are designing bee friendly cities

It is estimated that around a third of the food we eat relies on bee pollination. In light of the sharp decline in bee populations, we sat down with Urban Designer and Biophilia Enthusiast, Hayley Edwards to discuss what can be done to reverse this alarming trend.

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20 Aug 2018

Reusing materials for LEED certification

Many building designers have started prioritising LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in their projects over the past decade, as the industry has caught up with the need for better long-term design solutions. As a result, the reuse of building materials has increased.

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17 Jul 2018

6 ways biophilia can improve economic prosperity

Darren Bilsborough

Based on his paper titled The Biophilic City: Can it Improve Economic Prosperity, here, Darren Bilsborough summarises his paper into six key areas: biodiversity, climate change, urban farming, cooler cities, bio-sequestration and health and productivity.

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17 Jul 2018

Measuring the value of biophilia

Hayley Edwards

An increasing importance of investing in people has resulted in a reawakening of the philosophy of biophilia and the importance of biophilic design.

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25 May 2018

World Environment Day

Jacinta Houzer

Humans are both the users and creators of their environment. Therefore, the need for environmental protection and improvement is of vital importance, and to highlight this, the United Nations have established a World Environment Day.

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18 May 2018

Residential campaign

Jacinta Houzer

The way we fund and build apartments in Australia is just one of the factors contributing to the country’s housing-affordability crisis, however, an emerging financial model known as Baugruppen might help to solve the problem.

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24 Apr 2018

How to sustain Australia’s rural-urban communities; a case study part 2

Shannon O'Shea

A Spatial Framework was developed in response to Serpentine Jarrahdale’s expected population growth and embodies the values and outcomes expressed by the Serpentine Jarrahdale residents.

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24 Apr 2018

How to sustain Australia’s rural-urban communities; a case study part 1

Shannon O'Shea

Serpentine Jarrahdale have a predicted population growth of 1.5 million people in 20 years. Hames Sharley has assisted in creating a strategy and vision together with the Shire and the community.

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18 Apr 2018

Staging a comeback

Jacinta Houzer

Building infrastructure for global events can make or break a city – so what’s the best strategy for using these structures once the show’s over?

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13 Apr 2018

When design comes naturally

Peter Schwerzel

Architects and designers can learn a lot from Mother Nature – Peter Schwerzel looks at biomimetics and how taking cues from the world around us can produce outstanding results.

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08 Jan 2018

Middle Metro Suburbs: Dotty and Mike’s Story

#Adelaide2027lifestyles - Part 1

Andrew Russell

Hames Sharley has been a proud contributor to Deloitte’s recent ‘Make it a plan Adelaide’ report released late last year. In part 1 of a continuing series, we follow Dotty and Mike’s story.

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08 Jan 2018

Inner Urban: Pierre, Simone and Evette’s Story

Andrew Russell

Hames Sharley has been a proud contributor to Deloitte’s recent ‘Make it a plan Adelaide’ report released late last year. In part 2 of a continuing series, we follow Pierre, Simone and Evette’s Story.

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08 Jan 2018

Transit Corridors: Peter and Bob’s Story

Andrew Russell

Hames Sharley has been a proud contributor to Deloitte’s recent ‘Make it a plan Adelaide’ report released late last year. In part 3 of a continuing series, we follow Peter and Bob’s Story.

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08 Jan 2018

Middle Metro: David and Lucy’s Story

Andrew Russell

Hames Sharley has been a proud contributor to Deloitte’s recent ‘Make it a plan Adelaide’ report released late last year. In part 4 of a continuing series, we follow David and Lucy’s Story.

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08 Jan 2018

City Central: Mai and Cheng’s Story

Andrew Russell

Hames Sharley has been a proud contributor to Deloitte’s recent ‘Make it a plan Adelaide’ report released late last year. In part 5 of a continuing series, we follow Mai and Cheng’s Story.

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12 Dec 2017

Bigger Adelaide, Better Lifestyles

Andrew Russell

Hames Sharley has been a proud contributor to Deloitte’s recent ‘Make it a plan Adelaide’ report. We share their view that a key strategy in transforming and growing South Australia’s economy is to grow its population.

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10 Dec 2017

Drones to take on choppers?

Michael Cooper

Each year, 15 billion trees are chopped down. The rate at which they are felled currently makes it difficult to keep up with replenishing them. Fortunately, drones are now available to help…

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20 Nov 2017

Geography students learn from Subiaco Case Study

Jacinta Houzer

Hames Sharley’s collaborative initiative to educate Year 7 students about Transport Oriented Developments (TOD) and interconnected communities.

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12 Nov 2017

Designing communities that flourish

Vanessa McDaid

Hames Sharley’s Associate, Shannon O’Shea, and Manager Planning for WA, Malcolm Somers, explain why their disciplines play a key role in the resurgence of urban neighbourhoods.

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16 Oct 2017

Cities taking great strides towards walkability

Vanessa McDaid

Cities such as Seoul, Barcelona and London are transforming parts of their cities by increasing walkability and bringing pedestrians back, bringing about a new lease of life to urban areas.

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14 Oct 2017

What’s new in home automation

Vanessa McDaid

Home automation is getting a whole lot closer to the average family. Currently the domain of top-end residential builds and the tech-savvy, the Internet of Things (IoT) is coming soon to a neighbourhood near you…

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12 Oct 2017

The legacy of World Expos: what’s left after the fair?

Vanessa McDaid

Hosting a major world event is in many ways seen as a coming of age for host countries. Seen as a way of putting a city on the map, World Expo organisers attempt to showcase their city to the world in an extravaganza of cutting edge technology, sustainability, design and architecture. But what happens when the fair leaves town?

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12 Sep 2017

Function and form in protecting buildings from earthquakes

Michael Cooper

As Mexico recovers from the devastating effects of its recent earthquake, The Malay Mail has reported on a Japanese innovation that looks to add protective functionality to buildings while introducing an aesthetically pleasing, sleek design motif.

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08 Sep 2017

Who gives a crap? A lot of us, apparently

Vanessa McDaid

There is a motza to be made in the sustainability industry, according to the successes of some of Australia’s leading sustainability entrepreneurs. Dana McCauley reports that two such winners are KeepCup and Who Gives a Crap.

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12 Jul 2017

What makes a BiodiverCity?

Michael Cooper

Each of the most biodiverse countries around the globe shares a common trait – rapid urbanisation. In a recent piece, The Guardian have attempted to calculate which city is the world’s most biodiverse and found some interesting results…

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12 Jul 2017

Colouring your judgment

Pete Kempshall

According to colour psychologists, green has the ability to put us at ease, and not just for its natural connotations…

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12 Jul 2017

Scenery, not greenery?

Pete Kempshall with Rachel Seal

It’s common knowledge that if you want to rediscover your calm you head back to nature. But could it be that we’re too narrow in our view of what we experience as uplifting, and could architecture have the same effect on our mood as parkland?

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12 Jul 2017

Breathing space

Matt Seddon

Creating ‘buildings that breathe’ is an ideal for designing in the subtropics – but it’s also a worthwhile goal in any climate.

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26 Jun 2017

Encyclopedia of man-made plants and animals released

Vanessa McDaid

From tuskless elephants and hornless rhinos to glow in the dark fish and square apples, the modification of flora and fauna has been going on for eons, both by design and accident.

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26 Jun 2017

More than just vegeburgers…

Pete Kempshall

While some parts of the scientific community are looking at using cultured meat to solve a potential world food crisis, others have decided that the way to ensure the world has all the protein it needs is by cutting out the middle… er, animal.

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23 Jun 2017

Wholly cow!?!

Pete Kempshall

Its composition is the same as the stuff you’d carve off cattle, but is the world ready to eat meat created entirely in a laboratory? And if we could all be persuaded to chow down on faux-flesh, what would the effect be on the environment, both natural and built?

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21 Jun 2017

Is architecture falling behind sustainability aspirations?

Vanessa McDaid

It would appear that sustainability in architecture and great design are still largely mutually exclusive, according to a recent stoush between the American Institute of Architects and Aaron Bestky…

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24 May 2017

Maximising workforce engagement: the corporate conundrum

Michael Cooper

Countless surveys indicate that an engaged workforce is more productive and profitable. Yet maximising employee engagement has become one of the 21st century’s biggest corporate conundrums, with alarming statistics showing far more than 80 percent of staff lack workplace engagement.

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23 May 2017

Office buildings and the work spaces within…

Darren Bilsborough

People have been talking about the demise of the office for years now. Since telecommuting became an everyday phenomenon, opinion-makers have been queuing up to tell us how the traditional workplace is on the verge of extinction.

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20 May 2017

Mercedes-Benz continues its assault on Tesla’s energy storage solutions

Vanessa McDaid

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz has made its promised entry into the home energy storage market in the UK, taking on Tesla and its Powerwall, according to a recent article in Road Show.

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19 May 2017

The roadmap to power – solar panels and battery storage to lead the way

Vanessa McDaid

The CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia have just released a new plan to secure Australia’s energy supply, reduce our bills and reduce our emissions to zero by the middle of the century. Their roadmap relies upon a coordinated approach by the states in order to potentially save Australians AUD$1 billion by 2050 and cut residential power bills by an average of $414 annually.

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16 Mar 2017

The impact of a driverless society on retail

Harold Perks

It’s coming at us faster than a speeding Bugatti Veyron – the era of the autonomous car - and when this technology finally arrives the impact to retail will be immense…

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14 Feb 2017

From off grid homes to high-rises

Kate Fuller

Move over driverless cars, Tesla is ready to make an even bigger impact on our lives, our cities and our homes, with their recently announced off-grid solar technology offer. But how will this accessible new solar technology impact our lives, economy, environment and our architecture?