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This Sustainable Melbourne Apartment Is A Little Slice Of LA!

When designed well, there’s a lot to be said for apartment living. For one thing, Melbourne’s population growth simply can’t sustain that outdated Australian dream of the quarter acre suburban block, but beyond that, thoughtful medium-density development offers affordability and sustainability that can be otherwise difficult to achieve, especially for first home buyers in and around our capital cities.

One of Melbourne’s most successful recent multi-residential projects is this uniquely ‘breathable’ apartment building in North Fitzroy, designed by Fieldwork architects for Milieu.

Illustrator Samantha Curcio and primary school teacher David Waddell are among this building’s proud apartment owners, and they invited us in for a tour!

A Modern Family’s Treetop Rental Property In North Warrandyte

If you’re a regular reader of The Design Files, you’ll know all the cool kids are moving to Warrandyte. Unfortunately, rentals in the bush-like suburb (about 25 kilometres east of Melbourne’s CBD) are few and far between, so if you’re keen to secure one, you need to be quick!

Within minutes of this property being listed online, Tilly Barber was driving past the house and messaging friends to move in with her. They did, and it’s now their buzzing ‘modern family’ home, shared with her six-year-old son Mars, and friends Albee Barton and Justyn Burrows. 

The Aussie Architects Designing New Houses For An Affordable Flat Fee

From 1947 to the late ‘70s, the Small Homes Service (SHS) provided an affordable option for Victorians interested in an architect-designed house. Consumers could choose from a range of architect plans published in The Age (complete with working drawings and specifications), purchase them for a modest price, and have these constructed by a builder. 

The first SHS director, Robin Boyd, estimated at one stage around 40% of new homes in Melbourne were being built through the service.

The number of architect-designed homes has since dropped to an estimated 5% nationally – a figure that Architopia is hoping to change. Adopting a similar model to the SHS, the online platform allows individuals to purchase an architectural house design for a flat fee.

Speaking to founders Robert Duffield, Sophie Lindblom-Taylor, and Leon Morton, we learned what inspired this innovative model.

World Food Day 2012: "Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World"

FOODWorld Food Day 2012: "Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World"

Today marks the 32nd annual World Food Day, which was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Today marks the 32nd annual World Food Day, which was established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its member countries at the organization’s Twentieth General Conference way back in 1979. Its purpose is to raise awareness and understanding about world hunger.

World Food Day 2012
This year World Food Day focuses on agricultural cooperatives, specifically how they can help eradicate hunger and improve food security. According to the FAO:

“A cooperative is an association of women and men who come together to form a jointly owned, democratically controlled enterprise where generating a profit is only part of the story. Cooperatives put people before profit. They also help their members achieve their shared social, cultural and economic aspirations. A cooperative is a social enterprise that promotes peace and democracy.”

In other words, cooperatives enable producers to take advantage of market opportunities, have a louder negotiating voice, create jobs, increase food production, and improve food security—a big step in the right direction to feeding the one in seven people suffering from undernourishment.

How can you help?

  • As mentioned, the purpose of World Food Day is to educate and raise awareness, so check out the World Food Day page for more information. Also, share this blog post with your friends and family via your social media channels so that they too can become more educated about world hunger.
  • Support agricultural cooperatives in your community and around the world by donating to existing cooperatives (time has shown that it’s better to support existing cooperatives rather than new ones that may not have the same grassroots commitment).
  • Food waste is another big problem, so do your best to reduce your family’s food waste. According to a recent study, simply halving the world’s food loss would feed the world’s 870 million people who do not have enough to eat, plus some.

 Photo credit: Peerakit Jirachetthakun POPCITY / Shutterstock.com

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