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“ Commercial clien ts a re beco mi ng more co mfor table with using rec ycled materials su ch as crushed
brick a nd con crete, recycled timber an d glass, and sto ne mu lching in lan dscape projects.
"Fu rthermo re, minimally processed materials such as u ncu t ston e, woo d an d bamboo are also
gaining popularity, as they redu ce ma nu factu ring an d pro cessing requirements while also providing
beautifully rich an d ea rthy/n atu ral tex tures.”
Andrew Ryding s, construc tion ma nag er at Phase3 Landscape Construc tion.
Recycled sea containers at Cockburn
Town Square reflect functionality and
forward-thinking sustainable design.
Commercial | Design update
“ In 2014, the WA Department of Planning
released its position paper ca lled Pla nning Makes
it Happe n: Phase Two Bluep rint for Pla nning
Reform, w hich, amon gst other initiatives, in cludes
a pro posal to ma ndate the use of registered
architects for the design of multi-sto rey, mu lti-
residential projects. This is a plan n ing initiative
that is modelled on a NSW policy that has been
in place for 12 years, an d is widely ackn owledged
as leading to significan tly improved design
o utco mes for apa rtment buildings in that state.
"At a time when cities across the cou ntry
are plan n ing denser commu nities as a key
strategy fo r developing su staina ble futu res,
it is time for all State Planning Authorities to
learn from the NSW experience and to move
towa rds replicating their successful policy.
"In Western Australia, there are no licensed
building design professionals other than architects.
" The design of buildings, especially medium-
an d high-den sity housi ng, directly affects
quality of life for occupants and community.
The design of our built environment influences
secu rity, health, fi nan cial and environ mental
sustain ability, an d social wellbeing. To create
better communities for our future, it is essential
to strive to get the best design s.
"Ju st as builders, electrician s, plu mbers an d
painters o n co mplex building projects n eed to be
licen sed, it makes sense that those buildings be
designed by registered a rchitects.
" The phase two planning reform proposal
to mandate the use of registered architects fo r
the design of mu lti-storey, multi-residential
pro jects should be adopted as part of a broad
strategy fo r building better co mmun ities fo r
the future of WA.”
David Ka rotkin, S andover Pinde r.
Studios 54 by Hill Thalis
Architecture + Urban Projects
consists of four apartments, a shop
and a roof terrace on a 126sqm site
(photography Aaron Murray and
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