Miners must respond to pressure for change

Rio Tinto’s boss has warned the mining industry needs to adapt or have change forced on it as pressures intensify. The FTSE 100 miner’s chief executive, Jean-Sébastien Jacques, said the industry was threatened by protectionism and had to respond to technological advances and pressure to combat climate change. Jacques told a conference: “Geopolitics has become…

The Tiny Home Trend

When people are younger, they usually spend lot of time with their friends. But as they grow old, they have other responsibilities and the time spent with friends gets reduced. But this is not the case with the people in this story. They have built their small houses next to each other. The idea is…

The Proposals Competing to Rebuild Notre-Dame’s Spire

Following the devastating fire that destroyed the roof of Notre-Dame in Paris, architects have stepped forward offering a range of alternative proposals for the Parisian landmark. Last month, French legislators announced that they would be holding an international design competition for how the beloved cathedral ought to be reconstructed. News of the competition has prompted architects from…

RBA Flags Cut to Interest Rates

The Reserve Bank has signalled it may have to cut interest rates to historic lows next month to prevent unemployment rising. A reduction in the cash rate, now 1.5 per cent, has been widely expected as the economy slowed and inflation has remained at negligible levels. In a speech to the Queensland branch of the Economic Society…

Social housing: Essential Infrastructure

Safe, adequate, affordable and appropriate housing is critical to health, wellbeing and social and economic security. However, many Australians cannot find housing in the private market and the social housing system is under-resourced and manifestly unable to meet demand.” – Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), A conceptual analysis of social housing as infrastructure It’s…

$150 million South Bank theatre revealed

Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and local partner Blight Rayner have been chosen to design the new $150 million theatre in South Bank. The team will deliver the design for the new 1500-seat theatre after being chosen from a shortlist that included Kerry Hill Architects, M3 and the London-based AL_A. The Queensland cultural precinct, designed by celebrated Brisbane…