The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-20T04:37:43Z St Ives Story - Part 1 2017-06-20T04:37:43Z st-ives-story-part-1 For the next few months, we will walk through the build of one of our stunning St Ives custom home builds. We really showcased our craft with this build that features a more traditional, full-brick build to accommodate the needs of a growing family. To give you a quick visual, below you can see the before-and-after shots. The contrast you cannot put into words; or can you? We will try to do it justice by diving into the finer details of the build in five partsLet’s paint the picture for you now for Part I of our series. Our client is a small family; parents are both professionals within the medical industry and they have two young boys with potentially more in the near future. They approached Chateau because they want to remain in the area for the local schools, shops, community but most of all they want to remain close to family and friends. They knew that we specialised in custom home builds and it suited their situation perfectly – a luxury custom home build by Chateau!Our client told us that they wanted a high quality home to live in for years to come but also to meet the needs of a growing family. Usually, modern homes are built with timber between the ground and second storey however, they wanted a more traditional full brick/solid construction throughout the external and internal parts of the home. Our architects put together some final drawings of the house to submit to the council (included in price) before approval. We take control of this part of the process because it can be time-consuming and emotionally tiring when dealing with the council. Once the final plans have been approved demolition (also included in price) will begin; followed by excavation (which is also included in the price) of the site in preparation for the build to begin! Here at Chateau Architects + Builders, we aim to make your life during the build process as easy as possible. Our process involves a team of professionals who work as one from the outset, from demolition to that final coat of paint in the living area! This synergy of everyone working together ensures that optimum results for Chateau Architects + Builders but most importantly, you, the client. If you would like to know more about your perfect dream home, look no further than us at Chateau. If you want to fast-forward to the finished home I St Ives, check it out it out Recent Projects Gallery as ‘St Ives’, not ‘St Ives 2’. New Castlemaine Eco Village Creates a Stir 2017-06-07T00:51:38Z new-castlemaine-eco-village-creates-a-stir Castlemaine is the home of a new eco village that is set to create new standards for sustainable living in Australia. Even before the official launch, Melbournians have been travelling up to Castlemaine to the informal Coffee Q&A sessions to learn more about this path-breaking new development. The Paddock Eco Village will offer a high quality, low carbon lifestyle with an emphasis on food growing and community – at prices that compare favourably to Melbourne property. The 27 architect-designed houses will form a crescent around a large area of shared space comprising of food gardens, planted wetlands, walkways and recreation areas. The brainchild of local ‘enviro-entrepreneurs’ Neil and Heather Barrett, The Paddock is being developed in accordance with the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous, inspiring standard for housing developments. The Paddock’s 8.5 energy rated architect-designed houses will be smaller than today’s average sized home and will each be powered by a 4kW grid-connected solar system. “The energy bill savings for a Paddock home, compared to the average Victorian home, will be around $2,000 per year”, said Damien Moyse, Policy and Research Manager at the Alternative Technology Association. “With house prices from around $390,000, the intention is that The Paddock will be an inclusive place to live for people of all ages and from all backgrounds”, said Neil Barrett. There is an opportunity to learn more about The Paddock at the launch on Friday 16th June, at 7.30pm at Buda Historic House, Castlemaine. At the event there will be an opportunity to put questions to the architect, engineer, landscape architect as well as the property developers. The following morning, there’ll be an opportunity to visit the site, and meet the team over a cuppa and muffin. To register for the events and find out more, visit For more information, contact: Robert Jennings (03) 5470-5932/ 0431-217-618 Project Management and Construction Reporting Cornerstone of Commercial Marine Solutions 2017-05-08T10:01:53Z project-management-and-construction-reporting-cornerstone-of-commercial-marine-solutions Melbourne, Victoria — Commercial Marine Solutions (CMS) is passionate about creating innovative, practical, and cost-effective design and consulting solutions for the marine industry. Project Management and Construction Reporting are the cornerstones of their operations and forms the basis of their ISO9001:2015 accreditation.The project management landscape is always changing and shifting. According to 4 PM and Capterra, 70% of projects fail and three-quarters of projects fail because senior management doesn’t get involved. CMS seeks to avoid these costly pitfalls. Detail-oriented management matters and makes all the difference in whether a project is completely efficiently or even at all. Commercial Marine Solutions manages each and every naval architecture project to ensure that the final—whether that be design or consulting—meets their clients’ expectations. CMS also provides expert project management and financial skills in assisting other organizations within the marine industry to ensure projects are financially viable and will be delivered on time. Commercial Marine Solutions aims to use a requirements-based methodology that ensures a design is right the first time.For more information on their process, please visit:  ### For more information, please contact:Sean Johnston294 Warrigal Road Glen Iris 94292628+61414506989 Taking Architectural Glass a Step Ahead 2017-05-08T05:25:57Z taking-architectural-glass-a-step-ahead Architectural Glass & Cladding has put their reputation behind the trusted and innovative products of Okalux GmbH. Since 2010, their close partnership has helped the architectural community to discover the advantages of energy efficiency, end user comfort and the use of natural daylight to reduce the running costs of buildings throughout Australia and South East Asia."Our goal is to develop optimum solutions to satisfy architects specific demands – with glass," said Paul Nipperess, Sales and Marketing Manager of Architectural Glass & Cladding. AG&C has more than 20 years experience in the glass and façade industries."Okalux has decades of experience in the development and manufacture of high quality insulating glass for international construction projects. The very first product which sparked off the idea for the founding of the company also set the standard for its powers of innovation. Hollow fibres, which were originally conceived for the textiles industry, produce great advantages when inserted in the space between the panes of a window: they produce a soft diffusion of daylight and deep illumination of interiors," said Paul.This was followed by systems for light deflection and improved diffusion, transparent heat insulation and energy reduction. Paul goes on to say, "Glass is one of the most fascinating materials available to architects. It allows natural light into buildings and contributes decisively towards the end user's comfort. Okalux has dedicated itself to using natural light and ensuring that its products produce a balance of often contradictory demands; supplying a building with light and thermal energy while simultaneously protecting against overheating, heat loss and UV radiation." Because of this, Paul has called on architects, designers and builders to keep windows on their radar early by "creating purpose built solutions."This partnership between Okalux and Architectural Glass and Cladding has provided solutions to many key projects by utilising many of the unique and innovative Okalux products. These projects include: 570 Bourke Street Melbourne, Australian Catholic University NSW, Australian War Memorial ACT, The Peter Doherty Institute (University of Melbourne), Illumin8 Building (Adelaide University), Malaiwana Estate (Phuket Thailand), and 5 Martin Place (Sydney). Projects currently under construction include Monash University (Melbourne), and the Hong Kong Art Museum.For more information contact Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd, Suite 17, Wharf Central, 75 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485, phone 07 5523 2335, fax 07 5523 2336, email: (mailto://, website: Trueline Unveils New Product Pallas for Luxurious Living 2017-05-01T03:12:43Z trueline-unveils-new-product-pallas-for-luxurious-living Trueline, a modern outdoor living company that builds patios, pergolas and carports, has unveiled their new product Pallas recently. Pallas is a completely new evolution in outdoor living design with hand crafted textured components enveloping structural elements to give the modern architectural appearance. It is based on a construction system developed by Trueline in the last five years.   Pallas is inspired by the trendiest architectural themes that add a touch of sophistication to outdoor living. Using an artisan framework of geometric form and texture, Pallas creates a resort style vibe within a modernist living space making it the pride of any residential home.   Trueline ensures that every home has a special Pallas design that is personally crafted to match the customer’s lifestyle and outdoor environment. Pallas can be designed with both insulated and louvered opening roof systems. The product is excellent for homes with modern architecture and waterside homes. With customised colours living with Pallas is living with luxury.   Trueline’s projects are engineered to provide lifelong performance in Australian conditions. Their projects are backed by the guarantee of genuine peace of mind. A company with a heritage that dates back over 47 years, Trueline has been in the business of designing and building patio and carport projects for residential homes and multi-unit developments throughout Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.   Trueline’s insistence for quality is seen in the fact that the company uses only premium grade Australian roofing materials beams and fixings while integrating high quality exclusive features and delivering exceptional practicality with architectural distinction.   Customers wishing to make enquiries can make a free call to Trueline at 1300 502020. They may also send an email with their queries to, or      To check out more details about Pallas and know more about Trueline:   Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed 2017-04-26T07:35:48Z our-step-by-step-guide-to-choosing-the-right-shed Our Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shed Does your property need a shed? If so, the following is the step by step process we use to make sure our clients always pick the right one. What Do You Need Your Shed For? This is the most basic question you can ask when picking a shed for your property. However, there are all kinds of reasons you could be in the market for one. There may even be more than one reason. Maybe you just want an area to store an extra vehicle or two. Maybe you want space for a workshop. Again, maybe you want both. Generally speaking, the types of sheds we offer at NWSM are: Residential Multipurpose/Workshop Sheds Structural/Steel Sheds Keep in mind that each of these shed types represents countless options, so even if you don’t know which would make the most sense, we can help you decide based on your needs. Understand the Relevant Laws Unfortunately, you can’t just pick the type of shed you want and then get busy constructing it. There are a number of different laws that determine which types of structures are allowed in which areas. The good news is that, at NWSM, we’ve been doing this since 1998. Amongst other things, this means we understand all about these regulations and know the type of paperwork required in order to build all the different types of sheds we specialize in. Now, that being said, sometimes, you may find that the shed you want just isn’t an option because of local rules. You may have to build your shed elsewhere, or we can help you pick a different kind that will be acceptable to the local authorities. Think About Materials and Other Needs You May Have As we mentioned above, we offer a wide range of sheds, so once you have a basic model chosen, you can also think about what kinds of extra features you may wish to add on. For example, if you’ll be keeping a large vehicle indoors, one popular add-on is a roller door. A personal access door would probably still be a good idea, though. Other popular options include: Downpipes Gutters Thermal Insulation Windows Wall Vents Roofs There are also the materials to think about. Depending on what you have in mind, zincalume or colorbond may be perfect. Thanks to our 17+ years of experience in this field, we’d be happy to make recommendations. We understand that most people don’t have time to do all the research required to make the best possible choice when it comes to designing a shed. Preliminary Blueprints Once we understand what it is you need from a shed, in terms of both functionality and materials, we’ll get busy on creating a custom blueprint for you. This way, you can see exactly what you’ll be getting before you give your approval and we get started on the actual construction. At NWSM, building sheds is something we’ve done now for nearly two decades. The process we just outlined will make sure you pick the right version for your unique requirements. Whether you choose NWSM or not, feel free to follow our process for your project. A People-Centric High-Rise Future 2017-04-06T04:48:53Z a-people-centric-high-rise-future High-rise experts and delegates ranging from architects, designers, urban planners, structural engineers, suppliers and developers gathered at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre last week to spotlight new trends in high-rise construction and design at the premiere event of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017. The Summit commenced with an address from Platinum Sponsor Schindler noting the remarkable and profitable nature of the Australian tall building market which is already home to 325 towers that are 100 metres or taller with almost the same number proposed or under construction. The Summit proved a platform for conceptualising new ways of designing and building high-rise towers. For Dr Philip Oldfield, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, creating vertical communities and incorporating generous public amenities at the ground floor level are two essential aspects of tall building design that could be enhanced in future skyscraper typologies. An inspiring event with an international assembly of experts at the cutting-edge of projects, the Summit brought together speakers offering new insight into the industry, as high-rises change dramatically. One such example is Zaha Hadid Architects’ Michele Pasca di Magliano, Project Director of 600 Collins Street. Magliano’s work looks at bringing in new design ideas that could revolutionise the market. Innovative design principles such as internal atriums and internal communication between floors as well as new structural systems such as exoskeletons and external façade systems are at the forefront of the firm’s latest designs. Ground-breaking elevator innovations such as Thyssenkrupp’s MULTI, ushers in a new age of vertical transportation for high-rises, with horizontal movement offering greater architectural flexibility. High-rise vertical transport will incorporate smart technology to predict and analyse traffic flow. Representatives from ThyssenKrupp revealed that this technology could be made available in the Australian market within a few months. According to Claude Godfrey, Partner and Design Director of the Hong Kong branch of Henning Larsen Architects, the Australian skyscraper industry is still in its infancy. However, Australia has a unique personality and a great potential for more particularity in building and design. While learning from major cities with high density urban grids, Australia should aim to construct skyscrapers based around its own identity rather than reproduce typical faceless glass façades, says Godfrey. Skyscrapers in Australia should strive to forge their own relationship with the city and its people. A consensus was reached that what takes place between the skyscrapers on the ground floor is almost more important that the buildings themselves. Multiple speakers emphasised this human scale and demonstrated a dedication to the wellbeing of citizens in designing and constructing skyscrapers. Director of Supertall Buildings at Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architects from Chicago, Peter Weismantle, spoke of the multiple systems which interact with each other in order to produce functional tall buildings. Smart skyscrapers encompass smart infrastructure, both the fabric and physicality of a building, including practical elements such as elevators, exterior walls and fire safety. Weismantle also highlighted the importance of the ground plane and the challenge of designing high-rise buildings that are able to facilitate human connections rather than alienate and dehumanise. Social interaction and features of the urban habitat emerged as the strongest upcoming trends in polling conducted among Summit delegates. Alistair Guthrie, Director of Arup, pointed to new trends to watch in high-rise construction, namely skyscrapers with more social spaces, the advent of the green, vegetated skyscraper and timber construction. The Summit was an invaluable knowledge sharing event and platform for collaborative opportunities between industry professionals working towards the better design of tall towers across the board in the Australian context. The event brought into sharp focus that creating inhabitable, liveable and humanised high-rises which interact with the local environment will be a leading focus for future projects.    About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit Media Contact: Goldie Yang | Marketing Coordinator Expotrade Global Tel: 03 9545 0360 Smart Skyscrapers Summit Drives Innovation 2017-03-27T02:08:56Z smart-skyscrapers-summit-drives-innovation-1 The Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will explore exciting new developments and technological advancements in high-rise design and construction. Launching in Melbourne on the 28th and 29th of March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Summit profiles a vast range of innovative tall tower projects across Australia and the world. Local and international speakers will share their expertise among industry professionals and stakeholders. Presentations, panel discussions and exhibitions will provide delegates with the perfect platform for learning from and networking with architectural, urban planning, construction, supply, engineering, government, institute and academic bodies. A cocktail reception will cap off the first day of the Summit, allowing delegates to reflect on presentations and make acquaintances across the board.   Topics on the agenda reflect new ways of conceptualising and building high-rise towers. Smart design is a prominent concern in the new age of skyscrapers as architects and developers look to increasingly more green, environmentally friendly and efficient ways of creating tall towers through building design, building materials and building systems. Prefabricated construction is delivering stunning new high-rise structures, forging a new modular mode of building. Vertical schools are reimagining traditional ideas of educational environments, now taking off in Australia. Innovations in vertical transportation will also revolutionise skyscraper design and architectural flexibility. Most importantly, creating inhabitable, liveable and humanised high-rises that interact with the local environment is a dominant concern that will be addressed from different perspectives at the Summit. This leading industry event will set the scene for a new age of skyscraper design and construction practice around the country and abroad. Opportunities to interview speakers will be available on the day. Any media wishing to attend on the day, please contact Expotrade Media Contact.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit Media Contact: Goldie Yang | Marketing Coordinator | Dir: 03 8581 3713 Your Latest Specification Resource is Finally Here! 2017-03-20T04:05:30Z your-latest-specification-resource-is-finally-here-1 Krost Business Furniture has its earliest beginnings in South Africa in the 1920s. Launched by three brothers to create and manufacture lasting steel products, the company’s philosophy and focus on providing their clientele with complete furniture solutions has carried through to today – more than 95 years later. From these early beginnings, the team at Krost established their major pillars of service: incomparable delivery, highest quality of product and the fairest of prices for the end-user. And while these key principles date back to the brand’s foundations many, many years ago, they remain today as a key touchstone. For generations, however, the annual Krost catalogue has sat at the core of their approach to market. Each year, the team publish a catalogue of the latest commercial design innovations – always with a focus to servicing the ever-increasing need for wellbeing and optimum ergonomy in the professional environment. Having taken home the gold for Best B2C Office Supplies Catalogue at the Australian Catalogue Association Awards last year, for 2017 their offering is bound to be a big contender this year as well. Inevitably, the Krost signature style is represented exquisitely throughout their 2017 Catalogue. Everywhere, that is, are those clean sweeping vital lines, integrated illustrations and technical etchings – all presented with a high degree of intelligence that technical information is a pleasure to digest, and certainly not a chore. Celebrating the need for infusing health into the commercial space, each item is carefully curated to display how heights or angles in the design can be modified by any end-user – a democratic nod to the sheer scope of diversity in the commercial sector’s workforce. But while many will continue to question the veracity of such traditional marketing activities in today’s increasingly digital world, Krost understand the inherent value of the printed artefact. You see, their catalogue serves as a pointed reminder for the Australian A+D community that while a majority will remain dedicated to the strength of the digital world, there's also a lot to be said for those same generations' desire to interact with more material marketing collateral. In a remarkable 2013 study conducted by ADMA and APost, Australian consumers falling between the ages of 18 to 40-years old displayed a pointed preference for engaging with print marketing collateral over its digital, audio or televisual counterparts. An incredible 72% of surveyed individuals stated that they were more than likely to retain the print collateral in their possession after initial reading to refer to again later. Meanwhile, that same group were tested for the duration of time they spent with print collateral as opposed to other marketing platforms. On average, the median length of time that focus group spent on digital/televisual/audio marketing options was less than 15 seconds in total – print, however, garnered a 48% engagement increase by comparison. Geared precisely towards addressing these consumers’ desires for more trust-worthy, non-aggressive and informative needs, the 2017 Krost Business Furniture Catalogue aims to provide an intimate one-on-one conversation between the commercial sector and the Krost brand. Through an admixture of crisp photography with a rich depth of field and the tactility of glossy stock, their catalogue appeals to the intellectual and emotional connectors of the reader. And while this catalogue's predecessor last year knocked out some pretty heavy competition, once again, the team at Krost have approached supporting the market for design with stunning creative, informative material and prose in their 2017 catalogue. In their own words, "we want to make it easy for you". Where "it" might mean work, decision making, or peace of mind, in any case (or indeed, all cases) Krost have once again demonstrated remarkable foresight and ingenuity in their space. Aboriginal Housing Company to host Community Consultation evening on the Pemulwuy Project 2017-03-07T00:39:12Z aboriginal-housing-company-to-host-community-consultation-evening-on-the-pemulwuy-project Sydney, Tuesday 7 March 2017 – The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) will host a community consultation evening on Thursday 9th March 2017 to discuss the Pemulwuy Project. The community consultation evening is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Pemulwuy Project, including the proposed increase in student accommodation, and to ask questions. Key representatives from the AHC, Architects Turner & Associates, and student accommodation company, Atira, will present at the community consultation evening. AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila said the community consultation evening would provide a forum for the community to gain a better understanding of the Pemulwuy Project “We are looking forward to sharing AHC’s vision and plans for the Pemulwuy Project at the community consultation evening. We are committed to providing the community with a clear understanding of the project and why the model we have proposed enables the AHC to continue to deliver on its core business objective of delivering affordable housing to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” she said. Please note that due to cultural sensitivities, there will be no broadcast or recording equipment permitted on premises. Please find below an agenda of the evening’s proceedings. Should you wish to attend the public consultation event, or arrange an interview opportunity immediately following the event, please contact or (02) 8279 7878. Please note, only pre-arranged interviews will be granted on the evening. -ENDS- About the Aboriginal Housing Company The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. It is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People, part of the Eora Nation. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families experienced in the private rental market. The AHC is self-funded and operates on income derived from rental properties. Affordable housing is located across Sydney and country regions in NSW. A current focus is the redevelopment known as Pemulwuy Project. The redevelopment will breathe new life into Redfern and restore a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. The Pemulwuy Project will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities. Humanising the High-Rise 2017-03-01T23:45:55Z humanising-the-high-rise The Quay Quarter Tower is an innovative high-rise project taking shape in Sydney’s Central Quay precinct. The recent international competition held by AMP Capital Investors and 3XN saw design firms vie in order to secure the appointment to design the building’s lobby, reception, meeting and conference facilities. The design competition saw Design Research Studio chosen to complete the final touches of the 49-storey Quay Quarter Tower, with works slated to begin in 2018. Fred Holt, Architect and Partner at 3XN, the lead design architecture firm behind the project, spoke of the design philosophy that inspired the approach to the spectacular new structure. Architecture Shapes Behaviour is a design concept that informed the corporate workspace culture in high-rise structures. Holt believes that “architects have the opportunity to design high rise buildings that spatially address more than the stacked slab, efficiency only approach to high-rise design”. Providing innovative and efficient building design solutions and approaches is a cornerstone to developing high-rise buildings in the corporate Australian tall tower space. Holt also advocates the ideas that, as material resources continue to grow scarce and expensive; the onus is on developers of existing high-rise buildings and architects “to investigate methods of extending the lifespan and thus, [the] value of their buildings”. Tall towers will need to increasingly incorporate upcycling and recycling methods in order to create a sustainable future. The Quay Quarter Tower is a prime example of a building upcycling the original core structure of which two thirds was retained on the existing building site and integrated into the new design. Holt emphasises the importance of such methods in future high-rise developments which will see more aspects of building components reused and recycled than presently. “Thinking and planning for methods of disassembly prior to construction, not only maintains the inherent value of materials beyond a building’s life, but further increases the return on the original investment for the owner,” says Holt. Appearing at the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit, Melbourne’s premiere high-rise design and construction event, Fred Holt will elaborate on how 3XN realised their vision of Architecture Shapes Behaviour through the Quay Quarter Tower project and how the company puts this belief into practice by “humanising the high-rise”.   The Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit will be held on the 28-29th March 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit Schindler Announced as Platinum Sponsor of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2017-02-09T05:49:30Z schindler-announced-as-platinum-sponsor-of-the-australian-smart-skyscrapers-summit Leading expert in high-rise transportation Schindler Australia has been announced as the Platinum Sponsor of the inaugural high-rise construction and design event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit. The Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit will profile the latest developments in high-rise construction trends dominating the market. Vertical transportation technologies are a major revolutionising force in tall and very tall buildings. New technologies from vertical transport giants such as Schindler are opening the doors to a plethora of design possibilities. All aspects of the industry will see a wholesale reimagining of construction possibilities as well as increased architectural flexibility. Schindler will give insight into the cutting-edge technology advancements happening in the vertical transport industry at the Summit. Currently constructing one of the largest elevator projects ever awarded in Australia at Sydney’s Barangagroo, Schindler comes on board with expert speakers to discuss the future of high-speed, high-rise transportation.  The Barangagroo development features the Schindler 7000 high-rise elevators and the Schindler 5500 modular passenger elevators which incorporate Schindler’s innovative PORT Technology Destination Control. The PORT Technology optimises traffic flow by offering personalised service and control to passengers. The technology can be programmed to analyse, predict and meet individual needs. Schindler was named the winner of New Installation Project of the Year at the Elevator World’s 2017 industry awards for their work on the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) project. As the world’s premiere elevator installation, the project is recognised as the first of its kind in an Australian medical facility. Other industry leaders in the vertical transportation arena, Kone and Thyssenkrupp, join Schindler as Summit sponsors. Kone’s composite material lightweight rope and Thyssenkrupp’s “rope-less” MULTI technology are increasing feasible elevator heights and advance progress in vertical transportation systems. Business Manager of Expotrade Saumya Dabarera said, “We’re excited to have Schindler on board as the Platinum Sponsor for the launch of the Australian Smart Skyscrapers Summit as globally they have a strong presence in vertical transportation solutions. Our delegates will certainly benefit greatly from Schindler’s expertise in the high-rise space”.    Among other major players confirmed at the Summit are The Australian Steel Institute, Arup, Atlas, Hebel, ULA Group, Consep, Hickory, 3XN, Henning Larsen Architects, Bonacci, Fender Katsalidis Architects, PTW Architects, Thomson Adsett and Grocon.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit Winner of international design competition brings children’s village to life in Kenya 2017-02-06T04:35:12Z winner-of-international-design-competition-brings-children-s-village-to-life-in-kenya A winner has been chosen from 45 designs submitted for a unique international design competition to masterplan and design a new eco-village for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenya. Launched in October, the One Heart Foundation international design competition offered architects the life-changing opportunity to design a children’s village in the Provence of Soy, Kenya for the foundation following the success of their first village in Turbo. The winner of the competition is Edric Choo and a team from the young architectural practice O2DA based in Malaysia. Edric Choo says he entered the competition to show how architecture can be about more than just good design by positively contributing to society and helping to improve lives.  “The inspiration behind the design was creating a place where the children who will live there could feel at home. We took reference from native architecture and local materials and created a setting where they could find a sense of belonging and happiness,” said Choo. In a truly global challenge, Choo’s design was chosen from 45 submissions by individuals and teams across 21 different countries including Australia, the USA, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Estonia, South Africa and Kenya. An international panel of judges, which included the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya John Feakes, Breathe Architecture founder Jeremy McLeod, ClarkeHopkinsClarke partners Robert Goodliffe and Dean Landy as well as Kenyan educationalists, assessed the submissions before awarding the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to Choo. The winning submission is a beautifully conceived and executed response to the brief, successfully achieving the competition’s two key objectives: to masterplan a holistic children’s eco-village with facilities such as homes, schools, farms and playing fields, and to create a unique design solution for each of these facilities. One Heart Foundation founder Dean Landy said “the competition was about bringing a new standard of design to the villages of Kenya, while providing an opportunity for our practice to work more collaboratively with students, graduates and other architects from around the world to help disadvantaged children and realise the impact good design can have on peoples’ lives.” The winners will now work with Melbourne-based architectural practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke to bring this unique, self-sustainable village to life. The completed village will provide homes to 100 orphaned children, first-class education to more than 500 local children, skills training to the surrounding community, and more than 50 local jobs. The Soy village will serve as a sister campus to the existing One Heart Village located nearby in Turbo which cares for 75 children and educates 200, and staff and resources will be shared across the sites. “We congratulate Choo and his team on their ability to bring to life our vision of a children’s village which will create a nurturing, welcoming and inspiring environment for the many children that will live there, while also being economical, sustainable and buildable.” Construction of the new village will commence in early 2018. The One Heart Foundation is now working on various fundraising initiatives to fund the first stage of the development. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to contact the foundation if they’d like to contribute to the development. To view images of the winning design, visit: For further information or to interview the competition’s winner please contact: Emma WhalanCommunications Collective03 9988 About One Heart Foundation One Heart is a for-purpose foundation that was established in 2007 out of Australia and working in Kenya. One Heart’s primary focus is to change the future of orphaned and abandoned children living in poverty in Kenya, and in turn see whole communities transformed through education, leadership, empowerment and most importantly, love. About ClarkeHopkinsClarke ClarkeHopkinsClarke (CHC) is an award-winning Melbourne-based architecture practice with over 55 years experience across the education, health care, aged care, mixed-use, retail, multi-residential, urban design and community development sectors.         The practice’s underlying philosophy is to create vibrant communities that have a strong sense of identity, and are a pleasure to visit and inhabit. Middle East Smart Lighting And Design Summit Shifts To Dubai 2016-11-21T08:45:37Z middle-east-smart-lighting-and-design-summit-shifts-to-dubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 21, 2016: Continuing the success of the summit in Abu Dhabi this year, organizers Expotrade today announced the 6th edition of the Middle East Smart Lighting and Design Summit 2017 will be held in Dubai. Bringing together lighting consultants, designers, architects, engineers, developers and government officials from across the GCC, the sixth edition of the summit will be held on 26-27 April 2017 at The Oberoi, Dubai. The event will lay a strong emphasis on public lighting, urban lighting and street lighting along with smart controls & automation. The summit will see experts speaking on topics pertaining to connected lighting - the future of lighting industry for smart living; importance of lighting in sustainable design; the essence of new age lighting controls; enhancing led street light performance with smart control systems and planning your led retrofits to achieve maximum energy savings. Industry reports indicate that in 2015, GCC region’s LED market was worth US$900 million and over the next five years, the demand for LED technology is expected to grow by 16-17 per cent annually. The demand is fueled by government’s smart lighting initiatives undertaken across all emirates. It is expected that by the year 2018, RTA will replace all street lights in Dubai with LED lights. Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East said, “UAE leads the way in implementing smart public lighting initiatives that offer its residents an enhanced experienced of the city at night. The summit presents a platform to discuss all aspects pertaining to public, urban, street lighting and lighting controls and automation. At the 6th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Design Summit, leading regional and international speakers will present case studies on integrated urban lighting strategy implemented in other regions.” Experts including Tanas Khoury, CEO, Light Concept; Faraz Izhar, Senior Lighting Designer, KEO International Consultants; Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Executive Director Office, Abu Dhabi City Municipality and Gerald Strickland, Director, Middle East Lighting Association (MELA) are some of the speakers who have confirmed their participation at the summit in advance. The summit will also have leading lighting manufacturers showcase some of their most prominent products and applications to senior lighting consultants, designers and architects at the Smart Lighting lounge. The previous edition of the summit saw Bajaj Electricals, Philips, Façade Lighting, LCT-light stone, Telensa, ACS Wireless and Valmont to name a few, participate at the summit. At the close of the summit, Vyasan Bhaskar, Deputy Manager - International Sales, Bajaj Electricals Ltd, said, "It is a very well-coordinated event. It gave us an opportunity to interact on a one-on-one basis with several key personalities from the industry as well as from the Abu Dhabi City Municipality. Additionally, the topics covered at the event were very informative." More information on the summit is available now at Follow the Summit on social media with the hashtag #MESLDS2017. About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 15 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar. For more information, visit MODE Leads Multimillion Dollar Design Development 2016-11-04T06:44:24Z mode-leads-multimillion-dollar-design-development MODE is the lead architecture and design firm, for the $300 million ‘K Point’ three-tower development proposed for the corner of Main and Vulture Street, Woolloongabba. The prominent design being developed by the Zenonos Group will include 325 new apartments to this popular precinct, as well as shops, restaurants and bars, offices, an indoor sport and recreation space and a 190-bed hotel. Director, Steve Mastrodomenico said with increasing development of riverfront high rise apartments on former industrial sites, the precinct of Kangaroo Point has undergone a major resurgence in recent times. “Within the sub-precinct of Vulture Street and the Gabba Cricket grounds, the construction of the Clem7 Tunnel (and planned cross river rail tunnel) there has been a shift in focus from traffic thoroughfare to transport hub with a greater emphasis on pedestrian traffic”, said Steve Mastrodomenico. The vision for the ground plane is to create a public space in keeping with the traditional and emerging character of Woolloongabba and reinforce the distinctive identity of the neighbourhood. Pedestrian movement is promoted to contribute to an active and vibrant street life. A permeable building footprint is proposed with connected human scale spaces and priority given to active usage and outdoor living. A common language referencing the development’s location in Kangaroo Point is used to acknowledge local heritage whilst providing new and active uses for an evolving community. An inverted podium opens sightlines to neighbouring heritage buildings and frees the ground plane for occupation and activation by pedestrians. An open and inviting public street frontage creates and reinforces and active urban edge to Vulture Street. An accessible and engaging public realm responds to emerging lifestyle uses within the precinct. Located diagonally across from the Gabba Stadium and forming a gateway to Kangaroo Point, the provision of such active public spaces will provide improved amenity to local residents and to stadium visitors. K Point will also showcase Brisbane's largest and highest rooftop sky garden/bar, with uninterrupted city and river views and will offer one of the best seats at Riverfire. It will be an exciting, innovative additional to Brisbane’s skyline. Construction is planned to commence next year and take three years to complete. --ENDS About MODE MODE is a business of ten design studios throughout Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam employing talented designers and technicians in architecture, urban design, master planning, interior design, landscape architecture and graphic design. With global capabilities through our strong international alliances, MODE has a proven track record of successfully delivering projects across a range of specialist sectors. Innovation Capitalisation™ by MODE is a pivotal tool developed to consider a project from the outset before any design has occurred. It aligns specialist providers, groups, businesses and government with the sole purpose of creating better communities through unique and innovative design. The four key pillars (social, economic, environmental and educative) act as the drivers for Innovation Capitalisation™ and is how MODE unlock the ‘Capital in Reserve’ on each project.