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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Green Australia will get greener

Big things are happening in Sydney. First Earth Hour, which began in Sydney, went global last month. Then, the city unveiled its brand new 2030 vision, which outlines the steps that the city will take to reduce its emissions by 60%. And now, a new project planned for the outskirts of the city will become the most sustainable development in Australia. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the new 5.8 hectare (14+ acre) development - a mix of commercial, retail, and residential space - will have contributions from none other than Pritzker Prize winners Foster + Partners and Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

The new development will be located in the old Kent Brewery, just a couple of minutes away from the City’s Central Station. The 250,000 square meter development, managed by Frasers Property, will contain a number of architect designed buildings, a new urban park, and the retention and reuse of over 32 heritage items currently existing on site (some of which you can see in the drawings below.)

The goal of the project is to achieve carbon neutrality. To do so, the intention is to achieve and explore every design method and technology that they can get their hands on from design efficiency, to the addition of green rooftops, smart metering and solar powered lighting in public spaces.

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