Award for Tiny House work

So honoured and proud to have been recognised by the Australian Civic Trust and to have won the Hugh Stretton Award for Residential Development for our work in the tiny house space namely for: the Tiny House  Planning Resource with Lara Nobel (Tiny House Company), Beth Winkle (Plannery Co), Kate Meathrel (Tiny Consulting), Heather Shearer (Griffith University)…

Tiny House Deep Dive

BOOKED OUT!! We have a full house for tomorrow’s Deep Dive into whether Tiny Houses can solve big issues. The event organised by QShelter and ESC Consulting is bringing together a cross section of professionals from government, not-for-profit and industry, to identify and solve the barriers to getting tiny houses on the ground. We will…

What a way to start Spring!

With a Green Heart of course! Yesterday the Green Heart Fair took place in the Carindale Recreation Reserve. It was a splendid spring day, lots of sunshine, beautiful crowds, kids racing billy carts, and great exhibits and stalls to show how we love our Green Brisbane. Jessica Osborne and I were in the Building Better…

Density and Diversity Done Well – with tiny houses of course!

At last!! We can now reveal the entry that we prepared for the Density and Diversity Done Well competition! This competition was a joint initiative of the Queensland Department for Infrastructure Local Government and Planning and the Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland, with the endorsement of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning…

The traffic congestion funnel

I was driving along the M1 (Gateway Motorway) on the weekend, through the road widening works between Nudgee and Deagon, despairing at the number of trees (including some very large old ones) that have been removed in order to create additional lanes. Less trees for more cars…sigh I was hoping someone could explain to me…

Building/renovating for comfort and low running costs – why wouldn’t you?

Just finished putting the final touches to the workbook which participants will get to use and take home after attending our masterclass – so excited! 60 pages full of such useful information for anyone wanting to build their own home or looking at a renovation. Next masterclass on 16 September at New Farm. To register visit: www.buyersguidetobuilders.com.au….

Biophilic Design Elements

Bio-what? The latin roots of the word biophilia are “bio” for ‘living things’ and “philia” for ‘attraction’ (as opposed to phobias for aversions). So the term “biophilia” means “love of life or living systems”. The hypothesis of biophilia was popularized by Edward O. Wilson in his book, Biophilia (1984) where he defined it as “the human urge…

Veteran Trees

Do you know that it takes between 150 and 200 years before a tree is old enough to create suitable hollows for galahs and rosellas? A couple of weeks ago, Rikki and I had the opportunity to attend the Veteran and Scar Trees workshop organised by the Wildlife Conservation Partnership Program (WCPP). Under the WCPP,  private…

Postcard from the Kimberleys

Towards the end of last year I put my hand up to facilitate art activities for the elderly Aboriginal residents at Guwardi Ngadu Frail Aged Hostel in Fitzroy Crossing, WA for a couple of weeks in January 2017. I’ve just completed the first week and it is truly an expansive experience on so many levels….

Update on Tiny House on Wheels Decision

The recent Tiny House on Wheels decision has sent a ripple through the planning community. Brisbane City Council is currently reviewing its approach to the phenomena of Tiny Homes, not just in terms of regulations but also in the broader context of alternative housing options for Brisbane. There is still work to be done.  We advocate the development…

Flutter, flutter

Have you noticed the thousands of white butterflies fluttering around Brisbane these last few days. They are Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java), a species which migrates (although not annually) from western Queensland to the south-east. They migration tends to coincide with the first heatwave of the season. They are named after the host plant species…

Busy weekend!

Saturday 15 October was a busy day for esc Consulting! Rikki attended the Community Coffee event with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad at West End and had the opportunity to discuss appropriate development and provision of affordable housing within the area. It was a great opportunity to offer comment and support for better design and community planning…