Sustainability Information Awareness Drives Culture?

Posted in Design, Sustainability with tags on 08/01/2011 by balingupjer

Sustainability Information Awareness Drives Culture?.


This is quite cool, more of this type of reporting would be very beneficial, although “reductions” are not enough – we need to see how many wind turbines their business has financed, how many community groups they have supported and how their procurement policies have had positive effects, and where.

Zotero – bibliography app with web storage

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 07/31/2011 by balingupjer

I am slowly mastering Zotero, a pretty handy (free! & open source) referencing & bibliography tool  thats actually a Firefox plugin…, and imports into Libre Office or MS Office just like End Note.

Decided to make my Zotero library publicly viewable, although its in a state chaos currently..


Designing for Sustainability from Finland

Posted in Architecture, Design, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability on 07/19/2011 by balingupjer

Browsing through the Helsinki Design Lab, a project of the Finnish Fund for Innovation (more on these fantastic organizations in another post), I stumbled across their dossier “sustainability”  which really serves as a clear reminder what the issues and sensible routes are.

Both an example of strategic design process and outcomes, and 10 common sense points for integrated urban planning, this is a refreshing breeze in the hazy fog of FUD, propaganda and sound bytes drowning Australians at the moment.

Clean Workspace in Scribus, the open source desktop publishing program

Posted in Design, Writing & Content on 07/19/2011 by balingupjer

Putting together a poster for Uni in Scribus, I wanted to see if anyone had tidied up the GUI like Gimp (the open source image editing program) recently has – sure enough I found a helpfull blog that has cleaned up the desktop & I’m loving it.
There are some downsides to open source software, but the configurability and generosity is awesome!

the end result

Also I discovered a fantastic guide to typography and the writing process on the same blog pdf here, an image below.

Beautifull graphics

Links from the past

Posted in Uncategorized on 06/06/2011 by balingupjer

An old article about the early days – more here

” Brisbane creative industries interviews Mandana and Jeremy about an exciting, upcoming initiative for students and professionals, individual practitioners and creative firms called City Studios.  City Studios offers Group Studios and Independent Studios, Brisbane and they are launching on Friday, April 16!”

Posted in Uncategorized on 05/27/2011 by balingupjer

Viewed over a 30-year period, initial building costs account for approximately just two percent of the total, while operations and maintenance costs equal six percent, and personnel costs equal 92 percent.

Excursion to Communal Wood Heating and Passive House

Posted in Uncategorized on 05/27/2011 by balingupjer

Yesterday we went to Ulm and visisted a Eco suburb with many passive houses and other other sustainable features.

The interesting point is how integrated and unobtrosive the features are, also how comfortable, clean and high the quality is.

The Entry road states that only low emission cars are allowed, polluting cars are banned! This sets the bar and states the values and ambitions clearly at the gate!! There is also a bus stop at the entry

The  Entry corner building is a nice block of units, modern swish design and looks to be of high quality.

These Buildings were built for the 2000 Hannover Expo

This development of 17 row houses are passive houses requiring virtually no aditional heating, and have hot water and space heating provided by a central solar / wood pellet system which is run by the local thermal utillity company.

The Wood Pellet boiler is automated and has 20 tonnes of wood pellet storage nearby, refilled yearly by a truck.

The combined hot water/ space heating water tanks are massive and well insulated and are heated by flat plate solar collectors on the roofs, by the wood pellet boiler and by an emergency electric element.

Wood Pellets

Wood Pellets