Triple Net-Zero Design
As society continues to tackle issues such as
In 2024, three key principles will supercharge society’s transition from a linear economy to a circular one – designing out waste and pollution; keeping products and materials in use; and regenerating natural systems. With designers looking beyond embodied carbon and considering metric-driven targets for water, nutrients, air, biodiversity, and social and health categories too, we will see projects adopting waste-free systems that utilise renewable resources and energy; water-sensitive urban design integrating stormwater, water supply and sewage management into developments; and principles of passive design becoming second nature. The
Economic growth, community development, workforce evolution and exponential advances in medical sciences have culminated in concentrated, place-based innovation in
This year, new heartlands for business and industry will transform urban centres into dynamic, innovation ecosystems that revitalise economies and improve population health and wellbeing outcomes. Underpinned by design benchmarks such as critical mass, site permeability, spatial integration, access to primary services infrastructure, hyper-connectivity, community engagement and formal governance structures, innovation-powered precincts will deliver micro-neighbourhoods that support translational health science outcomes and work to solve some of the most complex medical challenges of our time.
The HDR- and Denton Corker Marshall-designed
Demand is mounting for companies to demonstrate tangible benefits beyond financial measures and improve their triple bottom line. The federal government’s ‘
In 2024, measuring and quantifying the social value of architecture will no longer be just a value-add. Moving forward, designers will be expected to go beyond the brief and consider the contributory role that infrastructure can play in improving society’s interconnected social, economic and ecological systems. Not only will they be required to build positive social outcomes into the fabric of projects from the outset, but they will be increasingly expected to produce measurable place-based social impact reports upon project completion, all while generating strong commercial outcomes. HDR’s Social Equity Toolkit and ‘
Maximising Value Through Flexibility
A new NSW government directive will soon force developers to include
In 2024, designers will play an increasingly pivotal role in integrating places and precincts for flexibility and adaptability and delivering shared facilities and adaptive spaces that can transition to new requirements. Moving forward, health facilities will more readily be integrated with key worker accommodation, as is evidenced by the Rouse Hill Hospital and Temora Health Service and Finley Hospital redevelopments, and relationships could be established with developers to provide air rights for residential housing above education facilities. By integrating housing into social infrastructure and creating in-built populations that support surrounding activity and amenities, a double benefit will emerge in attracting great minds and creating thriving districts that mobilise the economy and improve our social and cultural fabric.
Today, equity-driven design goes beyond architecture itself and places the community at the nucleus of the co-design process so that flexible, safe and comfortable spaces can be delivered for everyone who interacts with a building and its surrounding environment.
In 2024, designing through the lens of social equity will become even more commonplace, with designers embedding the full range of human diversity – from gender to culture, sexual orientation, age and ability – into projects more rigorously to provide innovative solutions to societal challenges. Designing for neurodiversity will, for example, create high-performing teams and more inclusive workplaces, while designing more diverse, gender-neutral spaces will address the wider intersectionality of gender so that well-being can be promoted in all its forms.
Western Sydney University’s
Towards Hybrid Intelligence
With the world expected to generate 180 zettabytes of data by 2025, architects are in a unique position to operate at the interface of data and design and create powerful new tools of innovation. This year, designers will move further towards integrating human expertise and in-house tools with
Moving forward, this will facilitate a new level of ‘living’ collaboration that transforms conceptual and detailed design reports into architectural models and immersive design reviews whereby building stock is visualised in real-time using augmented and virtual reality. It will also enable AI-driven rapid optioneering and evaluation of master plan options in real-time by test-fitting for optimal building stock utilisation. Examples of this application in practice include the Macquarie University STEM Masterplan and