- For example, in South Australia and Tasmania a number of energy infrastructure construction projects are going ahead.
- This solid performance is a consequence of high levels of investment in oil and gas and energy infrastructure projects.
- Notwithstanding the aforementioned power station, it’s largely a different story in the energy and utilities construction sector, however.
- However, it isn’t stalling altogether and there are still some ongoing construction projects, including in Queensland.
- Meanwhile, a project to develop the rail infrastructure in Melbourne is continuing with an upgrade of the Cranbourne-Pakenham rail corridor.
- The cutting-edge Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia has been announced as the designer of the fourth annual Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) “Fugitive Structures” architectural pavilion which will be installed across two cities and two sites in 2016: the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney.
“I want to bring nature back to the city,” said Vo. “In Ho Chi Minh City, the population has reached nearly 10 million with only 5.35km2 of green space – only 0.25% of the entire city.
- Vietnam’s unrestricted economic development has devastated the natural environment across the country.
- This is the problem architects need to solve.”
According to SCAF, Vo’s innovative bamboo “green steel” structure incorporates a dense forest of natural materials and will feature a clear ceiling that floats above, creating a shelter from the elements whilst allowing visitors to view the sky.
- The highly porous structure will include numerous entry points for adults and children to walk or crawl through.
Dr Gene Sherman, Executive Director of SCAF, explained: “The design of the SCAF pavilion centres around two central pillars of Vo Trong Nghia’s approach to architecture: the innovative use of bamboo, and his passion – and self imposed duty – to green the world’s urban landscapes with plants and vegetation.”
- Bill Shorten has signalled he could pursue “collaborative” reform to industrial relations with an eye to boosting productivity.
- At one point Michael Stutchbury, editor of the Australian Financial Review, chided summit participants for a lack of ambition.
- Shorten called on business leaders to get behind an emissions trading scheme to cut carbon pollution, saying “opposition to this economic reform often borders on the hysterical”.
- He said “reform” was an abstract idea but voters would respond to a conversation about boosting economic growth, which is running below trend.
- The Reserve Bank governor, Glenn Stevens, advised attendees to focus on concrete steps to boost Australia’s economic growth, and make that growth sustainable.