"Talking Sustainable Architecture and Design with Melonie Bayl-Smith of Bijl Architecture" is the 9th Episode of the Ethical Business Podcast which went live on September 4, 2015. The podcast is the brainchild of Melanie Palmer and Ross Townson of the Fair Marketeers - entrepreneurs and development experts promoting ethical practice in business.
The discussion ranged from the nature of architecture and how to embrace sustainability throughout the design and construction phases of a building project, as well as the future of design and how technology might change the way we look at the world we live in.
Melonie talks about sustainability and ethical practice beyond simply choosing sustainable materials. "There's no point in choosing a whole bunch of really sustainable materials if you then build an absolutely enormous house and decide to fill it with every inefficient appliance on the planet," she explains.
She discusses technology and sustainability, the problems with community consultation on the Barangaroo project, the considerations about use, flexibility and longevity in designing a soup kitchen for St Saviour's Church, and how the Naremburn House manages to host 2 kilowatts of power through solar panels that are invisible from the street.
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