A VISUAL LIFE | Creative Direction + Design

Tag: environment

ECO LIFE // fred hollows reserve

We are all aware of climate change and the environmental issues facing our earth, with most of us doing our best to try and improve our carbon footprint. I want to celebrate the beauty of nature as well as share any ethical, sustainability and eco-conscious information I find useful in my own life.

Going on a weekend walk I stumbled across Fred Hollows Reserve which is a hidden oasis in the heart of Randwick. This two hectare park is a natural area originally called Glebe Gully, spanning between two major roads and tucked away between dense housing. It is an easy short walk along a well designed boardwalk that follows the gorge leading to a footbridge crossing over the creek. With lush vegetation of ferns and tall trees creating a magical canopy, it transports you to a tropical rainforest in the middle of an urban area.

Historically it was used by early settlers for hunting and woodcutting until the land was subdivided in the 1880’s. Neglected and under threat as high rise apartment buildings were developed in the 1960’s, it was thankfully saved by conservation efforts. Weeding and replanting has restored the landscape and encouraged native animals to return like the rare Gully Skink. In 1993, the reserve was renamed in honour of renowned humanitarian and eye surgeon Fred Hollows. This parkland is an encouraging win and perfect example of the benefits of preserving the environment.

TUCKER TIME // conscious cooking

I feel conflicted about what I should post since we are in the midst of the coronavirus crisis that is changing life as we know it. The tragic pandemic is evolving every day with people all over the world in lockdown or self isolation. Staying at home is the best way to stop the spread of the virus and it’s a simple thing to do. Being isolated allows us to reflect on how we normally live and changes we need to make to adapt to the new normal (for now anyway). Being more mindful as individuals will hopefully make us more aware to prepare for a better future as a society.

I’m generally good with the way I shop and prepare meals, by trying to keep waste minimal and using all my produce. However I’m even more conscious now of letting food spoil, especially since I want there to be plenty of supplies for everyone while also limiting my trips to the supermarket. I’ve searched online for ways to prepare and freeze various fruits and vegetables that I can use at a later time. I had some white cabbage, kale, carrots and celery left so I made this Japanese vegetable pancake stack (recipe here) served with an Asian inspired coleslaw.

Everybody used to always complain of never having enough spare time and now we do. Although it is a stressful situation for most, especially with the threat to our health and uncertainty around finances. Take care of yourself, appreciate your loved ones and try to enjoy the simple pleasures.

STREETSCAPES // central park

ANFM_Design-centralpark06

ANFM_Design-centralpark02

ANFM_Design-centralpark09

The redevelopment of Broadway has brought many architectural gems into this once forgotten part of the city. Central Park epitomises this modern change in a breathtaking environment thanks to a massive collaboration between renowned firms. The United Kingdom’s Foster + Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel from France worked alongside Australia’s most acclaimed architects including PTW Architects, Johnson Pilton Walker, Tzannes Associates and Tonkin Zulaikaha Greer. The buildings comprise of apartments, offices and a shopping precinct but it’s the way that it’s interspersed with public artwork and weekend markets that creates a community.

The success also lies within the extensive landscaping of parks and terraces as a result of the partnership of talented landscape architects, Sydney’s Turf Design and Jeppe Aagaard Andersen from Copenhagen. The environmental design uses an on-site trigeneration system for power, heating and cooling while rainwater is also captured. This sustainable approach follows through to the green rooftops and solar powered public spaces. With plenty of seating, walking and cycling paths this is a place that not only residents but the entire city can enjoy.

%d bloggers like this: