Enduring Design Masterclass with The University of Queensland

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ENDURING DESIGN MASTERCLASS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

23 December 2020

Tried and tested traditional design and trades skills have responded to local cultural and climatic conditions for thousands of years, producing buildings and urban landscapes that are sustainable, durable, and foster local character and regional diversity.

Despite this, outside of heritage conservation, many of the skills and knowledge required to design and build within these traditions have become separated from the main current of design thinking.

In June 2021, the University of Queensland School of Architecture and the Prince’s Trust Australia will partner to deliver the Enduring Design Masterclass, a winter intensive course that will provide Built Environment students, apprentices and professionals with a practical understanding of the sustainable practice of traditional building knowledge.

School of Architecture Dean and Head Professor Cameron Bruhn said the Enduring Design Masterclass aimed to expose participants to traditional Australian knowledge around sustainability, design and building.

“The classes will focus on traditional design theory, natural materials, trades and cross-cultural experiences, ranging from timber-framing and stonemasonry skills through to indigenous perspectives and enduring design philosophies” Professor Bruhn said.

Professor Bruhn said the Masterclass was the first of its kind in Australia, reconnecting participants with the enduring design traditions that have stood the test of time.

“Teaching traditional and local design principles to the next generation is critical to creating the climate-sensitive cities of the future” Professor Bruhn said.

UQ will deliver the program in June 2021 in partnership with the Prince’s Trust Australia and the Australian chapter of the International Network of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU).

The program draws from the University of Queensland’s highly regarded expertise in Indigenous architecture, and the Prince’s Trust Australia and INTBAU’s extensive knowledge in traditional design and trades skills from across the globe.

Justin Hewitt, Executive Director and Director of Sustainable Communities at Prince’s Trust Australia stated that

“The Enduring Design Masterclass is a unique course in Australia which will equip participants with a strong, hands-on grounding in the diverse traditional building cultures of Australia, and reconnect them with the enduring design traditions that have stood the test of time to create valuable and sustainable stores of knowledge for how to build well, both for today and for all times”.

The Enduring Design Masterclass will run in June 2021 in Brisbane, with specific dates to be announced in early 2021, save the date!

Learn more about Prince’s Trust Australia and the University of Queensland.

Dates for the Masterclass will be announced in early 2021.

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Climate Action through Education: Partnering with Tim Jarvis AM and The Forktree Project

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CLIMATE ACTION THROUGH EDUCATION: PRINCE’S TRUST AUSTRALIA PARTNERS WITH TIM JARVIS AM AND THE FORKTREE PROJECT

18 December 2020

Prince’s Trust Australia is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Forktree Project to support positive action against climate change through education.

The Forktree Project aims to help combat the twin threats of biodiversity loss and climate change by rewilding a former pastoral property in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, creating valuable habitat for native flora and fauna, as well as sequestering tens of thousands of tonnes of CO2 over the life of the project.

Inspired by the work and values of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Prince’s Trust Australia is a national charity committed to supporting the development of young people and helping communities create a sustainable future for all Australians.

The Forktree Project and Prince’s Trust Australia will work together to develop education programs for young people and the broader community about the importance of environmental stewardship, both through the provision of formal educational content as well as the modeling of sustainable practices.

Tim Jarvis AM, environmental scientist and Founder of the Forktree Project remarks:

“Projects like Forktree that return land back to nature are critical, given the high rates of species loss we are experiencing in Australia and the fact that we live in the most climate-exposed developed country in the world. There’s never been a more important time”.

Justin Hewitt, Executive Director and Director of Sustainable Communities at Prince’s Trust Australia says:

“Prince’s Trust Australia is proud to be working with acclaimed environmental scientist Tim Jarvis AM to support the Forktree Project by providing young people and communities with the knowledge they need to help create a more sustainable future”.

Prince’s Trust Australia and the Forktree Project will work together from 2021.

For more information about the Forktree Project visit: www.theforktreeproject.com

For more information about Prince’s Trust Australia please visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

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Media Enquiries:

For more details, please contact Elizabeth Blumer, Education Director, the Forktree Project.

Email: liz@timjarvis.org

Or Justin Hewitt, Executive Director, Prince’s Trust Australia.

Email: media@princes-trust.org.au

About Prince’s Trust Australia:

Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia is an innovative national charity that helps young people to overcome barriers to achieve their full potential, provides free entrepreneurship programs for veterans and their families, and helps build resilient, sustainable communities.

The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to young people, Indigenous communities, military veterans and environmental projects.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

About the Forktree Project:

The Forktree Project involves returning a degraded 133-acre (53Ha) former pastoral property in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula back to nature. This involves re-establishing tens of thousands of native trees and shrubs on the property, which will, in turn, bring back native animals, insects, and birds as well as sequestering tens of thousands of tonnes of carbon.

Other than these direct benefits, Forktree also encourages sustainable practices by acting as an educational resource for a range of stakeholders including young people, students, landowners and the corporate sector and is trialing better methodologies for calculating carbon offsets for small/medium-sized rural properties.

The key objectives of the Forktree Project are to:

  • Provide habitat for native species and help combat climate change through rewilding.
  • Improve access to carbon funding for small-medium sized landholders by trialing more efficient, cost-effective techniques for working out above and below ground carbon.
  • Establishing a seed nursery to grow native plants and trees, in particular those impacted in the 2019/20 Australian bushfires.
  • Be an educational resource to encourage both sustainable practices and land regeneration.

Visit: https://www.theforktreeproject.com

 

The Prince’s Quarter: A Sydney First is Coming to Life

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THE PRINCE'S QUARTER: A SYDNEY FIRST IS COMING TO LIFE

6 October 2020

Sustainability and consultation are at the centre of all Prince’s Trust Australia building projects and we are delighted to announce that in July 2020, the City of Sydney Council endorsed the Planning Proposal submitted by NSW Government, Land and Housing Corporation for The Prince’s Quarter development project in Glebe, a collaboration with Prince’s Trust Australia.  

Australian cities are facing unprecedented levels of population growth and the need to build more housing. At the same time, new sustainable ways of building and living need to be explored for our sakes and for the wellbeing of the planet.   

The Prince’s Quarter in Glebe is a deliberate response to the need for more higher and quality social and market housing in Glebe, and is designed in a way that builds upon the historic identity of this beautiful part of Sydney. This building project aims to show how we can do density well, which is a major goal for the City of Sydney in the face of these pressures.  

Community and stakeholder consultation has helped guide design development and this will continue throughout the planning approval processSocial housing unit numbers will increase from 19 to 35 and an additional 39 new market homes will be built, creating a healthy mixed-use community for this part of Glebe. Our goal at The Prince’s Trust Australia is to share with the site’s owner - the NSW Land and Housing Corporation - the expertise that has been built up over decades of work by The Prince’s Foundation and The Duchy of Cornwall projects in the UK at Poundbury and Nansledan 

This is a truly exciting time for Prince’s Trust Australia as our Sustainable Communities team works on its first Sydney project and first mid-rise development. The Prince’s Quarter, the work of architects Johnson Pilton Walker, sits on the intersection between the historic terraces of Glebe and the warehouses of Ultimo and the design deliberately reflects and celebrates the unique heritage of the area. The result will be the transformation of a 1,800 square metre site into a showcase sustainable and mixed-income housing project, consisting of 74 dwellings across two eight-storey brick “woolstore” style apartments and five Glebe-inspired terrace houses.  

The world over communities flourish when an inclusive mix of housing is built with a respect for local identity, sustainably developed and with nature brought into the heart of new placemaking. The Prince’s Quarter’s crowning glory will be a community urban farming initiative on the roof and we hope the project will be a useful contribution to the conversation we all need to have in Australia about adding density to our cities whilst improving upon communities quality of life and enabling them to flourish as a result. 

The new development demonstrates the NSW Governments ‘Local Character and Place Guidelines’ and ‘Better Placed’ design policy in action and will achieve a high standard in sustainability through careful design and material selection as well as additional green space through shared residential rooftop urban gardensPrince’s Trust Australia will also work closely with NSW Land and Housing Corporation to consider work experience opportunities for young people during construction.  

Watch this space…. 

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Media Enquiries:

For more details, please contact Justin Hewitt, Executive Director.

Email: media@princes-trust.org.au

About The Prince’s Trust Australia:

The Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects across three focus areas: Young People, Sustainable Communities, and Defence Members & Their Families.

The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to young people, Indigenous communities, military veterans and environmental projects.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

Kangaroo Island Bushfire Recovery Collaboration Announced

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KANGAROO ISLAND BUSHFIRE RECOVERY COLLABORATION ANNOUNCED

4 August 2020

Prince’s Trust Australia is proud to announce a new partnership with the community of Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island to assist in the rebuild of the Stokes Bay Community Hall.

Severely damaged during the devastating 2019-20 bushfire season, the Stokes Bay Community Hall was an important gathering place for local residents, and its reconstruction will be a priority in the local bushfire recovery process.

Prince's Trust Australia will support a community consultation process to redevelop the Stokes Bay Community Hall. The consultation process will champion community engagement and feedback while reflecting traditional architecture, environmentally responsible building practices, and disaster resilience techniques.

The consultation process draws on more than twenty years' experience in designing sustainable, vibrant communities across the globe through the BIMBY framework, designed by The Prince's Foundation.

The project will also explore education and training opportunities, including supporting career pathways for local young people and businesses through the redevelopment.

The Stokes Bay Community Hall Committee and Prince's Trust Australia will host the community consultation process in Stokes Bay on 21 August 2020.

Further details to follow.

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Media Enquiries:

For more details, please contact Justin Hewitt, Executive Director.

Email: media@princes-trust.org.au

About The Prince’s Trust Australia:

The Prince’s Trust Australia is part of The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities founded by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Prince’s Trust Australia supports the development and delivery of innovative, high impact projects across three focus areas: Young People, Sustainable Communities, and Defence Members & Their Families.

The Prince’s Trust Group also includes work carried out by The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and a range of other countries through The Prince’s Trust International. This global network provides meaningful support to young people, Indigenous communities, military veterans and environmental projects.

Visit: www.princes-trust.org.au

The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide

Prince's Trust Australia and INTBAU Australia: Conversation Series with Ashley Halliday

  Working in partnership with Defence Housing Australia and S.A. Renewal, P.T.A. developed Australia’s first six-star green star rated residential building in Bowden, South Australia. The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide merges