This week Abiboo envisioned a city on Mars for quarter of a million people

This week on Dezeen, a video fly-through showed architecture studio Abiboo’s proposal for Nüwa city, which was designed to be the first permanent city on Mars.

The city, which was envisioned to house up to 250,000 people, would be embedded into a cliff face.

It was designed by Abiboo for non-profit organisation the Mars Society to be a self sufficient and sustainable settlement.

“It is a sustainable and self-sufficient city with a strong identity and sense of belonging,” Abiboo founder Alfredo Munoz told Dezeen in an exclusive interview. “Nüwa is conceived to be the future capital of Mars.”

D render by Andrés Reisinger
NFTs will usher in a “creative and artistic renaissance” say designers

Interest in NFTs continued this week with digital designers telling Dezeen the technology will lead to a wave of artistic innovation as creatives can sell work directly to customers.

“We’re right at the beginning of the frontier,” 3D artist Alexis Christodoulou … Read more

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How do dwelling values compare with previous highs?

Low mortgage rates, a swift economic recovery, which has spurred consumer sentiment, and low listing volumes have catapulted national housing values to new record highs.

At the end of March, the CoreLogic national home value index increased a further 2.8%, placing values 5.6% above the previous market peak in October 2017.

The combined value of Australian dwellings hit $7.9 trillion dollars over the month, according to CoreLogic.

This cements residential property as an extremely large and important asset class.

Comparing current capital city values with previous peaks adds some perspective to the current upswing – particularly in Perth and Darwin, where values remain substantially below their record highs from 2014.

It also highlights the very different dynamics across capital cities – such as in the ACT, where dwelling values have hit a new record high every month for 19 months.

The following charts plot the change in capital city dwelling … Read more

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A Day In The Life Of Chrissy Lafian, Founder And Creative Director Of Suku

A Day In The Life Of Chrissy Lafian, Founder And Creative Director Of Suku

A Day In The Life

by Sally Tabart

Chrissy Lafian, founder and creative director of SUKU home, outside their new flagship store! Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Flowers by Blossom Bby at the SUKU store. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Chrissy uses SUKU as an opportunity to collaborate with many other creatives, like florist Blossom Bby whose bouquets are featured here. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

The beautiful SUKU flagship store, Dream Baby! Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Chrissy wrapping orders at the SUKU store. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Chrissy, interior designer Natalie Held, her partner Chris and Christopher Scott of Chair Boi. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

Chrissy employs 8 staff across the Melbourne and Bali offices who handle the retail side of the business, and 25 production staff in Bali. Photo – Amelia Stanwix.

The SUKU showroom in store

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NFTs will usher in a "creative and artistic renaissance" say designers

The emergence of NFTs will trigger a wave of artistic innovation and allow creatives to sell avant-garde work directly to customers, according to digital designers.

“We’re right at the beginning of the frontier,” 3D artist Alexis Christodoulou told Dezeen. “This is an opportunity to create something beautiful because you’re in charge again.”

“You can directly connect with the people that consume and like your art,” added Andrés Reisinger, who auctioned off ten virtual furniture pieces as NFTs in February.

“You don’t need any middle man like a brand or gallery because we have replaced these institutions with code.”

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have been in the news recently as they have been used to sell virtual artworks, fashion and entire houses.

Top: 3D renders by Andrés Reisinger have been sold as NFTs. Above: render by Alexis Christodoulou

Motion graphics artist Andreas Wannerstedt believes this will ultimately lead designers to create more … Read more

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What you need to know before buying a strata unit

In decades gone by it was common for first-time buyers, in fact, all buyers, to purchase a house in the suburbs.

A lot has changed since then, however, and more and more people are choosing to buy and live in units and townhouses, usually because of their superior positions closer to the city, their affordability, and less time required for maintenance.

Nationally 9% of our population live in apartments or 15% of households. Unsurprisingly, New South Wales has the highest proportion of apartment dwellers at 15% of its population (22% of households)

However, interestingly, it was the smaller territories that followed, with the ACT and NT recording an equal 10 percent of their residents in apartments (17 and 19 percent of households, respectively).

Tasmania has the lowest, with only three percent of residents living in apartments, just under WA and SA’s equal four percent.

But if you’re considering buying … Read more

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