Designing For Hope

It seeks to offer insight into and engagement with the design principles embedded within alternative ways of living, and to motivate individuals and designers through the detailing of international case studies of sustainable, regenerative design projects.

Dr Dominique Hes, Dr Chrisna Du Plessis
Routledge, 2014

Ecocultures: Blueprints for Sustainable Communities

Case studies from both developed and developing countries including Australia, Brazil, Greenland, India and the UK, show how, based on these principles, communities have been able to increase social, ecological and personal wellbeing. Common themes include organising principles such as care for nature, respect for community and high ecological knowledge. It also highlights communities that are struggling in the transition to sustainable living.

Steffen Bohm, Zareen Pervez Bharucha, Jules N Pretty (Eds)
Routledge, 2014

Connected: The sustainable landscapes of Phillip Johnson

It covers the creation of what he calls ‘healing habitats’, which include natural, chemical-free pools and the careful tailoring of gardens to protect and attract local wildlife. The case studies are illustrated with beautiful photographs of the example gardens, as well as practical diagrams and garden plans. Over 19 gardens demonstrate Johnson’s passion, from small suburban plots to large, rural spaces.

Phillip Johnson
Murdoch Books, 2014

Port Phillip Council’s My Climate

It won’t provide a complete solution, but helps you identify your roof ’s solar energy and water capturing potential, plus heat loss and solar gain with its user-friendly locator device. For tailored suggestions on purchasing energy efficient or renewable solutions, direct advice would be needed (such as an ATA consultation, or by our Tankulator or Sunulator tools). While created specifically for the Port Phillip area, various councils are looking to better map the urban heat effect – ask yours if they offer a similar service.

Recycle Right

Recycle Right is one example, a creation of Southern Metropolitan Regional Council in Western Australia, which has useful tips on recycling and reducing food waste, and includes the toxicity levels of various waste products. With a database of common household items and how they should be recycled, as well as an ever-expanding list of recipes for leftovers, Recycle Right is a simple but effective app.
iOS, Google Play

The Garden Planner

It sends you helpful reminders about caring for your green space, such as when to fertilise, and harvest – or cut back. The app also comes with specific information about the weather trends of your area and tips for which plants fare best in local conditions. With a further subscription, it is possible to map your garden beds and create a detailed garden journal.
from $3.79