A green awakening
Welcome to the sustainability issue of Habitus. With extreme weather events and the cost of living rising, climate change is no longer an intangible concept to be dealt with in the future – it’s here now. What does it mean to live an eco-friendly and conscious life?
While putting this issue together, I came across the thinking of William MacAskill, a Scottish philosopher and harbinger for the effective altruism and longtermism movements. His book What We Owe the Future tackles the idea of how the decisions we make now can have a lasting impact for future generations.
The home of Glenn Lamont is filled with honest and raw materiality, photo by Armelle Habib
So what can we do in the world of design to keep the future safe? This issue has many different ideas that address this question. For Glenn Lamont, he has crafted an utterly unique family home with upcycled and found pieces, alongside robust materials that coalesce in a home of originality.
In our features section, we meet a family of entrepreneurs, each creating businesses led by sustainability. We also look at two properties that have been painstakingly rebuilt after the catastrophic Black Summer fires of 2020.
‘Every Window a Garden’ is a home that pushes the boundaries of adaptive re-use for a tropical climate and adventurous clients
The homes that we dive into all address sustainability in different but equally valuable ways. ‘Every Window a Garden’ by Linghao Architects has had walls and windows removed to allow for gardens and plant life to flourish. View House in Hobart by Archier (p. 138) addresses the cool temperatures with modern comforts like hydronic heating and double glazing.
I hope this issue of Habitus inspires and uplifts, showing all the potential that design can contribute to a greener future.
Photo by Jack Lovel, furniture by Jardan, artwork by Miranda Russell for Studio Gallery, rug by Markian