Our sprawling cities are reaching their limits and we find ourselves at a cultural crossroads, as the great Australian dream must adapt to a new era. There is a growing movement away from big houses on big blocks and an increased demand for multi-residential developments near our city hubs.

Now the real challenge is upon us… to stop the cookie cutter model of development and move toward a new approach that enables innovative, affordable, sustainable design for everyone.

Dr Josh Byrne, is an environmental scientist and research fellow with Curtin University and the CRC for Low Carbon Living. In Density by Design he is on a journey of learning, seeking out the leading minds and ground-breaking ideas on sustainable higher density residential projects around Australia, that are inspiring change through demonstration.

Density by Design is a factual web series produced as part of broader research project on low-carbon residential precincts being undertaken by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute for the CRC for Low Carbon Living. Project partners include the Western Australian Government land development agency LandCorp, the City of Fremantle and Josh Byrne & Associates.

Density by Design is produced by VAM Media, and co-written by Brendan Hutchens and Josh Byrne.

Dr Josh Byrne

Dr Josh Byrne

Dr Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist, author, television presenter and academic. He is a Research Fellow with Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy Institute and the CRC for Low Carbon Living where his research activities span high performance housing, water sensitive urban design and low carbon residential precincts. Well known for his work with ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program, Josh is co-executive producer for Density by Design and the highly successful Josh’s House series, produced in partnership with VAM Media.

Brendan Hutchens

Brendan Hutchens

Brendan Hutchens is the series producer, director and co-executive producer for Density by Design. He is an accomplished multi-skilled factual content maker and owner/director of Fremantle based production company VAM MEDIA. He is a saught after series producer, shooter / director and director, who works across factual and entertainment television productions, documentaries and web series.

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