Recently I spoke at the Living Future Institute Australia Forum. It was a great event, and attendees were challenged to go beyond regular thinking when it comes to development and to dare to have a positive and regenerative effect in the work we do.
As a developer in a room full of environmentalists, I suspect the crowd wasn’t 100% on my side initially. But when I shared that we’ll be setting out to build the world’s most sustainable shopping centre in Burwood and still make a profit, I at least had their attention.
I bring some personal experience to these issues, as sustainability has been a BBQ stopper in my family for years. My eldest sister is active in sustainability policy and over the years our conversations have sometimes played-out out the stereotype of a tree hugger talking to a developer. But ultimately we always arrive at the pragmatic middle ground, which is the only place, in my view, from which progress is really possible.
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Living Building Challenge Manager
Stephen Choi holds Masters degrees in both architecture and sustainability. He concurrently acts as Frasers Property Australia's Living Building Challenge Manager and the Living Future Institute of Australia's Executive Director. Stephen has unique experience in both single buildings and environmentally-driven masterplanning, with several of his projects achieving industry recognition for progressing green building. His work has included the development of environmental assessment methods, ultra-low consumption retrofits and writing sustainable development into educational curriculum.