Literature review

A list of books and publication Hank has used for his research, might be interesting for the others as well:

Literature review and publication list.doc

Papers and Journals online (peer reviewed)

good page to check out is 'First monday':

or CuminCad:

I have sent you the login and password for it.

Global conference listings




World news

Best sources of world news:


Interesting graphs showing types of consumption in Australia: consumptionatlas/

Technologies for the sustainable conversion of softwood to hardwood:

Arts programmes

July+ 2009

A cross-artform collaboration and part of the Splendour in the Grass annual festival, Byron Bay. Organised by Carli Leimbach. Tom Barker is one of 6 mentors to the programme, with a role as follows:-

• Participate as Provocateur for a week of the residential Arts Lab from Sunday 26 July to Friday 31 July 2009 in Lismore, which will include staying in Byron Bay for the Splendour in the Grass festival.
• Provide consultation (on-line) to the Splendid artists as they develop a project proposal over a 6 month development period after the Arts Lab, from August to December 2009, to premiere at Splendour in the Grass 2010.
• Participate in artist talks and forums during the Arts Lab.

Display technology

SmartSlab, invented by Tom Barker:-

Augmented reality:-

3D displays:-


Historical context, Australia

Article for Innovation Homes magazine by Peter McNeil, Professor of Design History at the University of Technology Sydney.

Affordable housing resource


A key factor in affordability is dwelling size. There are huge variations in developed countries, as illustrated:-


There is a discussion of the diminishing affordability of Australian housing in the article “Australian House Prices Are Severely and Seriously Unaffordable”, by Dan Denning, January 27th, 2009:-

Consider a new study on global housing affordability by Performance Urban Planning. The report concluded that Australia has the most unaffordable housing of all the nations surveyed. Not only that, but according to the report, Australia doesn't even have a single urban area in which housing is merely "moderately unaffordable."

Let's be clear what the survey's designers consider unaffordable. They use a ratio of Median House Price to Median Household income. A house is "Affordable" if the ratio is 3.0 or less. It's "Moderately unaffordable" if the ratio is 3.1 to 4.0. It's "Seriously Unaffordable" if the ratio is 4.1 to 5.0. And it's "Severely Unaffordable" if the ratio is 5.1 or more.

Australia sports a ratio of 6.3, which is both "Severely Unaffordable." New Zealand comes in next t 5.7, followed by Ireland at 5.4 and the U.K. at 5.3. Owing to its large number of metropolitan areas in which there is a wide variety of median prices and incomes, the U.S. nationwide ratio is just 3.2.

According to the study, "In recent decades, the Median Multiple has been remarkably similar among the nations surveyed, with median house prices being generally 3.0 or less times median household incomes."

Source: 5th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.