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A series of articles focussing on timber fit outs, for Forestry Tasmania (now Sustainable Timber Australia)
Catriona was commissioned by Forestry Tasmania to research and highlight projects where the designers or builders featured one or more timbers in the internal fit out:
- Timber.Fitout.CM.Utzon Room.Sydney.Opera.House
- Timber.Fitout.CM.Scottsdale Eco.Centre.Tasmania
- Timber.Fitout.CM.Crystal Inspiration.Shop
Guest blogger: Escape Travel
How to avoid the crowds in Hong Kong
In 2018 we wrote a blog post on how to avoid the crowds in Hong Kong, for the Escape Travel Blog site. We describe fun ways to get out of the city and into the National Parks, hiking trails, beaches and preserved areas. Although no longer live online, here is the published text:
Hong Kong: How to avoid the crowds … and still have lots of fun!
Typical Hong Kong attractions
Gleaming skyscrapers, bustling ferries, gleaming shopping malls and crowded traditional markets are the images most tourists see when they are researching Hong Kong. These exciting elements are only one aspect of the city: there are quieter places that many visitors overlook.
Hobart report writer: Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute
Australian landscape design: key sustainable principles
Catriona was commissioned to research and write a report on Australian landscape principles for Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute. This report was to guide the planning choices made by SMEDI for a site being developed near Sydney.
As requested by the client, the examples in this report are well-known and award-winning landscape projects in Australia, that focus on design using native plants, stone, wood and natural materials and address topics, such as ‘global problems’, ‘green house’, ‘ecology’, and ‘sustainability’.
Australian Landscape Design: Key Sustainable Principles report
Hobart technical feature writer: Renew Magazine
The editor of Renew: Technology for a Sustainable Future commissioned an article on harnessing river power.
In this article Catriona describes how Nigel Tomlin and his son Josh designed and custom-built a hydroelectric generator in their Southern Tasmanian backyard. The water’s power comes from its fall of 30 metres along 500 metres of pipeline: no mean feat given the project is entirely self-researched and self-funded and had multiple local and state authority hurdles.
Read the article here: River power: a hydropower station in your backyard
Design feature writer
Feature articles on design, building, architecture, and landscape architecture
We are frequently commissioned to research and write feature articles on design, building, architecture, and landscape architecture for nationally and internationally published journals.
Hobart feature writer: The Business Gazette
Adaptive re-use of CBD shop-top spaces
The editor of Tasmania’s The Business Gazette commissioned a series of articles on business + sustainability.
We love writing blogs for other websites. Here is one we wrote on D&C contracts:
The pros and cons of a D&C constriction delivery model
Catriona wrote a series of posts for the award-winning website Garden Drum, each of which describes the provenance, naming and characteristics of unusual plant species.
- Roscoea: unusual flowers cast a lemon glow in a dark spot
- Three garden angels: a personal mythology
- Book review: All About Roses
- Cheap potting mix brings uninvited visitors
- Brunsvigia josephinae: Empress of the garden
- Flashes of red – scarlet runner beans
- Behold: Colchicum!
- Cape gooseberry – Physalis
Writer: architecture + design awards competition entries
We research + draft competition entries for architectural and design awards.
Need help drafting your entry, and putting it all together? We can do this for you! These are some entries we wrote for our clients:
- 2014 Crabtree House [excerpt] see also the articles on this project in Habitus and Green Magazine here
- 2017 Hobart Airport Stage 1 [excerpt]
Hobart travel feature writer: Escape Travel [Flight Centre]
The sights and sounds of Portugal
Catriona was commissioned to research and write a 750-word feature article on Portugal for Flight Centre’s Escape Travel brand.
The brief was ‘to entice travellers to get off the well-beaten (Spanish) track and venture into Portugal’, by describing the best aspects of Portugal for a fun two-week holiday. The challenge of this project was limiting the sites/sights as there are so many places and things to see and do … and eat! The outcome is a fantastic looking feature article, delivered on time and within the tight word limit.
Portugal Feature Article
Hobart environmental writer for EPA, NSW
Reports on EPA NSW FOGO recycling bin initiative
In April 2018 we were commissioned by NSW Environmental Protection Agency to write two reports on the EPA’s FOGO (food organics and garden organics) recycling bin initiative in two NSW Council areas.
This process involved undertaking research, gathering historical and statistical data and interviewing the relevant Council officers and other stakeholders. The reports can be seen here:
Writing about ... words and ideas
Why re-read favourite books?
So many books, so little time … In addition to hundreds of thousands of English language print books published globally each year, the self-publishing phenomenon puts even more texts at our disposal. According to a report by ProQuest affiliate Bowker,…
The value? of distraction and daydreaming
Daydreaming … a ticket to productivity? I caught myself daydreaming … again. Staring out the window, while an unedited document languished on my laptop, cursor blinking. I am now a writer but I trained as a designer – effectively a…
Japan’s plastic dilemma … and solution?
Last October I returned to Japan, for the third time. This trip was three weeks long. [Ideally, it should have been three months or three years]. I marvel at the small things in Japanese culture. Some are very apparent; others…
I’m an ABC Waste Warrior!
At the mouth of the River Derwent, we swim in Hobart’s plastic and toxic waste. I have always picked up litter on paths and ocean beaches. Six months ago, I started walking my dog every day on any one of…
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David Edwards, Doctoral candidate, University of NSW
Catriona was my proofreader for my PhD – I couldn’t have finished this without her professional and detailed help in proofreading this for me. She was not only able to do this quickly and efficiently but helped me in formatting and adding sections I hadn’t thought about. She is amazing and worth every cent!
Kirsty Máté, Doctoral Candidate, University of Tasmania
Dr. Catriona McLeod went above and beyond to help me not only with crafting my scholarship application but also to mentor me so that when I did write the application I had something well researched, achievable and solid to create. I did not expect to finish the application with a clear realistic idea of where I am headed and the steps to get there. In writing the application I was completely overwhelmed and Catriona so graciously led the way to attack such a big application and to craft my words together so expertly.
When it came to editing Catriona was invaluable by helping me to cut everything down (by nearly 50%!) to fit within the word limits. Even on the application due date, Catriona was instrumental in checking that I made it in on time and for helping me with the daunting online form.
Thank you Catriona! I would not have been able to construct, write or hand in the application without your help. It was such a wonderful process and I feel much more confident in the direction I am going in!
Ellie Harrison, musician and grant applicant (Brisbane)
Thank you very much for the detailed comments. It is great to see how my thesis has improved with professional copy-editing. Thank you also for delivering the edited thesis so early today. This gives me the chance to have my final draft ready [early].
Umberto Baresi, Doctoral Scholar (Italy)
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