Palpable simplicity and aesthetic pragmatism define this house, which emerged from the disaster of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Picture: Sonia Mangiapane.  Shed like design with front deck.

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Palpable simplicity and aesthetic pragmatism define this house, which emerged from the disaster of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Picture: Sonia Mangiapane. Shed like design with front deck.

Having a cool-down.  Early in 2009, in the weeks before the tragedy that was the Black Saturday bushfires, a heat wave hovered over Australia. Far from being asleep in the trees all day koalas went looking for water. Background temperatures reached 46 degrees Celsius (115 °F) Australia

Having a cool-down. Early in 2009, in the weeks before the tragedy that was the Black Saturday bushfires, a heat wave hovered over Australia. Far from being asleep in the trees all day koalas went looking for water. Background temperatures reached 46 degrees Celsius (115 °F) Australia

Firemen fleeing Black Saturday bushfires in Australia  terrifying

Firemen fleeing Black Saturday bushfires in Australia terrifying

A firefighter gives a koala a drink after devastating bushfires tore through the Australian landscape.

A firefighter gives a koala a drink after devastating bushfires tore through the Australian landscape.

Black Saturday Bushfire, Victoria. February 2009

Black Saturday Bushfire, Victoria. February 2009

Bushfire-proof houses are affordable and look good – so why aren't we building more? After the deadly Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, architects provided free consultations and designs for bushfire-resistant homes. Only a few were built

Bushfire-proof houses are affordable and look good – so why aren't we building more?

Bushfire-proof houses are affordable and look good – so why aren't we building more? After the deadly Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, architects provided free consultations and designs for bushfire-resistant homes. Only a few were built

The bushfire crisis in Victoria isAustralia's worst-ever bushfire disaster. It's also Australia'sworst natural disaster in 110 years. Here's a list of othernatural disasters.

The bushfire crisis in Victoria isAustralia's worst-ever bushfire disaster. It's also Australia'sworst natural disaster in 110 years. Here's a list of othernatural disasters.

Early in 2009, in the weeks before the tragedy that was the Black Saturday bushfires, a heat wave hovered over Australia. Far from being asleep in the trees all day koalas went looking for water. Background temperatures reached 46 degrees Celsius (115 °F) Australia

Early in 2009, in the weeks before the tragedy that was the Black Saturday bushfires, a heat wave hovered over Australia. Far from being asleep in the trees all day koalas went looking for water. Background temperatures reached 46 degrees Celsius (115 °F) Australia

**Recycle and re-use.** This rustic Victorian bathroom has a truly triumphant tale. A victim of the devastating 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, Chris Clarke, salvaged materials from the fires and used them to rebuild a sustainable and striking home. *Photography: Alicia Taylor / bauersyndication.com.au*

**Recycle and re-use.** This rustic Victorian bathroom has a truly triumphant tale. A victim of the devastating 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, Chris Clarke, salvaged materials from the fires and used them to rebuild a sustainable and striking home. *Photography: Alicia Taylor / bauersyndication.com.au*

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