To most people, the word ‘eco home’ conjures up images of low-rise dwellings nestled into lush gardens replete with high-tech solar panels, wind turbines and water tanks. Most homes of this sort tend to be the one-off, architectural masterpieces that we see on Grand Designs – certainly not the type of home within the reach of most Australians.

However, high-rise living is affordable, and when the design is right, results in harmonious and sustainable micro-communities. Around the world, high-rise towers, from bamboo towers in Beijing to sustainable skyscrapers in Stockholm, are being put forward as a sustainable solution to our ever-expanding cities. Not everyone is happy, though, and…