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From urban planning to the architecture of the built environment, the structure and function of our surroundings can influence all aspects of human life.

  1. 2 May 2023 – Homeless, Protest, Protest Movements, Urban Design, Urban Planning

    Bendigo Street and occupation as protest

    The Bendigo Street Occupation shows housing activists and local governments can better work together for housing justice, say University of Melbourne experts.

  2. 9 February 2023 – Architecture, Cities, Poverty, Urban Design, Urban Planning

    Upholding the human rights of Manila’s urban poor

    University of Melbourne researchers and grassroots networks in Manila are supporting the health and livelihood of the ‘urban poor’ for a post-pandemic recovery

  3. 16 November 2022 – Climate Change, Floods, Infrastructure, South Korea, Urban Planning

    Planning floodproof cities

    Devastating flooding in Seoul highlights the need to understand our environment when designing infrastructure for cities says University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 25 October 2022 – Books, Films , Hollywood, Movies, South Australia

    Zanuckville: Australia’s strangest suburb?

    In the 1950s, the Hollywood Western came to Australia; a University of Melbourne expert says the cast and crew were put up in ‘Zanuckville' near Port Augusta.

  5. 17 October 2022 – Infrastructure, Melbourne, Public Transport, Transport, Urban Planning

    A Big Build or a big bet?

    Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop aims to support growth, but better land use and transport may deliver more benefits for less say University of Melbourne experts.

  6. 6 September 2022 – Bushfires, Design, Extreme weather, Floods, Insurance

    Designing homes for extreme weather

    The devastating effects of extreme weather mean we urgently need to design homes to protect human life and protect buildings says University of Melbourne expert

  7. 29 August 2022 – Cities, Global South, Iran, Slums, Urban Planning

    Planning a sense of place

    An informal settlement in Iran provides an insight into the politics of place in cities for the most marginalised people, says University of Melbourne expert.

  8. 10 August 2022 – Cities, Culture, Global South, Poverty, Urban Planning

    Seeing the invisible vulnerable in our cities

    The Global South’s urban poor are often displaced and excluded from the processes and places which determine their lives, say University of Melbourne experts.

  9. 9 August 2022 – Air Pollutants, COVID-19, Environment, Pollution, Transport

    Clear skies and longer lives

    COVID-19 pandemic restrictions provided a natural experiment in the relationship between transport and air pollution, say University of Melbourne experts.