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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 23 July 2022 – Climate Change, Public Transport, Transport Technology, Urban Planning, Zero Emissions Vehicle

    Better bus networks for fairer suburbs can cut emissions

    Zero-emission buses will help cut emissions but we also need to redesign suburban networks to get people out of their cars, says University of Melbourne expert

  8. 18 July 2022 – Brazil, Community, Global South, Resilience, Urban Planning

    Building resilience in remote communities

    A remote archipelago off Brazil’s coast could provide insights into challenges to building community and urban resilience, says University of Melbourne expert.

  9. 6 July 2022 – Architecture, Construction, Design, Expert Panel on Building Reform, Housing

    Lifting standards in Victoria’s building industry

    Building industry reform in Australia's Victoria is an opportunity to better protect home owners and promote quality, say University of Melbourne experts