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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. 7 March 2019 – Climate Change, Green Spaces, International Women's Day, Trees, Urban

    One million urban trees

    Trees are critical for urban sustainability and liveability, but so is planting the right things in the right places, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 21 February 2019 – Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Resources, Sustainability

    Post-capitalism: Life within environmental limits

    University of Melbourne experts say capitalism’s limitless growth on a finite planet could end soon. But the key to sustainable change comes at the grassroots.

  3. 7 February 2019 – Black Saturday, Bushfires, Climate Change, Extreme weather, Urban Planning

    Black Saturday: Urban sprawl and climate change remain key dangers

    Our response to bushfires has improved, but risk factors like urban sprawl and climate change are being ignored says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 5 February 2019 – Australia, Black Saturday, Bushfires, Environment, Urban Planning

    Black Saturday: Bushfire planning as our population grows

    Bushfire planning around Australia's expanding urban environments is crucial for our increasing bushfire risk, according to a University of Melbourne expert.

  5. Podcast23 January 2019 – Australia, Climate Change, Melbourne, Resilience, Sustainability

    Australia: Liveability vs sustainability

    In this episode of the University of Melbourne's Eavesdrop on Experts podcast Professor Lars Coenen looks at how Melbourne can become a truly sustainable city.

  6. 27 November 2018 – Cities, Climate Change, Global Warming, Urban Design, Urban Planning

    Building cities for a changing climate

    Our cities are responsible for most of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions; University of Melbourne research identifies the barriers to building sustainably.

  7. 20 November 2018 – Building Codes, Cladding, Fires

    The particles making building cladding fire-safe

    University of Melbourne researchers and industry have found that tiny ceramic particles can make plastic-backed cladding fire-safe for building.

  8. 8 November 2018 – Cities, Community, Culture, Urban Design, Urbanisation

    Lovability versus liveability: What big data tells us about our neighbourhoods

    What makes a place a community is far more than bricks-and-mortar and services; a University of Melbourne special explores the future of Australian cities.

  9. 4 November 2018 – Classrooms, Education, Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN), School Design, Schools

    The next generation of Australian schools

    Victoria needs as many as 200 new schools in the coming decade; University of Melbourne research is helping inform their design, to meet modern education needs.