From urban planning to the architecture of the built environment, the structure and function of our surroundings can influence all aspects of human life.
Why apartments are failing the heat stress test
Most of Melbourne's apartments would fail international building health standards during a heatwave, and Australian building standards don't cover heat stress.
Bushfires: have you treated your risks?
Taking simple precautions can make all the difference when it comes to bushfire resilience.
How hands-on art can make a difference
By encouraging their audience to participate in art making, artists are using the idea of 'flow' to personally engage people in the issues they are exploring.
How are birds faring In our cities?
We chat with two PhD researchers on their work on the impact of city lights on birds, and learning from our digestive systems to build better detergents.
Designing cities with health in mind
Public health specialist Prof Mark Stevenson on the need to prioritise physical well-being in our urban planning.
Building a sustainable world depends on our cities
A once-in-twenty year opportunity to drive the world’s urban agenda is happening this October at the UN’s Habitat III conference. Will Australia have its say?
Cities for healthier lives
Cities are making us sick but research led by the University of Melbourne and presented to the UN sets out a blueprint for making our cities healthier.
Pholiota: The tiny house with big ideas
A new exhibition suggests a tiny house designed in the 1920s by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin could teach modern housebuilders a thing or two.
Changing the shape of teaching
Researchers are assessing the value of modern, innovative classrooms, and how teachers can use these spaces to help schoolkids realise their full potential.
Indigenous memory-making meets architecture
The Wave Hill walk-off changed Australian history, yet the event suffers from a lack of recognition. Now, architects have become its unlikely champions.