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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. 20 July 2017 – Architecture, Counselling, Design, Mental Health, Therapy

    Designing the right headspace

    Many of the spaces used to treat people with mental illness are inappropriate, argues a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 18 July 2017 – Building Codes, Building and Planning, Construction, Design, Spontaneous Glass Breakage

    When building glass breaks dangerously it is a design problem

    Glass shattered on the former ICI building in Melbourne in the 1960s but we haven't learned the lessons from the past, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 14 July 2017 – Climate change, EcoCity Summit 2017, Ecocity, Urban Design, Urbanisation

    Ecocity snapshots from around the world

    Different cities face different pressures in moving toward the ecocity ideal. The University of Melbourne hears from people across the globe about their futures

  4. 14 July 2017 – Climate change, EcoCity Summit 2017, Ecocity, Urban Design, Urbanisation

    Q&A: Aspiring to an ecocity future

    A sustainable ecocity relies on political, economic, social and technical expertise. The University of Melbourne explores the outlook in two countries.

  5. 14 July 2017 – EcoCity Summit 2017, Ecocity, High-Rise, Skyscrapers, Urbanisation

    Challenging the vertical sprawl

    Energy intensive high rise buildings are not necessarily a sustainable alternative to low-density housing, argues a University of Melbourne expert.

  6. 14 July 2017 – Climate change, EcoCity Summit 2017, Ecocity, Urban Design, Urbanisation

    Changing the way we think about ecocities

    The way we understand ecocities needs radical change; only this, says a University of Melbourne expert, will empower everyone to co-create a sustainable future.

  7. 14 July 2017 – Climate change, EcoCity Summit 2017, Ecocity, Urban Design, Urbanisation

    Retrofitting suburbia

    How do you retrofit suburbia for a sustainable future? The University of Melbourne finds out what role suburbs can play in creating an ecocity.

  8. 21 June 2017 – Building Codes, Building and Planning, Cladding, Fires, High-Rise

    Cladding fires: a fatal warning of a bigger problem

    The Grenfell fire is a warning of the danger of performance-based building codes compared with 1980s prescriptive approaches says University of Melbourne expert

  9. 5 June 2017 – COP21 talks, China, Climate Change, Donald Trump, Environment

    Trump’s political climate

    Trump's announcement the US is pulling out of the Paris Accord may be a blow for climate action, but others remain committed, says the University of Melbourne.

  10. 19 May 2017 – Bicycle Networks, China, Cycling, Infrastructure, Transport

    A greener ‘Kingdom of Bicycles’

    As China touts its green energy ambitions, University of Melbourne research finds a return to the Kingdom of the Bicycle isn't getting cyclists on the road.