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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. 14 March 2017 – Apartments, Building Codes, Building and Planning, Climate Change, Heatwaves

    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.

  2. 24 February 2017 – Bushfires, Resilience, Urban Design, Urban Planning

    Bushfires: have you treated your risks?

    Taking simple precautions can make all the difference when it comes to bushfire resilience.

  3. 18 January 2017 – Art, Community, Flow, Social Action, Sustainability

    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.

  4. Podcast30 December 2016 – Bioscience, Chemical engineering, Cities, Environment

    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.

  5. Podcast18 November 2016 – Cities, Public health, Transport, Urban Design, Urban Planning

    Designing cities with health in mind

    Public health specialist Prof Mark Stevenson on the need to prioritise physical well-being in our urban planning.

  6. 13 October 2016 – Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Sustainability, United Nations, 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?

  7. 25 September 2016 – Cardiovascular, Cities, Disease, Stress, Sustainability, United Nations, Urban Design, Urban Ecology, Urban Planning, pollution, type 2 diabetes

    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.

  8. 20 September 2016 – Architecture, Construction, Housing, Marion Mahony Griffin, Walter Burley Griffin

    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.

  9. 29 August 2016 – Classrooms, Design, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Teachers, Teaching

    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.

  10. 22 August 2016 – Architecture, Australian Indigenous History, Vincent Lingiari, Walk-Off, Wave Hill Station

    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.