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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. 18 March 2021 – COP26, Climate, Climate Change, Melbourne, Paris Agreement

    Melbourne’s real-world impact on climate change

    A new University of Melbourne initiative brings together multi-disciplinary climate change experts to focus on global solutions here in Australia and beyond.

  2. 12 March 2021 – Biodiversity, Cities, Climate Change, Extinction, Nature

    How our cities should respond to the biodiversity extinction crisis

    Globally, many governments have declared a climate emergency, but University of Melbourne research finds cities have a key role in conserving our biodiversity.

  3. 7 March 2021 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Design, Indigenous Culture, Indigenous Land Management, International Women's Day

    Building collective knowledge for action

    Community-led research brings together cultural and environmental elements for a unique design collaboration with the University of Melbourne on Olkola Country.

  4. 22 January 2021 – Bushfires, COVID-19, NGV Triennial, Urban Design

    Rethinking urbanity

    The NGV Triennial explores the necessity of continuity in understanding place and forces us to rethink our urbanity, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  5. 4 January 2021 – Architecture, Australian History, Culture, Tourism, Urban Design

    The importance of Australia’s Big Things

    What’s the point of Big Things like the Big Banana or the Big Prawn? Well, University of Melbourne experts say they’re kitsch fun but they also connect us.

  6. 2 December 2020 – Agriculture, Business Development, Gippsland, Regional Development, Renewable Energy

    Getting regional development right

    A new approach to revitalising Gippsland is centred on place-based leadership and could be used around Australia, say University of Melbourne and RMIT experts

  7. 17 November 2020 – COVID-19, Government, Pandemic, Public Health, Public Transport

    Adapting Melbourne’s public transport to ‘COVID normal’

    Given Melbourne’s franchised public transport provision, who is best positioned to manage cross-disciplinary pandemic risks ask University of Melbourne experts?

  8. 30 October 2020 – Cities, Climate, Melbourne, Sustainability, United Nations

    Without sustainable cities, global development goals will fail

    Australian cities are applying the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, using local action to drive global sustainability, show University of Melbourne experts.

  9. 21 October 2020 – COVID-19, Melbourne, Policy, Urban Planning, Workplace

    The future of offices in post-COVID Melbourne

    As we work to get the economy and employment back on track, to what extent will workers return to offices post COVID-19, ask University of Melbourne experts