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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. 30 October 2017 – Air Pollutants, Biophilia Hypothesis, Plants, Wellbeing

    How a pot plant or five is good for you

    Having five pot plants in your room can cleanse the air and make you feel food, says a new University of Melbourne and RMIT analysis of decades of past evidence

  2. Podcast20 October 2017 – Cities, Economy, Industry, Innovation, Urban Planning

    What are the keys to a successful urban innovation district?

    Urban thinker Julie Wagner on how city innovation districts grow, and how their reliance on the physical and the local serves to foster creative industries.

  3. 9 October 2017 – Employment, Future, Infrastructure, Robotics, Technology

    Working in an autonomous world

    Autonomous tech will change our infrastructure; University of Melbourne experts look at how innovations like driverless cars could impact on the way we work.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 14 July 2017 – Climate Change, EcoCity Summit 2017, Ecocity, Renewable Energy, 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.