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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. 12 November 2017 – Climate change, Ecocity, Global Warming, Sustainability, Urban

    What could sustainable Australian cities look like in 2040?

    Australian cities must reduce their emissions to avoid climate change; research led by the University of Melbourne finds two paths toward a sustainable future.

  2. 3 November 2017 – Architecture, Cities, Design, Sustainability, Urban Design

    Building with the people

    Resilient Communities encourages communities and developers to work together, like the group design approach in Germany, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 30 October 2017 – Architecture, Education, School Design, Schools, Teaching

    Designing Australia’s largest school

    Footscray Learning Precinct will bring together all levels of education to benefit students and the community, say University of Melbourne experts.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.