From urban planning to the architecture of the built environment, the structure and function of our surroundings can influence all aspects of human life.
The particles making building cladding fire-safe
University of Melbourne researchers and industry have found that tiny ceramic particles can make plastic-backed cladding fire-safe for building.
Lovability versus liveability: What big data tells us about our neighbourhoods
What makes a place a community is far more than bricks-and-mortar and services; a University of Melbourne special explores the future of Australian cities.
The next generation of Australian schools
Victoria needs as many as 200 new schools in the coming decade; University of Melbourne research is helping inform their design, to meet modern education needs.
Stuck in the past: Overhauling the governance of Australia’s cities
Australia needs fresh metropolitan governance to tackle complex issues, but a University of Melbourne expert says that's already happening in cities overseas.
Transforming informal settlements
'Informal settlements' in cities like Mumbai have the potential to become dynamic and diverse neighbourhoods, says a University of Melbourne expert.
An Australian place to call home
As Melbourne's population hits 5 million, a University of Melbourne reports looks at Victoria's need to use land wisely to meet the need for affordable housing.
Q&A: The Indigenous design perspective
The Indigenous design perspective has been ignored for too long, says University of Melbourne architect Jefa Greenaway. But things are changing.
Melbourne's housing crisis and homelessness
As Melbourne faces a housing crisis, a University of Melbourne expert looks at a new scheme that's getting people who’ve become homeless into home ownership.
Paying the right price for energy efficient homes
New University of Melbourne research finds people want to pay more for new energy-efficient housing, so what about a national rating system for existing houses?
No safe place to stay
There is not enough government support for securing safe, permanent housing for survivors of intimate partner violence, says a University of Melbourne expert.