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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. 5 August 2016 – Finance, Megacities, Politics, Tourism, Trade, Urban Planning, Urbanisation

    The precarious potential of megacities

    As more and more of the world's population is urbanised, the potential of megacities is being scrutinised.

  2. 28 July 2016 – Big Data, Cities, Digital, Urban Planning

    Taking a city’s pulse: Touch-ons, transactions and tweets

    Tweets, transactions and transport card ‘touch-ons’ could give urban planners the big data they need to better plan our cities.

  3. 25 July 2016 – Architecture, Community, Design, Environment, Sustainability

    Building a society that thrives, not just survives

    We need to move beyond the concept of sustainability in relation to the built environment, and think about ways our society can not only survive, but thrive.

  4. 18 July 2016 – Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Green Spaces, Megacities, Urban Ecology

    Making megacities healthy for humans

    Urban ecology, a mix of geography, ecology, landscape architecture and urban planning, can provide a greener alternative to the concrete jungles of the future.

  5. 12 July 2016 – Archives, History, Technology

    The era of the citizen historian

    Andrew Murray and Hannah Lewi are crowdsourcing history through their PastPort mobile app, part of a new vanguard of citizen historian use of tech.

  6. 18 May 2016 – Civil Engineering, Emergencies, Infrastructure

    Stopping the stampede: Planning for urban emergencies

    Engineers are using mice, ants and virtual reality to study crowd behaviour so that transport and buildings can better cope with attacks and other emergencies.

  7. 18 May 2016 – House Prices, Interest Rates, Melbourne, Property Market

    Buying a house? How property data can help

    A new set of property data can help you make that life-changing decision, analysing trends right down to the street and house. 

  8. 4 May 2016 – Ageing, Elderly, Environmental Design

    Creating a world that works for young and old

    As our population ages, are the places in which we live serving us as well as they could?

  9. 7 April 2016 – ASEAN, Climate change, Global Warming, Policy

    On alert: The Philippines and climate change

    The Philippines plans to reduce emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, but also wants 23 new coal-powered station by then in a confused approach to climate change.

  10. 8 April 2016 – Environment, Governance, Sustainability

    Managing the big transitions

    Global change guru Jan Rotmans argues for a radical shakeup of existing institutions and structures in the face of complex social and environmental challenges.