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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. 3 March 2019 – Australia, Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Paris Agreement

    Climate change in court

    A University of Melbourne expert says a court ruling acknowledging the impact of fossil fuels on climate change may signal a new direction for Australia.

  2. 21 February 2019 – Capitalism, Economics, Environment, Resources, Sustainability

    Post-capitalism: Life within environmental limits

    University of Melbourne experts say capitalism’s limitless growth on a finite planet could end soon. But the key to sustainable change comes at the grassroots.

  3. 7 February 2019 – Black Saturday, Bushfires, Climate Change, Extreme weather, Urban Planning

    Black Saturday: Urban sprawl and climate change remain key dangers

    Our response to bushfires has improved, but risk factors like urban sprawl and climate change are being ignored says a University of Melbourne expert.

  4. 5 February 2019 – Australia, Black Saturday, Bushfires, Environment, Urban Planning

    Black Saturday: Bushfire planning as our population grows

    Bushfire planning around Australia's expanding urban environments is crucial for our increasing bushfire risk, according to a University of Melbourne expert.

  5. Podcast23 January 2019 – Australia, Climate Change, Melbourne, Resilience, Sustainability

    Australia: Liveability vs sustainability

    In this episode of the University of Melbourne's Eavesdrop on Experts podcast Professor Lars Coenen looks at how Melbourne can become a truly sustainable city.

  6. 27 November 2018 – Cities, Climate Change, Global Warming, Urban Design, Urban Planning

    Building cities for a changing climate

    Our cities are responsible for most of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions; University of Melbourne research identifies the barriers to building sustainably.

  7. 20 November 2018 – Building Codes, Cladding, Fires

    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.

  8. 8 November 2018 – Cities, Community, Culture, Urban Design, Urbanisation

    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.

  9. 4 November 2018 – Classrooms, Education, Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN), School Design, Schools

    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.

  10. 25 September 2018 – Architecture, Cities, Governance, Infrastructure, Urban Planning

    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.