From urban planning to the architecture of the built environment, the structure and function of our surroundings can influence all aspects of human life.
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.
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.
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.
How do you retrofit suburbia for a sustainable future? The University of Melbourne finds out what role suburbs can play in creating an ecocity.
Cladding fires: a fatal warning of a bigger problem
The Grenfell fire is a warning of the danger of performance-based building codes compared with 1980s prescriptive approaches says University of Melbourne expert
Trump’s political climate
Trump's announcement the US is pulling out of the Paris Accord may be a blow for climate action, but others remain committed, says the University of Melbourne.
A greener ‘Kingdom of Bicycles’
As China touts its green energy ambitions, University of Melbourne research finds a return to the Kingdom of the Bicycle isn't getting cyclists on the road.
Why apartments are failing the heat stress test
Most of Melbourne's apartments would fail international building health standards during a heatwave, and Australian building standards don't cover heat stress.
Bushfires: have you treated your risks?
Taking simple precautions can make all the difference when it comes to bushfire resilience.
How hands-on art can make a difference
By encouraging their audience to participate in art making, artists are using the idea of 'flow' to personally engage people in the issues they are exploring.