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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. 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.

  2. 14 July 2017 – EcoCity Summit 2017, Ecocity, High-Rise, Skyscrapers, Urbanisation

    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.

  3. 14 July 2017 – Climate Change, EcoCity Summit 2017, Ecocity, Urban Design, Urbanisation

    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.

  4. 14 July 2017 – Climate Change, EcoCity Summit 2017, Ecocity, Urban Design, Urbanisation

    Retrofitting suburbia

    How do you retrofit suburbia for a sustainable future? The University of Melbourne finds out what role suburbs can play in creating an ecocity.

  5. 21 June 2017 – Building Codes, Building and Planning, Cladding, Fires, High-Rise

    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

  6. 5 June 2017 – COP21 talks, China, Climate Change, Donald Trump, Environment

    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.

  7. 19 May 2017 – Bicycle Networks, China, Cycling, Infrastructure, Transport

    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.

  8. 14 March 2017 – Apartments, Building Codes, Building and Planning, Climate Change, Heatwaves

    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.

  9. 24 February 2017 – Bushfires, Resilience, Urban Design, Urban Planning

    Bushfires: have you treated your risks?

    Taking simple precautions can make all the difference when it comes to bushfire resilience.

  10. 18 January 2017 – Art, Community, Flow, Social Action, Sustainability

    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.