From urban planning to the architecture of the built environment, the structure and function of our surroundings can influence all aspects of human life.
How a pot plant or five is good for you
Having five pot plants in your room can cleanse the air and make you feel food, says a new University of Melbourne and RMIT analysis of decades of past evidence
What are the keys to a successful urban innovation district?
Urban thinker Julie Wagner on how city innovation districts grow, and how their reliance on the physical and the local serves to foster creative industries.
Working in an autonomous world
Autonomous tech will change our infrastructure; University of Melbourne experts look at how innovations like driverless cars could impact on the way we work.
Designing the right headspace
Many of the spaces used to treat people with mental illness are inappropriate, argues a University of Melbourne expert.
When building glass breaks dangerously it is a design problem
Glass shattered on the former ICI building in Melbourne in the 1960s but we haven't learned the lessons from the past, says a University of Melbourne expert.
Ecocity snapshots from around the world
Different cities face different pressures in moving toward the ecocity ideal. The University of Melbourne hears from people across the globe about their futures
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.