From urban planning to the architecture of the built environment, the structure and function of our surroundings can influence all aspects of human life.
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.
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.