22 Sep 2017

This document presents the mitigation study for the CBD area of Darwin, performed by the High Performance Architecture Group of UNSW, Faculty of Built Environment.

Research report
19 Jun 2018

We're aiming to increase Greater Sydney's tree canopy to 40% by 2030 by planting more trees in streets, parks, bushland areas and yards.
That’s more trees in our streets, parks, backyards, neighbourhoods and schools, so we can grow our tree canopy from 16.8%* to 40% (*source Office of Environment and Heritage, 2011).

Website

This guidance manual details a theoretical framework and a practical process to support the transition of your city towards sustainability: the transition management approach. We describe and reflect on how the approach was applied in five European cities, which shared the ambition of meeting or even going beyond the European 2020...

Strategy
10 Jul 2018

Urban Coup is one of five innovative housing initiatives that put community at their heart.The projects are supported with expertise and networks mobilised by Resilient Melbourne, part of 100 Resilient Cities, a network backed by The Rockefeller Foundation to help cities deal with modern-day pressures.

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10 Jul 2018

The United Nations had determined that 55% of the world's population live in cities.Using a definition made possible by advances in geospatial technology that uses high-resolution satellite images to determine the number of people living in a given area, research reported in this news letter estimates that 84 percent of the...

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08 Jun 2018

A conversation with Energy Program Director, Tony Wood. Energy has become one of the great barbecue-stoppers of Australia.

Audio podcast
19 Jun 2018

Despite significant changes in Australia’s physical and social fabric in the seventy years since the RVIA Small Homes Service’s conception, Robin Boyd’s resolve to do “better with less” remains as relevant today. Rory Hyde evaluates the service’s legacy and its potential application to today’s increasingly diffused cities.
Read the full article at ArchitectureAU

Commentary
25 Jun 2018

This report on the key recommendations made in the Australian Infrastructure Plan, finds that while there has been clear improvement across the Australian infrastructure sector in the past two years, there is still much to do.

Report
25 Jun 2018

Covering roofs and walls of buildings with vegetation is a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And these green roofs and walls make cities look nicer. Toronto’s central business district adopted a policy of establishing green roofs on around half of all city buildings in 2009. Research shows this could reduce maximum city temperatures by up to 5℃.

Commentary
03 Jul 2018

Improved energy performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity, reducing stress on the electricity network, offering bill savings, supporting a least-cost pathway to a zero carbon built environment, and improving health and resilience outcomes for households and businesses.

Policy report