‘Can I get there?’ ‘Can I play?’ ‘Can I stay?’
With the launch of Everyone Can Play, we want these three questions to be front and centre in the minds of everyone involved in creating and modernising playspaces across New South Wales. Whether you’re a local council, a playspace designer or a passionate community member, Everyone Can Play is your toolkit for checking that your playspaces are being designed and delivered according to best practice and can be used and enjoyed by everyone in the community. At the heart of Everyone Can Play is a declaration that play really is for everyone, regardless of age, ability or cultural background. As you will read, even the smallest changes can do wonders for ensuring an inclusive playspace.
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
Rapid global urbanization and the increase of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect make urban cooling a necessity as well as an opportunity to increase the liveability and amenity of cities. This review is a scoping study of the relevant worldwide UHI mitigation/adaptation...Read more
As key influencers of value, the residential property marketing sector have often been a barrier to driving a new market in low carbon homes. Recognising the value proposition already at work in this target market and understanding the time-sensitive context of the “real estate...Read more
Urban Living Labs (ULL) are considered spaces to facilitate experimentation about sustainability solutions. ULL represent sites that allow different urban actors to design, test and learn from socio-technical innovations. However, despite their recent proliferation in the European policy sphere, the underlying processes through which ULL might be able to generate and diffuse new socio-technical configurations beyond their immediate boundaries have been largely disregarded and it remains to be examined how they contribute to urban sustainability transitions.
The provision of publicly accessible parks and green spaces is a policy issue at multiple levels of central and local government, devolved national administrations and local authorities. Parks and green spaces are typically free at the point of access and this access is usually unregulated; spaces where people can move, breathe, play and run.
A growing body of evidence suggests that contact with nature, often referred to as green or blue space (ie, vegetated areas or water bodies), is associated with multiple health benefits. Recent reviews identify various mechanisms that may underlie the observed associations. In addition to encouraging healthy behaviors (eg, physical activity), nature exposure may have an effect on biological mechanisms by acting on the autonomous nervous system and reducing chronic stress, which can prevent systemic inflammation, a common cause of many noncommunicable diseases and related mortality.
Shaping urbanization for children, a handbook on child-responsive urban planning, presents concepts, evidence and technical strategies to bring children to the foreground of urban planning. By focusing on children, this publication provides guidance on the central role that urban planning should play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.