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Improved building outcomes, such as greater levels of thermal comfort, a healthier work environment, lower energy costs and increased building structure longevity can all be achieved as a result of compliance with the Passive House Building Standard.
Winning first place in the 2014 World Smart City Awards not only boosted Tel Aviv's profile on the international stage, but residents, well, they actually have positive things to say about their local government.
Real-world robots remain surprisingly dysfunctional, although they are steadily infiltrating urban areas across the globe.
We need to have a conversation about sexism and the city. Gender affects all other “vulnerable group” considerations in the cities, where nearly 90 percent of Australians live.
The way cities are designed and managed has big impacts on our health. While Australia is considered a world leader in research on health and cities, nationally our planning policies remain underdeveloped relative to our knowledge base.
New research by a group at UNSW shows that it is theoretically possible for Australia to move to a renewable energy future without blowing its share of the carbon budget.
The ever-increasing range of engineered wood products and systems is generating global interest. At the same time, more people are realising the benefits of timber construction for multi-storey buildings, causing a resurgence in its use.
Now that the Commonwealth Games are over, what will happen to the architecture? According to Cox Architecture director Richard Coulson, ensuring sports architecture has continued value to communities is crucial, considering the many venues that have been left empty after the Games, and the countries that have been left crippled by debt.
In the post-war decades, Australian communities invested heavily in church buildings. Today, dwindling numbers of constituents and the amalgamation of congregations place many post-war church buildings at risk.
The common approach by governments is to adopt a program of “renewal” and “regeneration” funded by the transfer of public lands to private hands. Residents’ acceptance of this “renewal” approach varies greatly.
Planners and urban designers need to develop their understanding of exactly how public spaces work to maximise their social and functional amenity.
Our study found the government could use more direct methods to deliver homes for people on low and moderate incomes, while leveraging the market. These methods are known as “inclusionary planning”.