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    Time for a global agreement on minerals to fuel the clean energy transition
    Time for a global agreement on minerals to fuel the clean energy transition

    Representatives from around the world met in Bonn last week to discuss progress towards the goals of the Paris climate agreement.


    A city that forgets about human connections has lost its way
    A city that forgets about human connections has lost its way

    When it comes to planning better cities for the future there’s one simple rule: connect people to places, people to transport and people to people.


    Adani aside, North Queensland voters care about crime and cost of living
    Adani aside, North Queensland voters care about crime and cost of living

    The controversial Adani mine has dominated national debate around the Queensland election, but voters in the state’s far-north are also concerned with crime and cost-of-living pressures, energy, and water security.


    Why big projects like the Adani coal mine won't transform regional Queensland
    Why big projects like the Adani coal mine won't transform regional Queensland

    Queensland election campaigns often focus on big projects for the regions, such as for roads, power plants and mines. But research suggests that mega projects, such as in gas and coal, have not transformed skills or improved employment prospects in regional Queensland.


    Portable units and temporary leases free up vacant land for urgent housing needs
    Portable units and temporary leases free up vacant land for urgent housing needs

    An innovative project designed to house people at risk of homelessness will soon deliver 57 transportable homes across nine sites in Melbourne’s inner west.


    Could Hempcrete be the next big sustainable building material?
    Could Hempcrete be the next big sustainable building material?

    Hempcrete materials provide many advantages over other insulation and wall envelope assemblies. Yet, there are many misconceptions surrounding its use.


    Designing for people, not profit: The story behind a multi-residential housing model changing the way we live
    Designing for people, not profit: The story behind a multi-residential housing model changing the way we live

    When Breathe Architecture took out the Best of the Best category at the 2014 Sustainability Awards for its multi-residential project, The Commons, we could not have imagined what would come in its wake.


    Sharing economy sounds caring, but let's put it to the ethical city test
    Sharing economy sounds caring, but let's put it to the ethical city test

    More than ever, cities face multiple crises posing paradoxical opportunities. Key challenges for cities in the urban century are climate change, inequality and governance. Where are the solutions going to come from? In cities that are dominated by globalised, market-based forces, how can equity and justice be brought centre stage?


    Fresh Prince, tiny houses and the “new generation of home hunters”
    Fresh Prince, tiny houses and the “new generation of home hunters”

    Sydney-based design and construction company Fresh Prince designs tiny houses used for off-the-grid vacations, but that contain all the necessary amenities to live in.


    Movies and TV choose to tell us different stories about the cities of today
    Movies and TV choose to tell us different stories about the cities of today

    The media can be an important didactic tool – often the only one available to much of the population. But, increasingly, broadcast and social media aim to entertain the public. So how do these media depictions shape how we think and feel about the city?


    How do we turn a drain into valued green space? First, ask the residents
    How do we turn a drain into valued green space? First, ask the residents

    Informal green spaces represent a largely untapped opportunity to improve liveability and residents’ health and social well-being.


    Five things that should happen at the Bonn climate talks but probably won’t
    Five things that should happen at the Bonn climate talks but probably won’t

    This year’s Conference of the Parties (the 23rd, hence COP23) to the United Nations climate treaty in Bonn, Germany, is not expected to be a deal-clinching, make-or-break one like Paris in 2015 or Copenhagen in 2009. That doesn’t make it insignificant – the hope is that negotiators will make meaningful progress on implementing the provisions of the 2015 Paris Agreement.


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