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    Top eight styles for houses in 2020
    Top eight styles for houses in 2020

    Top home experts, architects and interior designers reveal what will shape the homes of a new decade.


    The use of industrial design in Sydney’s Metro North West street furniture
    The use of industrial design in Sydney’s Metro North West street furniture

    It's easy to take street furniture for granted as it’s such a ubiquitous component of public transport, but behind the scenes careful consideration, research and design thinking goes into a humble bench seat or bus shelter to ensure it plays its part in improving the commuter experience.


    OPINION: How the Coalition Government has been ineffective in dealing with our fire crisis
    OPINION: How the Coalition Government has been ineffective in dealing with our fire crisis

    Aside from the Prime Minister abandoning the nation as it burned, other Liberal Party ministers have handled the situation equally as ineptly, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.


    Smart cities and places – Digital predictions for 2020
    Smart cities and places – Digital predictions for 2020

    With a growing reliance on connected systems within our smart cities and places, how do we build in cyber resilience?


    Do we need to kill the NSW Design Building Practitioners Bill?
    Do we need to kill the NSW Design Building Practitioners Bill?

    The Design and Building Practitioners Bill currently before the NSW Parliament must heed the lessons of the Banking Royal Commission or the bill will fix nothing and make things worse.


    Lack of information on apartment defects leaves whole market on shaky footings
    Lack of information on apartment defects leaves whole market on shaky footings

    Fears of a loss of confidence in the construction sector have unfortunately come true. Our research suggests a lack of reliable information about building defects is a critical factor in the crisis.


    Putting homes in high-risk areas is asking too much of firefighters
    Putting homes in high-risk areas is asking too much of firefighters

    We rely heavily on emergency services to protect people and property, but strategic land-use planning can improve resilience and help reduce the risk in the first place. This would mean giving more weight to considering bushfire hazards at the earliest stages of planning housing supply.


    Government to inject economic stimulus by accelerating infrastructure spend
    Government to inject economic stimulus by accelerating infrastructure spend

    The government is responding to increasing concern about the faltering economy by accelerating A$3.8 billion of infrastructure investment into the next four years, including $1.8 billion for the current and next financial years.


    Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions
    Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions

    We have developed a water-resistant MOC, a “green” cement that could go a long way to cutting the construction industry’s emissions and making it more sustainable.


    Democracy, people-power and the rise of the smart city
    Democracy, people-power and the rise of the smart city

    A recent event addressed the fact that the world's liberal democracies are faltering. Many of the problems that result from this are acutely felt in cities.


    Re-imagining a museum of our First Nations
    Re-imagining a museum of our First Nations

    Indigenous voices are finally being acknowledged as important voices in Australian galleries and museums.


    Public places through kids' eyes – what do they value?
    Public places through kids' eyes – what do they value?

    In yet-to-be-published research* on behalf of a local council, we asked 75 children aged 7-12 from ten primary schools in a disadvantaged area of Sydney to map what they value in their local area.


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