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    New tools help communities measure and reduce their emissions locally
    New tools help communities measure and reduce their emissions locally

    The slogan “What you can measure, you can manage” has become a guiding principle for local climate action. There’s an accounting standard made for this purpose: the Global Protocol for Community-scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories.


    To save water, designers pull out the Royal Flush
    To save water, designers pull out the Royal Flush

    The widespread drought across NSW and QLD has forced many homeowners in drought-affected areas to reconsider their water usage in the home. One surprising solution has proved highly effective: water-saving toilets.


    Keeping cool: Innovations in shading for Australian home design
    Keeping cool: Innovations in shading for Australian home design

    Australia is among the hottest, sunniest countries in the world. While this tends to be reflected in our contemporary residential architecture, this wasn’t always the case.


    Australia's housing system needs a big shake-up: here's how we can crack this
    Australia's housing system needs a big shake-up: here's how we can crack this

    Despite two years of housing market cooling in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia stayed near the top of the global unaffordability league in 2019. And with prices rebounding in our two largest cities, that status is likely to be reinforced in 2020. Australia’s 30-year housing affordability decline has been among the worst in the developed world.


    All eyes on Australia as World Urban Forum urges climate action
    All eyes on Australia as World Urban Forum urges climate action

    The Australian bushfires have caught the world’s attention. They dominated the speeches by global leaders at the World Urban Forum (WUF10) in Abu Dhabi las week. The United Nations secretary-general and the executive director of UN-Habitat, the convenor of the forum, expressed their sympathy and support for the Australian people. Both highlighted the need to act on climate change.


    Ever wondered how many Airbnbs Australia has and where they all are? We have the answers
    Ever wondered how many Airbnbs Australia has and where they all are? We have the answers

    Short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb are increasingly displacing hotels and holiday letting agencies as the go-to form of accommodation.


    Half of over-55s are open to downsizing – if only they could find homes that suit them
    Half of over-55s are open to downsizing – if only they could find homes that suit them

    More than half of Australians over the age of 55 are open to downsizing, according to a new report based on a survey of 2,400 households.


    Buildings kill millions of birds. Here's how to reduce the toll
    Buildings kill millions of birds. Here's how to reduce the toll

    As high-rise cities grow upwards and outwards, increasing numbers of birds die by crashing into glass buildings each year. And of course many others break beaks, wings and legs or suffer other physical harm. But we can help eradicate the danger by good design.


    'I wouldn’t want to buy even if I had the money.' The rise of renters by choice
    'I wouldn’t want to buy even if I had the money.' The rise of renters by choice

    The private rental sector has expanded at more than twice the rate of the increase in Australian households in the last two decades. This increasingly diverse form of tenure now houses about one in four of us.


    A tale of 2 rivers: is it safer to swim in the Yarra in Victoria, or the Nepean in NSW?
    A tale of 2 rivers: is it safer to swim in the Yarra in Victoria, or the Nepean in NSW?

    Cooling off with a swim in the river is a popular summer pastime in Australia, particularly for people who live a long distance from the beach.


    Been to Dubai lately? It's a city where top-down placemaking serves its political masters
    Been to Dubai lately? It's a city where top-down placemaking serves its political masters

    Dubai became known for its gargantuan architectural gymnastics and mega shopping malls earlier this century. Today it is increasingly being recognised for its manufactured urban precincts, and large-scale events and festivals. Behind this shift has been an approach to urban development that prioritises the visitor’s experience.


    Darwin's 'smart city' project is about surveillance and control
    Darwin's 'smart city' project is about surveillance and control

    Darwin City Council installed a network of hundreds of new devices across the centre of the city last year. This web of “smart” lights, environmental sensors and video cameras is designed to give the council more power to monitor and manage urban places – and the people who occupy them.


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