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    ‘I don’t want realism. I want magic’: behind the fantasy fuelling our real estate voyeurism
    ‘I don’t want realism. I want magic’: behind the fantasy fuelling our real estate voyeurism

    In 2014, a Florida real estate group began advertising its latest in a series of luxury condominiums designed by global “starchitects”.


    Wind turbines off the coast could help Australia become an energy superpower, research finds
    Wind turbines off the coast could help Australia become an energy superpower, research finds

    Offshore wind farms are an increasingly common sight overseas. But Australia has neglected the technology, despite the ample wind gusts buffeting much of our coastline.


    The sunlight that powers solar panels also damages them. ‘Gallium doping’ is providing a solution
    The sunlight that powers solar panels also damages them. ‘Gallium doping’ is providing a solution

    Solar power is already the cheapest form of electricity generation, and its cost will continue to fall as more improvements emerge in the technology and its global production. Now, new research is exploring what could be another major turning point in solar cell manufacturing.


    Layer upon layer: uncovering the terrazzo treasures of the west and celebrating legacy floors
    Layer upon layer: uncovering the terrazzo treasures of the west and celebrating legacy floors

    Communities are built from a complex layering of influences.


    ‘Die of cold or die of stress?’: Social housing is frequently colder than global health guidelines
    ‘Die of cold or die of stress?’: Social housing is frequently colder than global health guidelines

    As you huddle inside this winter – possibly as part of a pandemic lockdown – you might be noticing the “thermal performance” of your home. In other words, does your home maintain a comfortable temperature inside, despite cold conditions outside?


    Tokyo Olympics: how hosting the Games disrupts local lives and livelihoods
    Tokyo Olympics: how hosting the Games disrupts local lives and livelihoods

    In the run up to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the favela community of Vila Autódromo was virtually destroyed. It sat on prime real estate at the water’s edge, in the up and coming West Zone neighbourhood. Dwellings were demolished, and hundreds of families were pressured to leave.


    If I could go anywhere: Château La Coste, a sculpture and wine walk in Provence holds random surprises
    If I could go anywhere: Château La Coste, a sculpture and wine walk in Provence holds random surprises

    In this series we pay tribute to the art we wish could visit — and hope to see once travel restrictions are lifted.


    Why we need engineers who study ethics as much as maths
    Why we need engineers who study ethics as much as maths

    The recent apartment building collapse in Miami, Florida, is a tragic reminder of the huge impacts engineering can have on our lives. Disasters such as this force engineers to reflect on their practice and perhaps fundamentally change their approach. Specifically, we should give much greater weight to ethics when training engineers.


    The dangers of overestimating sea-level rises
    The dangers of overestimating sea-level rises

    Following a recent storm surge in Wellington, some media coverage expressed surprise that 30cm of sea-level rise – an unavoidable amount projected to happen by the middle of this century – would turn a one-in-100-year coastal flood into an annual event.


    If I could go anywhere: the ‘cathedral’ at Blythburgh that rises from the marshes
    If I could go anywhere: the ‘cathedral’ at Blythburgh that rises from the marshes

    In this series we pay tribute to the art we wish could visit — and hope to see once travel restrictions are lifted.


    It takes more than words and ambition: here’s why your city isn’t a lush, green oasis yet
    It takes more than words and ambition: here’s why your city isn’t a lush, green oasis yet

    The idea of transforming cities from concrete jungles to urban forests is a popular one, and there have been some truly inspiring, exemplar projects in recent years.


    Open-plan office noise increases stress and worsens mood: we’ve measured the effects
    Open-plan office noise increases stress and worsens mood: we’ve measured the effects

    If you’ve ever felt your noisy open-plan office makes you cranky and sends your heart racing, our new research shows you aren’t imagining it.


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