An outstanding example of sustainable residential building, Breathe Architecture’s The Commons apartments in Melbourne won a 2014 National Architecture Award.
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New South Wales is the only state that has made meaningful progress on legislation and enforcement of standards capable of creating a sustainable built environment.
The Paul Klee Centre in Bern, Switzerland, looks great, but where are the people?
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By putting the users of buildings – people – at the centre of the process of designing buildings and infrastructure, we can create healthier, more human-centred spaces.
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The widespread discussion as to whether the Hurricane Harvey disaster was caused by climate change or not is a dangerous distraction from the real issues.
Increasing access to health data and more readily available analytical tools offer some opportunities to tackle the ever-growing rates of obesity.
Enshrining the need for planning healthy built environments in legislation will help ensure the fundamental role planners have to play in facilitating healthy lifestyles.
The goal of healthy built environments has been missing from the NSW planning agenda for too long.
The health impacts of urban and regional planning are undisputed. So why did the NSW government adopt and then discard health objectives as part of state planning legislation?
It's time for governments to think long-term about the kind of places they want to create.
Three researchers examine the big challenges of urban development: from city leadership to lock-ins.
Khartoum at sunset. The city’s architectural heritage is under threat.
Students at the University of Khartoum are protesting about a secretive plan to move the institution from its historic buildings.
A former colleague of the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid pays tribute to her 'great presence'.
Changing fortunes. Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne.
The tower block is in the dock but terraced housing is on the up.
Navigating a major metropolis with a disability is tough, but the Paralympics give us the chance to make it work.
Grim, single sex workers’ hostels are still common in South Africa’s economic capital Johannesburg.
Architects and those working on the built environment can learn valuable lessons about their discipline – how it's taught, and how it's carried out – from the 2015 student protests.
An Egyptian engineer at work on a project to upgrade the Suez Canal. Engineers will be crucial in making the sustainable development goals a reality.
If we want the Sustainable Development Goals to be more than just big dreams, Africa will need well trained engineers who can put their skills to good use in their own communities.
Rail and other public transport infrastructure could receive more funding from the new Turnbull government.
Jamie Briggs talks to Michelle Grattan about his new portfolio, the policy pivot away from just roads toward other infrastructure projects like public transport, and much more.
It’s not always as ostentatious as Dubai, but our coastlines are home to ever-growing numbers of manmade structures.
Urban sprawl has spread to the sea, as more and more man-made structures are being built along the world's coastlines. Just as we do on land, we need to think about how to build sustainably at sea.
Newly arrived refugees face many obstacles to making healthy food choices.
Refugees settling in Australia constantly face new challenges. They have to re-adjust to new income levels, cultural practices and language. They also face a new food environment, where many traditional…
Temporary security measures often become permanent.
The recent security lapses at the White House have brought to the forefront the 13-year-old question of how to effectively secure public spaces. As officials weigh increasing perimeter security and installing…
Wood is good.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, it would be better if we built buildings from wood than from concrete, brick, aluminium and steel. We use millions of tonnes of these modern materials every year…
Is that an volatile organic compound I can smell, or your aftershave?
While city planners have been encouraged to plant trees and gardens to green the city for the health of its inhabitants, recent research has found that the same trees can damage certain buildings. Our…
The geographic setting of where you live is important for health in a number of ways.
Socioeconomic disadvantage and its impact on where we live and work (and how we get between the two), has enormous implications for health and well-being. But the picture is not as clear cut as many people…