The old Pratt Street power plant in Baltimore in the US is now home to commercial uses. But the heritage preservation is compromised by advertising that is not sympathetic to the building style and design.
Adaptively re-using buildings can preserve heritage while enabling new uses that help make cities more liveable and sustainable.
We need to look behind the sharing economy’s apparently informal, casual intent to consider the impacts on people’s lives.
In cities dominated by globalised market forces, how can we achieve social equity and justice? For any sharing economy idea, we need to ask what will it do to fix the big problems confronting us all.
Producing fresh fruit and vegetables year-round has a hidden cost.
Would you be shocked by a supermarket without carrots, potatoes or broccoli, at any time of year? But harvesting in the off-season does serious damage to our soil.
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.
A tiny house in the backyard appeals to some as a solution that offers both affordability and sustainability.
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New research has found a marked increase in people, particularly among women over 50, who are building or want to build a tiny house. However, inflexible planning rules often stand in their way.
Some local councils are more tolerant than others in allowing residents to grow food where they want.
Urban residents are increasingly keen to farm verges, parks, rooftops and backyards, but planning rules sometimes stand in the way.
Soft Landing recycles the materials of mattresses that otherwise get dumped in landfill.
City dwellers are individually starting to do their bit to live sustainably. Now pioneering businesses are aiming to make ecological and social sustainability part of their bottom line.
The uniquely weak regulation of high-rise, high-density development exemplifies the market-driven growth of Australian cities.
Achieving the goal of sustainable cities depends on rolling back the market after decades of privatisation and deregulation.
Could building small affordable dwellings be a part of the solution?
The public and finance sectors – but not the government, it seems – are questioning the wisdom of investing in infrastructure for projects like the Adani coal mine.
If infrastructure is to meet the needs and challenges of an uncertain future, we need to move beyond the AAA ratings mindset and aim for net-positive social and ecological outcomes as well.
With so many choices for coffee, it’s hard to know which is the environmentally healthy option.
Your cup of coffee might cost the world more than you think, but a little knowledge goes a long way if you want to make an eco-friendly choice.
Brisbane cycle path signage: Slow!
Smart cities are usually optimised like a business for speed and efficiency. Placemaking can slow down cities to improve health and wellbeing and promote more democratic engagement of citizens.
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Over-consumption of food is bad for the planet and unhealthy for humans.
It's all about controlling the yuck factor.
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The four scenarios in the WEF's 2017 food report paint a bleak picture. But there are better ways.
Information is assumed to be key to changing people's attitudes and behaviour. Sadly this isn't the case.
Think of all the resources needed to transform Shenzhen, a fishing town 35 years ago, into a megacity of more than 10 million people.
Our cities need to become much more efficient not just to conserve precious resources but to improve the economy, wellbeing and resilience to environmental change and disasters.
A floral wreath made from vegan leather designed by Sofia Moreno-Marcos and York Hon John Liang in 2014.
Conventional leather is fraught with ethical and environmental issues. But leather grown from fermented kombucha tea offers consumers a glimpse of a DIY, sustainable future.
Nne-star-rated ‘Catalyst’ houses built to maximise passive solar principles were evaluated against seven control houses built to DHHS standards.
Emerging research challenges the idea that sustainable housing is unaffordable. It shows sustainability and good design can be affordable when analyses include social, health and wellbeing benefits.
A 17th-century folding screen depicting the early Edo period on the site of modern-day Tokyo.
Edo, which gave rise to Tokyo, was also the world's largest city three centuries ago. Facing ecological collapse, Edo developed a culture and practices that supported sustainable living.