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Thinking about a sustainable retrofit? Here are three things to consider

Sitting at home in the summer heat, your mind may start to wander to that fancy new air conditioner. But when it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure.

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Hot dogs and cool cats: keeping pets cool without blowing your energy bill

As the weather heats up, Australian households won’t just be cranking up the air conditioning for themselves. Some households will be turning it on for their dogs or cats.

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Public WiFi users choose convenience over cybersecurity: report

Around two million Australians are risking data breaches each day doing their banking and conducting other financial transactions on unsecured public Wi-Fi networks, a new study has found.

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Getting smarter about city lights is good for us and nature too

A network of street lighting links these “islands of illumination”. The effects of this can, in some large cities, result in “sky glow” that interferes with star visibility at distances of more than 300 kilometres.

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RMIT Vietnam awarded European Union research funds

RMIT Europe has helped to secure RMIT Vietnam as a partner in a €13.4 million research project as part of the EU Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation funding scheme.

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New study examines heatwave health risks on vulnerable households

As global warming makes heatwaves more frequent, longer and hotter, how do we help households who are most vulnerable to health and financial impacts?

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Second city success overseas inspires future vision for Geelong

A new report investigating the success of second cities overseas outlines a future economic vision for Geelong and second cities across Australia.

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Postcard from Munich

With apologies to Jean-Paul Sartre, I am able to announce that I have formally registered my address in Munich with the German government therefore I am, I exist.

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Student designs on the right track for future rail crossing removals

A collaborative research project between RMIT University and the University of Melbourne explores new ways to improve the integration of public transport and urban design in Melbourne.

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Urban research team wins grant for environmental justice case studies

RMIT Centre for Urban Research Australian Environmental Justice team have won a competitive environmental justice grant run by international organisation, Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade.

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Urban researchers nominated for Banksia Sustainability Award

Research on biodiversity conservation in cities by two urban researchers has been recognised by the Banksia Foundation for its excellence in sustainability practice.

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High school students’ innovative urban solutions rewarded at RMIT

RMIT’s Urban Futures competition has showcased Victorian high school students’ best and brightest ideas to improve the liveability and sustainability of cities.

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The New Urban Agenda: Q&A with Sergio Tirado

Based at RMIT Europe in Spain, Tirado led the delivery of the University’s first Ethical Cities: Urban Innovation Forum in Barcelona this year – a one-day event that saw critical questioning and debate across a range of significant urban challenges.

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The long and winding road to safe and healthy cities

I believe in the strong correlation between physical space and social behaviours and I believe that buildings and artefacts are not only environmental modifiers but social modifiers. As Winston Churchill said: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us."

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RMIT students represent Australia at UN urban development conference

Two RMIT students have travelled to Ecuador as Australian delegates to the United Nations Housing and Sustainable Urban Development conference, after receiving prestigious Global Voices scholarships.

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Urban researchers shine at RMIT Research Awards

Three researchers from the Centre for Urban Research have been recognised by RMIT University for their outstanding research contributions and industry collaboration.

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What effect will closet Trump voters have on the US Election?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently claimed “phony polling” is suppressing his vote and predicted the outcome of the US election will be “Brexit times five”.

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Solutions beyond supply to the housing affordability problem

Treasurer Scott Morrison has outlined his vision for increasing home ownership at a speech to the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

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RMIT shapes UN’s New Urban Agenda with Massive Open Online Course

RMIT University today launches a first-of-its-kind Ethical Cities open online course at the UN’s global cities summit to connect people around the world with ethical concept and practice for cities.

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Can the private rental sector provide a secure, affordable housing solution?

Despite a relatively healthy supply-side picture for the general housing market, the expected trickle down of housing opportunities to low-income households in Australia has failed to materialise.

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Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience

Lauren Rickards, co-leader of the Climate Change and Resilience (CCR) research program, and Raven Cretney, PhD student, represented the CUR at a recent workshop at the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) at Virginia Tech, in Arlington, Virginia.

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New book connects urban planners to Indigenous communities

A new book revealing the critical role planning plays in delivering land justice for Indigenous peoples will be launched today at RMIT by Wurundjeri Tribe Council Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson.

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Memorials for drug overdose victims create a place for grieving and inclusion

Memorials serve important social, political and spatial functions that go well beyond personal or collective mourning. In doing so, the design and location of a memorial can be just as important as its subject.

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How can we meaningfully recognise cities as Indigenous places?

The return of land to Indigenous custodians in Australia over the past 20 years is a dramatic shift in Australian land tenure and management. Yet this revolution has, as yet, barely touched urban Australia.

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