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Melbourne tower lockdowns unfairly target already vulnerable public housing residents

06 July 2020

This week, the Victorian government unilaterally placed the residents of nine public housing towers in inner Melbourne under “hard lockdown” due to the “explosive potential” of increasing COVID-19 cases.

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Five ways we can reimagine our streets for our health

06 July 2020

As families embrace the joys of walking and cycling in their neighbourhoods, how can we use the shake-up from coronavirus as an opportunity to keep this going for our own and our children’s health?

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Councils often ignore residents on social media. How can digital platforms ensure they have a say in planning?

16 June 2020

Local governments across Australia are mandated to consult their residents on urban development issues. They are increasingly using digital platforms to do this.

News

Footy is back, but what will it look like for die-hard fans during a global pandemic?

10 June 2020

As AFL fans across the country get excited for the return of footy on Thursday night, there is still an air of nervous anticipation as to what lies ahead. How do we enjoy our national sport in a time of COVID-19?

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Top ten ways you can help boost Australia’s biodiversity

05 June 2020

On Word Environment Day, we take a look at some of the simple ways we can individually and collectively help boost biodiversity in our own backyards and beyond.

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Fostering biodiversity on World Environment Day

04 June 2020

Can fostering native plants and animals in our neighbourhoods help stem the loss of biodiversity? Is sustainable fashion achievable? Our experts examine the possibilities ahead of World Environment Day.

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Climate change is the most important mission for universities of the 21st century

04 June 2020

This essay is based on an episode of the UTS podcast series “The New Social Contract” that examines how the relationship between universities, the state and the public might be reshaped as we live through this global pandemic.

Stimulus that retrofits housing can reduce energy bills and inequity too

03 June 2020

Stay-at-home orders and the economic crisis have increased the burden of energy costs on lower-income Australians. Poor housing quality and unequal access to home energy efficiency are hurting our most vulnerable households.

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Pop-up bike lanes beyond CBD needed to cope with cycling rise

02 June 2020

Pop-up cycling infrastructure is needed across Melbourne to cope with coronavirus-induced shifts in commuting habits, new modelling shows.

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A time to embrace the edge spaces that make our neighbourhoods tick

01 June 2020

As we emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns, it is timely to reflect on how the design of our neighbourhoods and the ways we interact with them affect our lived experience.

HDR Blog series

Where am I? Locating yourself in the academic literature

29 May 2020

Doing a PhD is about becoming an academic scholar. Whether or not you want to be an academic in the future, for the period of time you are doing a PhD, you are doing an academic apprenticeship.

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4 ways our streets can rescue restaurants, bars and cafes after coronavirus

28 May 2020

As Australia re-opens, the bars, cafes and restaurants that give life to our streets face a tough ask: stay open and stay afloat with just a fraction of the customers.

News

New project investigates how COVID-19 impacts housing stress

28 May 2020

RMIT urban researchers have received funding from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute to investigate COVID-19’s impact on housing stress in Melbourne.

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Public land is being sold exactly where thousands on the waiting list need housing

27 May 2020

The need for public housing is greater than ever before – Australia has a shortfall of at least 433,000 dwellings. Using public land for public housing is a no-brainer. But, at the time of writing, the Victorian government is preparing to sell over 2,646 hectares of land.

News

New digital tool provides green solutions for city planners

26 May 2020

A European funded research project has released an online decision-making tool to identify suitable Nature-Based Solutions according to a city’s specific environmental challenges.

News

Australian and UK urban experts partner to build better cities

26 May 2020

A new project brings together Australian and UK urban experts to virtually model and test the benefits of transport planning in creating healthier and sustainable cities across both countries.

News

Risky driving accelerates crashes among Vietnamese motorcycle taxis

18 May 2020

New research shows almost one-third of app-based motorcycle taxi drivers in Vietnam have had a road crash, with an astounding 80% attributing the cause to their own risky driving.

Blog

Reforming land policy for affordable and inclusive housing

13 May 2020

How policy makers regard and manage the ownership and use of land has profound consequences for the affordability of our homes and the inclusiveness of our neighbourhoods.

News

Urban fringe critical to future food supply

05 May 2020

The COVID-19 crisis reinforces the vital need for cities to protect food-producing rural areas on the urban fringe to retain options and avoid the risk of future shortages, RMIT urban experts warn.

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Bringing offices to suburbia is the next step post COVID-19

04 May 2020

Creating new co-working office spaces in our suburbs could be accessible to 97% of Melburnians with just a short ride or walk, helping manage risk post COVID-19, finds new RMIT research.

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Victoria wastes potential for public housing on own land: study

03 May 2020

Victorian governments have wasted two decades of opportunities to address the state’s housing crisis, selling surplus public land that could have been used for 11,000 public housing units, new analysis reveals.

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Physical distancing is here for a while – over 100 experts call for more safe walking and cycling space

30 April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically shifted our lives and the ways we move about our cities.

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Earth Day 50th anniversary turns up heat on climate crisis

22 April 2020

With global carbon emissions set to fall in the short-term due to coronavirus lockdowns, our experts look to long-term action needed to tackle climate change on Earth Day 2020.

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Coronavirus reminds us how liveable neighbourhoods matter for our well-being

21 April 2020

We are witnessing changes in the ways we use our cities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The liveability of our local neighbourhoods has never been more important.