The City of Gold Coast (the City) engaged the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) to develop a water sensitive city vision and transition strategy for the Gold Coast, drawing on its ongoing research focused on developing methods and tools to guide cities...
A small environmental organization has taken on Germany’s powerful auto industry in court and has begun winning limited bans on heavily polluting diesel vehicles. Some analysts say this may be the beginning of the end for diesel automobiles in Germany and the European Union.
This report argues that the creation of physical spaces that bring together new, high-value businesses, researchers and related service providers (so called EICs), will drive job growth, attract investment and underpin the future competitiveness of Victoria’s economy.
Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) is a framework that has yielded huge benefits in fields ranging from medicine to social policy. While the concept is becoming popular in the built environment sector and terms such as “evidence-based design” are now widely used, our research has shown...
This strategy outlines a vision for three, integrated and connected cities, that will rebalance Greater Sydney – placing housing, jobs, infrastructure and services within easier reach of more residents, no matter where they live.
Regional scale collaboration on climate change adaptation is an important consideration for governments. This report is based on a project that explored the relationship between legal and policy frameworks and cross-border collaboration on climate change adaptation in the Australian Capital Region (ACR).
Important research is looking at counteractive measures to urban heat island effect from the best materials to reflect urban heat to the best technology and urban design to keep us cool. What we can do now is make our cities, where the majority live, smarter,...
In Australia, capital cities are increasingly stepping forward to offer leadership on greenhouse gas abatement to a degree not evident at the national level, nor in many states and territories. This paper analyses the carbon targets, strategies, outcomes, policies and measures that are being used...
The Digital Built Australia policy primer outlines a suite of policy recommendations for building greater productivity within the construction sector and accelerating the reduction of built environment related greenhouse gas emissions through the greater adoption of technology and data solutions.
The policy document proposes...
El Paso represents one half of the largest binational metroplex in the Western Hemisphere. It's regional population is expected to exceed 3 million by 2030. This strategy looks at how the city can move beyond simple survival by intelligently adapting to the changing world....
Existing evidence on the beneficial effects of nature on mental health comes from studies using cross-sectional designs. We developed a smartphone-based tool (Urban Mind; www.urbanmind.info ) to examine how exposure to natural features within the built environment affects mental well-being in real time. The tool...
Urban water infrastructure faces a number of challenges over coming years. This report outlines a pathway for reform.
Infrastructure Australia commissioned this report on the optimal settings required for economic, environmental and health regulation in the Australian urban water sector, and the opportunities for regulatory improvement.
Cooling Western Sydney is a Sydney Water study on the role of water and other technologies in mitigating urban heat in western Sydney.
This draft 'Green Infrastructure' strategy has been prepared to guide the planning, design and delivery of Green Infrastructure in urban areas across New South Wales.
The Green Building Council of Australia with the Property Council of Australia, Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), Energy Efficiency Council, Facilities Management Association of Australia, City of Sydney, City of Melbourne and CitySwitch have produced a policy framework addressing the potential...
A sound knowledge of how informal green spaces are used, or of why they are not being used, can inform planners and decision-makers when intervening in such spaces to increase the liveability of urban neighbourhoods.
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The MRA is inviting public comment on a new planning framework for an extended Subiaco Redevelopment Area, including the Princess Margaret Hospital site, Subiaco Oval, Kitchener Park and surrounding land.