Buildings that make the world a better place: The Venny

It is seldom that I come to a building that not only makes me think ‘yup, tick, they have all the environmental aspects right’, but think ‘wow this place sings’. I get emotional about the Venny and do every year when I take my students there. It isn’t living building certified, it was built before LBC was a consideration, so it probably has most of the red list in it and doesn’t have the verification

FACT SHEET – Green space policy mechanisms

As cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect what public policies can contribute to retaining and maximising urban green spaces? Policy mechanisms are categorised into four different types, associated with different actions and areas of focus. By Dr Judy Bush Judy.bush@unimelb.edu.au Download – http://www.thrive-research.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Green-space-policy-mechanisms.pdf Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash

FACT SHEET – Green space policy success factors

What are the policy success factors that help cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect and progressively amplified by climate change impacts. Though applicable across policy, specifically this fact sheet summarises policy success factors in context of green spaces that can cool urban areas, as well as providing many other functions and benefits to city dwellers’ health and wellbeing. By Dr Judy Bush – Judy.bush@unimelb.edu.au Download – http://www.thrive-research.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Green-space-policy-success-factors.pdf Photo

FACT SHEET – Mitigating urban heat with green spaces

As cities grapple with the impacts of heatwaves, exacerbated by the urban heat island effect and progressively amplified by climate change impacts, green spaces can cool urban areas, as well as providing many other functions and benefits to city dwellers’ health and wellbeing, and habitat for urban biodiversity. This fact-sheet summarises the issue of UHI and provides the argument for prioritising green space. By Dr Judy Bush – Judy.bush@unimelb.edu.au   Download here http://www.thrive-research.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Mitigating-urban-heat-with-green-spaces.pdf

Geelong – The Design City that Almost Forgot Itself

We’ll start this with a question: which Australian city is home to the Hills hoist, the ute and refrigeration? If you’re not sure, you’re not alone: though these stories of Geelong might be a little more well-known after the city was declared the first UNESCO Design City in Australia for its maker heritage. For a city finding its feet after a prolonged period of de-industrialisation, this is a cue for reflection: a window on to