In the next one hundred years, cities will rapidly grow in size and complexity with soaring population growth. Melbourne’s population is predicted to reach 7 million in 2050 contributing to a total of 35.9 million nationally. Now, more than ever, there is a need to assess the long term needs, performance and social acceptance of the sustainable urbanisation process before the projects get built. In order to ensure value creation and social acceptance, projects must be planned and developed by aligning the needs of the wider community proactively.
A holistic understanding of how buildings affect people and the world’s ecosystems is lacking. This is critical if we are to produce cities that are not only sustainable, but provide thriving, healthy and resilient communities for people to live and work in. This broader, more comprehensive approach to building design and development is essential for making informed and effective decisions. Thrive, through applied research, provides the evidence base needed to support and inform the needs of our future buildings.
The critical role of urban nature is starting to be a focus of government. Greening of indoor and outdoor environments is identified to provide benefits such as increased air quality, staff productivity and property value, yet strategies to actively engage private sector stakeholders in urban greening remains under-researched. At the global scale, urban drought and flooding are critical challenges for the Thrive Research Hub.