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

The Living Pavilion

The Living Pavilion is a collaboration between the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, Thrive Research Hub, The Living Stage, AILA Vic and The University of Melbourne’s New Student Precinct. It will be a temporary event space for CLIMARTE’s ‘ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019’ festival (23rd April – 19th May 2019). The project is envisioned as a recyclable, biodegradable, edible and biodiverse event space that celebrates Indigenous knowledge systems, ecological science and sustainable design through participatory arts practice. It

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

Regenerative development in a nutshell

Regenerative development in a nutshell

Regenerative Development is an approach that encourages communities to support and create positive relationships that will benefit society and our environments by allowing the system to evolve and adapt to changing circumstances. This paradigm emerges from an ecological mindset by embracing uncertainty and change. It moves away from the idea ‘control’ as we cannot predict how systems will evolve. Instead, it learns from nature and understands that diverse strategies acting in unison are key elements

Refugium WA: facilitating nature connection through hands-on arts-science experiences

Refugium WA: facilitating nature connection through hands-on arts-science experiences

By Tanja Beer, Cristina Hernandez and Andrea Cook ‘Refugium’ is a term that is used in the field of ecology to describe an area (or ‘refuge’) where environmental conditions have enabled a species or a community of species to thrive during unfavourable circumstances. It is a place where species go to take refuge in adverse climates or to escape disease. Refugium is often a place of great ecological diversity and resilience. It is also a

How much does house size matter when it comes to life cycle energy use?

How much does house size matter when it comes to life cycle energy use?

Thrive researchers André Stephan and Robert Crawford have evaluated the relationship between house size and life cycle energy demand, for a typical Australian house in Melbourne, Australia. The research has been published on The Conversation. The infographic below summarises their findings. The scientific article can be downloaded here or here.