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. ItRead More
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 toRead More
Once you have decided that your next project should apply a Regenerative Development Framework, one key element for your success will be your ability to identify what is, and what is NOT a regenerative approach. When you begin, you undoubtedly complete a site analysis to understand the context of your project. Through it, you will identify things that could be improved or needs that are not met. You will also find trends or community idealsRead More
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 elementsRead More
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 aRead More
Everyone has the right to live well, in safety and comfort; however, many existing apartment buildings are ill-equipped to deal with the uncertainty of climate change and the increase in weather extremes People in homes without heating and cooling systems in place are at higher risk during heatwaves. This was the situation in 2003, when France had their deadly heatwave claiming over 14000 deaths. Post this event, French authorities regulated that all homes need toRead More
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.Read More
Thrive researchers, André Stephan and Robert Crawford have just published ground-breaking research looking into how water is used for travel by different transport modes. The infographic below summarises the findings: For the full paper go to: or…/article/pii/S1361920916305995Read More

Dr Jenny Zhou joins Thrive

Dr Jenny Zhou has joined Thrive as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Jenny has expertise in internal and external air quality issues, from a health, wellbeing and social perspective. Her work includes assessing the benefits of green infrastructure. More