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 verificationRead More
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 UnsplashRead More
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 PhotoRead More
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.pdfRead More

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