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    Harnessing the power of design to transform cities

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    Victoria’s fire alert has knocked Australians out of complacency. Under climate change, catastrophic bushfires can strike any time

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    Paint it black - or not

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    The liveability ecosystem: Why a systemic shift is key to effectively addressing Australia’s housing crisis for the long-term

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    When homes already hit 40°C inside, it’s better to draw on residents’ local know-how than plan for climate change from above

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    Design notes for week 9/2024 from Tone on Tuesday

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    Working from home is producing economic benefits return-to-office rules would quash
    Working from home is producing economic benefits return-to-office rules would quash

    More of us have been in paid work this past year than ever before. A big part of that is because more of us have been able to work from home than ever before.


    Fire is a chemical reaction. Here’s why Australia is supremely suited to it
    Fire is a chemical reaction. Here’s why Australia is supremely suited to it

    Over the last 15 million years, Australia has slowly dried out. After humans arrived more than 65,000 years ago, they learned to use fire to their advantage. Today, fire weather is getting more frequent – and fires are following as the world heats up. This month, fires have flared in Victoria, destroying 46 houses, while Western Australia endures a heatwave and braces for potential fires.


    Asbestos in mulch? Here’s the risk if you’ve been exposed
    Asbestos in mulch? Here’s the risk if you’ve been exposed

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    The architecture of Perth: Famous heritage buildings in Western Australia
    The architecture of Perth: Famous heritage buildings in Western Australia

    Perth is a city rich in history and culture which has resulted in some deeply fascinating architectural designs, influences, and subversions.


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