The future of cities
RMIT academics from various disciplines are grappling with a range of complex questions around the future of cities.
Work is being undertaken in partnership with local governments and residents of cities around the world to find solutions for the issues and challenges associated with living in urban environments.
Who is making an impact?
- The Global Cities Research Institute addresses questions of sustainability, resilience, security and adaptation in the face of globalisation and global climate change
- The Design Research Institute investigates aspects of the future city including the physical, spatial, systems, communications, cultural experience, and the role of technology in mediating the experience of the urban environment.
- The Centre for Applied Social Research undertakes research and promotes public debate on key areas of social change and social policy, working with community organisations, government departments, local governments and the union movement.
- The Centre for Design conducts research into life cycle assessment, sustainable products and packaging, climate change and social context, and sustainable building innovation
- The Globalism Research Centre investigates the processes of change and continuity, and cultural-political questions about sustainable living in a globalising world.
- The Centre for Innovative Structures and Materials develops structural optimisation techniques to design innovative buildings and bridges, and to create new microstructures of materials and composites
- The Centre for Sustainable Organisations and Work examines regions in the midst of social, environmental and economic transition to assist industry, government, workers and communities manage the impact of these changes
- The Centre for Urban Research conducts research on housing and homelessness, urban and regional planning, and sustainability and climate change.
- The Water: Effective Technologies and Tools Research Centre is developing means for the sustainable provision of clean safe water, particularly for cities.
- The Centre for Art, Society and Transformation researches the transformative capacities of art to interpret, contribute to, and affect the quality and character of communities in the age of rapid urbanisation and globalisation.
- The ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation conducts fundamental and applied research that improves our understanding of the creative sector’s role in a modern economy.
- The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute specialises in housing and urban planning policy with emphasis on the role of housing in the economic, social and environmental sustainability of cities and regions.
- The Bushfires Cooperative Research Centre conducts research in understanding and managing the risk of bushfires.
- The Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre research projects address challenges across the areas of customer service needs, ecosystems for service delivery and services of the future.
- RMIT is a partner of UN Habitat and the UN Global Compact Cities Program.
- Artwork drives urban renewal in Melbourne railway stations 10/12/2014Researchers in RMIT’s School of Art have teamed with local groups and government to rebuild and transform train stations in Melbourne.
- Urban researcher in profile: Dr Crystal Legacy 24/11/2014Community concern can be ignored when government considers transport planning, but one RMIT researcher is delving deeper into the issue.
- Pop-up parks provide more than a patch of grass 17/11/2014Temporary pop-up parks and green spaces have long been considered the playthings of the inner-city hipster.
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