Articles related to 'Built Environment'
While changes in our energy consumption behaviour are one pathway to a sustainable future, advances in technology and housing design are also needed.
Tufitu Lotee has experienced the terror of huge ocean waves flooding her home. Tufitu and her family live on the islet of Fongafale on Funafuti atoll, the capital of Tuvalu, midway between Hawaii and Australia. Their house is on a 100-metre-wide strip of land between the Pacific Ocean on one side and a lagoon on the other.
When housing affordability is raised in the media, the story is invariably about how hard it is for first homebuyers to plant a foot on the property ladder. But the real housing affordability crisis is among those not even in the hunt for home ownership.
Australia's population is growing rapidly and is being directed almost entirely into big, seaboard cities, straining infrastructure, housing availability and services such as transport, health and education. It is a circumstance that seems to have caught policy-makers off-guard and which now presents some very formidable challenges for governments, corporations and professionals whose job it is to bolster and sustain urban development.