Cities will endure, but urban design must adapt to coronavirus risks and fears

Public spaces must now meet our need to be ‘together but apart’.
Silvia Tavares, Author provided


Silvia Tavares, University of the Sunshine Coast and Nicholas Stevens, University of the Sunshine Coast

The long-term impacts of coronavirus on our cities are difficult to predict, but one thing is certain: cities won’t die. Diseases have been hugely influential in shaping our cities, history shows. Cities represent continuity regardless of crises – they endure, adapt and grow. Read more…

JCU postgraduate scholarships

Applications for postgraduate research scholarships at James Cook University are now open and I’d love to hear from candidates interested in urban design, planning, urban microclimates, sensing cities, climate responsive urban design, architecture design and performance and any related topics.

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Four seasons in one day: creating a liveable city through microclimate design

Cashel Mall with research weather station on the foreground
Cashel Mall with research weather station on the foreground

This article (without the images) was originally published at the Lincoln University news website.

Comfortable, pleasant and lively city streets attract people, and people mean better business. If the rebuilt Central City is to attract people, then architects and urban designers must consider how to make the streets and spaces not only ‘pedestrian-friendly’ but also ‘microclimate-friendly’.  Read more…