The CAUL Hub is collaborating with Thrive Research Hub​, The Living Stage, AILA Vic and The University of Melbourne’s New Student Precinct to create The Living Pavilion, a temporary event space for CLIMARTE’s ‘Art+Climate=Change’ festival (23rd April - 19th May 2019). On 9-11 July we hosted an intensive creative development process to co-design initial design concepts and programming opportunities for The Living Pavilion with key partners, city practitioners, community members and students.
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We all understand the importance of reliable public transport for the liveability of a community. Until now, this has predominantly been applied to communities in large cities and hasn’t considered growing regional cities to the same extent. CAUL researchers Melanie Davern and Carl Higgs recently wrote an article for The Conversation on regional liveability with colleagues from RMIT, stressing that access to capital cities is vital for regional cities for a host of reasons. Read the article here.
CAUL Hub project Co-leader Dr Cecily Maller has joined the editorial team of a new, open access, interdisciplinary journal called People and Nature, published by the British Ecological Society. Led by Kevin J Gaston, Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of Exeter, People and Nature will be dedicated to publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed work from research areas exploring relationships between humans and nature. Read more about the new journal here.
CAUL Hub analysis of 2.2 million tweets has found people in parks are more positive, and around areas like major transport hubs, more negative. The research team, including Dave Kendal and Kate Lee combined social media, and big data analytics, tied to real time and place, to develop an understanding of the well-being benefits of city parks. To find out more about the research, read this article in The Conversation.
CAUL Hub hosted the sell-out Melbourne Knowledge Week event - Indigenous Perspectives in City Planning. The interactive panel discussion and workshop was a chance for attendees to consider the challenges, opportunities and practical ways of incorporating Indigenous knowledge and culture in the work they do.
The virtual greening app Plant Life Balance, created using research from the CAUL Hub, has won a coveted Webby Award. A Webby Award is an award for excellence in electronic media presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judging body composed of over two thousand industry experts and technology innovators. The app won the People’s Voice award in the category of Mobile Sites & Apps – Lifestyle.
CAUL was part of the Sydney BioBlitz, held at Sydney Park 14-15 April, and run by The City of Sydney and the National Parks Association of NSW. The event was a celebration of urban biodiversity, bringing together scientists, naturalists and community members, and encouraging visitors to become citizen scientists for a day by recording as many living things as possible. CAUL researchers, including Caraph Threlfall and Luis Mata, took visitors on pollinator, insects and bat walks, and taught them how to use our Urban Wildlife App, which allows users to record sightings of bell frogs, beneficial insects and flying foxes. The data from the app helps CAUL scientists to better understand how we can manage native wildlife and their habitats.