A selection of our faculty's current and recently completed research projects
Through work funded by the Transport, Health and Urban Design Research Hub and Curtin University, this project is developing scenarios for city-shaping under various patterns of AV deployment.
This research project investigates issues of construction innovation at the level of the specialist façade sub-contractors and in the context of the building typology of multistorey University buildings in Australia.
This project seeks to improve the ability of built environment professionals to understand resilience and deal with diverse and emergent risks in human settlements to improve resilience. It develops collaborative and interactive group learning to develop new learning approaches.
This research will develop an industrial application using numerically controlled technology in the fabrication of complex doubly curved surfaces.
Foodprint Melbourne is an interdisciplinary research project that investigates Melbourne’s foodbowl, what Melbourne eats, and how we can ensure we plan for a resilient and sustainable food future for the city.
This project aims to commemorate and educate about the events of 1966 - 1975 which saw the indigenous Gurindji people take a stand against oppressive working conditions and maltreatment at Wave Hill.
This project will research the extensive and under-documented history of a pedagogically informed modernism in Australia. The outcomes, timed to coincide with the Bauhaus centenary in 2019, will produce innovations in creative practice and education.
This project will assist in reducing Victoria’s fossil fuel demand and greenhouse gas emissions, and inform planning and design actions aimed at realising carbon neutral urban development in response to current energy market and policies.
The Future Cities Node is a collaborative research program with the objective to identify opportunities across Melbourne where critical infrastructure services like energy, food, water and waste can be delivered in a way that is more distributed, local and networked.
This project identifies the evolution of glass products in the last century and the impact of glass products in the design and construction of tall commercial buildings.
This project aims to work closely with researchers, practitioners, the community and Crime Stoppers to develop a comprehensive approach to prevent arson.
This project will apply regenerative design processes to return biodiversity, vibrancy and ongoing benefits to Lake Wellington and surrounding lands.
A forum for critical reflection on the histories, pedagogies and practices of architecture in the Asia-Pacific.
This project aims to develop and trial a prototype low-carbon precinct co-benefits calculator for urban planners and designers.
The aim of this project is one of outreach to and engagement with cultural organisations to probe the future of innovative uptake of mobile and media technology.
This study involves the development and testing of a digital design and modelling too which enables people with mobility impairments, disability groups, and urban planners to model and understand accessibility in their community.
This project documents the evolving history of popular television and its contribution to national discussions about migration, cultural diversity and citizenship across six decades.
The aim of the project is to undertake a thorough analysis of the relevancy and applicability of existing construction management practices with a view to developing a range of solutions in a cross-cultural context between the State of Assam and Australia.
This project is the first experimental study to examine the extent to which direct-feedback and incentive-based insurance modify a driver's behaviour.
This study combines academic, government and community efforts to enhance cycling activity while addressing safety concerns.
The research will investigate the relationship between existing housing design and innovation in anticipating future modifications.
This research project aims to deepen understanding of the issues involved in level crossing removals.
This research will provide a unique understanding of new homebuyers’ experiences in the home building process.
This project will integrate building embodied energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions and materials into a graphical information system to inform future city planning decisions.
This interdisciplinary project will be the first comprehensive examination of the post-WWII evolution of the Australian campus.
This research aims to discover new knowledge and emerging business opportunities in the planning and development of bicycle transport in Chinese cities.
This study will investigate the environmental impacts of construction in Australia through the development of a sophisticated hybrid environmental assessment model.
This open-structure and sustainable research network was established with key Chinese partner institutions as a platform for researchers from Australia and China to exchange knowledge and ideas about global "city-region" research.
This study will use three multidisciplinary approaches to post-occupancy evaluation to challenge assumptions regarding technology-enhanced learning environments.
The aim of this project is to explore and articulate visions, scenarios and pathways for a low carbon and resilient built environment in Australia.
This project will significantly reduce national energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the construction and operation of new and existing buildings.
This project seeks to build partnerships to transform Melbourne’s housing industry, in order to meet social justice, economic resilience, and environmental sustainability challenges facing Melbourne and Australia.
This project will examine Andrews’ work, its contexts, influence, and consequences, for the first time from both North American and Australian perspectives.
This project concerns the potential of new digital technologies to enhance the visibility of lesserknown precincts of urban heritage.
The SCRC will be a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research centre with hubs in Brazil and Australia. It is a broad academic-led network of university, government, private and community sector partners whose collective purpose is to improve future urban outcomes in 'southern cities'.
This project explores how expertise in architecture and related fields was mobilised in the production of WWII internment environments and evaluates their legacy for histories of detention.
This project will investigate the environmental factors which contribute to patient wellbeing with the aim of establishing best-practice standards for optimal design of healthcare facilities.
This project will foster collaborations between interdisciplinary research teams at The University of Melbourne and The University of Campinas in the general fields of architecture, urban design and computational modelling.
This project aims to test a new construction technique for cable-beam and tensile structures.
A preliminary analysis of the global supply chains, incomes and jobs of the Australian construction industry.
Can the use of mobile communication technologies improve the work and home life of construction site staff?
Women in Transport Leadership or WiTL is the first knowledge network created in the Australasian region solely dedicated to empowering women and developing a critical mass of female transport leaders. It serves as a platform for creating knowledge, fostering innovation and empowering person to person collaborative linkages amongst female transport leaders in Australia and ASEAN.
This research aimed to develop an approach for identifying the social and equity outcomes of various strategies to adapt to sea-level rise.
This research program addresses how to substantially improve public transport facilities, and get ever-larger numbers of travelers onto and away from transit efficiently and comfortably, without over-reliance on costly and outdated park-and-ride approaches.
Derham Groves will use the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University in Waco, Texas as a vehicle for investigating the design of contemporary “cabinets of curiosities” in a series of independent and student projects.
This project aims to respond to the growing issue of heat retention in dense urban centres – urban heat island effect (UHI) and the associated heat related morbidity, by developing a new analysis model.
This project will employ the "video feedforward" method which will alllow, through clever video editing, the creation of a vision of an irresistible future.
The Bower Studio team of academics, architects, builders and students collaborated with the MacDonnell Regional Council’s Civil Works team from Amoonguna to build and landscape a taxi/bus pavilion at the entrance to the community.
This project developed an index of fire vulnerability to assess existing and projected settlement areas, extant policy, and to guide improved adaptation to climate change.
Designing Australia’s Schools is an historical, cross disciplinary study of innovations in the design of Australian primary and secondary schools across the twentieth century.
This project evaluates the effectiveness of Dulux's heat-reflecting Cool Roof Coatings.
This Bower Studio project involved students working alongside residents of the Belyuen Community to construct a sheltered outdoor living area and kitchen for an Indigenous family.
AGORA works – exhibition by Alex Selenitch,Place Gallery Melbourne, 3 July to 27 July 2013.
This project is using the City of Casey as a case study, to investigate the design and development of a Food Hub.
This project seeks to answer the question: What are the major barriers to creating family friendly affordable housing in central Melbourne, and how might these barriers be overcome?
This study was initiated by VicHealth to explore the extent to which fruit and vegetable production around Melbourne is at risk from changing stress factors.
This research project investigated how road accessibilty impacts on the lives of people with disabilities and developed approaches for engaging those people in future road consultations, planning and development.
This project involves research towards creating a Victorian Indigenous Cultural Education and Knowledge Centre in Melbourne.
The University of Melbourne joined with the Suanum community in Papua New Guinea to build a neonatal and composting toilet facility.
A cultural landscape assessment and analysis project in the arid lands of central South Australia.
HORIZON works – exhibition by Alex Selenitch, grahame galleries + editions, 26 October to 23 November 2013.
The first comprehensive reference text to be published on Australian architecture. Unique in its breadth and depth, and revealing new knowledge on architects, their buildings and the ways they designed and built them.
This collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Gumula Aboriginal Corporation and the Bellary Springs (Western Australia) community members resulted in the development of the Bellary Springs Community Centre.
This research explores the development of a user-friendly and reliable estimating system for forecasting the costs of service elements early in construction projects.
This project developed and tested a range of urban design frameworks and visions for urban intensification in Melbourne.
The University of Melbourne joined with the University of Technology Lae and the Sipaia community in 2012 to build three innovative composting toilets.
This book on the history of landscape architecture in Australia, the first of its kind, profiles the people who have shaped the nation's landscape.
This project aimed to develop appropriate use of mobile devices for students undertaking fieldwork exercises.