Australia’s vulnerability to droughts, coastal erosion and temperature increases, along with its high greenhouse gas emissions, means it must take climate change seriously when looking at urban design for the future.
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Melbourne City Council’s new office building, Council House 2 (CH2), has raised the benchmark for high-rise buildings.
Climate change hazards such as erosion and flooding threaten many coastal communities. While we wait for new legislation to better enable adaptation, pressures for coastal housing and urban development are continuing within an inadequate planning and building framework.