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28 March 2017
Meet Laura Palmer – a new addition to the University’s IEQ Lab

Laura Palmer, a life-size mannequin named after the fictional character from the ‘90s American cult TV series Twin Peaks, is the latest addition to the research team in the University’s Indoor Environmental Quality Lab (IEQ).

14 March 2017
New double degree attracts future leaders in architecture

Angus Gregg from Perth and Clare Chuang from Brisbane have moved to Sydney to be among the first group of students to embark on Australia’s new and only double degree in architecture at the University of Sydney.

08 March 2017
Architecture/Built Environment at Sydney Uni already 1st in Australia and rises to 15th globally

Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Sydney retains the number one spot in Australia for the second year and moves up two places to 15th globally, following the release of 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

08 March 2017
Teaching and research excellence recognised in QS Subject Rankings

Ranked first in the world for sports-related subjects and best in Australia for medicine, architecture, veterinary sciences, anatomy and physiology, English language and literature.

06 March 2017
Architecture students learn ‘real life’ lessons from Yarrabah

The Indigenous community of Yarrabah in far north Queensland was the focus of architecture students who were given the unique opportunity to work with community leaders on an affordable housing project.

15 February 2017
Housing supply shouldn't be the only policy tool politicians cling to

The most popular government policy at the moment for solving housing affordability continues to be increasing housing supply, writes Professor Phibbs and Professor Gurran.

14 February 2017
The 'Ubers' of digital real estate have housing experts wary

The rapid global expansion of the residential property market driven by the uploading of digital real estate in the last decade has housing researchers concerned.

19 January 2017
The community impact of Airbnb calls for closer scrutiny

There needs to be closer scrutiny of the impact of online short-term home rentals following concerns over platforms such as Airbnb, new University of Sydney research finds.

15 December 2016
Top 10 tips for first-year students

Your first year on campus can be intimidating. New people. New classes. New locations. We asked current University of Sydney students to share the things they have learned during their time on campus.

05 December 2016
Is the Australian housing market at risk of a collapse?

Understanding if a ‘housing bubble’ exists in the Australian housing market is the new focus of a University of Sydney complex systems research team.

29 November 2016
The Sydney entrepreneur behind the famous face

Many Australians would know her face from the $20 note, but may know less about Mary Reibey’s story – the single mother of seven children who became a legendary businesswoman in Sydney during the 1800s.

25 November 2016
Atomic blueprint device: a winner

Dr Peter Liddicoat, a recipient of AMP Tomorrow funds and PhD graduate of Materials Engineering, has developed a new microscope that can unravel the ‘DNA’ of inorganic materials. 

22 November 2016
Inspired student visions for Sydney architecture

University of Sydney students unveil their big architectural visions for a series of landmark cultural buildings and public spaces in Sydney and regional NSW in a final graduate exhibition that opens on 24 November.

17 November 2016
Bigger cities are richer, breeding greater inequality

New research confirms as Australian cities get bigger they also get richer, as a disproportionate amount of the wealth goes to top income earners, which is breeding greater inequality within and between cities.

03 November 2016
Apple’s new Touch Bar: a breakthrough or commonsense?

Apple is back in the media thanks to the company’s new 'Touch Bar'. It might seem like a simple idea, but it builds on a long history of 'human–computer interaction' research, writes Associate Professor Martin Tomitsch.

20 October 2016
Flying Ubers a vision of Lendlease Bradfield scholarship winner

At the Future Transport Summit 2016 in Sydney earlier this year Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said 'self‐driving Ubers are the future'. "But what if Ubers are in the air and not on the street?” proclaims architecture student Kate Zambelli.

19 October 2016
Meet our seven Bradfield finalists

The annual scholarship was set up in recognition of the legacy of John Bradfield, the celebrated engineer and University of Sydney alumnus whose grand ideas and vision drove two of Sydney’s most transformative projects: the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city’s underground railway system.

12 October 2016
University of Sydney assists talks at Habitat III for a New Urban Agenda

Addressing the vulnerability of countries to climate change and rapid urban growth in the Pacific is the goal of a side event chaired by the University of Sydney’s Associate Professor Paul Jones at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, this month.

06 October 2016
Thinking outside the box in designing affordable housing

Housing affordability is a big problem in Australia. A new exhibition looks at housing projects that could offer ways to reduce housing costs.

27 September 2016
Pedestrian safety needs to catch up to technology and put people before cars

One pedestrian is killed every two days on Australia’s roads, the majority in metropolitan areas. While advances in safety systems and technology over past decades have greatly improved driver and passenger safety, there has been relatively little new technology to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Even current innovations to improve pedestrian safety are still designed from a car-centric approach.