Why I have been so quiet lately…

I have been awfully quiet over the last two months on this blog. That’s not because nothing has happened, but more because almost too much has happened. On 31 August I started a big trip to and through Europe to give a number of lectures and attend a number of workshops, and spend some time... Continue Reading →

The role of government in voluntary programs

Voluntary programs are to policy makers what a Christmas presents are to children (and adults alike, for that matter). A voluntary program seeks to stimulate people to voluntarily improve their behaviour beyond governmental regulation. For instance, well-known best of class building benchmarking tools such as LEED, BREEAM and Green Star challenge developers to build buildings... Continue Reading →


So, last week I launched this blog. An opinion piece on urban sustainability and resilience for the Australian Conversation made for a good starter to jump into this new world. The opinion piece is doing better than expected. It now has attracted close to 2,000 readers, got some comments, has been tweeted about, and has... Continue Reading →

  Making cities truly resilient to extreme events is being held back by archaic planning. The majority of buildings don’t fall under new sustainability and resilience regulations, meaning private initiatives have to pick up the slack. It might sound trivial, but more resilient buildings could have prevented losses during events such as Queensland’s devastating 2011 floods, or Hurricane... Continue Reading →

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