• What ruin photography reveals about urban decay and renewal

    Ben Knight     |      July 31, 2020

    Whether it’s art or porn, ruin photography tells a deeper story than what’s behind the lens.

  • Do tougher sentences deter crime?

    Ben Knight     |      July 20, 2020

    It’s easy to think that the threat of punishment will simply dissuade someone from doing the wrong thing. But it turns out that deterring would-be criminals by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences is more tale than truth. 

  • Bike delivery leaves infrastructure trailing innovation

    Ben Knight     |      July 16, 2020

    Tonight I’ll be having new cycling lanes with a side of bike parking.

  • The 20 minute neighbourhood

    Ben Knight     |      July 13, 2020

    Allowing people to work, live and play within 20 minutes’ reach of their own homes is the new gold standard for urban planning.

  • The truth behind planned obsolescence in product design

    Ben Knight     |      July 6, 2020

    It’s not just your imagination, products used to have a longer lifespan, says a UNSW industrial designer.

  • Understanding ‘eco-cultural’ identity

    Ben Knight     |      July 4, 2020

    The importance of the environment is often downplayed as merely one in a sea of global issues. However, the environment is not only indistinguishable from these issues, it is fundamental to who we are.

  • Redesigning the post-pandemic workplace

    Ben Knight     |      May 20, 2020

    The coronavirus will transform the design industry, design practice and designers alike, but perhaps none are more equipped to deal with the challenges that lie ahead.

  • Private lives still need public spaces

    Ben Knight     |      May 20, 2020

    Coronavirus restrictions may be lifting, but the closure of parks, beaches, walkways and other public spaces to curb its spread may change the way we use them, says Eva Lloyd, a lecturer in Interior Architecture at UNSW Built Environment. 

  • The word on the street

    Ben Knight     |      May 12, 2020

    Wider footpaths, separated cycleways and pedestrian-friendly streets could become the norm, according to a UNSW Built Environment expert.

  • The end of the office?

    Ben Knight     |      April 18, 2020

    The success of working from home could mark the end of the office as we know it, according to interior architect Iva Durakovic, who believes that remote working might become the new normal after the pandemic subsides.

  • We’ll be measured by how we help the vulnerable

    Ben Knight     |      March 28, 2020

    Disasters don’t affect people equally; they hit the poorest people the worst, and the coronavirus will be no different.

  • Car parks?

    Ben Knight     |      March 7, 2020

    As public space becomes premium in our cities, could boutique sidewalk activations known as parklets be the solution?