Mandurah is an example of built density without intensity: five-to-ten-storey buildings with generous public space but a population density less than your average suburb.
Curbing negative gearing will help get empty housing onto the market. This could go some way to bringing life back to relatively dense urban centres that are oddly lacking intensity of public life.
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It's not just a matter of numbers: asylum seekers need houses where they can feel at home.
‘Chook farms ruin lives!’. Australians consume a lot of cheap chicken, but not all of them appreciate an intensive chicken factory as a neighbour.
As consumption has soared and prices have fallen, the realities of industrial chicken farming often clash with the values of people who live on the urban fringes where broiler farms are sited.
The hidden costs of affordable housing in the outer suburbs include poorer access to services and long hours of commuting.
Australian cities should be made to work for all inhabitants. This involves evenly spreading the disadvantages of industrial and commercial activities as well as the advantages of good access to services.
China’s National Theatre.
Our experts explain why China is taking a hard line on oversized, xenocentric, weird architecture. And no, it's not to stifle Western influences.
Is Berlin’s underground scene in danger of going to the wall?
Fungus gnats are one the many arthropods that find their way into our homes.
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Our homes harbour hundreds of species of insects and their relatives.
So-called 'healthy towns' will address child obesity and dementia, but the real killer remains at large.
The odds of being hit again by a large flood are higher for cities that have already been flooded before. Here's why we still don't move away.
Jeremy Corbyn wants UK politics to be less theatrical – but the Palace of Westminster is the perfect stage for confrontation.
Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities.
Where you live affects your health and life expectancy. This makes it possible to map health outcomes against train stations, so that you can readily see the inequalities across cities like Melbourne.
Motorists in New South Wales must now keep a minimum distance of one metre when passing cyclists.
Cyclists have voiced their opposition to some aspects of the Go Together package to ensure their safety on NSW roads.
Traffic jams in cities, such as this one in Atlanta, have economic costs, including lower productivity.
The route to economic growth starts by making our cities more productive – the bigger, the denser, the better.
A key problem with working out the impacts of negative gearing is that we don’t know exactly which properties it affects or the status of their tenants.
What if there was a middle option between retention and abolition that made negative gearing work better? There are multiple ways to improve accountability for this $8 billion-a-year tax concession.
Our expert joins the dots between the ancient kingdoms of yore and today's Northern Powerhouse.
Sydney’s farms on the urban fringe produce 10% of the city’s fresh vegetables.
Farms on Sydney's fringes supply 20% of the city's food. That could drop by more than half if urban sprawl isn't kept in check.
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It is 2016 but, when it comes to housing, in many ways it could actually be 1891.
Research shows that elevated rail, like this design for Moreland station, has many advantages.
Evelyn Hartojo, Melbourne School of Design
Elevated rail to remove level crossings, done properly, has many benefits – and the alternatives are more disruptive and costly. But announcing projects with little consultation is asking for trouble.
Sometimes down, never out.
Every time Las Vegas looks like it's about to die, it demolishes itself and rebuilds as something bigger and better.
Mayor R.T. Rybak surveys the 2007 Interstate 35 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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What do U.S. mayors worry about? A recent survey finds that aging infrastructure is a top concern – and many mayors say state and federal agencies hinder their efforts instead of helping.