The White Night festival is an example of Melbourne’s efforts to promote itself as a convivial city.
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Australian cities generally minimise negative attributes such as crime, segregation and violence, but developing positive attributes such as inclusivity appears more challenging.
Cities will be driving globalisation and innovation in the emerging world order.
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Welcome to the era of TechPlomacy where a new world order is emerging around cities and their economies, rather than nations and their borders.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance and the Coalition government are under pressure to fix long-standing problems with Sydney’s train system which have now come to a head.
The real challenge is finding appropriate ways to invest in public transport that will not only take pressure off the system but also support improved travel on all modes, including cars.
Residents and councils object to share bikes littering their city.
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If we're going to intervene to stop the dumping of share bikes, we need to understand the bad behaviour in the first place, then design effective measures to change how bike users behave.
When a house is better sealed, the quality of ventilation becomes more critical.
Our health depends on the quality of air indoors, where most of us spend 90% of our time. The easiest solution is to open a window, but what if that's not an option?
In Nagoro, in Tokushima Prefecture, one resident has made around 300 dolls to replace villagers who are no longer around.
Across Japan, towns and villages are vanishing as the population ages and young people move to the cities. How the country manages this holds lessons for other developed nations facing a similar fate.
In a move that suggests physical retail stores aren’t dead, Amazon has opened three bookstores and over 60 pop-up stores in the US, and has plans for up to 2,000 grocery stores.
Urban retail space is being transformed yet again. Predictions of the demise of physical retailing in the face of online competition overlook its resilience over two centuries of disruptive innovations.
Children being children can be loud, which creates challenges when they live in an apartment.
In Sydney, families with children now account for one in four households living in apartments. The expectations and design of apartments have not kept up with this rapid demographic change.
Sydney’s west is growing at a staggering pace.
The future of Sydney is under constant scrutiny. But before we consider creating a 'third city' in Sydney's west, we should ensure we get the current infrastructure up to international standards.
We are told driverless cars will be much safer, because human error causes more than 90% of crashes.
Human-operated cars affect health in three main ways, all negatively. How might driverless cars be healthier?
Thousands of co-housing projects in cities around the world have shown how people can get together to create diverse homes that suit them and their community – this one is in Portland, Oregon.
City residents all around the world are getting together to create housing tailored to their needs and budgets, instead of being developed for maximum profit.
A vehicle, understood to be a white Suzuki SUV, ploughed into pedestrians in central Melbourne.
The Flinders Street incident, in which a car was driven into pedestrians on a busy Melbourne street, underscores the need for new ways to design cities to protect pedestrians from vehicle attacks.
An artist’s depiction of the new Apple store proposed for Federation Square.
Apple’s interest in Federation Square, and in co-opting the idea of the public square in general, goes beyond the quest for profit.
After nearly a decade of operation, Brisbane’s CityCycle scheme still needs to be subsidised.
Many short-term bike-hiring programs have been launched amid much fanfare, only for their popularity to decline soon after. Several key factors need to be in place for a program to work.
Yes, it’s a beautiful part of the world, but what sets Ballyhoura apart is the deliberate focus on a warm, local welcome.
The big cities are still magnets for tourists, but often they find the smaller towns offer a more satisfying taste of local life. It's why rural tourism can be 'the perfect small town business idea'.
The A$6.7bn West Gate Tunnel project has similar problems to the cancelled East West Link.
Recent decisions to proceed with major road projects have not considered viable alternatives, despite this being a legal requirement.
It’s important to young Australians to be able to walk and feel safe while doing so.
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The benefits of walking are widely promoted, but most Australian communities still aren't walker-friendly. Young people, who rely heavily on walking to get around, are clear about what has to change.
The potential clean energy sources are all around Sydney, just waiting to be harnessed.
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Sun, wind, waste biomass, geothermal, tides and waves: all these energy sources in Sydney's backyard add up to a zero-carbon energy solution for the city.
Telstra and the City of Joondalup have joined forces in a trial of ‘smart park’ applications at Tom Simpson Park.
Public spaces have become more, not less, important to our experience of cities in the digital era. These technologies can be used to confound and enlarge our experiences of and connections to place.
Hving a pet dog turns out to be a highly car-dependent affair.
Australian cities generally don't allow pet dogs on public transport. Instead, owners need their own vehicle to travel with their dogs, and it's a surprisingly important factor in our car dependency.