The front yards, footpaths and verges of Australian suburbs are spaces overdue for reinvention.
We're still in the early days of understanding how cities work. But we do know that creative, healthy and productive cities have certain things in common – and it's all to do with their 'urban DMA'.
Government and industry need to demonstrate the benefits of well-designed higher-density housing. Rich residential display projects may be the ideal catalyst for creating smarter cities.
Instead of looking up or out, we need a combined approach.
The Green Square urban renewal area – expected to be Sydney's most densely populated area by 2030 – represents a new paradigm of urban living.
With a majority of households having pets and growing numbers living in apartments, a review of regulations on keeping animals in such communities is timely.
One person's high density may be another's sprawl; the same tall building may be experienced as oppressive or exhilarating; a "good crowd" for one can be "overcrowded" for another.
In the media, urban consolidation is often depicted as a threat to Australian suburban life. In reality, it's a result of managed planning processes to ensure growing cities remain liveable.
Achieving green cities will require more than just canopy cover targets and central city strategies. It will need new approaches to urban planning and development.