Tokyo, seen here from the Skytree tower, is home to more people than any other city on Earth but has managed to remain highly liveable.
Tokyo has experienced extraordinary population growth but is among the world's most liveable cities. Just how has it managed the pressures of growth?
Discontinuities, a triple bill staged at La Mama in 2002.
From Cate Blanchett to David Williamson, some of Australia's most well known theatre artists have performed at La Mama, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.
An artist’s impression of the new river crossing to be built as part of the West Gate Tunnel project.
Western Distributor Authority
Melbourne's proposed road project relies on assumptions that inflate estimates of the traffic the new link will carry – but other choices about the future of transport are open to us.
The region with the most unequal incomes in Australia is Melbourne City, where the top 20% have an income that is 8.3 times as high as those in the bottom 20%.
Census data shows there is income inequality between, but also within, regions of Australia.
Malcolm Turnbull has made clear his apparent enthusiasm for a rail line to Melbourne Airport – with or without state government support.
A rail link is a big step towards transforming transport access and land use in ways that will enable a much bigger city to remain liveable. And Melbourne can learn from Sydney about this.
Gold Rush garbage.
S.Hayes. Artefact is part of Heritage Victoria's collection.
What we buy has defined who we are since the Gold Rush. In the 1850s and 1860s, people communicated their social status by buying stuff - dinner sets, junk jewellery - and throwing their old things away.
The secure private garden on the redeveloped Carlton estate.
Why can't the state fund an ongoing program of upgrading, replacing and building public housing? On the evidence to date, private developers aren't doing a better job of it.
The closure of the Gatwick Hotel means those most in need of shelter have lost another place they could stay.
Darkydoors from www.shutterstock.com
When wealth accumulation becomes the driver of urban regeneration, residents who already have little or no say in the future of our cities are further marginalised by gentrification.
Melbourne’s Hosier Lane: some see it as art, others think it’s vandalism.
Melbourne's street art has an international reputation and may be a very valuable tourist attraction. But the city remains ambivalent about the activities that have created its 'laneway galleries'.
People look out over an ornamental lake from behind a wrought iron fence at the Carlton Gardens.
State Library of Victoria
Melbourne is a product of British colonial planning policies to control public access and movement in Australian cities. This legacy still influences the use of public spaces today.
Even though Sydney’s population growth (at 14%) is below the average across all capital cities, its housing supply failed to match this growth.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
Data on housing supply in Australia's capital shows that while it's increasing in areas with lots of jobs, house prices are too high for those who might want to move for work.
Melbourne’s Flinders Street station is transformed into a stage for the 2013 White Night.
Melbourne may be the self-proclaimed music capital of Australia, but industry data suggests Sydney may have the upper hand. Meanwhile the UN recognises Adelaide as the country's only city of music.
Must we become passive observers to the destruction of one of Melbourne’s most culturally diverse and socially rich suburbs?
Must the aggressive, homogeneous global pattern of development take its course in Melbourne's long-standing multicultural suburb of Footscray?
New research shows that spatial segregation between the rich and poor in our six largest cities has been increasing over time.
John W. Iwanski/flickr
Not only has income inequality in Australia grown over the past two decades, rich and poor are also more segregated in terms of where they live in the big cities.
If a second airport creates another centre of activity in western Sydney, then it won’t just be air travellers who benefit.
Our big cities increase incomes faster than population growth, but most residents miss out on the extra income growth. Creating multiple centres of activity may help make bigger better for everyone.
This universal symbol of love has proven remarkably divisive.
A collaborative painting by Chris Honig and homeless street artists Soloe and Jubs in Hosier Lane.
Photograph by Constantin Tanasa
Some say homelessness creates squalor in our cities. But Hosier Lane — the most Instagrammed spot in Melbourne — thrives partly due to homeless street artists.
Under pressure from media coverage like this, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle wants to ban people from sleeping on Melbourne’s streets.
Bans are ineffective when used against populations that have nowhere else to go. Importantly, research shows that punitive approaches to the homeless cost more than supported housing strategies.
How will it fit in? Every new development should consider the existing neighbourhood character.
The Melbourne suburb of Richmond is prime inner-city real estate, but the community is paying a price for redevelopment that jars with the existing neighbourhood.
The rapid growth of Melbourne is threatening the very liveability that makes it attractive to so many people.
The increasing global focus on essential services and public space as a key combination for successful city-making is relevant to fast-growing Australian cities too.