These units in suburban Parramatta were built as part of the 2009-12 national Social Housing Initiative.
Do affordable housing projects drive down property values? Does neighbours' quality of life suffer? Case studies in Brisbane and Sydney suggest such fears aren't justified.
Billboard hacktivism in Toronto, Canada.
In Australia, a small but growing cadre of residents is experimenting with hacktivism in planning. Giving a voice to real people living in everyday places can help ensure planning meets public needs.
Opponents of projects are often scorned as NIMBYs, but active citizenship and local consultation are key elements in creating a city that works well for as many people as possible.
Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values.
It’s easy to sneer at people for protecting their backyards, but what if there’s a compelling reason to do so?
Mickey DeRham photos
Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays…