RMIT University transformed the look and function of its city campus as part of its New Academic Street project.
European ideas of the campus as a place apart shaped Australia's "sandstone" universities. Now universities are adopting urban regeneration strategies, bringing the city to the campus and vice versa.
A detail from Mirka Mora’s Perth Festival Mural 1983; synthetic polymer paint on tin, 6 panels, each 120 x 280 cm (approx.)
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, gift of Paul Swain, 2015.
In 1983, Mirka Mora painted a 21-metre mural in the forecourt of the Perth Concert Hall. The story of this remarkable painting's creation is fascinating.
A drain carries water but does little else, but imagine how different the neighbourhood would be if the drain could be transformed into a living stream.
Drains take up precious but inaccessible open space in our cities. Converting these to living streams running through the suburbs could make for healthier places in multiple ways.
The traditional backyard provides a retreat from the pressures of city life.
Australians are losing the backyards that once served as retreats from the stresses of city living. Our health is likely to suffer as cities become less green and much hotter.
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.
When dog owners meet, it helps build a safe and connected community.
A study of Australian and US cities has demonstrated that pet ownership strengthens people's connections with their neighbours.
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.
Protesters gather against the Roe 8 highway extension in Perth.
AAP Image/Bohdan Warchomij
With WA's election looming, Perth's battle over the Roe 8 highway extension brings other environmental issues to the fore.
The Museum of Water at Cottesloe Beach, WA documents displays sample of water collected by donors.
The Museum of Water invites people to bring samples of water significant to them.
Police seized 200kg of methamphetamine during a drug bust in Perth, Western Australia, in May 2016.
AAP Image/Department of Immigration and Border Protection
West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan said his state has the "worst rate of methamphetamine usage in the country". We asked the experts to check the evidence.
Rose Skinner opened her bespoke gallery in 1958.
Rose Skinner opened her Perth gallery in 1958. But her contribution to the art world has been skimmed in Christopher Heathcote's recent look at Australia's early art market.
Protesters against the Roe 8 project make their voices heard outside WA Premier Colin Barnett’s office.
Beeliar Wetlands Supporter
Campaigners in Perth are fighting the destruction of bushland for a new highway. They have two of three historically important factors on their side.
What a novelty: Qantas chief Alan Joyce and WA Premier Colin Barnett announce the new non-stop route.
AAP Image/Angie Raphael
Qantas's new non-stop route from Perth to London might be a watershed for travel times between Australia and Europe. But super-long-haul routes won't do much to cut aviation's greenhouse emissions.
Regulating for live/work spaces in San Francisco has enabled many new housing types to develop.
Changes in how we live and work call into question current planning regulations relating to mixed-use development.
A quirk in the planning rules enabled the Primaries Warehouse in Fremantle to be redeveloped as a model of progressive higher-density design.
Exceptional projects can emerge when regulations are sensibly relaxed due to context. A Fremantle project is a model of progressive higher-density possibilities resulting from flexible planning rules.
Officer Woods’ competition entry shows how the wasted spaces of suburban road verges and front yards could be put to much better uses.
The front yards, footpaths and verges of Australian suburbs are spaces overdue for reinvention.
At Tolhuistuin, the government provides the land, old building stock and a maintenance budget for a fixed period while the creatives develop the precinct themselves.
When municipal or state governments join forces with smaller creative communities to shape urban regeneration the results can be far-reaching.
The closure of the Myer store would once have been a crippling blow for Fremantle, but now it is a site of new activity and possibilities.
City of Fremantle
The rise in temporary use of urban space requires a looser planning vision that can draw on this new type of city-making to inform longer-term developments.
The continued preference for detached housing in new suburbs is driving Perth’s urban sprawl and means two-thirds of dwellings built over the next 15 years need to be on infill sites to meet the state’s target.
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.
Suburban expansion on Perth’s fringe pushes into the SouthWest Ecoregion.
Richard Weller/Donna Broun
If Perth can preserve the rich biodiversity of its setting, it will become a model for sustainable city development that fully connects with the value of natural ecosystem services.