As cities aspire to be smarter, technologies are only part of the answer. No utopia on the horizon but we need hostistic answers more than ever before.
For two decades, a competitive design process pioneered by Sydney City Council has been transforming the city skyline and, new research shows, raising standards as it goes.
New South Wales now has a minister for public spaces, a nod to their importance to the life of a city. But not all is well with public spaces and some issues demand the minister's attention.
This collective fundraising technique helps defuse anti-cyclist sentiment before it dooms protected bike lanes and other new infrastructure.
Those in charge of urban spaces would like the public to believe that town and city environments have a predetermined function: participatory art challenges this view.
Amid fears that parts of Townsville and other Australian cities might become "uninsurable", making urban areas more resilient and adaptable to flooding is becoming more urgent.
Two trends in Australia, an ageing population and warming climate, are increasing the threat that heatwaves pose to our health. Increasing vegetation cover is one way every city can reduce the risk.
In the fight against climate change, cities are now seen as having a major role to play. An ongoing study examines the effectiveness of the adaptation and mitigation plans of 126 coastal cities.
Much of the growth in our cities is in the outer suburbs, now home to around 5 million people. And that creates problems like traffic that detract from the advantages residents see in living there.
Other people influence how we vote, what jobs we apply for, which gadgets we buy – so of course they influence how we get around the city.
Urban planning should be long-term and visionary, but the public must have a say, too – that's where urban rooms come in.
By adapting the charter city model to create a new city on the northern coast, Australia could be the world’s great 21st-century refuge.
Building defects in apartment blocks are far from unusual. We need to identify the systemic flaws contributing to them.
City planners and politicians have pitched carbon emission reduction as an individual choice but this leads to green gentrification and fails to make broad changes. We need a new guiding philosophy.
If the menu of potential activities that do us good is made to look uninviting or challenging, we are more likely to choose the easier but less healthy option.
Canberra is growing as fast as anywhere in Australia. It's driven by a knowledge economy that is transforming the city centre but is also displacing poorer residents.
Build it and they will come: when cities plan for bike lanes, it results in more bicyclists and encourages a bicycle economy.
Planning innovations around the world offer inspiration, but ultimately the innovations needed to make Australia's sprawling cities more sustainable must be shaped by local conditions.
The UK is terrible at creating child-friendly environments and children are suffering for it.
The health concerns that dominate public submissions to the parliamentary inquiry into WestConnex are a reminder that papering over such issues comes back to haunt governments.