Jane Jacobs holds up documentary evidence at a 1961 press conference during the campaign to save the West Village.
In an age of data-driven urban science, we need to remember how Jane Jacobs gave voice to the multiple languages, meanings, experiences and knowledge systems of a vibrant city.
Ruling the roost: flying-foxes can suddenly arrive in huge numbers when the right trees bloom.
Flying-foxes can cause conflict - just ask the people of Batemans Bay, NSW. But plans to disperse them won't necessarily work without understanding these highly mobile animals' behaviour.
Migrant children often adapt to their host country much quicker than their parents.
Migrant children often become interpreters for their parents in settings like the doctor's office, legal situations and even in parent-teacher interviews. This can be a burden and affect their health.
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.
The brain processes different facial features separately, so how does it tie them together?
Different parts of our brains process different things, like the facial features, voices and the gait of people we know. But it takes memory to weave them all together into a single picture.
More than 60% of Australian households include at least one companion animal, which are seen as family members by 88% of these.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull made an early campaign visit to western Sydney with Liberal MP Fiona Scott.
Changing political and social demographics mean no-one is able to take the complex and diverse western Sydney region for granted.
University graduates are vital to creating new jobs, technologies and industries.
Over the next ten years, 40% of jobs are predicted to disappear. Universities will be essential to helping people reskill, upskill and reinvent their jobs.
Studies have shown that young people do not consider politicians and political parties to be representative of issues that impact them.
Concern about youth electoral enrolment is framed the wrong way. It usually suggests that young people are somehow deficient and that they – and not the political culture – are the problem.
La lune se couche sur le Charvin.
Au fur et à mesure que les technologies s’affirment, les appétits s’éveillent pour une exploitation minière de la Lune ou des astéroïdes. Qui forera le premier ?
Policy changes will lead to more land clearance
While everyone’s eyes were turned to the Federal budget last Tuesday, the NSW government released a very controversial piece of draft legislation that will remove restrictions on land clearance and, despite…
Some of us can’t help moving to a beat.
The reason why some of us can't help but to dance, and others can't hold a beat, might lie in the brain.
Tablets were not invented when the original rules on screen time for children were developed.
Shutterstock Angela Waye
Children's use of screens for fun and education have changed a lot over the years, so why haven't the rules on acceptable screen time kept up?
The budget doesn’t provide either the infrastructure investment or financing details needed to flesh out the Smart Cities Plan.
The budget paints a picture of higher debt, little relief for growing cities crying out for infrastructure investment, and no detail of how City Deals might work to fix this.
We’ve all heard about the elusive G-spot, but is it real?
Eleanor Beth Haswell
It is perhaps one of the most controversial debates in sexual function: is there, or isn’t there a G-spot? And if there is, how do we find it?
Inflammation in your stomach and intestinal tract causes diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and pain.
Oral rehydration is the cornerstone of treatment for gastro, especially if you're suffering from mild to moderate dehydration.
The common brushtail possum has made itself well at home in Australia’s cities.
Possum image from www.shutterstock.com
Grunting, growling, hissing, screeching: if your home is making these noises, you probably have possums.
The Yininmadyemi sculpture in Hyde Park celebrates Indigenous and Torres Strait Island service men and women. On Anzac Day, who are we honouring?
Anzac Day is a big part of our national story. But the politics of memory mean the parts of this story that don't fit neatly into the Anzac narrative are too often forgotten.
Concerns have been raised about the potential to abuse and become addicted to pharmaceutical opiates.
We don't know enough about the people who use painkillers non-medically to make the judgement that there is a natural transition from legal to illicit drug use.
Central to Sydney’s congestion problem is the journey-to-work rat race in the city’s western suburbs like Blacktown.
Sydney, as a whole, is lurching toward an urban structure where its transportation problems are impossible to solve. The only alternative is to create new centres of employment.