Why is it easier to imagine a green ecocity than a just city where everyone belongs?
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What is an economy for? And how do we build a community where everyone belongs? We need to answer questions like these to create good, sustainable cities.
Many people in culturally diverse populations in Western Sydney have lived in Australia for many years, if not several generations.
Reasoned debates on sustainable migration intake levels are important. But transport and health infrastructure shortfalls in Western Sydney won't be solved by reactive anti-immigration attitudes.
A Kolorob youth facilitator spreads the word in the Dhaka neighbourhood of Bauniabadh.
A co-operative project that maps services in Dhaka shows how communities of citizens can be more than passive users of the digital platforms that increasingly shape our daily lives.
Building the hotbox dream: another housing development in Western Sydney.
Extreme heat divides people from the environment and from each other. So with the rapid densification of our cities, what kind of legacies are we building for future generations?
Property is under threat, physically and conceptually, from climate change.
To create property systems that are as dynamic as the landscapes we occupy, we might need to start thinking about ourselves as belonging to and answerable to the land, not the other way around.
Soft Landing recycles the materials of mattresses that otherwise get dumped in landfill.
City dwellers are individually starting to do their bit to live sustainably. Now pioneering businesses are aiming to make ecological and social sustainability part of their bottom line.
It’s hard to see how a city can be good for all its people unless they are involved in its creation.
Developing principles to create cities that are good for all is not easy. Who decides what is good? And for whom? We desperately need a big and general public discussion about this.
Australian governments of all persuasions have shared three common beliefs about the economic value of home ownership in later life.
The promotion of home ownership as a way of funding care in later life is part of a broader policy trend toward making people individually responsible for the opportunities they have.
A lot has changed since the Outer Space Treaty was signed in 1967.
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Who is responsible for space debris? What laws should apply to humans living on another planet? Who has rights to mine asteroids? The Outer Space Treaty needs an update to address such questions.
A couple of months isn’t enough to say the housing market is cooling.
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The housing market is too volatile to look at prices alone. If you want to understand the housing market you need to look at the wider economy.
How do you value the Great Barrier Reef?
A full valuation of the Great Barrier Reef leads to a number so high it is essentially not worth considering in economic terms.
Research has shown kids can be duped by native advertising.
We must have open conversations with kids so they're able to identify reliable news online.
Free speech exists in war zones, even if there is a need to take into account the sensitivities of military operations.
The special protection offered via international law is not enough to keep journalists reporting on conflict zones and assuage concerns about free speech.
Platform 9 and ¾, the portal to Harry Potter’s magical world, at Kings Cross in London.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first in the phenomenally successful series, turns 20 this month. Despite criticism of their status as 'literature', the books remain a magical experience for children.
Listening to audio derived from DNA may help scientists better understand how cell biology works.
Converting a DNA sequence into an audio could help us learn something useful about it, like where mutations occur.
Textbooks can be costly.
A number of universities around the world are providing free textbooks to first year university students as a way to increase retention rates.
The crime of blasphemy is about protecting God and Christian doctrine from scurrilous commentary, and Christians from offence.
Laws against blasphemy privilege the feelings of Christians over other religious people, and have no place in a modern, inclusive society.
Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson (left) and Jodhi May as Susan Gilbert in A Quiet Passion.
Production Co: Hurricane Films, Potemkino, WeatherVane Productions
A Quiet Passion, a film about Emily Dickinson's life, opens in cinemas this week. Dickinson wrote 1789 poems in her lifetime: only ten were published.
A parade in St Petersburg last year celebrating Bloomsday, the day on which Ulysses is set.
Around the world today, fans of James Joyce's Ulysses will celebrate Bloomsday. This experimental novel can be bewildering to read, but for those who persist, it is a 'feast' of a book.
It starts with making sure every pupil feels included and listened to.