Government policy has not, on the whole, failed. It has been a huge success insofar as protecting the opportunities for speculative investment and profit for homeowners and private landlords.
The tower block is in the dock but terraced housing is on the up.
Planting more trees in our cities is a good idea, but we need to remember to plan ahead for conditions those trees might encounter when they mature in half a century's time.
An experiment compared the experience of Anglo, Indian and Muslim Middle Eastern "renters" looking for housing. The differences in how they were treated were significant.
India's smart cities mission is evolving – and it has some issues to iron out, if it's to work out for the good of all.
At the Habitat III summit in October, governments will agree an agenda to guide sustainable global urban development over the next 20 years. The rise of the ethical city is a key element of this.
Constant, complex changes in cities and mine sites are hard to monitor. Drawing on digital aerial photography, it's now possible to track land-use and vegetation changes in areas as small as 10-20cm.
The Northern Powerhouse will change your life. Here's how.
The Urban Heat Island is an inevitable outcome of urbanisation – but as the Earth gets warmer, that's cause for concern.
Hundreds of cities worldwide have pledged to act against climate change. New York City's experience rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy offers useful lessons about making urban areas more resilient.
Inner-city parents in urban redevelopment zones are the most likely to have problems getting their children into a government school.
Had the Romans, Chinese and English of old seen our buildings, built around views that distract from the interior and our interior lives, they would not have been surprised by modern discontent.
Cities are aiming to increase their tree cover. But there will need to be more than trees to encourage wildlife to return.
Garden cities are the best of town and country combined and could be part of the answer to the housing crisis.
On average, people won't accept a commuting time of more than an hour. As cities grow ever bigger, new road projects can't achieve this, yet policymakers still rely on modelling that defies evidence.
Navigating a major metropolis with a disability is tough, but the Paralympics give us the chance to make it work.
Cities have been called “orphans of public policy”, so Malcolm Turnbull's decisive entry into the fray is remarkable. He has the credibility, nous and drive to deliver a national urban policy agenda.
Residents of Rio's favelas are facing forced evictions – but they're not moving out without a fight.
Hosting a mega-event isn't all it's cracked up to be - and now some cities are starting to say 'no'.
Cities are complex systems. One visible artery of the city is traffic – the cluster of moving people and flowing goods – and mobility is critical for a city's life.