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City residents are embracing the bike as the fastest, most convenient transport in areas like Brunswick, yet an apartment building has been blocked for not providing car parking. flickr/Takver

Nightingale’s sustainability song falls on deaf ears as car-centric planning rules hold sway

It's up to state governments to ensure urban planning rules properly reflect both the desires of residents in the 21st century and the principles of sustainability.
Grim, single sex workers' hostels are still common in South Africa’s economic capital Johannesburg. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

What architects must learn from South African student protests

Architects and those working on the built environment can learn valuable lessons about their discipline – how it's taught, and how it's carried out – from the 2015 student protests.
The rapid rise of connectivity is transforming the interactions between people and all the elements that make up a city. Rae Allen/flickr

A city thrives on connectedness but access all hours makes privacy a problem

City dwellers have better access to more information about the people and places around them than ever before, but it has never been more difficult to preserve privacy as a result.
Green space and infrastructure are consistently high on the public’s list of priorities, but urban planning has struggled to incorporate their value. Wang Song/from

How green is our infrastructure? Helping cities assess its value for long-term liveability

When communities are surveyed, green infrastructure is usually high on their list of urban planning priorities. But until now planners have lacked tools to quantify the long-term benefits.
As a product of the Melbourne music scene, Nick Cave’s global reputation has benefits for the city. Reuters/Claudio Bresciani

What are the secrets to being a ‘superstar music city’?

While Melbourne has claims to be the music capital of Australia, competition to join the ranks of the world's 'superstar music cities' is fierce.
On the rebound: a number of cities, including Chicago, are becoming magnets for a growing number of professionals. Jamie McCaffrey/flickr

Cities are booming but progress is uneven and, to some, too costly

After a period of decline, cities around the world are revitalizing but it's coming at a cost: an increasingly tight affordable housing squeeze.
Cities are places of integration, intense population pressures, migration flows, cultural interactions and variations in socio-economic positioning and values. But what makes them liveable? Mick Tsikas/Reuters

Liveable cities: who decides what that means and how we achieve it?

A liveable city has become the highest form of praise we can give to a city space. But we need to discuss what that means and who gets to participate in the process of governing and shaping a city.

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