Lucy and Malcolm Turnbull are a formidable double act capable of driving a Commonwealth-led transformation of urban policy.
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'.
What challenges and transformations will disrupting mobility bring to cities?
Cities are complex systems. One visible artery of the city is traffic – the cluster of moving people and flowing goods – and that mobility is critical for a city's life.
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From New Year's Eve, to Guy Fawkes night, to Diwali, fireworks are an exciting way to celebrate. But these dazzling displays come at a serious cost to the environment.
From metal spikes to bagpipes, nasty architecture is making life harder for the homeless.
Almost 60% of short-term prisoners reoffend - ensuring they have a place to stay could seriously reduce that risk.
Winter is a really tough time for the homeless, but it is hard to help people who are invisible to society.
The following field note on cities as democratic laboratories was inspired by a recent visit to the Republic of Korea. The highlight of my journey was an afternoon meeting and press conference with Park…
We all love a shady courtyard, but it's tough to know just how effective trees are at beating the heat.
Successive governments have promised to give more power to local councils but so far all have fallen short on delivery.
A community-led advocacy campaign helped steer the Victorian government away from building the East West Link.
Communities want urban policy to deliver the right projects at the right time in the right place. Governments should embrace local citizens and interest groups as key players in crafting such policy.
How do you make a digital mapping system give directions like a stranger in the street?
Stark new additions to our urban landscape are usually met with moaning – but it rarely lasts.
The mechanisms are there - but where's the evidence?
Poor planning can make natural disasters much, much worse.
With unaffordable housing and a scarcity of jobs, it's no wonder that young people are giving London a miss.
Instead of trying to maintain our usual routines in the face of huge disruptions, we should use them as a welcome opportunity to mix things up.
Good access to people, services and other essential ingredients of wellbeing is a defining feature of liveable communities.
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Communities that rate highly for liveability share certain essential features. We can identify and build these key ingredients into our cities to create thriving places where people want to live.
Cities aren't the ever-growing, long-lasting powerhouses we think they are.