One year on, the Turnbull government is touting the economic benefits of an infrastructure agenda that neglects the other important functions of transport projects.
The increasing global focus on essential services and public space as a key combination for successful city-making is relevant to fast-growing Australian cities too.
Informal settlements are often undocumented or hidden on official maps, but they house about a billion people worldwide. Their existence demands a more sophisticated approach to urban development.
Do affordable housing projects drive down property values? Does neighbours' quality of life suffer? Case studies in Brisbane and Sydney suggest such fears aren't justified.
The draft plan for Southeast Queensland largely takes a 'provide land for the predicted demand' approach, which assumes regional planning is a type of technical process best left to the experts.
Our cities need to become much more efficient not just to conserve precious resources but to improve the economy, wellbeing and resilience to environmental change and disasters.
Ducking hard choices means avoiding change that could make a real improvement to the effectiveness of Australia’s infrastructure.
Greater Geelong's 'Our Future' is a process of involving industry professionals and the community in the development of a long-term vision for Victoria's second-biggest city.
The stereotype of a dependent generation who won’t leave home ignores the many reasons adult family members choose to live together in the one house.
Changes in how we live and work call into question current planning regulations relating to mixed-use development.
Exceptional projects can emerge when regulations are sensibly relaxed due to context. A Fremantle project is a model of progressive higher-density possibilities resulting from flexible planning rules.
Australia's city foodbowls are an important part of the nation's food supply, but they're under increasing pressure from growing populations.
While some forms of co-living seek to match modern lifestyles and a desire to downsize, other profit-driven models simply exploit a lack of affordable housing alternatives.
Citizens can switch from being consumers to pioneers who drive new designs for living. The German baugruppe model is a leading example.
The front yards, footpaths and verges of Australian suburbs are spaces overdue for reinvention.
Melbourne ranks as the World's Most Liveable City. But does that tell us what people really love? Lovability is a new approach to city metrics.
Travelling to work can require as much water as you use at home.
From the 1960s, the backlash against inner-suburban clearances was led by the 'trendies'.
We're still in the early days of understanding how cities work. But we do know that creative, healthy and productive cities have certain things in common - and it's all to do with their 'urban DMA'.
Not only is it cheaper to provide permanent supportive housing to the homeless, but the improvement to their lives is immeasurable.