The freedom of the space outside can be a seductive distraction.
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.
It looks great – but what about the wildlife?
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Cities are aiming to increase their tree cover. But there will need to be more than trees to encourage wildlife to return.
According to all the data, urban car use has peaked, but official traffic modelling forecasts a remarkable reversal.
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.
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.
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.
It’s much cheaper and easier to build better access into homes instead of doing it later.
Community and housing industry leaders agreed a national guideline and a plan to provide basic access features in all new housing by 2020. But this voluntary approach is failing.
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…
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.
Housing affordability, especially in Sydney, is now a source of political protests and the NSW government has announced a funding scheme with the potential to ease the pressure.
In what looks to be a landmark policy announcement with possible national ramifications, the NSW government has outlined the first phase of a $1 billion fund to develop social and affordable housing.
Almost four years since the process of restructuring local government began, the Baird government faces many challenges in finalising its plans.
Wherever governments have merged local councils, they have faced a political backlash. New South Wales is no exception and, nearly four years into the process, many challenges lie ahead.
Urban plans that consider health and well-being must be part of integrative planning policies.
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Urban planning aims to create cities that support healthy and productive communities, and the success in putting health on the NSW planning agenda offers lessons in achieving better integrated policy.
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.
Carrots from farms on Melbourne’s urban fringe.
Australians may need to get used to coping with more disruptions to their food supply and rising food prices in a warming climate.
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.
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.
Replacing old apartments with new ones may not improve affordability.
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New research released today shows that changes to NSW strata law that allow the sale of apartments against the owner's wishes likely won't improve housing affordability or availability.
The rapid rise of connectivity is transforming the interactions between people and all the elements that make up a city.
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.
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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.
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.
Soaring capital city rents have left 42% of households still in ‘housing stress’ despite getting Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
It is now possible to imagine Australia having a national affordable housing strategy, backed by funding, by the end of 2016.
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?
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.