Many people prefer the status quo as they struggle to imagine the alternatives. The pandemic has been the catalyst for urban experiments that have opened our eyes to new possibilities.
Urban planning and cultural policies often neglect electronic dance music. Now the pandemic is forcing the EDM world to come up with new strategies to survive.
Valuing children's views could lead to better urban space for everyone.
The bushfire royal commission handed down its final report last week, but stopped short of recommending a national town planning policy.
Proposals to improve the capital's urban design and density must also take account of the city's unique streetscapes.
To achieve sustainable, functional buildings, architects in cities like Lagos need to consider local realities.
When thinking about better uses for temporarily vacant buildings caused by the pandemic, Australia can learn much from the UK.
The council, developers, architects and the local community got together to set the principles of what they consider good design in this fast-growing region.
Most local councils, developers and nonprofit providers want mandatory affordable housing requirements applied to all development. The current system of voluntary negotiations just isn't working well.
Digital communications could be a force for greater local democracy in urban planning and development, but many councils use the technologies in ways that mirror traditional consultation.
The change in our behaviour in response to COVID-19 has created an opportunity to build on this moment and transform our local neighbourhoods into vibrant mixed-use centres of activity.
How many of us have recently wished we could partition parts of our home, even to have a small second house? Being able to do this on existing blocks would help meet the many needs of families today.
Distancing rules will make life very difficult for smaller bars, cafes and restaurants. Our streets can be modified quickly to help save an important part of the life of cities and their economies.
Long before a fire season that destroyed 3,500 homes, more than 100,000 Australians were homeless. If only we showed the same urgency and innovation in housing them as we did for bushfire victims.
China’s strategy to contain the coronavirus just might work because of the way cities and infrastructure have been developed.
When primary school children in a disadvantaged part of Sydney were asked to map what they valued in the area, their choices were revealing and sometimes surprising.
We just need shops, cafes and other services within easy reach to get us walking extra minutes in our busy days.
It doesn't take much to start making it easier for people with a disability to get around a city.
The foundations of orderliness for any city are planning and management. Lagos had this in place in the early days.
The UK government has been trying to hand planning power over to local people for 50 years – but research reveals it has fallen far short of its goals.