Signs of homelessness are becoming more visible.
A decade after the launch of a national campaign to reduce homelessness, the latest figures show Australia is going backwards. Research points to problems in the public housing system as a key factor.
Benjamen Gussen’s proposal for a ‘charter city’ in the Pilbara stimulated this imaginary depiction.
Business-as-usual projections assume our four biggest cities must absorb three-quarters of Australia's population growth over the next 30 years. Might new cities be a better way to deal with it?
Universities under serious financial and enrolment pressure that cannot negotiate the time to build their way out of their difficulties may have to resort to being ‘merged’ or taken over.
Despite serious financial and enrolment pressure for some, our universities are unlikely to close their doors – but some may have to resort to being 'merged' or taken over by a stronger partner.
The IPCC’s first cities conference revealed the challenges in bridging the gaps between scientific knowledge and policy practice, and between cities in developed and developing nations.
The first IPCC conference on cities has highlighted the challenges of reconciling science, urban practices and politics. But it was an important recognition of cities' leading role in climate action.
The proton battery, connected to a voltmeter.
A new rechargeable 'proton battery' - made chiefly from carbon and water - promises to outperform conventional lithium-ion batteries, while also being more environmentally friendly.
The plantings of New York’s High Line Park were inspired by plants that had naturally colonised the disused railway viaduct.
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If the nature we desire is, in fact, its expression as untamed wildness, then we should turn to the creativity of artists as well as urban designers when building our cities.
When an ageing person is forced to move out of their family home, that can trigger a host of problems that policy is doing little to prevent.
Millions of older Australians live in houses that don't safely meet their needs, but they're not ready for a nursing home. Lack of suitable housing and the moving costs leave them with nowhere to go.
The old pathways to home ownership have been displaced by more uncertain routes that waver between owning and renting.
Increasingly insecure pathways to home ownership are not just a problem for property markets. The fallout is likely to hit retirement incomes, the welfare base, gender equity and the broader economy.
Australia’s big cities, like Sydney, have outgrown the historical patchwork governance structure of local councils.
Scholars and planners have long pointed out the need in Australia's big cities for democratic governance structures that operate at a citywide scale. Now Infrastructure Australia has weighed in.
AI-generated pornography – known as “deepfakes” – is becoming more convincing, seamless and real.
People can now use artificial intelligence to swap the faces of actors in pornographic videos with those of people they know, raising fears about a new form of revenge porn.
Employers’ changing demands for workers with higher education raises legitimate questions about how suitable current higher education is as preparation for employment.
Practical ways forward for higher education policy reform include fixing the dysfunctional relationship between higher and vocational education or government-sponsored analysis of the future of work.
Marvellous Melbourne, a city full of life, has been revived over several decades. This is Swanston Street in 2017.
Andrew Curtis/City of Melbourne
The vitality that defines central Melbourne today did not emerge overnight. Rather than being born of one grand vision, it's the result of many astute, incremental changes that revitalised the city.
Fewer people who were homeless or at risk of being homeless exited poverty than in the general population.
Less than 15% of the most disadvantaged people in Australia exit poverty from one year to the next. We need to design policy to tackle this.
Soon you could be looking at microscopic creatures with your mobile phone.
Even though you don’t think of your mobile phone as being anything like a microscope, it’s got almost all the parts you need.
Retrofitting older homes to ‘green’ the nation’s housing stock involves much more than installing rooftop solar panels.
While new buildings may be the glamorous eco-home pinups, retrofitting existing homes is the main game when it comes to creating energy-efficient, comfortable housing stock for all Australians.
We need more clarity around this difficult question: when are sexual acts so extreme that consent is irrelevant?
How Australian courts might interpret consent in situations like this is far from clear, and needs to be sorted out.
When an employee is dismissed after making a complaint, it’s relatively easy for the employer to hide the true reason for dismissal.
The way victimisation cases are interpreted by the courts often leaves employees defenceless and gives employers excessive managerial powers.
Myer’s place in the marketplace, and in the mind of the consumer, remains unclear.
What is lacking is Myer's heritage, and the need for this to be carefully reframed and updated for the present day.
Australia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gillian Bird, makes a statement at the 2016 Habitat III conference, where the New Urban Agenda was adopted.
Australia and other United Nations member states signed up to the New Urban Agenda more than a year ago. But how well is health being integrated into sustainable urban development?
Increased awareness of sexual violence is not sufficient to challenge the abuse and stop it at its source.
There’s a much larger issue at play when people have an opportunity to do something about sexual violence but instead choose to remain silent.