An evolutionary psychologist, politics expert and sustainability scientist discuss the potential for humanity to plan for the long term future.
The Mary Cairncross Rainforest Discovery Centre respects and incorporates the local landscape.
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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.
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The current focus on number of homes built ignores other issues of social and environmental justice.
Female tiger crossing track, Bandavgarh National Park, India.
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A new study forecasts that thousands of miles of new road construction will cut through tiger habitat across Asia by 2050. Planning can make these projects more tiger-friendly.
Neighbours chat from their balconies during another day of isolation in Madrid.
The virus has put life on hold for many around the world.
The Kayasehir suburb of Istanbul, Turkey. Cities throughout the world have differing approaches to development at their edges.
Most of the world's urban residents now live in suburban areas. A multi-year, multi-site project has conducted research internationally about these changing urban areas.
When people weren’t asked about a proposed development in their area, they voiced their opposition.
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We need to change council planning rules that prevent community members from having a say on proposed development in their local area.
People power in Totnes.
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.
Grangegorman campus, Technological University Dublin.
Technological University Dublin.
Smart cities are more likely to be defined by quieter upgrades to existing infrastructure and new partnerships that better represent residents.
The TV show Star Trek contains lessons for sustainable and inclusive innovation.
The Star Trek formula for sustainable urban innovation: collaborate, share, use technology for the greater good and invest in people.
Australia’s sprawling cities present many challenges to sustainability, but planning innovations can help achieve at least half of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Planning innovations around the world offer inspiration, but ultimately the innovations needed to make Australia's sprawling cities more sustainable must be shaped by local conditions.
The beauty of our federation is that each state can learn from each other.
Ahead of two state elections, the Grattan Institute Orange Book examines the state of each state and how each can do things better. The good news is that if each copied the best in each field they would do very well indeed.
A storm caused flooding in the CBD as it swept through Hobart.
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Managing flood risk is not just 'good planning'; it requires commitment to resilient cities by land developers, politicians and communities. Effective response means learning from mistakes.
You can see koalas at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, but the city council has won a planning battle to preserve their wild population too.
Local planning rules have prevailed in a long-running dispute over a proposed Gold Coast quarry that threatened the amenity of nearby residents and koalas.
Bilingual and trilingual shop signs are a feature of Strathfield.
Australia has no policy designating English as the official language, but an explicit 'English first' policy for shop signs would treat speakers of every other language as second-class citizens.
Health objectives are at last being integrated into all levels of planning in New South Wales, from cities and towns to local places and buildings.
The connections between city planning and health are many and varied, but getting health objectives integrated into all aspects of planning in New South Wales has been a long struggle.
Inclusionary planning has increased the share of affordable housing in San Francisco, even in areas which are gentrifying.
Inclusionary planning schemes can reduce land costs and ensure that affordable homes are well located near jobs and services.
As planning minister, Jackie Trad said legislative changes would make the planning system more open and accountable.
Changes under Queensland's recently instituted Planning Act give councils much more leeway in their decision-making, which makes it harder for appeals against decisions to succeed.
The city of Vancouver is set among a beautiful background, but the scenic wonder masks other problems.
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Vancouver may be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but the president of Emily Carr University says the city could benefit from the discipline of design.
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Autonomous vehicles have many benefits, but they may be bad news for nature conservation.