Power poles downed by Hurricane Ida in Houma, Louisiana, Aug. 30, 2021.
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Building even more power poles and transmission lines won’t avert outages when major disasters strike.
McAfee Knob in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the Appalachian Trail’s most scenic vistas.
When forester Benton MacKaye proposed building an Appalachian Trail 100 years ago, he was really thinking about preserving a larger region as a haven from industrial life.
Simone Biles’ recent Olympics withdrawal is a reminder for all of us to balance our passions with our emotional well-being — as both work in unison.
Electric service trucks line up after a snow storm in Fort Worth, Texas, on Feb. 16, 2021.
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There will be more weather-driven disasters like February's deep freeze in Texas, and energy planners aren't prepared.
This week South Africa’s finance minister Tito Mboweni will deliver the country’s medium term budget review.
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Medium-term expenditure frameworks can be useful only when they are based on comprehensive medium-term development plans.
Workers need a map to lead them through the crisis.
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Although the end of the pandemic may be in sight, the costs of working remotely are growing. It’s time companies had a plan – even if they aren’t returning to the office any time soon.
The government has proposed radical reforms to the planning system in England.
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.