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.
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.
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.
Given the challenges Australian cities face, the need for urban planning based on solid research is greater than ever. Sadly, when it comes to research funding, planning is at the back of the queue.
It took Melbourne a very long time to create a civic square that served the citizens rather than commerce. Now an Apple store is to be built there, unless parliament supports a disallowance motion.
Done right, a plaza can bring life and a sense of identity to an area. So why has urban design in Australia neglected the town square in favour of green space, and what makes for a successful one?
Amid rising inequality, two inclusionary planning instruments are at work to combat it in Indonesia. But without better enforcement, their full benefits will not be realised
Ventilation and natural light are two simple measures which can make buildings better for people to live and work in.
Google's proposals for a high-tech development on Toronto's lakefront is a radical departure from the principles that have guided city planning in Canada for decades.
3D urban modelling is a transformative technology for designing cities. But incorporating new technologies into planning practice has its challenges.
Looking back through all Melbourne's strategic plans from 1929 onwards, it becomes clear that the 20th-century legacy of car-centric planning and its focus on parking is still deeply entrenched.
Many short-term bike-hiring programs have been launched amid much fanfare, only for their popularity to decline soon after. Several key factors need to be in place for a program to work.
Urban planning is not gender neutral. Women deserve to live in cities that treat them equally, respond to their needs and reduce opportunities of violence.
European ideas of the campus as a place apart shaped Australia's "sandstone" universities. Now universities are adopting urban regeneration strategies, bringing the city to the campus and vice versa.
Many parklets are privately funded, but these projects often allow for more public participation than more traditional public spaces.
A suburb in the Irish city of Cork sets the standard for involving the community in heritage building conservation. Public engagement is the key to managing the inevitable conflicts.
Adaptively re-using buildings can preserve heritage while enabling new uses that help make cities more liveable and sustainable.
When talking about heritage, we need to be clear about our definitions and our objectives for each building. Then we can work on achieving the optimum balance of heritage and sustainability.
The State of Australian Cities Conference begins in Adelaide today. In major cities across the nation, there's a stark contrast between lofty planning goals and the sprawling reality on the ground.
Toronto has entered a joint venture with a Google sister company to create a high-tech urban development area. The goal is to 're-imagine cities from the internet up' – Google's internet, of course.