03 Feb 2017

In Melbourne, Again: Artists Turn Vandalism Into Art

The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, recently proposed new bylaws to give police additional

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01 Apr 2015

Green Rooftops From Toronto, To Switzerland, Melbourne, France, And Beyond

Every little bit counts when it comes to caring for the environment. Reusing, recycling, and

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03 Mar 2015

Melbourne, A City Perfect For Dating

Melbourne has just been voted the second best city in the world for dating. No

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03 Mar 2015

A Bird’s-Eye View Of Melbourne’s Transformation From 1945 To 2015

Just how much do you think Melbourne has transformed in the past 70 years? Now

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27 Feb 2015

Can Melbourne Lower Its Temperature By 7 Degrees?

The Australian city is using trees and water to fight the urban heat island effect.

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10 Sep 2019

Designing For Future Ready Cities

Engineering has always been about building for what lies ahead, creating lasting legacies in the

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22 Aug 2019

Going Green Is All About What You Gain, Not What You Give Up

According to The New Republic magazine in June this year: ‘You will have to make

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14 Aug 2019

How City Squares Can Be Public Places Of Protest Or Centres Of State Control

Today’s urban public spaces tend to represent governments and cities rather than people and citizens.

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08 Aug 2019

Poor Housing Leaves Its Mark On Our Mental Health For Years To Come

Australia carries an enormous and increasing mental health burden. At the same time, housing disadvantage

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07 Aug 2019

What Sort Of ‘Development’ Has No Place For A Billion Slum Dwellers?

Imagine a community of 200,000. Convivial, walkable, six times the density of Manhattan but with

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29 Jul 2019

Getting Into The Urban Property Development Market: How Developers Can Appeal To Metro Masses And Break The Profit Barrier

The urban property regeneration continues, with both businesses and renters flocking to the cities in

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25 Jul 2019

Climate Change: We Can Reclaim Cities From The Car Without Inconveniencing People

Since the 1920s, the car has revolutionised the way people travel; eliminating the constraints of

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12 Jul 2019

The World’s Best Student Cities

Planning to go to university? Here are the world’s best cities to get that degree: 

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17 Apr 2019

Why Are We So Moved By The Plight Of The Notre Dame?

Scrolling through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching

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06 Feb 2019

It’s Official – Hong Kong Is The Most Expensive City In The World To Live In

The most expensive cities to live in around the world in 2019 have been revealed

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06 Dec 2018

Designing Cities To Counter Loneliness? Let’s Explore The Possibilities

Do you feel lonely? If you do, you are not alone. While you may think

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06 Sep 2018

How Many People Make A Good City?

Australia’s population clock is, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, steadily ticking away at an

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04 Sep 2018

Working With Nature Can Help Us Build Greener Cities Instead Of Urban Slums

As Australian cities grow and transform, we need to ensure we are not building the

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09 Aug 2018

More Children Are Living In High-Rise Apartments, So Designers Should Keep Them In Mind

Australian cities are changing. Instead of families living in low-density suburban areas, more parents are

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27 Jul 2018

The Top 50 Smart Cities In The World 2018

Note: Data for 2019 available here: https://citi.io/2019/06/27/the-top-50-smart-cities-in-the-world-2019/ The IESE Business School in Barcelona has released the

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23 Jul 2018

The Aim For Cities Of All Sizes To Give Everyone A Fair Go

We live in an urban world. By 2030, 66% of the world’s population will live in

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18 Jul 2018

The Top 10 Best Airlines In The World 2018

Skytrax has released the list of the best airlines for 2018 in a prestigious event

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18 Jul 2018

These Are The World’s Most Future-Proof Cities

As technology changes the way people live and work, cities are undergoing an unprecedented transformation.

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18 Apr 2018

The Global Housing Crisis

Scarce, unaffordable housing is not a local problem in a few places, but is baked

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09 Apr 2018

Embracing The Paradox Of Planning For Informality

Planners and urban designers often face an uncomfortable paradox: People tend to prefer neighborhoods that

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26 Mar 2018

Why All Big Cities Need For Democratic And Metro-Scale Governance

Infrastructure Australia has called for metropolitan-scale governance of Australia’s largest cities. The new report by the Commonwealth’s

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21 Mar 2018

Why Isn’t Australia An Active Travel Mecca?

Australian city planners are seeking ways to make cities better for walking and cycling. “Walkability and cyclability are

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14 Mar 2018

There’s More To The Compact City Than Getting Dense

Melbourne’s strategic planning history has largely overlooked the contribution of Ruth and Maurie Crow. The Crows

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09 Mar 2018

Elephant In The Planning Scheme: How Cities Still Work Around The Dominance Of Parking Space

Car parking is expected but often unnoticed, taking up surprisingly large proportions of city space. A

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19 Feb 2018

When Technology, Empathy, And Accessible Design Meet In These Good Cities

Most cities are utterly unfriendly to people with disabilities – but with almost one billion

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23 Jan 2018

The Quest For The Convivial City: How Do Ours Fare?

What comes to mind when you think of the word “convivial”? Likely, images of happiness,

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05 Jan 2018

Bitcoin is Currency, Not Stock: Where To Use The Cryptocurrency For Real Purchases

The true revolution of the cryptocurrency bitcoin is that it isn’t stock. You don’t need

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29 Nov 2017

These Are The Most (And Least) Safe Cities In The World 2017

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s third annual Safe Cities Index has ranked four East Asian and three European

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23 Oct 2017

What Our Cities Need To Do To Be Truly Liveable For All

Urban planners, governments and developers are increasingly interested in making cities “liveable”. But what features

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15 Aug 2017

Aussie Cities Needs To Amp Up Its Regional Transport Aims

In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still

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31 Jul 2017

Are You Sure Your City Is Better?

Our cities have now been named as the saving places of a planet in crisis.

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04 Jul 2017

Much Smart Cities. How About Creative Cities?

In 2007 US creative cities “guru” Richard Florida was flown up to Noosa to tell the local

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15 Jun 2017

Flat White Urbanism: There Must Be Better Ways To Foster A Vibrant Street Life

Iconic architectural pieces may attract large numbers of tourists but are not the only things

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06 Jun 2017

Living Off The Edge In A City Mall Where Design Fuels Conflict

There are few more telling signs of conflict in urban spaces than calls to send

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04 Apr 2017

How Does A City Shape Women’s Feelings Of Safety?

When authorities decide that an area of the city is “not safe”, the usual response

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20 Mar 2017

Airport Privatisations Have Put Profit Before Public Safety And Good Planning

The plane crash at Essendon Airport last week shows the folly of allowing runways to

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01 Mar 2017

How Urban Farming Helps City Folk Get Back To Their Roots

Along with fresh fruit and vegetables, city farms are providing communities with jobs, start-up programs,

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16 Feb 2017

How Big Data Is Adding A Whole New Dimension To Public Spaces

Most of us encounter public spaces in our daily lives: whether it’s physical space (a

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07 Feb 2017

When The Heat Is On, What Should We Do In Our Cities?

The recent spate of heatwaves through eastern Australia has reminded us we’re in an Australian

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13 Jan 2017

U.S. Hyperloops May Succeed Where It Was Not Invented

Across Europe and parts of Asia, travellers can enjoy some of the fastest rail services

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15 Dec 2016

The Top 10 Most Beautiful Christmas Trees In The World

So evergreen! So staggeringly tall! So twinkly! These are all exclamations worthy of the most

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13 Dec 2016

Why Dark Glass Giants Rule Our Cities

Slick, glassy skyscrapers cast their shadows over the streets and spaces of cities all over

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06 Dec 2016

Why Our Cities Need To Go On A Resource Diet

Cities are the epicentres of human activity. They cover less than 2% of the earth’s

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03 Oct 2016

Technology For Car Convenience At The Cost Of Pedestrian Casualties

One pedestrian is killed every two days on Australia’s roads, the majority in metropolitan areas.

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01 Sep 2016

The Top 10 Most Liveable Cities In The World

The Economist Intelligence Unit, operating under parent media group, The Economist conducts research and analysis

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