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We bring you a hand picked selection of news and opinion articles relating to urban planning. While there is likely to be an Australian bias, many of the articles are from other parts of the world and deal with 'big picture' topics and issues that we can all identify with. We hope you enjoy it.

 

6 Feb 2018

Perth councils squirrel away $1b in infrastructure cash

Perth councils have been accused of sitting on more than $1 billion that should have been spent on parks, libraries and street lights.

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How Malaysia plans to win the Smart City race

Asian smart cities are increasingly on the rise. In the 2017 Smart Cities Index from EasyPark group, a smart parking company that advocates for smart city development, Singapore was listed at number two, as reported by Forbes.

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Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Launches a Platform for Making the City of Tomorrow

In October of last year, Alphabet, Google's parent company announced it was taking its data-hoovering powers out of purely digital realm and into 3-D space. Sidewalk Labs, its urban innovation venture, officially launched a partnership with the city of Toronto.

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The 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 parking bay occupies at least 13 square metres - some codes specify up to 30 square metres including accessways.

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Heatwaves are Australia's deadliest natural hazard and many of us are unprepared

Heatwaves are Australia's deadliest natural hazard, but a recent survey has found that many vulnerable people do not have plans to cope with extreme heat.

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How virtual 3D modelling and simulation can help us create better cities

New technologies offer new possibilities for planning and designing cities. 3D urban modelling and simulation can give a real sense of the outcomes of planning decisions.

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Will Apple destroy Fed Square?

There are downsides to Apple's new global flagship store in Federation Square, but there are benefits too. It might even broaden its appeal to a wider cross section of Melburnians.

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The rise of the super-diverse `ethnoburbs'

Since the early 1990s, Australia's skilled migration scheme has brought a new category of migrants into the country. They have higher educational qualifications and economic capabilities than previous migrants.

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Australian cities are far from being meccas for walking and cycling

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

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New airport toll-road mooted for Sydney in leaked Cabinet plans

Leaked "cabinet-in-confidence" documents seen by Fairfax and the ABC show the State Government is considering additional tolls on road-users to help pay for its Sydney Gateway, the final stage of its WestConnex motorway.

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Welcome to the 'dormitory suburbs': Experts question quality of life on Perth's fringe

A population boom is predicted for Perth's fringe suburbs, but what do you lose or gain by moving there?

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25 Jan 2018

Sydney, Melbourne house prices have one-in-five chance of correction: JP Morgan

Sydney and Melbourne have a one-in-five chance of house prices falling at least 15 per cent over the next five years, according to economic modelling by investment bank JP Morgan.

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Where WA's 20,000 new homes are being built and why it's bad news

A map of Perth's new home builds has revealed owners continue to favour detached houses on the urban fringe despite warnings it could lead to a disconnected city and extreme infrastructure costs.

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The Rise of Autonomous Vehicles: Planning for Deployment Not Just Development

This year opens to a landscape of autonomous vehicle expectations that are both exciting and sobering. By now, we are accustomed to seeing automated vehicle technology improve rapidly, and announcements from innovators are losing their novelty.

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Poor urban planning to blame for pricey housing and expanding slums, experts say

Urban planners in many cities around the world are imposing regulations that discourage the creation of affordable housing while slums expand, experts said.

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Australia ranked third least affordable country for housing, according to Demographia

Housing affordability in Australia has reached a 'crisis' point, with people paying up to almost 13 times their annual income to purchase a house, a new survey has found.

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The Evolution of Urban Planning

Urban planning has been around for as long as cities have existed, but the 20th century saw a number of bold ideas that radically changed the make-up of our urban centers.

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Three reasons why share-bikes don't fit Australian culture

Many cities are keen on dockless share-bike schemes such as oBikes or Reddy Go, and for good reason. They promote greater physical movement, help solve transport problems in congested cities, and can be fun.

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Supersized cities: residents band together to push back against speculative development pressures

Across the world's cities, the over-reliance on speculative, developer-led urban renewal models is clear. This imbalance is now challenging the liveability of our cities.

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Housing Supply Slowing in NSW while Victoria Booms

The November 2017 housing approval data by the ABS indicates that housing supply is slowing in NSW while in Victoria it is booming.

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Melbourne Carpark Begins $60m Transformation into Green Public Plaza

Construction is officially underway on redevelopment of an old car park in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran into a vibrant urban parkland.

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15 Jan 2018

Sydney's transport is doomed to fail its users, even when it's actually succeeding

Residents of Sydney experience many transport problems on a daily basis, ranging from congested roads to overcrowded and delayed trains. These problems are persistent and seem to become worse.

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City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto

For a city striving to become a major technology center, it was a prize catch: A Google corporate sibling would spend the coming year planning a futuristic metropolis in a derelict part of Toronto’s waterfront.

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Imagining The Adaptable, Sensor-Filled Street Of The Future

To get there, we need technologists to think more like urban planners, and for urban planners to think more like technologists–and for the two sectors to work together.

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Minister for Cities good for Australia’s growing Urban Population

The appointment of Paul Fletcher as Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities is a positive approach to the importance of Australia’s growing urban areas.

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If Google Were Mayor

A sister company of the tech giant wants to help develop—and then collect data on—a waterfront neighborhood in Toronto.

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New housing can be affordable and homely if builders learn lessons from the car industry – and IKEA

If there was ever a time to introduce mass-produced affordable housing, surely that time is now.

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Amazon drives a fifth city-shaping retail revolution

As possibly the world’s oldest economic activity, retailing didn’t venture away from the traditional street, with its congestion, grime and weather exposure, until about 1800. This resulted in new types of retail space, including enclosed shopping arcades and freestanding or anchor department stores. These are still evident in cities today.

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Like it or loathe it, here’s why Apple doesn’t need a planning permit for its Fed Square store

Despite the prominent public role played by Melbourne’s Federation Square, Apple’s new “flagship store” to be built within it won’t even require a planning permit.

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When a country’s towns and villages face extinction

It is predicted that 896 towns and villages across Japan will no longer be viable by 2040. A former minister for internal affairs, Hiroya Masuda, describes this as “local extinction”.

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Shanghai Experiments With “Sponge City” Technology

Like many world cities, Shanghai is a port city located on the edge of the ocean. It it vulnerable to flooding from the sea as well as rain from above. Following serious flooding in Beijing in 2012, the Chinese government made water resiliency a priority for its cities.

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20 Dec 2017

Transurban’s West Gate tollway is a road into uncharted territor

Last week Victorians awoke to their very own Groundhog Day, with the Victorian government signing a contract to build the controversial A$6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel Project.

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Extreme heat: Better town planning and building design can help towns and cities beat the heat

The mercury has spoken — 2017 is set to become one of the hottest years on record.

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Today’s Urban Planners Can Learn From Yesterday’s “City of the Future”

The “city of the future” could have been in Minnesota. In the late 1960s, urban planner, engineer and master showman Athelstan Spilhaus proposed a modern domed utopia.

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How Tech Expanded From Silicon Valley to Bubblegum Alley

San Luis Obispo has a reputation for being a sleepy town in central California known for its laid-back charm. Nestled along the coast about 230 miles south of San Francisco, San Luis Obispo is far from Silicon Valley.

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100 Percent Electric Bus Fleet on Its Way in Chinese City

In October, the mayors of Los Angeles, Mexico City and Cape Town were among a group of 12 urban leaders who vowed to buy only zero-emission buses starting in 2025.

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The Greater Sydney Commission’s plans for Sydney’s growth must promote Urban Living

The biggest change Sydney will undertake over the next 40 years will be the shift away from suburban to urban living.

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Showground Station Precinct Rezoning good for New Growth

The announcement by the NSW Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts that 270 hectares of land around the Showground Metro Station will help accommodate new growth.

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Cities could save billions of pounds, while saving the planet – here’s how

National governments have historically led efforts to address climate change; setting the targets, planning the actions and then succeeding (or often failing) to achieve climate action goals. But increasingly, local, city and regional authorities are stepping up.

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It’s time to recognise how harmful high-rise living can be for residents

High-rise tower blocks represented a new vision of social progress. They were greeted with hope and optimism by housing officials, architects and town planners across the UK. But now, the mood has turned to one of bitterness, anger and fear.

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Tourists are happy when taken off the beaten track, and smaller cities and towns can tap into that

Big cities and places with internationally renowned attractions have long been the most popular tourist destinations. Even today, Chinese tour companies in Australia, for instance, mostly focus on the biggest cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane – and landmarks like Uluru.

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Sustainable re-use and recycling work for heritage buildings and places too

Should heritage be “frozen in time”? Or can it sometimes be adapted for re-use in sustainable ways?

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7 Dec 2017

 

Australian cities and their metropolitan plans still seem to be parallel universes

Metropolitan planning has a surprisingly long pedigree in Australia. Practices have evolved steadily in response to shifting large-scale urban problems. However, capital cities today present a suite of complex issues that challenge planning systems and demand better alignment between problem and response. In major cities across Australia, there’s a stark contrast between lofty planning goals and the sprawling reality on the ground.

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How Developing Without Developers Can Shape the Future of Australian Cities

While profit-driven development remains the primary method of shaping Australian cities, unconventional methods of delivering housing are becoming more widespread. Despite urban consolidation policies by Australian governments at all levels, new apartment supply has not placed the necessary downwards pressure on housing prices. Urban planning for Australia’s population growth — expected to double by 2075 — is often inadequate, and it is important to consider how both public and private enterprise can foster collaborative and flexible urban planning responses. Alternative models that provide high-quality, sustainable and lower-cost housing have the potential to quietly transform the market.

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Cities of hope: Tim Flannery on tackling the challenge of climate change

In an address to the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, the award-winning author and scientist describes why, in the face of seemingly unstoppable global warming, cities could offer our best chance of averting catastrophe.

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After metrics: new narratives to revive the regions

After decades of urban metrics flung at a revolving door of decision-makers, George Megalogenis argues it's time to bring a more human-centred narrative into city and regional planning for his 2017 Griffin Lecture.

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Greener places, better lives, deeper pockets

New South Wales’ ‘Greener Places’ draft policy marks an important step in the design and delivery of green infrastructure. It aims to place trees and parks on a par with roads and energy. But without proper funding it may struggle to leave an integrated ‘legacy of great spaces and greener places'.

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Experts predict build-to-rent revolution coming to Australia

The number of homes built explicitly to rent out is set to take off in Australia over the next five years, housing industry experts have predicted. They’ll be nothing like we’ve seen before, either, with building managers looking after apartments, staff to look after leases and run “community” events, and onsite cafes, shops and work spaces. There will also be long-term rolling leases with the potential for tenants to transfer to other allied blocks in different areas if their jobs or circumstances change.

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Is this underpass promise under-developed?

The promise by the Opposition in Victoria to grade-separate 55 congested intersections is likely to be politically appealing, but the case hasn't been made it's a sensible policy

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People love parklets, and businesses can help make them happen

As councils across Australia strive to enhance their liveability, parklets are proving popular among city communities. A poll of 300-plus citizens gathered for the inaugural Perth City Summit in August found parklets are the street activation people would most like to see. But why are they so desirable?

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Academic argues for a fourth tier of government to improve planning

A metropolitan tier of government could help regional Queensland areas plan more effectively for development and growth, an urban planning expert has argued. Griffith University's Tony Matthews said state governments and councils worked together to manage urban planning in Australia.

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Renew Newcastle project bundled into a box to inspire artists

The story of Newcastle's urban renewal project has been squeezed into road cases and is set to roll out to Australian cities and towns.

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16 Nov 2017

Urban Development Institute of Australia calls for super planning authority to have power over development in growth areas

Masses of red tape and a lack of accountability by authorities, including local councils, have delayed new housing and caused price rises, according to a developers lobby group.

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Australia Not Investing Enough on Freight Infrastructure

As Australia undergoes record investment in roads and passenger rail, state and Commonwealth ministers have lined up to cut the ribbon on congestion busting developments.

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A collaborative approach to city planning - 30 minute cities

A strong theme of the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan is better integrating urban planning and transport planning

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Urban Growth Trends and Rise of Tech in Cities Point to Widening Disparities

Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released new research on the future of equity that shows that as cities become infused with technology, they must ensure inclusion is a core tenet of city planning to reverse the growing economic and social divide.

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Bill Gates just bought 25,000 acres in Arizona to build a new 'smart city'

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has purchased nearly 25,000 acres of land in southwestern Arizona for the construction of a brand-new smart city, AZ Central reports.

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Planning reforms a step forward but they could add more red tape

The package of reforms passed by the NSW Parliament are a step forward for the planning system in NSW but the detail resolution of the reforms could lead to some elements slowing planning applications down.

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Living rooms for rent by the minute outsource the whole idea of home

Zifferblatt with double f and double t is a German and Russian word for a watch face. Ziferblat with only one f and one t is a home you can rent by the minute. The missing letters are a clue to what you get  not the whole deal.

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Designing suburbs to cut car use closes gaps in health and wealth

Large health inequalities exist in Australia. Car ownership and its costs add to the health inequalities between low-income and high-income households. The physical characteristics of neighbourhoods influence our transport use and, in turn, make health inequalities better or worse.

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Should we demand more of heavy vehicle drivers?

It's time to consider if heavy vehicle driver licensing should require that applicants understand the risks they pose for others and are committed to protecting their welfare

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How will driverless vehicles change our cities?

Once the difficult transition period when human controlled vehicles are still common is over, a world of fully driverless vehicles should be a lot different from today

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Natural hazard risk: is it just going to get worse or can we do something about it?

But how can we do this? What decisions can we make today that will reduce the future risk of natural hazards, especially in a time of climate change? As an example, lets take Adelaide, the South Australian capital, which is home to about 1.3 million people.

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7 Nov 2017 

Freeing up the huge areas set aside for parking can transform our cities

Cities around the world are starting to rethink the vast areas of land set aside for parking. The convergence of several trends likely will mean this space becomes available for other uses.

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Rise of the suburban goat: Increase in ownership prompts a warning from vets

The suburban goat is becoming an increasingly common sight in Australian backyards as more people choose them as pets.

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Electric cars could be subsidised in Canberra; free parking, tax breaks proposed

ACT Environment Commissioner Kate Auty co-authored a report proposing incentives for drivers looking to make the switch to electric. The proposed inducements include free parking, the ability to use transit and carpool lanes, and tax incentives for people looking to take up electric vehicles.

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While some Perth suburbs are battling after the boom, others are thriving

University of Western Australian urban and regional planning expert Paul Maginn said the inner-city suburb of Leederville, in particular, had "weathered the downturn" and had morphed into an interesting space over the past three years.

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Are there easy fixes for traffic congestion?

Politicans like to sell new roads and rail lines as the solution to traffic congestion but it's an illusion. There are no quick or politically easy fixes for peak-hour traffic

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Who’s noticed the suburbs are turning green?

One of the the great unheralded changes in Australia's cities was the greening of the suburbs - both old and new - over the last thirty to fifty years

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What’s the problem a Melbourne airport rail link would solve?

There needs to be a clear and focused justification for spending billions of dollars on building a rail line from the CBD to Melbourne Airport

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Productivity Commission focus on cities raises concerns about inflexible planning systems

The Productivity Commission’s 5 year productivity review raises significant issues about inflexible planning systems that are impacting on the nation’s productivity, says the Urban Taskforce.

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The experience of Vancouver highlights the importance, and the difficulty, of building better cities

The heart of the issue here is how cities respond to change.

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This is what Australia’s growing cities need to do to avoid running dry

The increasing thirst of Australia’s biggest cities routinely exceeds our capacity to rely on rainfall for drinking water. Australia is facing a fast-approaching “perfect storm” of growing urban populations and declining rainfall to supply storage reservoirs.

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Australian Cities Rank Lower Globally For Sustainable Transport

Australian cities have some of the most unsustainable transport systems in the world — earning significantly lower scores than their global counterparts on Arcadis’ 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index.

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19 Oct 2017 

Gungahlin's growing pains leave north Canberra residents feeling the squeeze

Gungahlin is one of Australia's fastest-growing regions, but a leading planning expert says a "disastrous" lack of suitable infrastructure has left the burgeoning town centre feeling the squeeze.

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How 'Greening' Improves Melbourne's Quality Of Life

Urban greening projects in Melbourne’s west are contributing to making the region cooler, more pleasant and healthier to live in and travel through. The key to this success is the Greening the West initiative. Since 2011 this has brought together 23 organisations that, by the end of 2018, will have collectively planted more than 1 million trees in Melbourne’s west.

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3D modelling to transform urban planning

The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) recently held a special symposium discussing exciting new research into Precinct Information Modelling (PIM) — a type of 3D digital prototyping that promises to be a game changer for planning future city precincts.

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Australian Technology A ‘Game Changer’ For Development Site Planning

A new technology that can generate up to 3000 apartment building designs per hour in accordance with government planning regulations has hit the market.

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Alphabet will build a futuristic city within the city of Toronto

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs will develop a futuristic, billion-dollar community along a sizable swathe of Toronto's waterfront.

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Parramatta Light Rail must stimulate development along the route

The announcement by Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, of the preferred route for Parramatta’s light rail must be complemented by increased density along the route.

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Sydney is not full- It is evolving from a Suburban to an Urban model

Alarmist polling that indicates that two thirds of Sydney residents say the city is full, reflect the tensions from change.

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Do the suburbs make you fat?

Suburbanites are fatter than inner city residents, but it might not be because the suburbs are more car-oriented; it might be because the two regions attract different types of people

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Is Sydney really full to the brim?

It’ll make mistakes like it always has, but Sydney’s problem with growth isn’t about physical capacity. The issue is most existing home owners don’t want things to change

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Designing suburbs to cut car use closes gaps in health and wealth

Large health inequalities exist in Australia. Car ownership and its costs add to the health inequalities between low-income and high-income households.

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Some suburbs are being short-changed on services and liveability – which ones and what’s the solution?

Australia’s population has grown by 3.8 million over the last decade. Of the capital cities, Melbourne has grown the fastest – close to 1 million newcomers in the ten years to June 2016.

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28 Sept 2017 

 

Should airport trains also serve metro passengers?

One of the key issues that needs to be worked through in planning mass transit access to airports is integration with the existing rail network

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Is subsidising airport train fares the way to go?

The fare travellers will pay - whether less than $5 or more than $25 - is a key issue in planning for a mass transit connection between Melbourne Airport and the city centre

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Mansplaining Australian cities – we can do something about that

The American writer Rebecca Solnit, in her groundbreaking collection of essays, including the eponymous Men Explain Things To Me, first used the term “mansplaining” to describe how men claim superior knowledge and control making the meaning of things.

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Privatised land title offices can harness new technologies to provide a better service

It’s highly likely that all Australians buying or selling property or subdividing land will soon be dealing with privately operated land title registries. Both sides of politics in Australia appear supportive of privatising these registries and it is happening fast.

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We’re investing heavily in urban greening, so how are our cities doing?

Governments at all levels invest a lot in greening Australian suburbs. Yet, in a recent report, we show that the greening efforts of most of our metropolitan local governments are actually going backwards.

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Federal Treasurer’s Affordable Housing Initiatives

The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison’s, draft legislation to assist with housing affordability for Australians is a positive move.

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Reach for the sky: why safety must rule as tall buildings aim highe

If the right environmental conditions exist, is there an upper limit to building tall? Actually, our planning should include safety considerations, not just engineering capability.

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Beijing eyes long-term plan to minimize city scale

The scheme gives Beijing strict control over the city scale and the ability to dilute its capital functions based on its resources and environmental capacity

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Ford signs deal with Lyft for self-driving taxis by 2021

Ford will work with Lyft to develop self-driving cars in a move that pits it directly against General Motors, which has also invested in the business.

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Why our poorer suburbs could be up to 10 degrees hotter than their wealthier neighbours

Poor and disadvantaged Australian suburbs are at risk of being more than 10 degrees hotter than greener, wealthier areas, an RMIT University study has found.

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Tiny houses should be permitted in Australian suburbs

Planning and development provide rich pickings for aspiring politicians. There are more votes to be had in kicking a property developer than supporting development, so this is the default position of many election campaigns.

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21 Sept 2017

Should bike helmets be mandatory? Bicycle Network reviews its support of Australian law

Australia's biggest bike-riding organisation is open to changing its near 30-year support for mandatory helmet laws, and it's looking to the people to help guide its decision.

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Sydney’s Cloud Arch critics and our mean-spirited approach to public art

Junya Ishigami’s towering Cloud Arch, the most ambitious project in scale and cost, was almost unanimously applauded.

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Federal Treasurer’s Affordable Housing initiatives a positive move

The Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison’s, draft legislation to assist with housing affordability for Australians is a positive move, says the Urban Taskforce.

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In Barcelona, technology is a means to an end for a smart city

How can technology lead to more participation in democratic processes? Who should own and control city data? Can cities embrace a model that socializes data and encourages new forms of cooperation and democratic innovation?

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The future of mobility: tech and the city of tomorrow

Today, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and this is expected to rise to 75 percent by 2050. A recent United Nations report projects that urbanisation, combined with population growth, is likely to add another 2.5 billion to urban populations by 2050, with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa.

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Bike share schemes may seem a waste of space but the economics makes sense

Have you ever walked past (or tripped over) a shared bike and wondered how it's possible for the business to survive with a ride costing as little as $2 per half hour?

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Australia's urban growth requires plan: University of Canberra's Barbara Norman

Australia should learn from the havoc wreaked on the United States by Hurricane Irma and other weather events to better plan city growth, a University of Canberra expert has told federal Parliament.

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What are the key issues for Melbourne Airport rail?

The solution is seen as a single rail line, but it should be conceived as the package of infrastructure and policies that will best improve the accessibility of Melbourne Airport

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Sustainable cities? Australia’s building and planning rules stand in the way of getting there

Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities.

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More than just drains: recreating living streams through the suburbs

Lot sizes and backyards are shrinking in Australia at the same time as building density is increasing. So we cannot afford to overlook the potential of existing – but neglected – spaces in our suburbs, like drains.

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Can the world’s megacities survive the digital age?

Today, megacities have become synonymous with economic growth. In both developing and developed countries, cities with populations of 10 million or more account for one-third to one-half of their gross domestic product.

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Interest in tiny houses is growing, so who wants them and why?

Tiny houses are now so popular that someone was charged with stealing one last week. A social media campaign tracked its journey from Canberra to Hervey Bay. My research to date has found a marked increase in people who want their own tiny house, particularly among older women.

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4th Sept 2017 

Forget heatwaves, our cold houses are much more likely to kill us

A pervasive myth in Australia is that hot weather is the greatest danger to our health. In reality, it’s more likely cold weather will kill you.

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Can our cities’ thriving creative precincts be saved from ‘renewal’?

Governments are busily rezoning our cities for high-rise apartments. The New South Wales government, for example, plans to rezone a 20-kilometre corridor in Sydney, from Sydenham to Bankstown, for urban density, in concert with a new metro rail line. Residents and community groups have reacted vociferously to the prospects of high-rise buildings in previously low-density suburbs.

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Does Australia Need a Federal Housing Minister?

At a state level, areas which impact upon housing include planning and infrastructure, taxation (such as stamp duty, land tax and the like) and public housing management. Federally, housing is affected by monetary policy, taxation, infrastructure and social services.

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Houston's Flood Is a Design Problem

Floods cause greater property damage and more deaths than tornadoes or hurricanes. And Houston’s flood is truly a disaster of biblical proportions: The sky unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water on the city within two days, and much more might fall before Harvey dissipates, producing as much as 60 inches of rain.

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Alok Patel: Clover Moore's standing in the way of a smarter Sydney

For all the hype around smart cities, the promises never quite seem to reach people’s day-to-day lives. Where is our “internet of things”? Why can’t I book a parking spot at my destination before I leave home? When is this technology finally going to make my life better?

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China's smart city plan to boost surveillance

Smart cities will collect and centralise data on everything from transport and waste management, to pollution and crime. The government says it will improve urban planning and boost the economy, but critics say it’s about tightening control.

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Buenos Aires Rises as Latin America’s Leading Smart City

Designated as Latin America’s smartest city, Buenos Aires’ digital innovation, sustainability, open government and technology advancements are putting it at the forefront of the trend in the region.

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IPART confirms infrastructure levies could rise by $50,000 a lot

The report issued by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) on Blacktown City Council’s request to increase local infrastructure levies indicates that when the $30,000 cap on these levies is removed housing could increase by $50,000 a lot, says the Urban Taskforce.

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CEDA Report on Housing Australia highlights importance of Planning and Infrastructure

The recent report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) highlights the importance of improving planning systems and in providing infrastructure, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Sydney housing completions begin to fall

The latest Sydney housing monitor data from the NSW Government indicates a fall in housing completions of 9 Percent

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Is selling public housing land to developers a good policy?

The Victorian Government's policy of inviting proposals from the private sector to redevelop outdated public housing estates is proving controversial

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23rd August 2017 

Why investor-driven urban density is inevitably linked to disadvantage

Lack of regulation in the apartment construction boom is creating suburban concentrations of lower-income households on a scale hitherto experienced only in the legacy inner-city high-rise public housing estates.

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It’s not just the buildings, high-density neighbourhoods make life worse for the poor

Last year marked the first time that construction began on more higher-density housing in Australia than detached dwellings. While many may claim this as a success for “compact city” policies, the negative consequences of this transition disproportionately affect lower-income and disadvantaged households.

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Housing shortage in Victoria with supply unable to keep up with population growth

Victoria is underprepared for its booming population and needs to embrace higher density living if it is to keep up with demand for new homes, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) has said.

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Is Melbourne's liveability gong mostly bullshit?

The media and politicians continue to give it credibility but they know the EIU's 'world's most liveable city' gong has little bearing on the life of residents of Melbourne

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State design policy must balance quality with affordability

The announcement by the NSW Government of a new integrated design policy must balance well-meaning aspirations towards high quality with the impact on affordability, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Central Goldfields Shire to be sacked after 'explosive' report reveals serious governance failures

A Local Government Inspectorate report into the Central Goldfields Shire released last week found serious governance failures that had cost ratepayers an estimated $730,000.

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How ‘temporary urbanism’ can transform struggling industrial towns

What will become of manufacturing towns in a post-industrial world? From the Ruhr region of Germany to the American “Rust Belt”, once-prosperous factory cities are today faced with dwindling industry, shrinking populations and fundamental questions about their role in the modern global economy.

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Turnbull Government Explains the First Home Super Saver Scheme

The Federal Government has released draft legislation relating to the First Home Super Saver Scheme, which also includes superannuation tax exemptions to encourage home downsizing.

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Melbourne CBD rises through the density rankings to become the most densely populated SA2 region in Australia

Newly released Census data highlights the rapid densification of Melbourne’s CBD where the number of residents per square kilometre has more than doubled over the past decade.

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Housing affordability: 6000 homes removed from rental market as landlords turn to Airbnb

New data from the University of Sydney's Urban Housing Lab suggests the home-sharing website may be worsening housing affordability particularly in Sydney's inner city and coastal suburbs as well as the NSW North Coast.

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