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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.

 

20 April 2019

Sensors in public spaces can help create cities that are both smart and sociable

Information from smart technology in public spaces could soon transform the way such areas are used and also managed.

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Australia must build to withstand extreme weather

Why do we keep spending millions on insurance claims after disasters, rather than invest in more sustainable construction that minimises damage to buildings in the first place? Australians need to rethink how to build cities and towns to better withstand extreme weather.

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A closer look at business cases raises questions about `priority' national infrastructure projects

Infrastructure Australia's latest infrastructure priority list has been criticised for being "too Sydney-centric" and for giving Melbourne's East West Link, cancelled in 2014, "high priority" status. The cancelled Roe 8 project in Perth was removed from the list.

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With health assuming its rightful place in planning, here are 3 key lessons from NSW

The way cities are designed and managed has big impacts on our health. While Australia is considered a world leader in research on health and cities, nationally our planning policies remain underdeveloped relative to our knowledge base. To remedy this, healthy planning advocates need to better understand how urban planning systems can be influenced.

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Airport rail link can open up new possibilities for the rest of Melbourne

Melburnians have been talking about a train to Tullamarine Airport since well before it opened. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made clear his enthusiasm for an airport rail line, with or without state government support.

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Sexism and the city: how urban planning has failed women

We need to have a conversation about sexism and the city. Gender affects all other "vulnerable group" considerations in the cities, where nearly 90% of Australians live.

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Sydney plans ignore problems facing residents to sell city to the world

Sydney's much-lauded new urban policies are keen to reinforce the image of Sydney as a city on the move. But while these policies are touted as game changers, they represent a significant step backwards.

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Peter Calthorpe Is Still Fighting Sprawl-With Software

The architect and urban designer Peter Calthorpe was an advocate of transit-oriented development (TOD) and smart growth long before those concepts were buzzwords.

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Excessive car parking requirements will make boarding houses unviable

The proposed changes to the NSW Affordable Rental Housing SEPP to increase car parking requirements will make boarding houses unviable.

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Efforts To Manage Emerging Infectious Diseases Should Encourage More Inclusive Urban Planning

The rise of these infectious diseases is often described in terms of biological processes, but they cannot be reduced to just this dimension. A range of factors play a role, in particular increasing urbanisation and human mobility.

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6 April 2018

Avoiding the buzz kill: mozzies, wetlands and public health

With more and more urban creeks and wetlands around Australia undergoing restoration and re-naturalisation, entomologist Cameron Webb argues it’s time we built our cities with mosquitoes in mind.

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Our legacy of liveable cities won't last without a visionary response to growth

Australia's major cities are growing more rapidly than ever before, gaining three million residents in a decade. Concerns about the risks to their long-term liveability and health are growing too. Is the consistent placing of Australian cities at the top of most liveable city rankings a reason for complacency?

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Mission nearly impossible: the City of Sydney's efforts to increase the affordable housing supply

A key goal of the City of Sydney, one of Australia's wealthiest local governments, is to deliver "a range of affordable and social housing options that re?ects the diversity of ages, family relationships, socio-economic backgrounds and employment ?elds in the local population".

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The urban agenda: what will New Zealand's new government bring for towns and cities?

Almost 90% of New Zealand's population is urbanised. Getting policy right for towns and cities will be crucial for the new Labour-led coalition government's ambitious policy agenda to transition to a low-emissions economy while addressing major social issues such as unaffordable housing, inequality and poverty.

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How the internet is reshaping World Heritage and our experience of it

Most people's experience of World Heritage is now a digital one. Whether it's on social media, an official website, Wikipedia or a simple Google search, this shift in "visitation" means many people who engage with World Heritage will never physically travel to the actual site.

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Short-term politics the enemy of long-term traffic planning: Urban expert

Short-term politics has nobbled traffic planning in Greater Brisbane in the past decade and must be addressed urgently or the region will choke on cars, according to one of Australia's most experienced urban planners.

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Terrace housing trend: WA minimum block size likely to shrink to 80sqm

The WA Planning Commission wants more terrace housing in Western Australia with a new draft position statement released on Tuesday recommending the minimum green title block be shrunk from 100 square metres to 80 square metres.

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After Uber's fatal self-driving taxi crash, city planners suggest a radical new solution

When a woman was hit and killed by a self-driving Uber taxi in Arizona recently, it was both an awful shock and a horrifying inevitability.

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Critically Assessing the "Smart City"

The phrase "smart city" is on the lips of urban planners and policy makers everywhere in recent months. Cities from London and Barcelona to Hangzhou and Rio de Janeiro are being hailed as "smart," "wired," and "networked" with their expansive grids of sensors, intelligent lighting, adaptive traffic signals, and closed-circuit cameras.

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What Quayside has taught us about smart cities and data governance

Toronto's proposed Quayside community was supposed to be a brag-worthy global showcase for what a smart city, "built from the internet up," would look like.

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The Science Is In: The healthiest neighborhoods are both walkable and green

Most of us, most of the time, don't make much connection between place - the neighborhoods where we live, work, and play - and our health.

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26 March 2018

New Queensland planning law puts transparency and accountability at risk

Recent changes in Queensland planning law continue the shift toward a more commercially oriented, business-friendly planning framework that relegates accountability and public access and influence to a minimum.

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Should cyclists and walkers be separated?

Conflict between cyclists and walkers on shared trails is a growing problem. The default should be separation, as recommended by Infrastructure Victoria.

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When it comes to tall buildings in Canberra, is the debate about height or density?

When Isaac Karachepone moved to Canberra a year ago, moving into an inner-city apartment was a no-brainer. And the fact that the apartment he eventually rented in the New Acton precinct was just a short walk from his place of work was a bonus.

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Big data is going to shape our future cities. Will it treat us all equally?

In 2013 the police chief in Reading, Pennsylvania invested in a predictive policing tool. Based on historical police data, the software was trained to forecast where crimes were likely to occur, explained data scientist Cathy O'Neil in her book Weapons of Math Destruction.

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Metro West line to drive new development

The announcement that the proposed Metro West line will have a station at Westmead should stimulate new development in this precinct.

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Google's 'secret' smart city on Toronto's waterfront sparks row

Google's Sidewalk Labs has big plans for Toronto's waterfront. The problem is, nobody seems to know what they are.

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Better planning, not immigration control needed to manage big cities

Systemic failure in governing big cities and not immigration is the root cause of the urban challenges facing Australia today.

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Cycling and walking are short-changed when it comes to transport funding in Australia

To understand why Australian cities are far from being meccas for walking and cycling, follow the money. Our research has collated data for all the states and territories and our three biggest cities.

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Many people feel lonely in the city, but perhaps `third places' can help with that

Loneliness is a hidden but serious problem in cities worldwide. Urban loneliness is connected to population mobility, declining community participation and a growth in single-occupant households. This threatens the viability of our cities because it damages the social networks they rely on.

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The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control?

Projections suggest cities will swell at an astonishing pace - but whether that means our salvation or an eco-disaster is by no means certain

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Apartment blocks vacant because planning laws demand apartments are double the size of tennis courts

Completed apartment blocks are being left vacant and housing supply strangled because the state government refuses to alter an obscure planning law.

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19 March 2018

Driverless cars: will public transport be a winner?

The prospect of autonomous vehicles causes worry but they might provide public and shared modes of transport with a big boost in competitiveness relative to private vehicles

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New cities? It's an idea worth thinking about for Australia

Is there a case for revisiting the idea of new cities for Australia in the light of recent population projections and resurgent debate about the implications of a big Australia?

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Turnbull unveils $30m fund for Asean smart cities

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced an A$30 million (S$30.5 million) investment fund to support "smart cities" in South-east Asian countries, as he hosts Asean leaders for a special summit in Sydney.

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Australian cities are crying out for better planning, but the research funding is missing

Although 90% of our population lives in cities, Australia lacks a national urban policy and our government provides insufficient funding for urban sustainability projects.

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Your Money: The technology trends you should invest in

Last month, Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi predicted Uber Air flying taxis would be commercialised and used widely within 10 years.

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Sidelining citizens when deciding on transport projects is asking for trouble

Citizen engagement is, or should be, central to city planning. When it comes to planning and implementing transport infrastructure the focus tends to be on how to engage the public, when to engage, and what form this should take.

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Geospatial technology as a powerful tool in urban planning

Today Geographical Information System has become a powerful tool to influence and support the decision making of the planners.

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Affordable housing policy failure still being fuelled by flawed analysis

Australia has a housing affordability problem. There's no doubt about that. Unfortunately, one of the reasons the problem has become so entrenched is that the policy conversation appears increasingly confused.

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Three scenarios show we have to think carefully about ethics in designing smart cities

To improve cities, governments are increasingly promoting the use of technology and data-driven decision-making. They decide how technologies and Big Data are being used or deployed in creating smart cities, with the help of academics who collect and interpret data, design new city ideas and newer technologies for cities.

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Homeless numbers will keep rising until governments change course on housing

According to census figures released on Wednesday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of homeless people in Australia has risen by 14% to 116,427

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Infrastructure plan raises concerns about ageing population

The State Infrastructure Plan produced by Infrastructure NSW (INSW) while outlining a forward program of projects has raised concerns about the ageing population in NSW.

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2 March 2018

Local councils making cities less liveable, independent infrastructure adviser says

Australia's patchwork of small local councils is threatening urban liveability, according to the independent infrastructure adviser.

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Australia's smartest cities

Melbourne has beaten out Sydney as Australia's smartest city.

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It'll take a smart city to accommodate population growth, says Ridley MD Gerard Francis

Integration of smart technology within urban areas and along major corridors will improve the liveability of Australia's biggest city and give us more real data on how to better plan for projected growth over the coming decades.

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Tech Envisions the Ultimate Start-Up: An Entire City

For all the optimism, innovation and wealth that are produced here, the Bay Area can also feel like a place that doesn't work quite right.

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Record Sydney housing completions good news but approvals slipping

The record completion of 38,759 new homes across metropolitan Sydney is good news for housing supply.

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Is Federation Square as good as it gets?

Federation Square isn't the perfect place the critics of Apple's proposed store portray it as. There are better options than Apple but they'd be costly

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All the signs point to our big cities' need for democratic, metro-scale governance

Infrastructure Australia has called for metropolitan-scale governance of Australia's largest cities.

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Growth pains and gridlock come to Hobart, and building more roads is not the best way out

Hobart is a city with growing pains. As Australia's second-oldest city, it might be likened to an octogenarian suddenly experiencing a teenage "growth spurt".

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Five biases create problems with share bikes - here's what we can do to counter them

Share-bike littering is a problem almost everywhere they're introduced. In countries as diverse as China, Singapore and Ireland the bikes can be seen abandoned in the worst places.

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How a three-decade remaking of the city revived the buzz of `Marvellous Melbourne'

Retail activity in the central city declined as suburban shopping malls burgeoned and planners surrendered the city to cars and parking.

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22 Feb 2018

Greenwashing the property market: why `green star' ratings don't guarantee more sustainable buildings

Our built environment is responsible for half of all global energy use and half of all greenhouse gas emissions.

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The other 99%: retrofitting is the key to putting more Australians into eco-homes

Energy efficiency in Australian homes is an increasingly hot topic.

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For what shall it profit a city if it loses its civic soul? A plea to preserve Melbourne's Fed Square

For 150 years Melburnians dreamed of a square, a great ceremonial space where people could relax, celebrate, protest or simply enjoy the company of their fellow citizens.

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So many public toilets are a last resort - why not a restful refuge?

What is the preoccupation with the bomb-proofing of this kind of vital public infrastructure? Is it expressing a perception of our fellow citizens and their expected behaviour?

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Fishermans Bend planning freeze casts doubts on $4.5b in development

The future of more than $4.5 billion worth of high-rise apartment projects at Fishermans Bend has been cast into doubt after the state government froze the development of towers at the controversial precinct.

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'Terrible precedent': Developer asks court for permission to breach planning rules

The developer says its proposed three-level apartment building with two ground-floor shops will bring "much needed housing choice".

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Three architects to chair NSW planning panels

Three architects, including a former government architect, have been appointed as chairs or alternate chairs for New South Wales' newly mandatory Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels (IHAPs).

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Growth, infrastructure and town planning: Cementing a sustainable future

MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY could be heading for between eight and ten million people each by 2050.

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This is why health has to be at the heart of the New Urban Agenda

Urban experts gathered at the ninth World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur over the past week to discuss progress on a global commitment to sustainable urban development.

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A smarter smart city

An ambitious project by Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs could reshape how we live, work, and play in urban neighborhoods.

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City Noise Might Be Making You Sick

For a century, urban commotion has been treated as a moral failing of individuals. Fixing it will require systemic changes to environmental noise.

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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, let's take Adelaide, the South Australian capital, which is home to about 1.3 million people.

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