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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.

 

23 February 2017 

 

Unaffordability is a Problem but Sprawl is a Terrible Solution

Many households spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, but the latest International Housing Affordability Survey is wrong to recommend sprawl as the best solution. Real solutions must reduce both housing and transport costs.

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Should Online Shopping Change How We Use Space?

Should ground-floor use go from retail to housing? In San Francisco, the closing of once-popular San Francisco restaurants and the decline of longtime Union Square pillar Macy’s raise a question: Have the fundamentals of urban retail changed?

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Codes Study: Trends in zoning reform

Many places are using form-based codes to encourage livability, in jurisdictions covering over 45 million people worldwide.

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San Francisco Takes a Step Back From Raised Bike Lanes

The city had planned on installing a two-inch raised, mountable lane on a section of Polk Street, where, on average, cars hit one cyclist and one pedestrian every month. But now it’s scrapped that plan in favor of a more traditional lane, which will be protected with soft-hit posts.

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Roe 8 fails the tests of responsible 21st-century infrastructure planning

The Roe 8 project illustrates all that is wrong with how we are planning and managing infrastructure in our cities. The Beeliar Group suggests the lack of transparency and accountability for the project points to a government that has lost its sense of responsibility. It’s probably also a result of federal government intervention that upset proper processes of planning.

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Will population growth ruin a city's liveability?

Population growth brings risks and will change the character of a city like Melbourne if it continues, but it's more likely to make it a better place for most residents

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Can we have a mature discussion about the future of urban transport?

With 90% of motorised travel in capital cities currently undertaken by private transport it’s time for a grown-up assessment of where to go with urban transport policy

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Infrastructure planning key to successful development

It might not seem like the most exciting topic, but infrastructure planning and provision is a critical aspect to ensuring that urban development in our state is undertaken in the most effcient, effective and affordable way.

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High immigration, urban containment and affordable housing are incompatible goals

Carolyn Whitzman, a Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne, has penned a spurious piece attacking the Victorian Government for both failing to achieve affordable housing and failing to reduce urban sprawl.

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Are We Building A Sustainable Future For Western Australia?

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) have issued a plea that urges people to consider the long-term plan for Western Australia’s sustainable future before heading to the polls on March 11.

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The Cities of the Future Are Smart, Green, Connected Innovation Hubs

Another major force that will transform the urban landscape is the emergence of the Internet of Things. City-wide systems would use wireless signals to gather data from objects like trash cans, lights and even entire buildings. In a project entirely crowdsourced by citizens, Amsterdam is set to implement “The Things Network”, joining Taipei and Brasilia to become one of many emerging smart cities.

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16 February 2017 

 

More Ultimo than White Bay: Innovation districts need public transport

In the inner city battle of where to have Sydney's first so-called innovation district, Ultimo is a clear leader over White Bay because it already has the university and transport infrastructure needed to underpin any such collaborative precinct, Brookings Institution urban planner Julie Wagner says.

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Is Planning Letting Us Down?

With the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimating that the number of people who call Australia home will grow from 22.7 million in 2012 to between 36.8 million and 48.53 million by 2061, we face a vast challenge in terms of providing sufficient levels of housing to cater for our growing population and to address housing affordability issues.

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Houses no longer the ‘Great Australian Dream’ as home buyers change strategy

he property market has become so expensive that nine out of 10 Australians are despairing about their prospects of achieving the ‘Great Australian Dream’, new data shows.

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Should public transport be "returned to the people"?

There are calls to bring management of Melbourne's train and tram systems back under government control. Might be a good idea, but first let's consider the evidence

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End of the road? Why it might be time to ditch your car

Bill Ford, executive chair of the Ford Motor Company, says we’re heading for “global gridlock”. And he’s not alone in saying we cannot simply keep adding more cars to our roads.

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Data, cities and a new civic pride

An umbrella bought during a downpour costs more than under blue sky. The truth is that for too long city halls have failed to forecast and so incurred greater planning costs, a reactive culture summed up by words from within Jimmy Carter’s budget office: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Disease before sewer, gridlock before investment, collapse before rebuild: visible fix over unseen prevent.

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Green claims of ‘massive overdevelopment’ misunderstand where people want to live

The data analysis on Sydney council housing targets produced by the Greens spokesperson for Urban Growth and Renewal, Jamie Parker, confuses locations where people want to live with ‘overdevelopment’, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Is it time for a 40 kmh speed limit in urban areas?

It won't be easy politically, but living with cars in Australia's cities means "taming" them, starting with setting a default 40 kmh speed limit

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What's government done to make public transport better?

A look at what successive governments have done over the last twenty or so years to improve the attractiveness of train travel in Melbourne

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An AI can use Google Street View to help you decide where to move

Machine learning is at its best when there’s way too much information for any human to comb through manually, like making high-volume stock trades or surfacing the best posts from hundreds of friends on Facebook. Now one Estonia-based startup, Teleport, is using this idea, coupled with images from Google Street View, to automatically look around cities and see if people will like them based on their lifestyle preferences.

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7 February 2017 

 

Make housing affordable and cut road congestion all at once? Here’s a way

Two of the most pressing problems for Australian cities are housing affordability and traffic congestion. But there is an approach to both problems that could lead to significant improvements at low cost and relatively quickly. It involves developing transit-oriented centres in conjunction with inclusionary zoning.

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Talking Point: We need a healthier perspective on urban planning schemes

In Tasmania, our most common chronic diseases account for about 90 per cent of all deaths. As a research and advocacy leader on the health benefits of good nutrition and physical activity, the Heart Foundation points to the urban environment as a major determinant in encouraging and enabling physical activity and access to healthy food.

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WA's South West feeling effects of population pressure

It is the ultimate location for country living by the coast, but WA’s South West is starting to feel the effects of population pressure as a result of its popularity.

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WA election: Labor's pet rail project Metronet to cost $2.5 billion

WA Labor has released the costing for stage one of its ‘congestion-busting’ pet rail project Metronet which it says is expected to cost around $2.5 billion.

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Sensible reform to finance affordable housing deserves cross-party support

Treasurer Scott Morrison’s visit to cold old London last week in the middle of the Australia summer was time well spent. Morrison made time in his hectic schedule for a lengthy meeting with the UK’s Housing Finance Corporation.

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’Transport decisions are about values’: Australia shows the limitations of cost-benefit analysis

Growing the economy – not city planning – has become the Australian government’s main rationale for building urban transport infrastructure.

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NSW Government should consider ‘shared service model’ if Sydney council mergers are to be rethought

The NSW Government should consider a shared service model as an alternative to amalgamations of councils in the Sydney Metropolitan Area if there is to be a rethink of the mergers, says the Urban Taskforce.

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NSW Housing Minister must act as approvals dropping fast

The latest ABS housing approval data for NSW indicates a big drop over 5 months giving the new Housing Minister a big challenge, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Does this building tell us much about social history?

Preserving the built fabric of old buildings conveys little about their social and cultural history; it should be mandatory that protection comes with interpretation.

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New York Public Housing Steps Up on Climate Change

New York City Housing Authority announced Thursday that it will reduce greenhouse emissions from its buildings by at least 30 percent over the next 10 years, DNAinfo reports.

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Cameras Can Speed Cities to Improving Pedestrian Safety

A fundamental ethical and practical problem which faces traffic engineers is, in order to improve safety, you need a certain number of collisions.

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Dementia-friendly places benefit us all – so we should start planning for them

Dementia is an issue that touches everyone. But while we wait for the cure, life goes on for many people living with the disease. And there is a more immediate and more achievable outcome we can do something about: improving the environment to help people live well and independently longer.

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2 February 2017 

 

Australia should be learning from the likes of Singapore and Shanghai, not Sweden

Too often, when envisioning Sydney's future, politicians and planning experts wax lyrical about the cobblestone squares of Rome or the boulevards of Paris or the mid-rise six-storey street walls of Barcelona. But moving up the liveability index that measures 221 cities is Singapore at No.26 – located above Adelaide and Canberra. We need to learn more from those cities that are in the same time zone as Sydney, cities such as Singapore and Shanghai, which is also moving up the charts fast.

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A housing affordability crisis in regional Australia? Yes, and here’s why

The newly released annual Demographia report on housing affordability has found – once again – that Australia has some of the least affordable housing markets in the world. Sydney was ranked as the second-least-affordable housing market behind Hong Kong.

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Minister Roberts must drive housing supply

Premier Berejiklian’s new ministry must drive housing supply and ensure NSW retains its position as Australia’s leading state, says the Urban Taskforce.

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New Caroline Springs train station may reach capacity on second day, mayor says

The strain on infrastructure in Melbourne's booming outer west is in the spotlight once again, amid concerns its newest train station may reach capacity within 24 hours of opening.

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Can we have a mature discussion about the future of urban transport?

With 90% of motorised travel in capital cities currently undertaken by private transport it’s time for a grown-up assessment of where to go with urban transport policy.

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Extra $10m pledged for Gold Coast roads and upgrades to traffic lights

The Gold Coast City Council plans to spend an extra $10 million battling road congestion in the coming financial year.

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Want to solve the housing crisis, Theresa May? Time for a trip to Milton Keynes

The 50-year-old new town was created by the state. If the government is serious about housing supply, it should revive urban corporations.

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Lessons from slums show why our cities need to go on a resource diet

Cities are the epicentres of human activity. But their intense production and consumption requires huge quantities of natural resources. With our planetary life support system in the red, we need to put cities on a serious resource diet.

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How can you escape from a maze – and what does that teach us about city planning?

From the perspective of architecture and urban design, we want to avoid accidentally creating mazes. Mazes are fun, but are not necessarily something we want in our everyday lives – or in our way when we just want to get to work.

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We think sustainable urban planning is new – but the ancient Romans were recycling buildings millennia ago

In any debate on new construction in our urban centres you are likely to hear phrases like sustainable urban planning, adaptive reuse and recycling heritage – so much so that anyone would be forgiven for thinking that these were modern concerns. However, these principles have a long history in the ancient world.

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How Immersive Virtual Reality Can Be a Boon to City Planners

With a new offering, city planners will be able to shift their point of view as they move through the virtual space, and a series of toggle options will add a range of virtual data overlays to the main visual.

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Top 6 Most Technologically Developed Cities

Quite a few cities around the world are paying close attention as to what is happening in the technology sector. High-tech cities are becoming more common, even though there will always be certain regions where these efforts are more obvious.For some people living in these cities, that future is already here.

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25 January 2017 

 

Uni offers 2017: Sydney growth pushes students to UNSW city planning degree

WestConnex, light rail, the Bays precinct, Green Square, Badgerys Creek, a population that is expected to push past 5.5 million over the next decade, and a city that is rapidly building infrastructure to keep up with it. Sydney, by most measures, is going through a planning boom, and students are taking notice.

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Why Sydney's urban sprawl is making us sick: Committee of Sydney report reveals

Diagnosing Sydney's entrenched health inequities was not something the Committee of Sydney had intended to do. They were getting ready to release an economic paper. 'We had no intention of compiling a health report,' said Committee of Sydney's director of policy Eamon Waterford. 'But it became clear that the way we build our city is not only dividing us, it's making us ill,' he said.

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Locals furious as state approves unlimited heights in South Perth

Furious residents have abused what they call a 'desperate' attempt to 'neuter' legal issues with high-rise on South Perth Peninsula, after the state refused a council attempt to limit building heights.

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Next Premier must continue to drive Sydney’s growth

The Urban Taskforce acknowledges the incredible position that Mike Baird has achieved for the state of NSW. The next Premier for NSW must be someone who continues the drive for growth with infrastructure that has been the hallmark of Mike Baird’s term, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Updates to the EP&A Act gather momentum

Earlier this year the Minister for Planning released a summary of proposals and a public consultation draft of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 in order to update the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The proposed amendments seek to promote confidence in the New South Wales planning system and ensure the future growth across State is carefully planned.

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When gentrification lacks empathy: a case study

The effects of Melbourne’s property price boom are painfully obvious, with a vast differences between the older and newer properties. This is because of a lack of empathy between the newer buildings and their older neighbours.

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2016 crowned hottest year on record: Australia needs to get heat smart

Australia is already on average 8 degrees Celsius hotter than the average global land temperature, so further warming means our heat risk is far greater than for other industrialised countries. Air-conditioning and acclimatisation are not the answer.

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Premier Gladys Berejiklian can continue the strong economic growth of NSW

The election of Gladys Berejiklian as NSW Premier and of Dominic Perrottet as Deputy Leader of the NSW Liberal Party will give confidence to the property industry, says the Urban Taskforce.

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How the Tree Outside Your Window Helps You Save Money

Trees, those leafy Earth Day symbols of environmentalism, already clean up the air and guard against soil erosion. Turns out, they also help cities cut down on both money and emissions by simply providing shade and blocking strong winds around buildings.

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Tinder for cities: how tech is making urban planning more inclusive

Having a say in what your city or neighbourhood should be like is often complicated, time-consuming and full of confusing jargon. A new wave of digital tools are trying to make the process transparent and interactive.

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How Seattle’s Well-Intentioned Planning Experiment Went Wrong

When the city of Seattle began drafting a proposal to increase density and improve housing affordability across the city, known as the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, or HALA, city officials knew the plan would be controversial.

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Is the world ready for driverless transport?

A debate is raging about how comfortable people may feel entrusting themselves to an automated decision maker. It seems to represent a new, psychological frontier of a kind we have never before encountered.

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16 January 2016 

 

'Disingenuous': NSW and Sydney proposed planning changes provoke mixed reaction

Proposed changes to the state's planning laws have received a mixed reception among developers, planners and representatives from local government. Planning Minister Rob Stokes on Monday released a string of suggested amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, changes that have pleased some, but disappointed others.

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Housing the dead: what happens when a city runs out of space?

Issues of mortality and access to burial space are not typically dinner party conversations or at the top of government agendas. And, until recently, its priority as a future challenge in planning has been virtually non-existent.

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Uber to release anonymous rider data from 2B trips worldwide to help with urban planning

Uber has launched a new website where it promises to release anonymous data from more than 2 billion trips worldwide to help urban planners better understand traffic patterns.

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Venues fighting back against the pop-up bars that never seem to leave

They were once the places to be seen in Perth — pop-up venues that promised to be around for a short time only. But now the peak body representing the hospitality industry in WA is fighting back as the pop-ups become more permanent.

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First release of Geoscape’s continent-wide building dataset

Specialist geospatial data providers, PSMA Australia, has just announced the initial release of Geoscape, a continent-wide initiative to capture the built environment as an accurate spatial dataset. The first of the comprehensive building datasets are now available for Adelaide, rural South Australia, Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory.

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Bushfire-ravaged towns should not be rebuilt, planning expert warns

Just over a year ago a fierce blaze tore through the Victorian coastal hamlets of Wye River and Separation Creek, destroying 116 houses and leaving a visible scar on the landscape. Residents have begun rebuilding their homes, but planning expert Michael Buxton thinks they should be stopped.

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Apartment approvals dropping in NSW

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that approvals for apartments have dropped by twenty percent since June, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Planning reforms first step but bigger reforms needed to boost housing supply

The planning reforms announced by NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes are a step in the right direction but much more reform is needed to boost Sydney’s housing supply, says the Urban Taskforce.

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‘Tram-Bus’ Part of Plan to Clear Paris Air

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who pushed last year to convert one of the major roads along the Seine into pedestrian space, is doubling down on her campaign to clear the French capital’s streets and air for the better health of its residents.

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We can cut emissions in half by 2040 – but only if we build smarter cities

By building climate-smart urban infrastructure and buildings, we could cut future emissions in half from 2040 onwards.

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What Planning Jargon Do You Want to See Disappear?

Like any subculture, urbanists and city planners and transportation nerds have their own jargon. And though sometimes industry-specific terms are necessary and helpful, they often obscure meaning and keep the subculture insular.

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Can cities create innovation hubs that work for the entire economy?

Silicon Valley may still be the center of today’s tech world, but if you want to see the future of American innovation, take a trip to Durham, North Carolina. In a restored factory complex near downtown, entrepreneurs are building companies inside warehouses where generations of workers once manufactured and packaged cigarettes.

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29 December 2016 

 

Neighbours’ fears about affordable housing are worse than any impacts

Housing affordability is a hot topic in Australia. Governments are increasingly recognising that more needs to be done to provide a greater range of affordable housing options, especially in the major cities. It is well documented, however, that proposals for affordable housing development often encounter opposition from host community members.

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Should Melbourne airport rail be put on the front-burner?

Melbourne Airport is ‘begging’ for a rail line to the airport asap; Infrastructure Victoria says not just yet. More effort needs to be put into being ready to go when necessary

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Will shifting government agencies to the regions drive decentralisation?

Politicians like the idea of moving government functions to regional centres in the name of decentralisation; but the wider net social benefits are mostly political.

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Everything starts with a seed

The nursery sector makes up $1.13billion of the horticulture industry, a recent report by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd has found. With green spaces often overlooked in urban planning processes, the industry continues to support a national campaign to increase urban green space by 20 per cent by 2020.

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When planning falls short: the challenges of informal settlements

Informal settlements house around one-quarter of the world’s urban population. This means roughly 1 billion urban dwellers live in settlements that have emerged outside of the state’s control. But how did they come to make up such a large part of the world’s cities?

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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 land surface but generate about 70% of GDP and house more than half the human population. This intense production and consumption requires huge quantities of natural resources. But with our planetary life support system in the red, we need to put cities on a serious resource diet.

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Berlin to Launch Major Light-Rail Expansion

The new left-wing alliance of parties that will govern the German capital of Berlin has announced a number of programs it will undertake as part of the ‘BerlinStrategie 2030’ coalition agreement. Chief among them is a major expansion of the city’s light-rail network.

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Trump Tower, the skyscraper and the future of urban development

George Washington had Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson had Monticello. Now President-elect Donald Trump has his eponymous Manhattan skyscraper, Trump Tower. Will it stand just for the questionable taste of the one percent, or could it stimulate more creative, sustainable approaches to urban development?

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No, co-living spaces probably won't solve the world's housing crisis

With transformations in digital technologies and housing-price pressures changing living habits, people will not only possess fewer physical objects in the future, but new apartment dwellers will be more likely to occupy less space at a later age. These private domestic spaces are decreasing in size to become more efficient, hopefully more affordable and, for some restless millennials, more desirable.

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The city of bikes: Bicycles outnumber cars in record first for Copenhagen

The capital city of Denmark officially has more bikes than cars on its streets thanks to its efforts to encourage more people to cycle.

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Google makes plans to build smart city

Google confirmed that it is planning its own urban district, and said it might be running a contest for it in future.

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C40 Awards the 11 Best Cities of 2016 for Addressing Climate Change

Eleven cities were honored yesterday at an awards ceremony in Mexico City. The C40 Cities Awards recognize the world’s most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change.

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1st December 2016

 

Sydney's grey makeover: How the city became a downsizer's wonderland

A new character for Sydney? Downsizers, couples and singles freed from their responsibilities as parents, selling off the suburban family home and moving closer to town, where they can enjoy all the benefits of a denser, village-style lifestyle.

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Western Australia is trying to cut urban sprawl. Infill housing is the answer

With state governments across Australia acknowledging the need to limit urban sprawl, fill the gaps within existing metropolitan areas and build higher-density housing on selected sites, many opportunities have opened up.

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Reinventing density: bridging the live-work divide

Since the beginning of the 20th century the single-function building typology – the office, school, apartment, institution or retail complex – has been subject to regulations requiring separate spaces for ‘working’ and ‘living’. Today, people use space differently.

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Reinventing density: bending the rules can help stop urban sprawl

The increasingly urgent need to develop infill housing for a growing population that results in a more compact city form have been well communicated and form an inevitable part of the discussion about density. Understanding the problem is one thing; exploring its potential solutions is another.

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Perth congestion: Think tank urges rapid transport to ease traffic squeeze

A West Australian think tank says traffic congestion in Perth will worsen unless both major political parties commit to more public transport in key parts of the city.

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NSW Planning Minister shifts Housing Affordability Concerns to Federal Colleagues

The statements by NSW Planning Minister, Rob Stokes, that housing affordability can be helped by adjusting negative gearing policy is an attempt to shift responsibility for housing affordability to federal politicians, but there are clear and simple actions that can be made by the state government, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Sydney should learn from Asian cities like Singapore and Shanghai

Greater Sydney should learn from positive aspects of urban development in Asian cities like Singapore and Shanghai, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Apartment Approvals Slow in Sydney as More Costs are Imposed

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for dwelling approvals show a slow down for NSW particularly for apartments and proposed extra costs could slow housing production even more says the Urban Taskforce.

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Changes to Planning Agreements announced in NSW

A planning agreement (VPA) is a voluntary contractual arrangement between a developer and one or more planning authorities. Concerned about potential community exposure to planning harm and the misuse of VPAs by planning authorities, particularly local councils, the Minister for Planning has recently announced changes.

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Minneapolis Debates Future of Skyways

City officials, downtown business leaders, urban designers and many citizens agree the skyways have been both a blessing and a curse, but no clear answer has emerged for how a relic of the 20th century can be modified for the needs of today.

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From the Gold Coast to Geelong: how cities are shaping visions of their futures

'Our Future', a year-long consultation process about a long-term vision for the City of Geelong, has begun. City of Greater Geelong CEO Kelvin Spiller engaged the first UNESCO chair of futures studies to kick-start the project in September.

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What Exactly is a Smart City?

According to the United Nations, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, leading many — from engineers to political leaders — to concentrate on developing smart-city initiatives.

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24th November 2016

 

Why Donald Trump's big infrastructure plan could be good for Australia

Donald Trump's election as US President has triggered considerable interest in his plan to renew America's infrastructure. There are several implications for Australia.

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Rental Affordability Index reveals areas facing ‘extreme unaffordability’

Buying a house in Australia should be the least of your worries after a new report shows renting is even unaffordable.

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From horse manure to driver-free: if we don't move fast on transport changes, we'll be left behind

Taking the long view is critical for cities, which is why the Herald's Sydney 2026 initiative is so welcome: it gets the discussion focused where it should be. The business of transport projections, however, is a notoriously tricky one.

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Reinventing density: how baugruppen are pioneering the self-made city

Profit-driven developments shape the housing markets of most major cities today. However, new models exist that offer greater choice and lower costs, foster cohesive neighbourhoods and enable adaptable, customised living solutions.

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Greater Sydney Commission unveils detailed plan for city's future

An ambitious 40-year vision for Sydney that aims to change the structure of the city has been unveiled by the overarching planning body, the Greater Sydney Commission.

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Proposed levies in Metro Sydney Plan could increase housing costs

The revised Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney along with the six District Plans contains a 10% levy proposal on new housing to fund affordable housing and this could increase the cost of all new housing, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Australia's gaming industry shows that cities need to rethink their creative economy

Various cities in Australia have developed creative economy policies with the aim of diversifying their economy. These policies are about attracting and retaining entrepreneurs and firms from the creative industries sector, based on the ‘cluster concept’.

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Are we really a rural country like Senator Abetz says?

Senator Abetz claim on Q&A that Australia is a ‘rural/regional country’ isn't true. But we need more sophisticated measures to describe what's regional vs urban.

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Stormwater Rethink Aimed at Flooding in Atlanta Neighborhoods

Atlanta is putting in the finishing touches to a stormwater management system that uses a variety of tools, including stormwater ponds and the largest permeable paver project in the U.S. — maybe the world.

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To green our cities, we must rethink our relationship with nature

Enthusiasm for urban greening is at a high point, and rightly so. The increased interest in urban greening presents exciting opportunities for urban communities long starved of green space.

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Can the New Urban Agenda make the world’s cities safer for women and girls?

The New Urban Agenda will help to guide urban policy around the world for the next 20 years. How have women’s voices and gender issues been incorporated into it?

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How Cities Plan to Fight Climate Change in the Trump Years

Local leaders learned how to take action when Washington couldn’t. Now they’re betting those efforts can survive an age of science-denying federal overlords.

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18th November 2016

 

New-look old RAH site to showcase sustainable urban development

The developers for the proposed $1 billion redevelopment of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site aim to achieve energy efficiency beyond carbon neutral.

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Here's how Australia's cities have grown over the last 30 years

Since settlement, Australian cities have been shaped and reshaped by history, infrastructure, natural landscapes and – importantly – policy. So, have our cities changed much in the last 30 years?

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States could be forced to charge locals for rail and road projects

States could be forced to hit households and businesses with new charges to pay for local rail and road projects, under a dramatic ‘reshaping’ of infrastructure funding flagged by the Turnbull government.

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Talking Point: Federal approach to affordable housing falls short of mark

The recent speech by Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison on housing affordability failed to respond to recommendations from independent reports addressing the housing affordability crisis facing Australia’s major cities.

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Shared spaces and walking for transport: Changing how we live in Australian cities

A three-bedroom house on a quarter acre block with a white picket fence in a sprawling suburb is a faded and dated ideal that Australians are turning away from to find new ways of living.

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Liveable Melbourne's local governance fractured, expert says

Melbourne's planners will have to work across local council boundaries if the city is to meet the challenges it will face in the 21st century, an expert says.

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Metro West must activate development on private land as well as government land

The announcement by the NSW Government that a new underground Metro West railway will be the next major public transport project must open up new development opportunities on private land as well as on government owned land, says the Urban Taskforce.

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Is decentralisation regional sprawl by another name?

Decentralisation is a perennial political favourite because intuitively it seems sensible; but current proposals look a lot more like regional sprawl than regional development.

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If Australia wants to stay cool, it should stop land clearances and plant some trees

Land clearance is on the rise in Australian states like Queensland and New South Wales, with land clearing laws being fiercely debated. Land clearing on this scale is bad for a whole host of reasons. But our research shows that it is also likely to make parts of Australia warmer and drier, adding to the effects of climate change.

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Here's why driverless cars may not change the world after all

Driverless cars are an engineer’s dream: at last, a technology that promises to remove the human factor from the traffic system. If only we could eliminate the human factor, we would have cities teeming with safe, efficient cars whizzing us to our destinations. Right?

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