• The 20 minute neighbourhood

    Ben Knight     |      July 13, 2020

    Allowing people to work, live and play within 20 minutes’ reach of their own homes is the new gold standard for urban planning.

  • The ‘missing middle’ offers a new housing solution

    Open Forum     |      June 6, 2020

    The days of urban McMansions are numbered and a QUT architecture lecturer says the solution to more flexible, affordable housing lies between a large home and a unit – the ‘missing middle’.

  • Redesigning the post-pandemic workplace

    Ben Knight     |      May 20, 2020

    The coronavirus will transform the design industry, design practice and designers alike, but perhaps none are more equipped to deal with the challenges that lie ahead.

  • The word on the street

    Ben Knight     |      May 12, 2020

    Wider footpaths, separated cycleways and pedestrian-friendly streets could become the norm, according to a UNSW Built Environment expert.

  • The green shoots of recovery

    Oula Ghannoum     |      April 17, 2020

    More urban farming, supported by new smart technology, could bolster the resilience of food production and deliver better value to consumers in the wake of COVID-19.

  • The NSW building certification bill lets developers off the hook

    Geoff Hanmer     |      March 9, 2020

    Most buyers would happily pay a bit more for a safe and durable product, but new legislation in NSW will do little to protect them.

  • Car parks?

    Ben Knight     |      March 7, 2020

    As public space becomes premium in our cities, could boutique sidewalk activations known as parklets be the solution?

  • What are four bins for?

    Jenni Downes     |      March 6, 2020

    Four bins might help the sorting of recycled rubbish in Victoria, but to solve our waste crisis we need a strong market for recycled products.

  • The high rise future of city living

    Ben Knight     |      February 29, 2020

    Internationally acclaimed architect, urban designer, UNSW alumna Zhizhe Yu explores a multi-planetary and people-centric approach to high-rise urbanism.

  • Rethink before rebuilding

    Open Forum     |      February 25, 2020

    Suburban planning models are not suitable for bushland – so why would we continue to rebuild with them after the damage wrought by this summer’s devastating bushfires? 

  • Australian housing needs a shake-up

    Hal Pawson     |      February 21, 2020

    Millions of Australians are struggling with unaffordable housing. It’s a systemic problem that’s been decades in the making, and only concerted system-wide reforms will fix it.

  • How smart is your city?

    Karen Vella     |      February 19, 2020

    The Australian government’s City and Regional Deals and funding through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program are beginning to make Australian cities ‘smarter’, but disparities in performance remain.