• A patchwork of City Deals or a national settlement strategy: what’s best for our growing cities?

    Paul Burton     |      July 26, 2019

    The Commonwealth government has a long history of intervening in cities, from addressing housing shortages to funding urban infrastructure, but is a more formal national urban planning process required?

  • Protecting Australia’s critical infrastructure

    Rajiv Shah     |      July 4, 2019

    Critical infrastructure is an area where the cyber and physical worlds are converging. Compromise of digital systems affects our physical world too and so the authorities must safeguard both to protect Australia from malicious attacks.

  • Affordable rental housing policy not delivering for low income earners

    Open Forum     |      June 29, 2019

    A report by UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre finds planning policy is delivering micro-apartments for students and young professionals rather than affordable housing for low income families.

  • Helping plan for hotter cities

    Open Forum     |      June 15, 2019

    As Australian cities heat up, local governments and planning practices will increasingly have to address rising temperatures and urban heat island effects. A new tool, incorporating scientific models, case studies and broad guidelines, has been released to help.

  • The global problem of thirsty cities

    Erin O'Donnell     |      June 13, 2019

    500 million people already experience water shortages around the world but better governance and smart water management could lead to collaboration rather than competition and manage our dwindling supplies more efficiently.

  • Floating cities – fact or fantasy?

    Brydon Wang     |      June 11, 2019

    The concept of floating cities has long fascinated engineers and speculative authors, but will fantasy turn into reality to combat the ravages of sea level rises caused by climate change?

  • How big data can help city residents

    Sae Chi     |      June 5, 2019

    Analysing big data can tell us how a big city ticks and help individual citizens – as well as public planners and tech corporations – get the jobs, housing and services they need.

  • Reshaping Sydney by design

    Richard Hu     |      April 19, 2019

    Over the past two decades,, Sydney has quietly adopted a mandatory competitive design process for the projects that have transformed the city skyline.

  • Finding hope in the ashes of Notre Dame

    John James     |      April 19, 2019

    The destruction of the ‘heart and soul’ of Paris is also an opportunity to rebuild and restore responsibility for the culture we create.

  • Rebuilding Notre Dame

    Claire Smith     |      April 18, 2019

    A wonderful icon has been largely destroyed by fire. However, we should not despair. Notre Dame will rise from the ashes, as other great buildings have before.

  • A new national urban management plan for resilient cities

    Open Forum     |      April 2, 2019

    Researchers from The University of Queensland have helped to develop a four-point plan to create more sustainable, liveable, prosperous and resilient cities.

  • A reset in housing policy is long overdue

    Duncan Maclennan     |      March 29, 2019

    The problems with housing systems in Australia and similar countries run deep. Solutions depend on a fundamental rethink of our approach to housing and its central place in our lives and the economy.