• Planning by numbers

    Open Forum     |      April 23, 2024

    Leading planning and geospatial figures are calling for a coordinated approach to digitising and streamlining Australia’s urban planning systems.

  • Covid-19 shows the need to accelerate national policymaking

    Gillian Savage     |      September 9, 2020

    If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that Australia needs to link long-term planning with emergency and operational coordination.

  • The road more travelled

    Open Forum     |      July 27, 2020

    Unsanctioned footpaths across open ground defy design, but is that necessarily a bad thing?

  • 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.

  • Learning from disaster

    Janet Stanley     |      May 29, 2020

    Australia was largely unprepared for either the major bushfires of the summer or the current pandemic. The government’s response to each was very difficult, but both hold lessons as we plan to face future challenges.

  • Cracks in the pavement

    Open Forum     |      December 28, 2019

    Two of Australia’s leading strategic urban plans could be expanded to promote better places to live for all residents, according to an expert report.

  • Australian cities pay the price for blocking council input

    Mike Harris     |      December 18, 2019

    In many countries, city-shaping mega-projects are generally overseen by local government, but in Australia state governments often step in and exclude council and community representatives from the process.

  • 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?

  • Planning the “20 minute” cities of tomorrow

    Open Forum     |      July 15, 2019

    Melbourne is growing fast, and planners hope it will become a network of connected “20-minute cities”, where people will be able to walk or cycle to shops and services, reducing traffic while increasing population density.

  • Slow decline or a brighter future? Shaping Australia’s national outlook

    James Deverell     |      June 19, 2019

    Boosting Australia’s future prosperity will require bold action on a number of fronts and a deliberate commitment to careful and considered long-term thinking, according to a new CSIRO report.

  • 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.

  • 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.