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The ‘sky rail’ saga: can big new transport projects ever run smoothly?

Tensions are rising in Melbourne over plans to use elevated rail to remove suburban level crossings.

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In a heatwave, the leafy suburbs are even more advantaged

Summer brings out the heliophobe in many of us. It’s manageable if you live in a house that stays cool when shut up tight. It helps if you’re physically capable of crossing to the shadier side of a hot street.

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The ethical city: an idea whose time has come

Globally, there is intense discussion about the future of urban life through the World Urban Campaign.

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Japan offers us many lessons in embracing longevity

Japan’s experience makes it an interesting example to learn from in the area of aged care.

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National spotlight on cities must not leave local input in the shade

Failing to tap the rich local knowledge and diverse expertise of groups with an interest in planning the places most meaningful to them risks a failure of democracy.

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‘Not a lot of people read the stuff’: how planning defies good theory

Research into the way cities do – or do not – work can make a critical contribution to urban policy and practice.

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Feral o’clock: why families struggle to shift their energy use

Research with parents reveals that many household routines are unlikely to shift in response to cost-reflective tariffs such as time-of-use (TOU).

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Energy firms are waging a price war they might be unable to win

We are seeing oil prices tumble, dipping to less than US$50 a barrel, half the price of a year ago.

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