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Sustainable housing’s expensive, right? Not when you look at the whole equation

Sustainable housing can also have important benefits for some of the most vulnerable members of our community, as the report released this week shows.

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The Panopticons are coming! And they’ll know when we think the grass is greener

Does a walk in the park during your lunch break make you feel relaxed? Does lush greenery or a glint of sunlight on running water catch your eye and allow you to stare and rest your brain?

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Commuters help regions tap into city-driven growth

Long-distance commuting may help promote the development of regional cities by boosting local populations, skills and income.

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‘The urban’: a concept under stress in an interconnected world

Are humans now an “urban species”? Do we now live in an “Urban Age”?

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In the world’s biggest city, the past offers lessons for surviving the future

A major campaign, “Cool Japan”, is underway to promote the nation as a “cultural superpower”. As part of a resurgence of interest in the Edo era (the name for Tokyo between 1603-1868), we want to suggest that “Edo Japan is Cool!”

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Our cities will stop working without a decent national housing policy

We have to move the housing conversation beyond a game of political football about negative-gearing winners and losers. Australia needs a bipartisan, long-term, housing policy.

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Has the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge benefited Melbourne?

The selection of Melbourne to participate in the international 100 Resilient Cities program sponsored by the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation generated a mix of hopes, expectations and concerns.

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‘30-minute city’? Not in my backyard! Smart Cities Plan must let people have their say

The federal government’s Smart Cities Plan is framed around the “30-minute city”. In this city, journeys will take no more than half an hour, regardless of your location.

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Ideas for Australia: City v4.0, a new model of urban growth and governance for Australia

In providing for the well-being of the next three million urban Australians, we need to take unvarnished stock of our situation.

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Does higher-density city development leave urban forests out on a limb?

Greater recognition of the benefits of urban forests is focusing efforts from all levels of government to defend and improve them.

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Hot cities: the ‘smart’ response to urban heat threats

Significant urban policy and planning efforts have been directed at the problem of rising heat in cities.

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Done like a chicken dinner: city fringes locked in battles over broiler farms

Since 1965 the per-capita annual consumption of chicken meat in Australia has increased ten-fold from 4.6 kilograms per person in 1965 to 44.6 kilograms in 2012.

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An environmentally just city works best for all in the end

Melbourne’s population is expected to almost double by mid-century, overtaking Sydney as Australia’s biggest city.

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