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An environmentally just city works best for all in the end

04 March 2016

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

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Amphibious Living in Iceland

Combining water and architecture for sustainable living

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Raising expectations for Melbourne’s railways

03 March 2016

Improved public transport has long been a high priority among Victorian voters however; the recent announcement of the $1.6 billion project to remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong has not been met with the expected enthusiasm.

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Christchurch five years on: have politicians helped or hindered the earthquake recovery?

The Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-11 required a momentous recovery undertaking by the City of Christchurch in New Zealand. Five years on, what insight can we glean from the fallout?

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Will house prices ‘collapse’ if negative gearing is changed?

26 February 2016

There is much confusion about the effects of Labor’s tax proposals with respect to investors in rental housing.

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Negative gearing: scrap or preserve?

25 February 2016

The Australian tax debate has placed negative gearing under scrutiny.

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

23 February 2016

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

08 February 2016

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

27 January 2016

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

22 January 2016

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

18 December 2015

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

09 March 2015

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

21 January 2015

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

12 January 2015

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