In an increasingly fractured, unequal and warming world, we need to rethink and redesign how we collectively govern our relationships to place for social and ecological flourishing. Whose rights are at stake, what futures are possible, which natures matter, and who gets to say are critical questions that form the focus of the 2019 Transformative Urban […]
We live in a time where the need for urban research that is critical in its questioning of relations of power and domination is strikingly clear. But what does it really mean to do ‘critical’ urban research?
Join us for an evening with renowned Australian environmental designer and permaculture co-originator David Holmgren together with Professor Ralph Horne and Associate Professor Anitra Nelson as they posit model futures and intervene in the current debate.
Most, if not all, urban and regional planning programs in former British settler-states (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) struggle to design curricula that attend to the interface between Indigenous peoples and professional planners and consider the possibilities for decolonisation. This presentation considers how studio-based learning and the formation of robust community partnerships […]
They Saved Paradise….Including the Parking Lot! Set in the seaside suburb of St Kilda, politics, big business and communities collide in a battle over controversial plans to transform ‘triangle’ terrain between iconic landmarks Luna Park and the Palais Theatre into a high residential and commercial complex. Spanning over four years, the documentary directed by Rosie […]
Planning is becoming one of the key battlegrounds for Indigenous people to negotiate meaningful articulation of their sovereign territorial and political rights, reigniting the essential tension that lies at the heart of Indigenous-settler relations. But what actually happens in the planning contact zone – when Indigenous demands for recognition of coexisting political authority over territory […]
This seminar responds to research on community gardens which has tended to take one of two extreme points of views on their potential to enhance inclusion and sustainability. Scholars either optimistically represent these sites as inherently good and transformative or have sceptically dismissed them as exclusive and perpetuating neoliberal logic. Visiting PhD student Ellen van Holstein from […]
Urban Citizenship and Participation – is there a crisis? is the first symposium as part of the Urban Theory Symposium Series is the jointly funded initiative of the Urban Geography Study Group of the Institution of Australian Geographers and the Australian Cities Research Network. The series will explore critical theoretical issues, conceptualisations and analytical tools emerging […]
Planning decisions are often the artefact of locally situated political struggles to attract, resist or prepare for the impact of change (Gualini et al, 2015; Gualini, 2015). These decision processes shape the physical city, but can unsettle normative framings of citizenship and belonging, values and ethics, and also expose a democratic paradox of planning praxis. […]
You are invited to join us for the second event in the RMIT Centre for Urban Research’s (CUR) bi-monthly Justice in the City seminar series. Seminar 2: Whose City? Memory and Representation How do urban memorials shape experiences of city space and enact forms of justice? Which sorts of bodies are given space, and how might a memorial’s form shape its social effects? […]
You are invited to join us for the third event in the RMIT Centre for Urban Research’s bi-monthly Justice in the City seminar series. The Series has been designed to build a conversation and develop a community of researchers and practitioners in this interdisciplinary urban area. See the full listing of the 2015 Justice in the City seminars here. Seminar 1: Just […]
RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research is pleased to invite you to Dr Pablo Fuentenebro’s seminar: A city in the making: arts philanthropy and urban development in Los Angeles. Seminar Brief In recent years an increasing number of scholars have drawn our attention to the “geographies of the super-rich” (Beaverstock et al; Hay and Muller; Pow). From enclaves […]
Dr Libby Porter, Centre for Urban Research RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research is pleased to invite you to Libby Porter’s seminar: Planning for Coexistence? The pitfalls and possibilities of Indigenous recognition through planning systems. Seminar brief What happens when Indigenous demands for recognition of coexisting political authority over territory intersect with land-use planning systems in settler states? […]
Seminar Series: Justice in the City You are invited to join us for the fourth and final event in the RMIT Centre for Urban Research’s Justice in the City seminar series. Seminar 4: Spatialising Urban Justice – Knowledge and Practices How might we reveal situated (in)justices through teaching and research? Sen (2009) argues that our understanding of justice ‘cannot be indifferent to the lives […]
What kind of world do we live in when freeways are valued as of greater cultural significance than the practice of the oldest living culture in the world?
Students on an RMIT Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) study tour in Barcelona have developed strategies to tackle urban heat – a growing challenge for cities around the world as urban populations increase.
A new report evaluating the Victorian Government’s program to redevelop inner suburban public housing estates says the plan may reduce the amount of homes available for vulnerable households.
A new RMIT project celebrates the powerful story of an Indigenous gathering place and how it connects cultures, communities and Country.
The announcement that President Joko Widodo’s government will move Indonesia’s capital to another location, due to the severity of human-induced degradation in Jakarta, highlights a key tension for cities today.
How do we ensure we have thriving and extensive urban vegetation as our cities develop, consolidate and grow? This is one of the key urban challenges of Australian cities.
A new report by Dr Brian Coffey contributes to a better understanding of Victoria’s environment portfolio, how it has evolved, and how it might be improved.
As Melbourne grows, we need to better plan how we build healthy, equitable and liveable cities. Here four RMIT researchers talk about how their work is helping deliver better cities.
We are still settling Australian cities on unceded Aboriginal lands. With the global agreement on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, development has finally come home to the developed world.
Why we should be challenging the status quo to increase the role and effectiveness of the building and planning system in delivering sustainable cities
With Australia’s population reaching 25 million this month, the liveability of our cities has become critically important for our national prosperity and sustainability.
RMIT PhD student Ani Landau-Ward has been awarded the prestigious William and Elizabeth Fisher Scholarship for her research on property registration for marginalised communities.
Decolonising Settler Cities was a series of events held throughout 2017 bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists, scholars, communities and practitioners to share their questions and critiques, experience and knowledge of cities as settler-colonial modes of power, and the possibilities and obstacles they present for Indigenous land justice.
This third edition of our dedicated Centre magazine The Urban Observer, is testament to the strength of our research effort. This issue reports a remarkable volume of thinking and analysis across a diverse array of topics.
On 3 March 2015, the enormous drapes that had been covering a new building in central Melbourne were thrown off to reveal an extraordinary sight: a colossal image of a face staring down the city’s civic spine.
Anti-alcohol measures like dry zones are not just a part of history: their legacy continues to feed into our approach to urban planning today.
Why are there empty spaces in our cities? Does it matter? I’ve been thinking a lot about vacancy lately. Firstly this was because my family received a ‘Notice to Vacate’ late last year.
The recent Reserve Bank of Australia report The Effect of Zoning on Housing Prices put forward the argument that restrictive zoning is driving Australian house prices up - particularly in Melbourne and Sydney - arguing that that planning policy reform is necessary in order to meet projected population increases.
Nearly 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia live in urban areas but cities often exclude and marginalise them.
Great cities need trees to be great places, but urban changes put pressure on the existing trees as cities develop. As a result, our rapidly growing cities are losing trees at a worrying rate. So how can we grow our cities and save our city trees?
Sustainability challenges blur the boundaries between academic disciplines, between research, policy and practice, and between states, markets and society. There is also significant policy interest in ensuring that the research undertaken by universities and other scientific organisations has impact.
Australia’s building and land-use policy settings fall well short of what’s needed to make meaningful progress toward creating sustainable cities.
Australian states are failing to deliver sustainable housing because of poor building and land-use planning policies, and a lack of enforceable standards, according to a new RMIT University report
Household energy use is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions. International policy is firmly moving towards technology-rich, low- and near-zero-energy homes.
At the dawn of the 21st century, planners around the world will consider a new agenda for cities. They would shrug off the dimly remembered nightmare of snaking concrete highways and smog-occluded horizons.
While planning is undoubtedly important in creating better places for people, the connection between people and place, for Indigenous people globally, in all their diversity, is even more profound and central to everyday life.
This event is the joint initiative of the Urban Geography Study Group and the Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledges and Rights Study Group of the Institution of Australian Geographers.
As with Uber and the taxi industry, public sector planners and regulators will be forced to respond to the anger of those displaced by the new products the IT and automobile industries will bring to the market. But can we afford to wait?
This is the third article in our series Making Cities Work. It considers the problems of providing critical infrastructure and how we might produce the innovations and reforms needed to meet 21st-century needs and challenges.
This is the first article in our series Making Cities Work. It considers the problems of providing critical infrastructure and how we might produce the innovations and reforms needed to meet 21st-century needs and challenges.
If you’ve been watching the news in recent days, you’ll know we have an energy crisis, partly due to a gas crisis, which in turn has triggered a political crisis.
RMIT’s Urban Futures competition has showcased Victorian high school students’ best and brightest ideas to improve the liveability and sustainability of cities.
A new book revealing the critical role planning plays in delivering land justice for Indigenous peoples will be launched today at RMIT by Wurundjeri Tribe Council Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson.
Memorials serve important social, political and spatial functions that go well beyond personal or collective mourning. In doing so, the design and location of a memorial can be just as important as its subject.
The return of land to Indigenous custodians in Australia over the past 20 years is a dramatic shift in Australian land tenure and management. Yet this revolution has, as yet, barely touched urban Australia.
There has been no shortage of ideas about how to spend the A$9.7 billion the Victorian government will receive from selling a 50-year lease for the Port of Melbourne.
Enthusiasm for urban greening is at a high point, and rightly so. Green space is increasingly recognised as useful for moderating the heat island effect. Hence, this helps cities adapt to, and reduce the consequences of, climate change.
We shape the city and it shapes us. The idea of “the city” looms large. There are, it seems, no limits to the prospects and possibilities of technology and human entrepreneurship.
A new study by RMIT offers valuable lessons for community participation in controversial transport projects, examining how citizens respond to the politics of transport decision-making.
Well-planned cities can encourage people to spend more time outside, commute more sustainably and connect with their communities. Good planning is central to making cities liveable and sustainable.
RMIT urban researcher Lisa de Kleyn secures a coveted Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Scholarship (VEAC) for her research on environmental justice and native forests.
With Melbourne’s population moving beyond four million, significant challenges and opportunities for planning, designing and managing our city arise. How can you help urban environments adapt to meet the future needs of our population?
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.
Greater recognition of the benefits of urban forests is focusing efforts from all levels of government to defend and improve them.
An RMIT researcher has recently spent three months in Italy studying one of the country's most neglected neighbourhoods and the challenges it presents for its people.
Globally, there is intense discussion about the future of urban life through the World Urban Campaign.
RMIT’s Urban Futures Competition showcased the ideas of Victorian High School students surrounding the development of vibrant, liveable cities.