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Design Streets for People Not Cars

Design Streets for People Not Cars

Go to any medieval European city and you will see what streets looked like before the advent of the car: lovely, small narrow lanes, intimate, and undisputedly human-scale. We have very few cities in the US where you can find streets like this. For the most part what you see is streets that have been designed with the car in mind—at...
Top Tips for the Perfect Spring Lawn

Top Tips for the Perfect Spring Lawn

Overwatering, “scalping” and turf varieties mismatched to the conditions are among the three most common traps for Australian homeowners in search of the perfect lawn, warns Toro Australia. Toro Australia’s Senior Marketing Manager – Equipment, Elise Willemsen, says Australian’s dream of having lush, green lawns, but for many, the reality is a patchy, uneven, brown...
Walkable Urban Neighbourhoods

Walkable Urban Neighbourhoods

I have lived in neighbourhoods where you can walk around, to a store, a movie, a restaurant, for 40 years, counting my college days. I grew up in a ranch house with a driveway, but came to adulthood in foot-based parts of cities. Others have also rediscovered the joys and benefits of walkable places. They...
Urban Design With Purpose

Urban Design With Purpose

Strong urban design offers significant community benefits, better quality of life, safer and more secure cities and a greater ability to function as a society. It also provides each city with a unique sense of identity and establishes the framework for it to be more responsive to differing climatic, economic or social variables. Regardless of...
Protecting Populated Places From Terrorism

Protecting Populated Places From Terrorism

With increased terrorism concerns, the safety of the Australian people in crowded places such as stadiums, shopping centres, pedestrian malls and major events is becoming an even greater priority for the Australian government. These spaces are highly attractive targets to potential terrorists and as such the government has introduced various strategies and safety measures to...
Integrating Drainage into Pedestrian Friendly External Areas

Integrating Drainage into Pedestrian Friendly External Areas

“Surface water management is crucial to the safety of pedestrian walkways and shared areas. The risk of slips in poorly designed areas is high, and liability can extend to architects and designers.” ACO Polycrete understands the importance of creating pedestrian safe external spaces. A wealth of information from recent studies supports the benefits of creating...
A Well Drained Future

A Well Drained Future

To overcome the negative impacts of increasing urban environments, ACO ProfiLine offers a drainage system that will tackle the challenge of controlling water draining and enable a green roof to flourish. Green roofs and green walls are growing in popularity throughout the world, and for good reason. This eye-catching synergy of nature and cityscape is...
New Tile a Stormwater Solution

New Tile a Stormwater Solution

A new type of modular tile promises to help reduce flooding in cities hit by increased rainfall due to climate change. The streets of Copenhagen are to be the testing ground for the Climate Tile, created by Danish architecture studio Tredje Natur. The Climate Tile is designed to be used alongside or instead of existing...
LED Streetlights – A Sustainable and Cheaper Alternative

LED Streetlights – A Sustainable and Cheaper Alternative

Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are becoming more prevalent in our homes, so it was only a matter of time until the LED discussion extended to street lights. Determined to see this discussion head in a positive direction, a Queensland research team led by QUT scientists conducted a 12-month LED street lighting trial in Brisbane,...
AR Technology in Public Spaces

AR Technology in Public Spaces

With the advent of AR technology, people are exploring the virtual world in our parks and public spaces, so Street Furniture Australia has asked the professionals what this technology means for future planning in our cities. International phenomenon Pokémon Go has set the spotlight on Augmented Reality (AR) and its potential to transform our spaces and our lives. If Keiichi...
Playgrounds Set To Increase Green Space

Playgrounds Set To Increase Green Space

With 202020 Vision enhancing the awareness and the importance of increasing green space, and new research and technology now allowing green life in fall zones, playgrounds are about to become a greener solution. Until recently fall zones in playgrounds were not allowed to utilise live plants and turf. Now new testing has shown that certain...
Grass Pavers – A Sustainable Alternative

Grass Pavers – A Sustainable Alternative

Ever since the first asphalt streets were laid in Sydney in the early 1930s, the use of concrete has become the default choice for high pedestrian and vehicular traffic spaces throughout Australia’s urban landscape. Now with an increased focus on sustainability throughout design and the wider community, an attitude shift has occurred with people now...