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Should the Grass be Greener?

Should the Grass be Greener?

Not all Parks Should be Green: 10 Tips to Design Landscape Infrastructure Does it make sense to design green parks in desert cities such as Casablanca, Dubai, or Lima? Ostensibly it does because they contribute freshness and greenness to the urban environment. In exchange, however, they disrupt native local ecosystems, incur high maintenance bills, and...
How to Design a Greenhouse

How to Design a Greenhouse

Since at least as early as ancient Roman times, humans have recognised the value of what is now known as controlled environment agriculture, allowing farmers to cultivate plants year-round rather than seasonally. Though they were invented hundreds of years ago, greenhouses continue to be the most popular means of controlled environment agriculture today, with innovations...
Urban Designer Calls for Greener Neighbourhoods

Urban Designer Calls for Greener Neighbourhoods

Urban designer calls for a shift to greener, self-sufficient neighbourhoods with multifunctional streets in a post-pandemic world. The recent change in the way people live, travel and work presents a unique opportunity for urban developers and designers to improve issues such as the liveability of our neighbourhoods and access to public spaces. A Perth urban...
A Guide to Flood-resistant Urban Landscapes

A Guide to Flood-resistant Urban Landscapes

Climate change and rising sea levels are impacting the design and shape of our cities. Edward Barsley, author of Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building & Community Design, outlines six key strategies for creating environments that are adapted to flooding. Yanweizhou Park by Turenscape  In his book, Barsley outlines how urban and natural...
The Architecture of Health: Modern Lessons from the Medical Buildings of the Past

The Architecture of Health: Modern Lessons from the Medical Buildings of the Past

When UniSA architecture researcher, Dr Julie Collins, sat down a couple years ago to begin writing a book on the history of health and medical buildings, she could never have predicted the global situation she would eventually release it into. “I wrote a whole chapter on quarantine stations,” Dr Collins says, “and while I was...
Won’t Somebody Think of the Children? Why We Should Design Cities Without Cars

Won’t Somebody Think of the Children? Why We Should Design Cities Without Cars

More than half of Australian households own two or more motor vehicles, while only seven percent own none – we are, without a doubt, a car country. However, while countless advertisements celebrate the freedom cars provide, University of South Australia urban planning researcher, Hulya Gilbert, says there are growing reasons to question the cost of...
Major Changes to Cities in the 20s | Trend Forecast

Major Changes to Cities in the 20s | Trend Forecast

A drop in car ownership, smaller houses, walkability impacting property prices, residential blocks atop shopping centres, and ‘mini Melbournes’ in outer suburbs. These are the city trends that will begin to emerge next year and mark the beginning of a new decade in urban planning. The forecasts come from one of Australia’s most experienced and...
How to Apply DDA to Street Furniture: Seats and Tables

How to Apply DDA to Street Furniture: Seats and Tables

Urban and open space furniture specialists Street Furniture Australia offers expert advice on DDA compliance and street furniture. Under the Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992, known as DDA, public places must be accessible to people with a disability. The DDA is relevant to many aspects of street furniture. This article focuses on two products: The...
New Guide to Universal Design

New Guide to Universal Design

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has published a new Guide to Universal Design. According to the ASLA, one billion people, or 15 percent of the global population, experience some form of disability. The new guide explores the ways in how Universal Design means that everyone, regardless of ability or age, can access and...
Big Doesn’t Always Mean Bad

Big Doesn’t Always Mean Bad

Provision of well-engineered transport, energy and other service infrastructure is essential to good urban functionality. But as Australia undergoes an infrastructure boom, let’s not forget these major works can and should contribute to the social, cultural and human qualities of our cities. Urban infrastructure can range in scale, from the metropolitan to the human, from...
Green the Street; A Community Experiment

Green the Street; A Community Experiment

Streets and roads are the dominant infrastructure concern of governments and most streets are conceived as conduits for vehicles. How might streets be reconceived to contribute more to communities? And how do green streets help grow caring and just communities? These questions have been the driving interest of Green the Street, a community group originally...
High-Rise Living Makes Social Life Difficult for Young Families

High-Rise Living Makes Social Life Difficult for Young Families

Families with young children living in high-rise apartments find it harder to meet and mix with other young families, according to new Deakin University research. The study from Deakin’s School of Health and Social Development found that a lack of both indoor and outdoor space together with noise and privacy concerns limit social interactions for...