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Landscape Architects Can't Rely on Architecture-Centric Media

Landscape Architects Can’t Rely on Architecture-Centric Media

Landscape architects need to fly the flag for their profession if they are to receive the recognition they rightly demand and deserve, says Charles A. Birnbaum, president and CEO of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. The biggest problem facing landscape architects, according to a recent survey in World Landscape Architecture (WLA), an online magazine based in...
Are Our City Investments About to Have a Kodak Moment?

Are Our City Investments About to Have a Kodak Moment?

  In a world where five years, let alone ten, is an eternity in current technology advances, there is concern growing that our planned decade-long city infrastructure expenditure is not going to get us to where we need to be. With the pace of change from technology, urbanisation and a significant infrastructure investment catch up...
Five Cities That Made Their Streets Safer with Urban Design

Five Cities That Made Their Streets Safer with Urban Design

In 2015, the world community pledged to decrease half the number of deaths and grave injuries caused by traffic accidents by 2020. However, more than 3200 deaths caused by collisions occur every day, and with the growing number of vehicles, that number can only triple by 2030. As is expected, cities with poorly designed streets...
Why are Old Eucalypts Worth Saving?

Why are Old Eucalypts Worth Saving?

In urban landscapes, many consider large and old eucalypts a dangerous nuisance that drop limbs, crack footpaths and occupy space that could be used for housing. But when we remove these trees they are effectively lost forever. It takes at least 100-200 years before a eucalypt reaches ecological maturity. As trees mature, their branches become...
Are Rooftop Amenities the New Standard Inclusion for Residential Development?

Are Rooftop Amenities the New Standard Inclusion for Residential Development?

There’s no question that, as Australia’s population grows, high density living will become the way of the future, and with many young Australians looking to own their first home, it’s becoming the only affordable choice. Owning a two-bedroom apartment with sweeping skyline views is fast becoming the new Great Australian Dream and with affordable quarter-acre...
The Redevelopment of Toronto

The Redevelopment of Toronto

“It takes 40 or 50 years to update an industrial landscape. We want to speed that up,” says Sidewalk Labs’ urban planner. After disrupting our online activities, Google’s parent company now wants to disrupt how cities work. Rohit Aggarwala, head of urban systems at Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, spoke about the company as they gear up...
The Public Space Moment

The Public Space Moment

Public spaces are having a moment. People from outside the field of urban planning are beginning to notice the vital contributions they make to our quality of life: inserting nature and cultural memory into the everyday, reminding us of our collective responsibilities, supporting democratic expression. People are also beginning to notice the subtle ways in...
The Popularity of the Parklet

The Popularity of the Parklet

While readily embraced by many countries overseas, the parklet has only recently become a popular ‘street-activation’ of choice for city planners across Australia A UNSW Lecturer asks why? As councils across Australia strive to enhance their liveability, parklets are proving popular among city communities. A poll of 300-plus citizens gathered for the inaugural Perth City Summit...
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...